Spyware investigation

Some interesting stuff, but no closer to a final conclusion of how it got there. The installer ran an XML file to get it’s updates. The XML file instructed it to download 4 files from download.statblaster.com. Those files were MemoryWatcher-b.exe, all_files9.exe, tracker.exe and FixIt.exe. Those in turn come bundled with their own “extras” and in…

Blogger and RSS

Seems the new relaunch of Blogger gave people the opportunity to grouse once again about Blogger’s use of Atom instead of RSS. Fair enough. To add a bit more fuel to the fire, the dirty little secret is that the old BloggerPro accounts do support both. Notice how my feed is RSS, version 0.91, I…

Boom

They imploded a building in downtown Columbus yesterday. A 16-story building was reduced to rubble by 300 pounds of explosives about a half a block away from the building I work in, and there wasn’t even any dust on our parking lot. That’s impressive!

Blogger changes

Wow, I went to Blogger this evening and caught a glimpse of their changes. They now support individual archives and comments. Pretty cool. And the layout of the site is entirely different. It’ll take some time to get used to, I’m sure, but it’s nice that they’re adding features, if nothing else! I’m not sure…

Hmm

Maybe the next time someone at work gets the impression that I’m just a control-freak, mean, nasty IT guy who won’t let then use their PC the way they want to, I’ll point them to this Wired article on spyware. Maybe then they’ll get why things like Real are not allowed on our network? Yeah,…