Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Termites and the Coming Nuclear Holocaust

Once upon a time in the American West lived some pioneers, the Hooper family.  They lived in a comfortable log cabin with a lovely straw roof on the edge of the forest.  Let's listen in as the Hoopers have dinner:

Sallie:  We learned today in school about how termites can destroy a house.
Mr. Hooper:  Yep, that's the reason every Friday night we take our kerosene lanterns and spend a few hours searching through the roof thatch to look for those pesky pests.Brother Jed coming in the door:  I just chopped down the Christmas tree - it's a bute!
Sallie:  It is beautiful Jed! Let's check it for termites now - I'll run get a candle.
Mrs. Hooper:  Jed, just put the tree down next to the bale of hay on the other side of the fireplace - next to the barrel of kerosene.
Jed: Ok, Mom.
Mrs. Hooper: Hey, let's decorate the tree now!  Here's a bunch of small candles.  Let's tie them on the tree and light up this room.
[Later that night]
Sallie:  The tree is so beautiful with all the candles burning bright!  Can we let them burn all night to  keep the termites away?
Mrs. Hooper:  Of course!

The Hoopers are obsessed with termites destroying their home, yet are oblivious to the real threat to their lives.
In the same way the media and politicians today are obsessed with Global Warming Climate Change, but devote little attention to the real existential threat to all life on earth - a nuclear exchange between the US and Russia.

We have had many close calls when due to equipment malfunction or human error, the missiles almost launched - seriously.  Sometimes the launch was prevented by a lone individual who just refused to push the button.

Our leaders need to be obsessing on ways to reduce the likelihood of an accidental launch of missiles that could destroy all human life on earth.

Oh, yeah, the Hoopers?  Thanks to Jed's quick thinking later that night, they all escaped the inferno that was their home with only minor injuries.

And for your viewing pleasure, a related video from the 80s at no charge:

Monday, November 02, 2015

FTP through proxies, Filezilla, AdWare, and WinSCP

While trying to ftp some files through a proxy, I reached for my old friend Filezilla and downloaded a copy to my new windows 7 box.
Afterwards my browsers' home pages and search engines changed - arrrrrgggggghhhhhhh!!!!! - unanticipated adware choking my machine.
After an hour or so of trying to remove the adware - scanning, rebooting, scanning, rebooting - it was almost gone.  That was an expensive "free" program.  Oddly enough it loaded the Adware but not Filezilla.

After a wee bit of research, I downloaded WinSCP  to ftp through a proxy.  WinSCP read my putty settings and automagically loaded ftp sites.  It works like a charm without the AdWare bloat.
Thanks WinSCP!