Blog on the Run: Reloaded

Tuesday, January 16, 2007 6:45 pm

So, so ready for the duck pit

Filed under: Geek-related issues — Lex @ 6:45 pm

The duck pit, if you’re not familiar with this bit of blogging shorthand, is the place where, come the revolution, the most deserving (by which I mean “the most annoying” under the current regime) will be consigned so that they may be pecked to death by ducks.

Examples? OK.

Barry Bonds? The duck pit. Telemarketers? The duck pit.

Donald Trump and Rosie O’Donnell? A two-course duck meal.

Televangelists? The duck pit … after being slathered in barbecue sauce.

Well, add to that list Microsoft’s coders.

I went to renew the antivirus software on the kids’ PC last night. Knew the process, had the credit card. Eight or so minutes, tops, right?

One hour and forty-two minutes. And not because of the AV software. Because of Windows updates.

All I wanted was to postpone any/all Windows updates until I’d gotten the AV software updated because the latter had totally slipped my mind and the subscription had therefore expired a while (ahem) ago.

Microsoft, however, deemed this request totally unreasonable.

There’s more, but that’s the gist.

So, PC users, we have exactly zero chance that the world’s duck population will starve to death anytime soon.

Come the revolution, of course.



  1. “I went to renew the antivirus software on the kids’ PC last night.”

    AVG! AVG! It’s FREE!

    Comment by Sue — Wednesday, January 17, 2007 11:18 am @ 11:18 am | Reply

  2. GTFOOH! Free antivirus software??!??

    Does it play nicely with XP and common Windows apps? Does it scan on schedule in the middle of the night?

    If so, that rocks. (He said, bitterly, wondering if it’s too late to cancel the credit-card charge.)

    Comment by Lex — Wednesday, January 17, 2007 2:40 pm @ 2:40 pm | Reply

  3. No doubt about it, Bill Gates is to our time what J.P. Morgan, John D. Rockefeller and the railroad Robber Barons were to theirs.

    Meaning (to me at least): You hate their rapaciousness, but you can’t help admiring their ingenuity and the order they bring to the marketplace.

    Comment by Bitter Scribe — Wednesday, January 17, 2007 2:50 pm @ 2:50 pm | Reply

  4. I’ve used AVG in the past – works fine. Stopped when I got access eTrust through a corporate deal, but it’s definitely worth a look.

    Comment by Tony Plutonium — Wednesday, January 17, 2007 6:27 pm @ 6:27 pm | Reply

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