12/14/2004 10:31:00 AM|W|P|BRAFury|W|P|
Ladies and Gentleman: It's the travelling season!
I am sitting at Port Columbus Airport getting ready to enjoy a month of travelling around the United States. I plan to keep record of my everyday adventures, giving travellers like me tips on what to do and what not to do.
Here's the itinerary for the upcoming month:
Miami, Orlando, Charleston, Philadelphia, Reheboth Beach, Killington and finally NYC. All in a month. After January 16th, I will have mastered and conquered the east coast of US.
My first post will be tonight
Columbus, OH|W|P|112524552520924452|W|P|Welcome!|W|P|12/14/2004 05:22:00 AM|W|P|BRAFury|W|P|"Time will come and surely show..." For the record, I am officially a graduate of The Ohio State University. I considered Sunday one of the most memorable days of my life.
But like many other great days, that is now part of the past. Today, I get ready to leave cold and grayish Columbus for sunny and warm Florida, snowy and independent Vermont and finally cosmopolitan and trendy NYC, all in the great company of family and friends.
It should be a month filled with fun and happiness and although I am looking forward to it, I leave with a tad of agony in my heart for all of those in Columbus, who I will certainly miss a lot.
For all of you that stay, have a great holiday season and as always...
PS. I will be back for another year, guys.
I was there, believe me!!!
|W|P|110303074084836013|W|P|Time has come|W|P|12/08/2004 04:51:00 AM|W|P|BRAFury|W|P|So my plan was to leave Columbus two weeks after I returned from my holidays travel. It was all set: Columbus for a couple of weeks, Orlando for another two, Brazil for a month and finally London for three full months, all before my fresh start at Rollins College next September.
Well... The plan was good. A little time constrained but definitely it could have worked... Except that my immigration status does not allow me to do so. Let's put it this way -- if I leave the States, I can't come back until my new F-1 has been issued by Rollins. The result?
I will remain in Columbus for another 8 months or so and hopefully find a job in the process...
More to come
PSI. Graduation in 4 days --
|W|P|110251029227327595|W|P|A decision has been made|W|P|12/04/2004 11:06:00 AM|W|P|BRAFury|W|P|A few days after my pop-up cleaning adventure (see entry below), things still look very obscure for my desktop machine. Pop-ups are still doing their dirty job and my computer is starting to just give up: it's been running significantly slower for the past few days. In observance of such events, I have decided to start a war on these evil and overly annoying inventions. My first move was actually a good surprise: after spending $29.99 with AdwareFilter which failed to clean up my computer (the program itself was spreading spyware of my machine... SHADY) I decided to write a sweet letter to the developers which started with a "Dear a**holes" and ended with a request for a refund. One day later I received notice that my PayPal account had been refunded. Ahh, the power of the American consumer, like in no other country, you have a chance to express your dissatisfaction with a product.
Right now I'm giving SpySweeeper a try (it's the fourth program I've installed). I heard very good things about it and am hoping it will work.
Keep your fingers crossed...
|W|P|110218733278908037|W|P|A follow up in my pop-up removal struggle|W|P|12/02/2004 10:24:00 AM|W|P|BRAFury|W|P|Today was the last time...
Today I celebrate my last day of classes. For the first time in 5 years I have no finals to take which means that technically I am done, awaiting for my degree.
I would like to thank everyone who contributed to my ride: my parents, my friends (there and here) my classmates, teachers and anyone else who made the completion of this ride possible.
From now on, the topic of my discussions won't be school anymore (except when the Bucks play and kick some serious rear end!!) . Well... at least until some time next year when my graduate work begins.
Until them, let us enjoy the holiday season and the memories of sometimes great, sometimes not-so great college years.
|W|P|110201190361679120|W|P|One last time |W|P|12/01/2004 04:37:00 PM|W|P|BRAFury|W|P|Days ago my computer got infested with extra annoying pop-up ads following a download of the Hilton sisters screen saver (it sounded like a good idea at the time).
Well, 100 dollars later, spent with 2005 Norton Internet Security and AdwareFilter, I'm still not sure if my PC will ever be the same again. The worst: Norton found 20 ads/pop-up "threats" in my computer which pointed directly to guess who??? My $29.99 dollar recently acquired AdwareFilter piece of software.
The Internet indeed has open many opportunities for us: free access to information, e-business, e-mail, e-everything but also it gave an opportunity for losers with too much time in their hands and bad intentions to develop nasty ways to make people's lives miserable.
An example: In a given day, a very unlucky Internet user, let's name him Murphy, can open his email account to find two messages. One with an attachment, deploys a copy of Mydoom.ah@mm, a nasty virus that spread among home computer users quicker than Von Dutch trucker hats did. The other is an e-mail from Citibank, telling him to update his personal information... What he didn't know was that he had been a victim of "phishing". He had visited a fraudulent website and the credit card information he entered was now on the hands of some sleazy online con artist. Finally, he realizes his machine is running slower than his 1993 PC286 most likely because of the 50 processes that had been running in the background, all of them installed and executed without his knowledge.
The solution? Buddy, you might as well back up your music, photos and documents up and literally start over or buy a copy of AdwareFilter for ONLY $29.95.|W|P|110194787037107237|W|P|Phishing, Pop-Up Ads, Spyware, Trojans: Is Apocalypse Next?|W|P|