Dear Webby: Trend Micro locks up customer's PCs 

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It's Wednesday,  September 10, 2008

Incompetents invariably make trouble for people other than themselves. --- Larry McMurtry Our lives improve only when we take chances - and the first and most difficult risk we can take is to be honest with ourselves. --- Walter Anderson
Thanks to Lillemor for this report: When the impending threat of hurricane Gustav was heading to Louisianna, the Governor of Louisiana issued a mandatory evacuation of New Orleans and the surrounding areas. In response to this order the Governor of Texas ordered the demolition of all bridges between the two states. Texas figured it would be cheaper to rebuild the bridges.
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An INTERNATIONAL BONEHEAD AWARD goes to Trend Micro Flawed Trend Micro antivirus update cripples PCs It quarantines critical Windows files, prevents booting of some XP, Vista machines September 8, 2008 (Computerworld) Antivirus updates issued by Trend Micro Inc. on Friday crippled Windows XP and Vista PCs when they mistook several critical system files for malware, and blocked access to those files. Some users have yet to regain control of their PCs, according to e-mail sent to Computerworld. Two signature updates that Trend Micro released Friday for its most popular consumer security software incorrectly identified up to eight different Windows files as Trojans, then quarantined those files, thinking they were dangerous. The updates were issued to users running Trend Micro's AntiVirus plus AntiSpyware 2008, Internet Security 2008 and Internet Security Pro 2008. Quarantining the files prevented the PC from booting. his isn't the first time that Trend Micro has pushed a malicious signature update to its customers. In April 2005, the company issued a buggy definition file that locked up Windows XP machines, most of them owned by Japanese users, as the software consumed 100% of the processor's cycles. Last year, an antivirus signature released by rival Symantec Corp. knocked out thousands of Chinese PCs by falsely labeling two Windows .dll files as malware, preventing users from booting their computers. [www_computerworld_com]
A priest and a minister are standing by the road, pounding a sign into the ground. The sign reads: "The End is Near! Turn Yourself Around Now Before It's Too Late!" A car speeds past them, the driver yelling, "Leave us alone, you religious nuts!" There is the sound of screeching tires followed by a big splash. The priest turns to the minister and asks, "Do you think the sign should just say 'Bridge Out?'"
A flat-chested woman was delighted when her fairy-god mother said her breasts would increase in size each time a man says, "Pardon" to her. She walked down the sidewalk, accidentally bumped into a man and he said, "Pardon me." Her breasts instantly grew an inch and she was ecstatic. The next day, she bumped into a man in the grocery store, he begged her pardon and another inch was added to her breasts. She was in seventh heaven! She walked into a Chinese restaurant,colided with a waiter who bowed and said, "A thousand pardons for my clumsy behavior." The next day, the headline in the local newspaper says, "Chinese Waiter Crushed to Death!"
From the Tech Support Pits: From: Ross Re: Use old PC for backup Dear Webby, I've got an old computer that's seen it's better days, and was wondering if it would be as simple as hooking up a USB cable to extract files on it, and then using it for a backup? Sounded a little to simple to do it that way so figured I ask, and see if it really is. Thanks for all you do, Ross Dear Ross Yes, sure you can network the machines, but simply using the old machine's drive in a USB drive case is easier on your electrical bill and saves desk space. No need for another computer, monitor and keyboard. No need to run that machine, if all you want is it's drive. Just get a USB hard drive case for 4"x6" drives and pop the drive from the old machine into it. As soon as you plug that into the USB port, you see the extra drive n the new machine. Have FUN! DearWebby

A police car pulls up in front of grandma Sarah's house, and grandpa Morris gets out. The polite policeman explained that this elderly gentleman said that he was lost in the park ... and couldn't find his way home. "Oy Morris," said grandma, " You've been going to that park for over 30 years! So how could you get lost?" Leaning close to grandma, so that the policeman couldn't hear. Morris whispered, "Lost I wasn't.....just too tired to walk home I was."

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Walking down main street in a *very* rural West Virginia town, two local men met a Catholic nun who's arm was in a sling. "What's wrong with your arm, sister?" asked one local bubba. "It's broken in three places," the nun replied. "How did it happen?" asked the second West Virginian, now wide eyed. "I slipped in a bathtub," answered the nun. After leaving, the first local man asked the other, "Bubba, what's a bathtub?" "Heck, I don't know," said his friend, "I ain't no Catholic!"

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