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The Technologyship of Eddie’s Father – a threefer

Posted by middlerage on November 15, 2013

1) Yikes, this is really scary. I use automatic backups but apparently all they would do is automatically backup encrypted files.

Nasty new malware locks your files forever, unless you pay ransom

2) This bums me out:

Witness intimidation on social media: Law enforcement’s growing challenge

3) I have some elderly relatives who just got their first computer and email. Do you remember way back in the early 1990s when we all would pass along funny (and/or political) mass emails to our friends. Before there was blogging or Facebook or videos there was “Scroll down for AMAZING photo of veteran aiding little girl!” Well, now I’m getting it all over again from the rels. It’s annoying. I can’t spam them, because in the off chance cousin Judith is in a car wreck, I wanna know. In the meantime I get a buttload of forwarded, conservative rants only your drunk uncle Henry would appreciate. At the same time I feel guilty. I was there, once – albeit 20 years ago – shouldn’t they get a chance too?

It also makes me paranoid about how technologically annoying I am. I have friends who want to text me. Or email me on my smart phone.   (Actually, I can’t be that annoying because they blissfully text away unaware I have no idea they picked a different restaurant. Why doesn’t AT&T or Verizon make a simple bounce back, “The person you are trying to text does not receive texts.” Maybe it makes too much sense.)

Anyway, when one is late to a technological revolution, at what point does it go beyond charming oddity and into pain-in-the-assity?

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3 Responses to “The Technologyship of Eddie’s Father – a threefer”

  1. Annie said

    I get those emails from my dad too, though thankfully he sticks to humour rather than politics. Funny thing is, they are the SAME EMAILS that were getting passed around when I was in HS/college. Who knew that chain emails can have lifespans greater than your average dog? Also, who gets off on these threats of “forward this to 10 people and you will have good luck, ignore this and your firstborn will be eaten by locusts”?? And the multiple colours and fonts in a single email? That shit should carry the death penalty.

    I think anyone who’s tech-savviness is more than around a standard deviation from your own is annoying. Why do you only mention that YOU are annoying to your friends who text; don’t you have a right to be annoyed that you missed dinner because they used this new-fangled technology? I roll my eyes at the guy who wants to text me money to settle the bill. (Some of that is because, like you, I am privacy-concerned and don’t store bank details on my phone.) When one is on the forefront of new innovation, at what point does it go beyond charming oddity and into pain-in-the-assity? (good word.) You gonna be thrilled when your date shows up for dinner wearing Google Glasses?

  2. Dahveed said

    I was getting conservative rant e-mails from, of all people, my babysitter from when I was a toddler! I finally got fed up with it, wrote an e-mail back that basically fileted the argument in the last one point by point, complete with references. I was polite, but I didn’t pull punches. I just decided if she’s offended when somebody calls her on the bullshit, then she ought to get out of the habit of sending the bullshit. I haven’t heard from her again. If the bridge is burned I don’t mind, since she didn’t extend me the same courtesy. I did call my Mom afterward to warn her in case anyone complained and she thought it was funny.

  3. Jerry said

    As far as the backups go to protect your files, using a system like CrashPlan (even the free version) will protect you if you set it up with a little care, so the backup files are only accessible through the software. Then it’s a matter of knowing when the infection took place and ruling back. CrashPlan allows you to create a community of people who back each other up, or you can pay them money and have them back up your stuff to their servers (the files are encrypted the same way the bad guys are doing it with this virus, so the people who hold your backups can’t see what’s in there.

    There are other options, but CrashPlan is the one I’m familiar with.

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