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Oct 05, 2013, 01:53 PM
nona
malware/spam??
I don't know if it's coincidental, but I clicked on kwikfynd,'s last post and though he didn't have a link to go to, My computer wasn't able to access the board until I did a restore
I'm not going to read any more of his posts
Oct 05, 2013, 02:54 PM
Frodo
i wont click on anything of his.


https://www.youtube.com/*****?v=vn7bkncf1_E
Oct 05, 2013, 03:54 PM
swschrad
although I have accidentally found that Avast Plus is a good friend to have on a WinSlows computer when browsing, I would never click on a spammer's website. even if they're not stone crooks, the IT management is uniformly lacking on those sites, and black hackers always manage to find a way in.


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Oct 05, 2013, 05:58 PM
Frodo
fuzzy

feeling



https://www.youtube.com/*****?v=vn7bkncf1_E
Oct 05, 2013, 07:02 PM
GardenSprite
I decided I was through with this loser poster but since Nona has discovered what's really going on, I'll share some insight from my own research.

There really is a Kwikfynd Landscaping, with a sophisticated website, a network of affiliated contractors and a portfolio of project photos that puts it in a such a professional class that it doesn't need to spam, in broken English and with plagiarized articles.

There is no possible way that this bozo (good choice of words, Re-mdlr) who's been spamming here could legitimately be affiliated with the real Kwikfynd.

My guess is he wasn't hired, was fired, disciplined, or in some other way has a grievance against Kwikfynd and has decided to ruin its reputation by (a) plagiarizing its articles and (b) spamming.

I think you can guess what my next move is.

BTW, Frodo, that's a cute little kitten. Is she yours?

And Nona, I assume you did a full virus etc. scan after restoring to an earlier date?

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Oct 06, 2013, 03:59 AM
Frodo
no,, its a picture sent to me via facebook/ my neice
my little kitty...lil dude is way cute'r
named after his mom an dad, lil girl and yellow dude

he does the "monster" stands on 2 legs with his paws out stretched..LOL
my wife rescues any animal she sees needing rescue
and i feed em!

i use webroot secure


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Oct 06, 2013, 09:58 AM
CommonwealthSparky
I think we all should leave Bozo the Clown out of this spam talk. Big Grin
Kidding of course, as the mention of Bozo brought back a blast from the past. As we had a whooping total of 6 channels to chose from back then I think he was out of WPIX-11 New York City. Could be incorrect on that though.
Great to see Garden Sprite on the daunting task. Thanks for the board work...


Popeye only reached for the Spinach can as a last resort...
Oct 06, 2013, 11:15 AM
GardenSprite
Frodo, kudos to your wife for rescuing animals and to you for supporting them! My sister was a rescuer and gave a lot of cats and dogs good homes.

CS, perhaps we should request suggestions for naming the Kiwky spammer/plagiarizer/troll/pest other than bozo? I can think of one but given that there are gentlemen (other than Kiwky) and ladies on this forum I'll refrain from using that vernacular.

Given Nona's experience, I do think a special post warning of the dangers of Kwiky's link(s) is warranted.

I would not denigrate a legitimate name either. Actually I don't even remember Bozo the Clown. I do remember Howdy Doody, Puff the Magic Dragon (cartoons on Sat. morning), plus the melodic Peter, Paul and Mary song. Those were a long, long time ago.

I think we only had 4 channels: 2, 4, 7 and 9. I don't think we even had PBS then. I do remember when the first tvs were on the market and as children we really wanted one. Technology and its electronic cousins have moved light years away from those days.

And while we're reminiscing, does anyone remember those inflatable doughboys?

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Oct 06, 2013, 05:21 PM
CommonwealthSparky
I do remember our family getting delivery on a new Sylvania color floor model TV. Good times.
And then later seeing the set go on the blink, having mom call the TV repairman with that magic box of vacuum tubes. Those guys could walk in, look at the screen and have a good idea what tube to replace. I realize now it was repetition on their part, but at the time was amazing.


Popeye only reached for the Spinach can as a last resort...
Oct 06, 2013, 05:31 PM
Re-mdlr
I not only remember Bozo, but I also remember having a tv with an antennae on the roof, and we had a box with a dial to turn that antennae to get better reception. And I remember us discussing something about paying for tv channels, and that it was the future. Sounded pretty wacko to me, but so did landing on the moon
Oct 06, 2013, 05:38 PM
CommonwealthSparky
Heck we always payed for our channels, few as they were. But living in the rolling hills and mountains of the commonwealth, cable TV had very early roots here. I have been told 1949 or so...before my time.


Popeye only reached for the Spinach can as a last resort...
Oct 06, 2013, 06:44 PM
GardenSprite
I remember all those vacuum tubes and roof antennaes as well. I also remember the excitement of color tv. That was a major step forward and upward for the American Dream, which has adapted and expanded drastically from the "chicken in every pot" standard.

Guess I'm really showing my age but I don't even remember if we paid for channels until cable tv was created.

I do remember it being sometime before 1954 that tvs were first in our area and we would stop at the stores and watch from outside, noses and faces pressed up against the glass windows.

Going back even further, I'm betting that at least some of you or your parents remember heating with coal, or possibly no central heating at all as well as no indoor plumbing. I'm so glad those days are long gone.

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Oct 06, 2013, 07:13 PM
Sparky617
Commonwealth Sparky,
I think you are correct that CATV got started in the hills of PA. The CA stood for "Community Antenna" not shorthand for cable. Someone got the bright idea to put a big honking antenna on the top of the mountain and distributed the signal around town with coax cable.

I remember when we got it in Camp Hill when I was a kid and we got rid of the trusty/rusty roof antenna off the side of the chimney. I think my mom paid for the whole year at one time, because it was really cheap like $5 a month. Now between TV, Internet and digital phone it is one of the larger monthly bills in the casa de sparky in NC.


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Oct 07, 2013, 10:52 AM
swschrad
Allegehney, PA, if I remember correctly, was where the first cable TV was strung.

you can put down St. Paul, MN as the birthplace of the DBS satellite revolution. think it was 1981 I was leafing through dad's Broadcasting magazine and noted Stanley Hubbard told the NAB he was going to crank out DirectTV within 5 years.

it took 12, and his partner RCA disappeared in the meantime, so he hooked up with Hughes Aerospace instead. as the costs mounted, Hughes got 80% of the 40 channels, and Hubbard Broadcasting almost lost its shirt, a venerable old-line outfit from the roaring 20s that bought the first commercial TV camera from RCA. I don't mean the first model that was not a laboratory one-off, but Serial #1. KSTP was very tight with RCA, and that was one of the 5 places in the US that everybody went to to learn what this "TV" thing was as the 50s came around.

he had to have started his research in the late 70s to put it all together, about the time everybody had come to grips with this "full color" thing.

when Hubbard sold his share of DirectTV to Hughes in his 70s, it was for $4.3 billion dollars.

that's what happens when a family corporation bets the farm and wins. everything changes all around you. he earned his inland yacht on the St. Croix.

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Oct 07, 2013, 05:10 PM
CommonwealthSparky
In these parts [eastern Pa] Gordon and Shenandoah Pa. and a few others for sure I believe also make that claim of providing CATV first. One of those claims hard to prove, also not really that much of an earth shattering issue, unless you live in that town. Then look out. Big Grin
Did read somewhere that HBO started selling programming in Wilkes-Berra, Pa. Mainly because of you guessed it {cable system in place, a very dependable service} and a population base that had the economics of scale to turn a profit.
I do remember that HBO was NOT available to commercial customers [bars, restaurants, etc] because that thinking was of a profit loss to HBO. As in twenty patrons watching in one spot would not increase total sales. Talk about backward thinking by the corporate world.

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Popeye only reached for the Spinach can as a last resort...
Oct 07, 2013, 05:18 PM
CommonwealthSparky
quote:
Originally posted by GardenSprite:
I remember all those vacuum tubes and roof antennaes as well. I also remember the excitement of color tv. That was a major step forward and upward for the American Dream, which has adapted and expanded drastically from the "chicken in every pot" standard.

Guess I'm really showing my age but I don't even remember if we paid for channels until cable tv was created.

I do remember it being sometime before 1954 that tvs were first in our area and we would stop at the stores and watch from outside, noses and faces pressed up against the glass windows.

Going back even further, I'm betting that at least some of you or your parents remember heating with coal, or possibly no central heating at all as well as no indoor plumbing. I'm so glad those days are long gone.

Remember heating with coal? Heck every house on the block heated with anthracite mined a few miles outside the city limits. And yes under the city as well. Collieries had tunnels travel along the coal seams no matter where they traveled. Every family had a delivery service to deliver the prepared coal to your coal house, a bunker in the cellar. Usually always was your refuse man as well. To this day this area has private trash services, which I am told is not the norm, but all that I have ever known.
A modern day coal prep plant [breaker] is working 24 hours a day about a half mile from my abode as I type.
As a youngin I remember miners WALKING to work, jelly buckets & larders in hand. And those same men walking home with a larder full of locally brewed beer as an evening drink. Good times..

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Oct 07, 2013, 07:51 PM
GardenSprite
CS,

I honestly don't know if other houses in Michigan heated with coal at the time we did, so in retrospect it just seemed unique. Coal was messy and created so much dust, and storing it took up a lot of space.

We had a big oil tank in the bank of the house when we moved out to the suburbs. I suppose we weren't the only house that heated with oil, until sometime along the way my parents converted to gas.

Makes sense that the homes in your area would heat with the fuel that provides the living for the men (women as well?) in the families.

As to private trash service, my city offers no alternative to their "managed" trash collection, so I have city pickup for trash and recycling. Detroit in theory has a similar arrangement, but there have been so many problems with trash pickup in Detroit that it's just a "whole 'nother story".

Some other cities in this county have private service though. Probably more competitive, and probably managed better - I don't have a lot of confidence in my city's ability to manage anything at this point (except that they're doing a good job of pleading financial destitution).
Oct 08, 2013, 04:58 PM
CommonwealthSparky
Very true fact concerning private industry vrs local government operation. Our trash will be put out early tomorrow morning and by 7:00 it will be loaded by a private businessman and on its way. By contrast the once monthly recycling pickup by the city is a 50/50 proposition at best. Your Thursday will come and go and you might find a notice in the local mackerel wrapper Friday morning telling you about a last minute change of plans.
Odd how little work will get done when profit does not drive the bus. Guess that always has been a problem in the good old USA. Good grief, Charlie Brown. Big Grin


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Oct 08, 2013, 07:28 PM
GardenSprite
CS, Sounds like your city's recycling function should be outsourced, if the city can't even make it happen once a month. But then that might mean someone's job is actually, truly "on the line".

You're so right - incentive/profit and bonuses, and ACCOUNTABILITY, make all the difference in the world, although from what I've seen unfortunately some public workers find incentive not in working toward profit for the entire entity but rather for hanging in and anticipating great retirement packages. I worked with, or rather TRIED to work with some of those - they had no commitment at all. They got paid whether the work got done or not.

But of course that's not true of all public units - there are some really good and dedicated workers in some of the municipal units in this area. And there are some really bad ones.

One of the students I met in college observed that for governmental workers, their paychecks were cut years in advance. Of course that's not true now with the political parties fighting so much they've shut down the federal government, except for key emergency functions.

If they were in the private sector, that kind of fiasco would get them pink slipped in short order. Can you imagine employees in any construction field fighting with each other so much that their employer couldn't fulfull its obligations?

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Oct 10, 2013, 08:52 AM
CommonwealthSparky
Yes I think that it always had been the bane of government when carrying useless deadweight. But I doubt if many of them care, as far as I can tell dealing with local officials. Oh well.


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