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Posted by | Posted in Geek Stuff, The 9-To-5 Droll | Posted on 08-01-2009

As is often the case, I came into work this morning to be greeted with the usual people shuffling about and mumbling under their breath. It’s usual practice for computer technicians really, but this time they had a real issue to mumble about.

For today, a virus had infected our whole computer system. Quite how one little virus can cause all the issues we’re seeing I don’t know, but it just goes to show how vulnerable computers really are. And considering how paranoid about these things the management are, it’s quite surprising that anything manages to get through our firewalls.

But alas, we have no mail server, and the system that our business runs on has ground to a halt, meaning that our business has ground to a halt. (Yay!)

In light of these woes, I’ve decided to install AVG Antivirus onto my laptop here at work. I have to admit, I don’t think I’m supposed to install a free version of AVG in a commercial environment, but to be fair I am about to plug their most popular product. You see, I swear by AVG. I’ve tried a lot of anti-virus programs over the years, and although there are some that are as good as AVG for cleaning your system, the drawbacks of those other programs outweigh the benefits of them.

Norton Antivirus is obviously the industry leader, and with good reason – it’s excellent at doing it’s job. The trouble with it is you need a super-computer to be able to run it as often as you should and not have it interfere with your day-to-day activities.

Avast is another one. Although a lot less resource-intensive than Norton, I personally didin’t like the interface as much, and I don’t think it does quite as good a job at keeping your system clean as some of the others. Admittedly, I’ve not used it for a while so things might have changed, but my mind is still set on AVG for the time being.

A lot of people are fans of NOD32 as well. I’ve not tried this myself, although the geek community seem to hold it in high regard, so it’s worth a mention by me.

So yes, if you want a good quality,  free, anti-virus product then I’d recommend AVG. There’s a paid-for version also, if you’re into that sort of thing. It’s a shame our business isn’t “into that sort of thing” or else we might not be in this mess. (The office is currently empty – I’m literally the only person not faffing about trying to calm the masses.)

I’m slightly disappointed with myself – yesterday I had a play about on the CDJs and created one of the most awesome uplifting/high energy trance sets I’ve ever played… but didn’t record it. According to a certain Mysterious Nik and Uncle Tony, that’s always the way – you do your best mixes on the fly, completely unplanned, and you never record them. You have only your memories of the awesomeness that gets created, and nobody else gets to appreciate it. I might just record another mix tonight, completely randomly, and see how it turns out.

On the upside, though, I did dig out my driving theory test book last night though. I remain adament that the answers to all of the 1500 possible questions that you may get asked during a driving theory test are just plain common sense, but I’m still going to go through the mammoth book and learn the answers to all of them. As a bonus(?) the book comes with the complete Green Cross Code as well, just for added fun. At least I’m sort of sticking to my New Year’s Resolutions.

Despite my previous thoughts about the influx of new gym members at around this time of year (what with all the wannabe health freaks burning off the Christmas fat) I’ve actually found that there aren’t any new members joining my gym. I have to say, I haven’t noticed any bumf come through the door about gym memberships at all, so perhaps that’s why. Still, I’m not complaining as it means more free machine time for me. Which is a selfish thought, I know, but I didn’t pay £500 for gym membership to watch other people on the machines.

Here’s a little riddle for you to tax your brains:

You’re standing in a room that has two doors. One door leads to heaven, and one door leads to hell, although you don’t know which is which. There are two men in the room, each one standing by a door. One man always tells the truth, and one man always lies, but again, you don’t know which is which. You’re trying to get to heaven, and to help you, you can ask one of the men only one question. Who would you ask, and what would you ask them?

Answers on a postcard by the end of the day! (Which means I’ll tell you the answer in my next blog post.)

I’ve been invited up north again this weekend, but it’s likely I’ll be giving it a miss. Had I not seen my old uni mates so recently, I probably would have gone, but considering I’m trying not to drink to excess, go to clubs that play music I don’t like, or waste money, I can’t really justify spending the money twice in a week. Tis an expensive game, this travelling lark! Still, I’m glad I got to see them recently, so all is not lost.

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