"doubt belief"

2007/12/10

I may not be overjoyed.

I may not be overjoyed.

I may not be overjoyed to tell the American folk that, no joke, I told you so; they will experience the ills of living through another George W. Bush presidency. I sometimes believe that the American people are stupid, yet that does not explain them. They have a problem creating an event-scape, the consequences, implications, from premises, philosophies, and decisions. They have to actually experience the consequences. Wise folk learn from the experiences of others. Examine the rise of Nazism and Fascism in Europe during the thirties. When they experience life in a far rightwing America, that elevates the privileges of the rich and corporations above those of individuals, that will piss them off; although my reading of history indicates that they may go too far in the other direction. Politics may jump left, right, and not rest in the moderate where sane, rational folk wish to live.

Lesson of FDR

The rightwing did not learn the lesson that Franklin D. Roosevelt learned. Remember the period? The country was suffering economically, especially the little gal and guy; the country had evolving and growing populist and socialist movements; capitalism was in danger. President Roosevelt proposed measures that would relieve the suffering of the ordinary folk, thus blunting the appeal of populism and socialism. He saved capitalism from the excesses of capitalists and from those social forces and ideologies which could have overthrown it. It is in the best interests of capitalists, of big business, to restrain their jungle instincts and share the largess that capitalism when practiced by enlightened folk will create. Don't they realize that Americans will pull them down when the burdens imposed by their influence on legislators become too much? If they don't they are doomed. Americans eventually think and feel the right and moral. It bothers me that I must suffer until they wake.

2007/11/24

Windows Firewall

I have tried several firewalls, but decided to go another route since I have a router. I liked Zone Alarm Suite and Pro but got tired of the problems and the kitchen sink syndrome. The threats are changing so I decided something radical, against the prevailing trend among geekdom. I decided to use the Windows Firewall in XP Pro SP 2, along with NOD32, Prevx2 (my outbound check), and Sandboxie, plus a couple of manual anti-Trojan and antirootkit scanners. NOD32 now has an antispyware component. The Windows firewall protects early in the boot cycle against incoming, if any gets past the router, so does NOD32, and Prevx2.
Run your browsers and email client sandboxed with Sandboxie and any malware that gets through the them will dissipate when you delete the sandbox. You have to willfully, with stupidity or ignorance and forethought allow some malware in. You have to willfully take it out of the sandbox onto your system.Prevx2 monitors Address Book, Creating a Server Listener, FTP Outbound,Hosts File Modification, HTTP Outbound, IRC Outbound, NetBIOS Outbound,POP3 Outbound, SMTP, TCP Outbound, and Telnet, this last I uninstalled; it also protects against Bypassing XP Firewall and monitors to see if it is modified; it also warns against a desktop webpage; it monitors MAPI services; that's just the outbound. It works well with NOD32; although you could use a free av like (in order of effectiveness) Avira AntiVir PersonalEdition Classic, Avast!, and AVG. But with Prevx2 almost any av will do, even ClamWin.
I use Mozilla Firefox and Thunderbird, and Opera (most secure browser out of the box without adding anything; although to you can, with extensions, do it with Firefox), K-Meleon, K-Ninja, and IE 7. Sandboxie supports all.