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Tuesday, February 22, 2005
Oh, what a day this has been! Day? Did I say day? Hell, it's been several lousy computer sick with 16 f'n Trojan viruses days. Nothing that y'all had to fear catching from my computer, and they weren't posing problems for me as yet.
I first noticed them when I ran a periodic scan a few days ago. At that time there were 6. But my anti-virus software didn't offer a solution. We tried crawling inside and yank 'em out manually, but that didn't work, either. But I'm getting ahead of myself. I tried find a number for the anti-virus software company, but just talking with them would cost $50! I just wanted to know how I could fix the problem, using their software, and it was going to cost me $50! So I called the only number I had which had a human being on the other end via a long, twisted road through computer menu hell. I called Microsoft.
After several HOURS with two different young techies, the only thing they could offer was to bump my case upstairs to a higher techie brain. Today the brainiac called and, after several more HOURS, we were finally able to eliminate the problem. However, in the process, we lost our e-mail accounts, so I set them up again, and we lost our settings and favorite online haunts. I had saved quite a few e-mails in folders and lost all of them. We didn't lose any of our stuff we had saved in our document files. What a nightmare.
I've posted a few things at LifelikePundits, where I co-blog along with Pat and Aaron and Prof.
And I found this incredible story yesterday:
SOLDIER STUNNED BY LETTER KIDS' RANTS
An American soldier overseas is fuming over letters he received from Brooklyn middle-school children accusing GIs of destroying mosques and killing civilians in Iraq.
Pfc. Rob Jacobs of New Jersey said he was initially ecstatic to get a package of letters from sixth-graders at JHS 51 in Park Slope last month at his base 10 miles from the North Korea border.
That changed when he opened the envelope and found missives strewn with politically charged rhetoric, vicious accusations and demoralizing predictions that only a handful of soldiers would leave the Iraq war alive.
"It's hard enough for soldiers to deal with being away from their families, they don't need to be getting letters like this," Jacobs, 20, said in a phone interview from his base at Camp Casey.
"If they don't have anything nice to say, they might as well not say anything at all."
With a followuop today:
WRITING A WRONG
The city Department of Education, red-faced over Brooklyn sixth-graders who slammed a GI with demoralizing anti-Iraq-war letters as part of a school assignment, will send the 20-year-old private a letter of apology today.
The GI got the ranting missives last month from pint-sized pen pals at JHS 51 in Park Slope.
Filled with political diatribes, the letters — excerpts of which were printed in yesterday's Post — predicted GIs would die by the tens of thousands, accused soldiers of killing Iraqi civilians and bashed President Bush.
Teacher Alex Kunhardt had his students write Jacobs as part of a social-studies assignment.
One girl wrote that she believes Jacobs is "being forced to kill innocent people" and challenged him to name an Iraqi terrorist, concluding, "I know I can't."
Another girl wrote, "I strongly feel this war is pointless," while a classmate predicted that because Bush was re-elected, "only 50 or 100 [soldiers] will survive."
A boy accused soldiers of "destroying holy places like mosques."