As you know, I am taking care of the technical side of diablog. Presently all systems are looking good on diablog, I am happy. Besides diablog, there are a few others. And one of those went fubar. So I spent two days searching for the cause in order to fix it. I involved friends, online fora, and even a professional help desk. All without success. Until I went back to a basic method: trial and error.
Eventually I found the problem. One piece of server management software, proprietary of course, had done a “security update”. I hadn’t asked for it, ordered it, agreed to it. The idiots just forced it upon me. Like shitty Microsoft does. Along with the update they installed another program, which I did not know, did not want, did not need. Added benefit, no one told me.
The new software was anti-spam, anti-trojan, anti-maleware, anti-everything software. Or short: utterly useless and senseless.
Let me make that clear: These programs are snake oil. They do not work.
Why? Because they try to prevent something after (!) the fact. Sounds like a paradox? Yes, it is.
The horse has bolted and they close one (1) door. Never mind all the other open doors. Especially the ones, that they create with their software.
Here is another analogy:
Let’s say, you have a spot/stain on a wall. And that stain grows. Let’s say you tried washing it off with water and that made it bigger. What do you do? Slap more water or paint on it?
No. You – or the expert you call – examine the stain and find out, it is rot. You then remove the rot, find the cause of the rot and fix that. Then you repair the wall, and everyone is happy. Only an idiot would try to solve the problem by slapping more shit onto the stain.
Yet, this is exactly what “security software” is and does. Slapping more shit onto a pile of shit. Creating an ever bigger pile of shit. Which then requires even more “security software”, aka pile of shit. Yes, you now understand their business model.
Why am I bothering you with all this? And what does it have to do with the headline?
Number one, I would kindly ask you to use and trust your brain. Do not install software on your machine, without thinking and doing some research about it first. You are not eating anything found on the street without checking, are you? Take the same approach to software, please.
The second reason is my new email policy.
There is a lot of SPAM and advertising. The stuff exists, we have to live with it. But from now on, I am unlikely to read your email, if:
– your email comes via a free mailer (especially yahoo)
You would not write your letters on someone else’s letterhead, would you? Get a proper email address.
– your email has an anti-virus signature, or “sent from my iPhone/Blackberry/etc.”
That is SPAM and you are making the internet worse. Remove that crap, or ask someone to do it for you.
Thank you very much!