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Friday, January 28, 2005
  To Hell and Back

Both of my computers are now fully functioning. In the past month I lost both of my PC's. They both fell victim to Adware and/or spywhere.
Noted privacy software expert Steve Gibson of Gibson Research explains: "Spyware
is any software (that) employs a user's Internet connection in the background
(the so-called 'backchannel') without their knowledge or explicit permission.
Silent background use of an Internet 'backchannel' connection must be preceded
by a complete and truthful disclosure of proposed backchannel usage, followed by
the receipt of explicit, informed consent for such use. Any software
communicating across the Internet absent of these elements is guilty of
information theft and is properly and rightfully termed: Spyware."

The people who make spyware should be banned to hell for all eternity.

First my home PC. Here I was stupid. I wasnt using protection. No Adaware No Norton anti-virus. Nothing. I got taken over by the dreaded About:blank homepage hijacker. Anybody who has experienced About:Blank knows what I've gone through. Well stubborly I refused to reload my operating system. It's to irritating and I have to much free software that I dont want to have to reload. 3 weeks it took me to irradicate the parasite. It was all over my registry, and I had 16 startup parasites that created more and more parasites every time I rebooted.

Why am I telling you all this? Hope.
It IS possible to irradicate About:blank without formating your hard drive. all you need is Remove about:blank Buddy from here. Scosoft support Dan Smith really really helped me out.

BTW My pc at work we just reformatted. It's so nice to have a nice clean PC.
- posted by Prodly @ Friday, January 28, 2005 (1) comments


  The Matisyahu Show

As far as Chabad Of Wisconsin is concerned, last night Matisyahu concert was most likely a success. There was an impressive turnout with a very eclectic crowd of people which is I guess is to be expected for a Baal Teshuvah Lubavitcher Chassid Hip-Hop Reggae Star.

You had your full Chabad families, complete with infants and all. There were some troubled teens. There were some "Reggae" looking people. Even some elderly folks showed up.

I would have to say that Milwaukee's Turner Hall might be THE worst place in the entire Midwest to host a Reggae concert. The Turner Hall is 150 years old and I doubt it has ever been restored at all. The floors, walls, and ceiling look like the building has been through a couple of fires at least. The sound is AWFUL.

We started out in the second row on the left, until Matisyahu came on and we almost went deaf. We moved to the middle center and put tissues in our ears which worked wonders for me. We then moved to the middle right section where we stood for a while. We finished the show in the back center of the room. You couldn't make out a single word he was singing or rapping but at least the sounds from the album I got for I have been listening to it quite a bit.

Now for the positive......
We made it from my house to the Turner in under an hour. We went with a bunch of our friends which was great. I got to meet Psycho. The band is absolutely amazing. I got to meet Matisyahu face to face and talk to him briefly. He is an excellent performer. He has an amazing energy on stage. Off stage he seems to be a very quite and humble guy. A truly wonderful Chassid.

I can't wait to see this guy at a real venue.
- posted by Prodly @ Friday, January 28, 2005 (7) comments


Tuesday, January 18, 2005
  Fight Rockets with......Cardboard?



What's Sharon's excuse for Sderot?



Maybe we could move the "green line" back a little, and consider Sderot a part of Gaza and that way he won't have to deal with the terror on the groung. Wait....Even better, maybe after Sderot we can pull back the "green line" far enough so that Jerusalem can be considered a part of the West Bank. Then we won't have to worry about the suicide bombings.



Sderot is a small Israeli City that in an area not disputed by anyone. On Israel's side of the "green line". Sderot has around 23,000 residents, and it borders the Gaza Strip. Sderot is less than 10 Kilometers from Gaza...well in range of the Kassam missile. residents of Sderot have been under constant attack from Kassam's fired from Gaza's arab village of Beit Hanoun. Prime Minister Sharon has done NOTHING to stop the attacks, so Sderot Mayor Eli Moyal turns to President Bush for help. OVER THE PAST FOUR YEARS OF FIGHTING OVER 600 KASSAM'S HAVE LANDED ON SDEROT, KILLING 4 PEOPLE SINCE JUNE.



With Sharon's Disengagement plan, the situation will only get worse. Currently there are 2 Israeli Vilages in Gaza between Beit Hanoun and Sderot. If we pull out of Gaza, there will be nothing between Sderot and the terrorists. I wonder why Sharon hasn't leveled Beit Hanoun. I wonder why he hasn't visited 17-year-old Ayala Chaya [bat Sima] Abukasis, who was critically injured in a Saturday night Kassam rocket attack in Sderot has been pronounced clinically brain dead by doctors at Soroka Medical Center.

What can they possibly do to call more attention to the situation on the ground? March to the source. Today residents of Sderot take a stand. They are marching to Beit Hanoun. The residents were stopped on a hilltop overlooking Beit Hanoun by police.

They through homemade cardboard Kassam's at the residents of Beit Hanoun.

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Wednesday, January 12, 2005
  Off to a bad start....

It's been a pretty rough day for me. Let's look at the sequence of events that have happened to me today:
  • Wake up 2 hours late
  • Something wrong with my right eye, driving me completely insane
  • On the way to work, I was attempting to look in the mirror to check for debris (3rd time) while approaching a red light. Instead of coming to a complete stop AND THEN checking the mirror, I checked the mirror WHILE STOPPING and smacked into the ass of a beautiful white Lincoln Continental (I blame that on quitting caffeine). After complete inspection of rear bumper and trunk mechanism, driver tells me "You know, you need to be careful". Thanks.
  • Pulled into the parking lot of my office 1 hour and 45 minutes late....at the same time as my boss.
  • Left my phone at home.
  • Checked my eye in the bathroom mirror (4th time) and found the obstruction.... A bottom lash curled up into my eye.

I was having a terrible horrible no good very bad day.




Tuesday, January 11, 2005
  Matisyahu Controversy


I've noticed a lot of Lashon Hora laced yacking going on about Matisyahu over the past week. Most of it critical and ignorant. Members the ridiculous Yahoo Jewish music group as well as Jewish bloggers MoChassid, Steven Weiss, and BlogInDm have all had there say. Here are some great quotes...

"Someone performing reggae in BB King's and any night/dance club across America, doesn't’t represent JEWISH music."
Dumb

"What I'm missing here is what exactly is spiritually uplifting about reggae??"
And Dumber

People are ridiculous. Obviously the critics don't know their heads from their asses. If they had actually even bothered to listen to Matisyahu before making diarrhea out of their mouths, they would know that he is a holy man. His first and only album Shake Off The Dust...Arise is packed with Torah. The album includes lyrics words from Psalms, Niggunim from the Rebbe, and original lyrics all about Torah and finding love in Judaism.

Matisyahu (Matthew Miller) is a Chabad Ba'al Teshuvah. He had dreads and toured with Phish, which is where he first started to "thirst for Judaism".
Matisyahu spends his days learning in Yeshiva in Crown Heights when he isn't on tour spreading his love of G-d and Judaism.

Now why in the hell would any G-d fearing Jew have a problem with that?
The man is reaching out. I have a feeling a large percentage of the people who go to his shows would not otherwise be making a spiritual connection that night if they weren't seeing Matisyahu. I don't care if he's playing at BB Kings or 770, he's bringing Judaism to a genre of music that has never been explored by a religious Jew.

Leave it to the bitter Misnagdim to try and ruin a good thing.

So....Get the album, and check the website. He's coming soon...to a city near you!

Also, Matisyahu will be on Carson Daly TONIGHT

UPDATE: Read Psycho's take on the issue.
- posted by Prodly @ Tuesday, January 11, 2005 (8) comments


Thursday, January 06, 2005
  I'm back

So I'm back from vacation. How freekin depressing. We drove to NY in 12.75 hours. No traffic issues. No weather issues. No construction issues. It was a perfect drive. We stayed in Pomona, which is a beautiful village next to Monsey in Rockland County. I won't get into the details of the trip but suffice it to say, it was great.

Made it home in 11.5 hours.

Now we are back and it SUCKS! Everyone in the NY family is sick, my wife is sick, and an hour after we got back it started to snow. It finally stopped snowing this afternoon.
Work couldn't possibly suck more than now. Nothing to look forward to, except the possibility that it will snow so fucking much that my house will be buried. Or maybe the office will collapse. I can't stand coming back to work after a great trip and seeing all the miserable pathetic corporate losers who are happy working for some cock-sucking shmuck for the rest of their crappy lives. I have 3 fucking bosses for shits sake!
One boss has the motivational speaker approach where he tries to rile you up and get you excited YAY!! I love this useless job WOOHOO! Can someone tell me what is so fucking exciting about working hard at a salary paying job with no chance for bonus or promotion while there are layoffs every year? All I have to say to him is....STOP TRYING TO MAKE SMALL TALK WITH ME AT THE FUCKING URINAL LOSER!
The second boss is the complete opposite. He is a piece of fuck that tries to scare you and insult you. Yesterday he told one of the robots that he was going bald and the he should get a toupee. Nice. He is the one who does the hiring and firing. Go figure.
Boss number 3 will not be mentioned here.

I'll let you know when I break out of the corporate trap. Stay tuned.

I hope you enjoyed my little tirade. I'll be nicer next week....I promise.


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