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They're born cute so we don't kill them later [Aug. 15th, 2008|09:59 am]
Zoethe
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Amy borrowed my laptop last night after we'd gone to bed. She wanted to play Bejeweled, so she looked for a free version.

You know what free programs come with? Spyware!!

At least it was spyware that appears to have been downloaded but not executed - the icon was sitting on the desktop but maybe not clicked.

Maybe.

So now, instead of doing all the work I'd planned on doing this morning, I'm waiting for a spyware scan to complete and making LJ entries on my Blackberry.

Whee.
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[User Picture]From: onceupon
2008-08-15 02:26 pm (UTC)
Urgh.

I understand the Bejewelled thing, though. I finally had to break down and buy it.
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[User Picture]From: crwilley
2008-08-15 02:27 pm (UTC)
Ooogh. At least you caught it right away..
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[User Picture]From: ls56
2008-08-15 02:31 pm (UTC)
so, are you more like to have to fight the urges over small, dumb mistakes than over the huge "maybe they didn't know better" mistakes?
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2008-08-16 02:16 pm (UTC)
Mostly it depends on the cost of the damage inflicted.
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[User Picture]From: ser_kai
2008-08-15 02:35 pm (UTC)
It took me ages to cure Brad of that. Now he has Linux, so it doesn't matter if he does get tempted.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2008-08-16 02:17 pm (UTC)
That's a good thing!
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[User Picture]From: ser_kai
2008-08-16 02:19 pm (UTC)
I thought so. :-)
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[User Picture]From: vrax
2008-08-15 02:36 pm (UTC)
Pretty sure there's a free version as a facebook app.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2008-08-16 02:18 pm (UTC)
I'm not sure that I trust free software from Facebook.
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[User Picture]From: ser_kai
2008-08-16 02:20 pm (UTC)
It's not software. You play the game on-site.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2008-08-16 02:45 pm (UTC)
Oh, well, that's probably ok then.
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From: wildcelticrose
2008-08-15 02:51 pm (UTC)
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There is no "free" lunch software...
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[User Picture]From: tevriel
2008-08-16 03:50 am (UTC)
You can play it online, though. GetRight Arcade has it.
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[User Picture]From: jeffpalmatier
2008-08-15 03:27 pm (UTC)
They're born cute so we don't kill them later

Oh, that's funny. I've said to various people how my cat got away with murder with me because she was so cute. She would come in during the winter, lay down on my heat register, and I would wake up freezing. I would look over the side of my bed and see my cat's pretty face and big green eyes looking up at me, and I found I didn't have the heart to throw her out even though my room was as cold as the one in the Exorcist.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2008-08-16 02:18 pm (UTC)
Yes, and as a teenager, guess where she was looking.
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[User Picture]From: adjust_56
2008-08-15 03:47 pm (UTC)
At least this is your daughter, my office mate would use MY computer to play and i'd endd up having to call every quearter because something slipped through.....she was not vute enough so she is no longer my office mate.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2008-08-16 02:19 pm (UTC)
Oh, man, I'm not sure that Viggo Mortensen would be cute enough if he was screwing up my computer on a regular basis!
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[User Picture]From: merle_
2008-08-15 04:25 pm (UTC)
Hmm. I've played Bejewelled dozens of times with no problem.

Then again, I always play the free Flash versions, not the free downloadable ones. I wouldn't trust those except in tightly controlled sandboxes.

If she's going to download stuff like that, it might be wise to set up a virtualized submachine for her. Things will run more slowly, but won't be able to escape, and containers can be restored easily.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2008-08-16 02:16 am (UTC)
Or I can simply not let her use my machine. ;-)
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[User Picture]From: merle_
2008-08-16 02:46 am (UTC)
Well, yes. That's my policy on loaning out books, after many disappointing cases where they were not returned. *looks shocked* You want me to loan you a book?
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2008-08-16 02:11 pm (UTC)
I have been pretty fortunate in the book-loaning field, but DVDs have become pretty confined to only a few very close friends.
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[User Picture]From: wdomburg
2008-08-15 05:40 pm (UTC)
Hey now... That might be largely true on Windows, but some of us are running thousands of pieces of free software without a trace of spyware. :)
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2008-08-16 02:17 am (UTC)
Yes, and if the paid-for software I have to use for work was written for a different platform, I might do something else.
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From: (Anonymous)
2008-08-16 02:36 am (UTC)
That's the problem. We may not have much spyware, but we also don't have many vertical applications, games, drivers, et cetera. :)
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[User Picture]From: kittydahlerina
2008-08-15 06:22 pm (UTC)
My mother uses that expression on me frequently.

I don't do spyware so much as ruin kitchen items by walking away from my cooking, though.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2008-08-16 01:41 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I can see why your mom would use that expression in that case!
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[User Picture]From: susitna
2008-08-19 03:39 am (UTC)
Dad gets pissed on a regular basis because she does this on his computer.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2008-08-19 01:43 pm (UTC)
She is simply forbidden to use the computers for the rest of the trip.
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