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Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Remove Start Savin

I'm not recommending this method. I'm just blogging about it. Try this at your own risk.

I couldn't get rid of the "Start Savin" malware extension that I found in Internet Explorer on my Windows 7 machine.

I tried several different recommendations before trying my own method. Therefore, I may have already done a partial removal job. Here is how I got rid of the rest:

  1. Searched the hard drive for all occurrences of the name, and found three folders. One was in appdata, another in program files, and a third in an innocuous looking folder inside "My documents"
  2. Deleted the three folders
  3. Kicked off "ccleaner"--> tools --> startup --> internet explorer tab
  4. Deleted the two instances of Start Savin in the "internet explorer" tab
  5. Also looked in the ccleaner tab called "scheduled tasks" (don't remember if I found an occurrence or not but would have deleted if I did)
  6. Run a full registry cleanup in ccleaner
  7. Reboot and do a thorough check and some antimalwarescans just to be sure it's gone



Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Autistic Children of America is not a legitimate charity


The Better Business Bureau gives a passing grade to legitimate charities only. For those they doubt, they try to be as clear as possible that nothing about them sounds legitimate.

I looked up Autistic Children of America, and found out it goes by four other names.

Autism Spectrum Disorder Foundation
Autistic Children of America
ASDF
Autism Awareness Program
Autism Disorder Foundation

Here is the writeup:  Better Business Bureau

I researched them because my aging mother had been giving to them until I put a stop to it. They send real-looking print mailings.



Update as of 1/28/2018: They now appear to have a website under one of the names I listed, and you can find that website through the Better Business Bureau link above.

However, the BBB still has nothing good to say. The presence of a website can, in this case, imbue false confidence.
Autistic Children of AmericaASDFAutism Awareness ProgramAutism Disorder Foundation - See more at: http://www.bbb.org/northernindiana/business-reviews/charity-local/autism-spectrum-disorder-foundation-in-schererville-in-90071668#sthash.WzIYZlmH.dpuf
Autistic Children of AmericaASDFAutism Awareness ProgramAutism Disorder Foundation - See more at: http://www.bbb.org/northernindiana/business-reviews/charity-local/autism-spectrum-disorder-foundation-in-schererville-in-90071668#sthash.WzIYZlmH.dpuf
Autistic Children of AmericaASDFAutism Awareness ProgramAutism Disorder Foundation - See more at: http://www.bbb.org/northernindiana/business-reviews/charity-local/autism-spectrum-disorder-foundation-in-schererville-in-90071668#sthash.WzIYZlmH.dpuf
Autistic Children of AmericaASDFAutism Awareness ProgramAutism Disorder Foundation - See more at: http://www.bbb.org/northernindiana/business-reviews/charity-local/autism-spectrum-disorder-foundation-in-schererville-in-90071668#sthash.WzIYZlmH.dpuf
Autistic Children of AmericaASDFAutism Awareness ProgramAutism Disorder Foundation - See more at: http://www.bbb.org/northernindiana/business-reviews/charity-local/autism-spectrum-disorder-foundation-in-schererville-in-90071668#sthash.WzIYZlmH.dpuf
Autistic Children of AmericaASDFAutism Awareness ProgramAutism Disorder Foundation - See more at: http://www.bbb.org/northernindiana/business-reviews/charity-local/autism-spectrum-disorder-foundation-in-schererville-in-90071668#sthash.WzIYZlmH.dpuf

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Windows 7 doesn't map my network drive -- It shows a Red X

I run a very old Windows program on my Windows 7 computers called "Argentum backup." On some of my computers but not others, Argentum backup can't find my NAS device until I go into Windows Explorer and click on the NAS device first. Once I click, the big red X goes away, and the NAS device is now available to Argentum Backup.

With some research, I discovered that Windows Home Premium has some reported problems mapping a network drive. In my case, that might not even be the explanation, Rather, it could even be that I have some quick startup setting that is delaying or pausing the utility that maps the network drive during boot. However, I also find that once in a while when I reboot, the X isn't there. Too may factors to consider.

And so, because my main problem is the automated Argentum Backup program finding the network drive, I found a speedy workaround for now. I went back into Argentum backup settings on the computers where it fails, and instead of pointing my backup target to the mapped drive, I point it to the share folder on the network drive. It seems I had already done that on some of my computers but not others, which explains the inconsistency across computers.

Oh joy.

 

 

Friday, July 11, 2014

What do a shredder and a 3D printer have in common?


What do a shredder and a 3D printer have in common? Maybe less than I hoped, but the project's not over yet.


My library got a 3D printer. Daughter Marcy and I worked with their IT guy, Charles, on the challenging task of taking thirty photos of an object I brought from home, then rendering a 3D image to feed into the printer.
I wanted to replicate something plastic that's actually useful, and that's how I came to select the kid lock override device that goes into my shredder to make it operational.  
Marcy turned the object on a chair, while Charles took the pictures.
We got as far as uploading the pics to http://www.123dapp.com/catch but the app turned the photos into something quite different from the original object. So there's more to learn.

I left Charles with the kid-lock thingy, and he has the photos of course.
 


Wednesday, July 2, 2014

How to prepare a fire baton

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Note that you need to start the soaking process at least an hour and a half before showtime.

Preparation:

  1. Choose a fuel station far from the performance area. Must be clear of fallen leaves, pine straw, brown (winter) grass, brush or other flammable material. Know that dead leaves still in trees can also ignite above you. Check your performance area carefully. Equip your fuel station with a fire blanket and an extinguisher. The extinguisher is only for a bucket fire -- not for a person on fire.
  2. Choose your performance area in the same way as your fuel station.
  3. Fill a glass pickle size jar or a coffee can with a combination of standard tiki torch oil and White Gas (Coleman camping fuel) -- just high enough to cover the wick.
  4. Place one end of the fire baton completely into the oil. Leave it there for 45 minutes.
  5. Shake out the excess fluid and let drip, or spin off the excess fuel into sandwich bags
  6. Place the soaked wick on a large piece of aluminum foil
  7. Fold top half of foil over the soaked end of baton, then fold one side of foil in, the roll foil around to seal the wick.
  8. Turn the baton upside down and repeat the process with the other wick
  9. If you need to travel with it, put it in a big plastic bag, with the foil still on the ends 
  10. Shake out any excess fuel and light the ends with a lighter
  11. Put on your show
  12. Have a "Spotter" ready with the wet towel or small wool blanket to wrap around each wick to extinguish the flame. They can either lay the towel on the ground first, or wrap it around the wick at arm level.
Equipment:

  1. Wet towel to put out the wicks
  2. Aluminum foil
  3. Tiki torch oil mixed with White Gas (Coleman camping fuel)
  4. Lighter
  5. Glass jar or aluminum coffee jar 
  6. Small wool blanket or moistened 100% cotton, bath-sized, towel
  7. Sandwich bags and twist ties
  8. Wear tight clothing that is 100 percent cotton. Viscose is also a safe fabric. Avoid any synthetic fabric made from petroleum that could melt when exposed to heat. A small amount of spandex is okay.
  9. Wet hair with plain water, wrap in a bun.