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dcolbert Contributor
The latest Tech Republic newsletter had "Spot your Name, send us your mailing list, and we'll send you swag" as a mini contest...

The reply to: address is trol@cnet.com...

Really? You want my REAL personal info and you're going to send me stuff?

A bad choice in a reply to: address, at the very least.

Really, I've seen those TV shows where the guy shows up to win the lottery and gets arrested for back child support or for an outstanding DUI warrant. I'm suspicious.

Anyone else notice this?
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    BFilmFan

    Unless you are wanted by the authorities for being a drunk driving deadbeat, I wouldn't be too worried that Sonja and Jason or any of the TR-gang have your personal information.

    And if I am not mistaken, the sheriff of Cook County just used a gift card promotion to round up several dozen wanted individuals.

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    Tig2

    And she doesn't use it for any negative purpose. She very simply sends a TR coffee mug to anyone chosen in that random drawing.

    TROL is an acronym for Tech Republic Out Loud. It started as a podcast and has become a weekly video show. It is also the name of the community blog.

    If your name is chosen and you are uncomfortable with sending your address to Sonja, you don't have to. Maybe I can talk her into sending ME your cup. I am trying for a set of four.

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    The Scummy One

    I already have 4

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    Tig2

    I mistakenly put one in the dishwasher along with something incompatible and had an undesired result. So I am still working up to my set of four.

    If I pinged Soni every time I had earned swag, I would have been at a set of eight long ago. I don't bother because I have the swag item that NONE of you have- the TR dartboard. Top that!

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    aww

    Jaqui

    it only took hot coffee and cold metal door frame to break my one and only TR mug.

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    Neon Samurai

    I've got a suspicious look practiced and perfected for every time I see someone reach for it.

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    jdclyde

    An idea I gave Sonja to try to help pull more lurkers off the fence.

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    HAL 9000 Moderator

    That all unclaimed Swag goes directly to you for all time. I know that way you would be drowning in unclaimed Swag items cus I very rarely ask for anything.

    I'm told that I still have a TR Mug by SWMBO but I haven't seen it since she took it away to protect it from me as I was using it as a Pen Holder on my desk. She insisted that the Pen Holder she bought me was better. :^0

    Pity she didn't ask and just did it while my back was turned. I have my suspicions as to what has actually happened.

    I even got home unexpectedly to see a 32 GIG Thumb Drive of mine disappearing out the front door connected to a TR Lanyard that was too easy as mine though it was denied at the time.

    As for TR Dart Boards I'm not allowed to have Sharp Objects even Plastic Knives are way too sharp to allow me to use so I could never have a TR Dart Board.

    Col ]:)

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    The Scummy One

    needs to be in my hands

    Oh, and never wash a TR mug in the dishwasher. Always HAND WASH.
    So, since you were a BAD GIRL, send the dartboard to me for safe keeping

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    santeewelding

    You guys have dishwashers? You're talking way over my head. I'm barely beyond scrubbing with sand by hand and rinsing in the riverbed. Try that with a wine glass. I always fumble and break them. Same with a ceramic mug.

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    boxfiddler Moderator

    The only dishwasher 'round these parts is me.

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    HAL 9000 Moderator

    The women always are considered as Dishwashers.

    You don't think any company is sill enough to make a machine to replace women do you? Actually here one company has made a Dishwasher and it's just as dangerous as most females as it catches fire and has been known to destroy houses completely. Just like any Hormonal Female. Though the mechanical version does it much faster than any female has yet managed mainly because the females have a sense of Self Preservation and do not start fires when they can not get out real quick with what they consider Important to them. Their Babies whatever they may be. :^0

    Here we have severe water restrictions still so no machines get used to do anything that uses water. SWMBO arms have been worn away to the elbows using that old Washing Board that the Authorities handed out to all people involved in Cloths Washing. There is a Upper limit of 800 Liters per day use and we are flat out using 1/4 of that most days. :0

    Though the thought of buying Bottled Water to biol up to make Tea, Coffee seems more than a bit strange to me but I'm not stupid enough to ask questions. Though I did explain that I was using the Bottled Water to water the Carnivorous Plants which got SWMBO and her Daughter in Law going.

    Col ]:)

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    CharlieSpencer

    So they can stand closer to the sink.

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    Tig2

    Who put the mug in the dishwasher. The SO was. He's still paying for that little error in judgement.

    I'm afraid that I just can't possibly send you my dartboard. It enjoys living on my desk. I wouldn't want to upset it or anything like that. I can, and will, submit a picture of its gloriousness to TROLOV.

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    santeewelding

    You do push the envelope.

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    OnTheRopes

    I've been using it for every coffee since I got my first good mug. No kidding. It's just the right size for a coffee to get you motivated enough to grab a second cup of coffee. :0

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    jdclyde

    but after it was promised, none could be found.

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    Tig2

    I got the last one. It lives in a sophisticated security system on my desk that will cheerfully gas you into oblivion should you try to pick it up without providing the appropriate biometric data.

    In return, Sonja can look forward to receiving Tigger swag. I call it a fair trade.

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    JamesRL

    I didn't even both to spot mine, and Sonja confirmed the last postal address I had.

    Feel free to donate any SWAG you earn to any of us.

    James

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    CharlieSpencer

    Send Sonja a peer-message with your shipping address. Still uncomfortable? Send her MY shipping address.

    Seriously, I've traded a couple of snail-mail packages with the good folks in Louisville. The only unexpected mail I've received as a consequence of this was a Christmas card.

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    Oz_Media

    Me too! Give them your address and they start sending you shirts, mugs, flags, etc. and to top it all off, they even had the gaul to send me a Christmas Card!!!

    Gotta love TR, you are the best, thanks so much guys!

    Now if I could only get an answer to my rootkit removal and hidden file questions. sigh, bloody virus!

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    Tig2

    Have you tried PMing Michael Kassner on your rootkit issues? I will bet that he will have the best input on that topic. Have you checked out his recent articles dealing with rootkit issues? He may have helpful input there as well.

    Merry Christmas, love.

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    Oz_Media

    Thank you so very much!!

    And a Happy Ho Ho Ho to you too my love.

    Well Tig, you got me on track with that reply. While searching for Kassner's root kit articles, a description noted AVG free rootkit removal (DOH!) it is still scanning but has found the files I am looking for, and its free so I can delete them (hopefully).

    Just what I've always wanted my own little Tigger! I will name him George, and I will hug him and pet him and squeeze him...

    A classic cartoon, and its 'little bunny' not really Tigger.

    George The Abominable Snowman - as he mistakes Daffy for a bunny. 'I can hug him and pet him and rub his fur backwards!'

    I wish I was actually a kid again sometimes and not just a kid in an adults body. Then again, new cartoons suck, in my opinion.


    YES YES YES YES YEEEEEEESSSS!!!!!!

    I love you SOOOO much Tig! It WORKED WOOHOOOO!!!! (clicking heels, jumping up and down, sh1tting pants etc.) OMG what a feeling or success!

    Everyone's been telling me to reformat, well I don't need no steekin' reformat, I have Tech Republic peers and NOBODy tops TR peers, NOBODY I TELL YOU! MUWAHAHAHAHAHAHA! ]:)


    TR - the best place online!

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    boxfiddler Moderator

    bigtime.

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    Tink!

    Agreed.

    Most of what my kids watch I do WATCH, but compared to the classic Looney Tunes and other older cartoons, they fail miserably in "GOOD" content.

    Luckily I get Boomerang in our satellite package (we pay extra to get a kids add-on package which includes this channel). It's owned by Cartoon Network, but it runs the old classic cartoons like Looney Tunes, Flintstones, Popeye, etc. My son prefers that channel - yay. :)

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    CharlieSpencer

    Cartoon Network has some occasional hits. "Codename: Kids Next Door" can be downright hilarious; even the weak episodes are pretty good. "Samurai Jack" is as good as animated storytelling gets, rivaling anything from big screen films to Japanese works. Unfortunately, both are currently out of circulation. Many episodes of "PowerPuff Girls" are a hoot; they're currently over on Boomerang. "Danny Phantom" on NickToons is watchable, as is "Kim Possible" on Disney.

    Absolutely nothing on the broadcast networks is worth the CPU cycles it took to create, excluding some of Fox's Sunday night block anchored by "The Simpsons".

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    Tink!

    Codename is pretty cool. Samurai Jack is also cool. (and I think they're starting to show these on Boomerang - because I just saw an episode not too long ago)

    Powerpuff Girls are fun (and my bro worked on a few of the storyboards). Dexter's Lab is also fun (he also did a cpl of those).

    Danny Phantom and Kim Possible are also good choices.

    I like Courage, the cowardly dog. But prefer the episodes where he does less talking and more "charades". He has more personality that way I think.

    Spongebob is absolutely goofy - but easy to watch.

    The new Speed Racer is totally lame. Same with the new Transformers - wish they'd show the ones I grew up with.

    I liked Futurama, hard to catch it now.

    My 11 year old likes Inuyasha and Family Guy. My 13 year old watches Tokyo Mew Mew online, as well as Mermaid Melodies. LOL!

    And have you seen any of the adult swim (on Cartoon Network) stuff that's on REALLY late at night? It is sooo weird that weird doesn't describe it!

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    The Scummy One

    really??

    for sure??

    just what do you watch these days :0

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    The Scummy One

    they were 'good' at the time.
    anyone remember Speed Racer? -- gag
    when I was young, I remember -- ughh -- watching it :0

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    BFilmFan

    You nearly made me have a heart attack over here!

    New cartoons suck?

    Nay, say I to thee, fair maiden! (said in voice like Thor, cause he is like all big and cool and has that nice head-bonking hammer!)

    I am not sure what channels you have been watching, but I will recommend the following animation, as some of the very best that you can view:

    Batman: The Animated Series, produced by Bruce Timm, Alan Burnett, and Eric Radomski from 1992 to 1995. Featuring the voice talents of Kevin Conroy (Batman), Mark Hamill (The Joker), Loren Lester (Robin)and Efrem Zimbalist, Jr. (Alfred), it was based upon Bruce Timm's artwork and won two Emmys.

    Genndy Tartakovsky's Dexter's Laboratory. Featuring the adventures of boy geinus Dexter one-sided battles with his older sister Dee Dee, which always ended badly for Dex. He also produced Samurai Jack that was mentioned earlier.

    Butch Hartman's whacked Fairly Odd Parents which follows the adventures of Timmy Turner and his fairy godparents Cosmo and Wanda always leaves me chuckling, if not outright laughing. Full of pop references, satire and slapstick, my young great-niece Abegail, age 4 and Unkey Jerr, mental age about 4 too, highly recommend this one!

    The Justice League, which is currently seen on Boomerang, has a number of the major and minor DC universe characters, such as Martian Manhunter, Superman, Wonder Woman, Batman and Green Lantern all fighting to uphold justice and freedom.

    Bleach follows the adventures of Ichigo Kurosaki after he accidentally obtains the power of a shinigami from Rukia Kuchiki. A shinigami is a Japanese death personification similar to the Grim Reaper. Gaining these abilities forces him to take on the duties of defending humans from evil spirits and guiding departed souls to the afterlife. This one is really a favorite of my teenage to early 20's nieces and nephews.

    Hellsing centers around the Holy Order of Protestant Knights, led by the latest member of the bloodline of Abraham Van Helsing. Their mission is to protect Queen and Country from the undead and other supernatural forces of evil. The organization is run by Sir Integral Fairbrook Wingates Hellsing, who inherited her responsibility as its director after the death of her father in her early teenage years. She is served by her faithful family butler and former Hellsing "trashman," Walter C. Dornez, and Alucard, a powerful vampire that was captured by the family a hundred years ago and serves as the organization's current "trashman." They are later joined by former police officer Seras Victoria, who becomes a Hellsing soldier when she is turned into a vampire by Alucard. This one is STRICTLY for adults as it features very rough language and extreme violence.

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    CharlieSpencer

    The poorest episode of "Batman: the Animated Series" is superior to any big-screen, live-action treatment of the characters. Mark Hamill's Joker is better than Nicholson's or Ledger's.

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    Neon Samurai

    I've yet to see Joker done right outside of the animated series. Perfect blend of homocidal madness mixed with chemist genious. And the voice.. hamil nails it.

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    The Scummy One

    Personally I like
    Family Guy
    Simpsons
    SouthPark
    and a few others

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    Tig2

    No one wants a rootkit for Christmas!

    This place is an example of the best that a community can be- a place where we can actually care about one another and try to help.

    (((hugs))) to you Oz. Have a wonderful Christmas!

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    CG IT

    some swag

    but after a mug, Polo, bottle openers, flashlight, I figured I got enough...

    Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all on the TR boards

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    The Scummy One

    4 mugs, a flag, a bouncy ball (light doesnt work anymore) and other stuff. I stopped asking, even though I wanted to be the first to get a whole case of mugs.

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    CharlieSpencer

    TR sends out cologne?

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    CG IT

    not that funky smelling Ralph Lauen stuff.

    Maybe if TR sent out Old Spice as swag?

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    jdclyde

    I am not concerned of anything other than missing out on more. B-)

    And yes, the name is kind of an inside joke.

    In the cases you mention, it is people on the warrant lists that get sent the invites in a region as a way of getting them to join the party.

    Does it really sound logical such an attempt would be made looking for people on a global web site that primarily only techs go to? If they wanted to, working with your ISP, they could trace you back via your IP address.

    All is well in swagville.... B-)

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    GSG

    The mug is the best. I've gotten lots of mugs, and this is the best mug for hot chocolate out there.

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    Tink!

    I agree - the mug is great for hot cocoa!

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    Jellimonsta

    Mine is just ornamental. :)

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    CharlieSpencer

    I can get plenty of hot water in it and still have rim-to-liquid clearance to move around without fear of spillage.

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    jdclyde

    I haven't been able to bring myself to get it dirty.... ;\

    It is on the shelf next to the little TR flag.... And my glowing balls.... and my whine stopper that is a wine stopper.... and the geek tools.... wearing my SWEEEEET "builder.com" black longsleeve shirt as I type this......


    B-)

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    CharlieSpencer

    I also wear my TR T-shirt, although I have never once thrown my TR 'Frisbee' (TM).

    PS. I thought that was kind of sad, so I took it from it's display spot above the fridge and chucked it the length of the computer room. Now it can spend the holidays in peace, happy it has fulfilled it's destiny.

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    The Scummy One

    in public several times now. It is a nice shirt.

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    jdclyde

    because only people that don't work can wear WHITE shirts to work.... :0

    The second was blue, and sWEEET!

    The third is my black longsleeve. Just so bummed that they don't have more of them.

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    OldER Mycroft

    News to me, by jove!

    My 'Builder.com' polo and my 'TechRepublic' polo both have only the short variety of sleeves.

    Mind you - given the SIZE of each item ... :^0

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    jdclyde

    unfortunately, all the relics of the past are gone... I tried for more, but cleared out....

    Oh well. Looks DAMN good on me. B-)

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    GSG

    you said "glowing balls". I gave my shirts to a co-worker. He's admired my swag, and liked the shirts, and he did me a HUGE favor, so my two shirts were the least I could do.

    OK, so I bought him a bottle of Zwack, an obscure Hungarian herbal liqueur to go with it. He collects bizarre alcohols. He told me that I owed him a hooker for that favor he did for me, so I included a pair of over the door coat hooks.

    Sorry, I refuse to supply the other kind. He did tell me that the next time I need a favor to come to him first, and he'd be happy to help me with anything.

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    jdclyde

    when you play with them....

    It is always good to remember those that remember you, huh?

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    GSG

    Yes, I always remember those who help me. It was a very demanding, stressful situation, so I went to a lot of effort to think of something that would fit his personality and tastes.

    I also keep a co-worker's favorite gum in my candy dish, and little things like that. It takes just a little effort and shows that I appreciate their help. It's also "paying forward" so when I have to ask them to do something for me, they are more apt to put me to the head of the line.

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    jdclyde

    how simple things like that can make such a difference in the service you receive.

    i shocked the young kid that works at the local butcher shot when I gave him a Christmas tip last week. clearly i was the only one to do it.

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    XnavyDK

    for some swag. hes not doing anything anyway. He can fill her in on the personal info.

    I just got some cookies with my nickname on them. I don't know how they got geekmaster to fit... and ledigble at that...

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    CharlieSpencer

    but they could only fit "Son of a Bi" before they ran out of room.

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    Oz_Media

    they say "lrean ot ytpe "

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    dcolbert Contributor

    Lighten up, guys...

    I don't have time for this right now, I've got to go down to this place to pick up a free wide screen TV I just won in a contest I don't remember ever entering.

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    Tig2

    We will all start petitioning to have Sonja send us your swag. More for us is more for us!

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    jdclyde

    it doesn't get much lighter than this....

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    dcolbert Contributor

    Fall from a UPS plane and crush your computers.

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    HAL 9000 Moderator

    With a Luminous Day Glow Yellow Sticker that reads Worlds Best *** Toys for the Seriously Kinky as well. Honest.

    Only those with something to hid need worry after all this is a Tech Site not a Site for Dead beat Parents and other serious Law Breakers.

    Just because you are Paranoid doesn't mean that people are not watching you. Well that may be true but what makes you think you are interesting enough to want to watch in the first place? :^0

    The bottom line here is if you are so worried you do not have to respond. After all there is no Law that you have to respond or click on that next Pop Up to appear or avail your self of that next free Play now and Pay Latter Offer that you will undoubtedly receive. :0

    Col ]:)

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    NickNielsen Moderator

    Is it because you owe back child support? Or do you have an outstanding bench warrant for something else?

    I'll add myself to the list of those offering to take any TR swag you don't want.

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    santeewelding

    Appears he has taken up with a mere 8-year-old.

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    BFilmFan

    Unless you are wanted by the authorities for being a drunk driving deadbeat, I wouldn't be too worried that Sonja and Jason or any of the TR-gang have your personal information.

    And if I am not mistaken, the sheriff of Cook County just used a gift card promotion to round up several dozen wanted individuals.

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    Tig2

    And she doesn't use it for any negative purpose. She very simply sends a TR coffee mug to anyone chosen in that random drawing.

    TROL is an acronym for Tech Republic Out Loud. It started as a podcast and has become a weekly video show. It is also the name of the community blog.

    If your name is chosen and you are uncomfortable with sending your address to Sonja, you don't have to. Maybe I can talk her into sending ME your cup. I am trying for a set of four.

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    The Scummy One

    I already have 4

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    Tig2

    I mistakenly put one in the dishwasher along with something incompatible and had an undesired result. So I am still working up to my set of four.

    If I pinged Soni every time I had earned swag, I would have been at a set of eight long ago. I don't bother because I have the swag item that NONE of you have- the TR dartboard. Top that!

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    Jaqui

    it only took hot coffee and cold metal door frame to break my one and only TR mug.

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    Neon Samurai

    I've got a suspicious look practiced and perfected for every time I see someone reach for it.

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    jdclyde

    An idea I gave Sonja to try to help pull more lurkers off the fence.

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    HAL 9000 Moderator

    That all unclaimed Swag goes directly to you for all time. I know that way you would be drowning in unclaimed Swag items cus I very rarely ask for anything.

    I'm told that I still have a TR Mug by SWMBO but I haven't seen it since she took it away to protect it from me as I was using it as a Pen Holder on my desk. She insisted that the Pen Holder she bought me was better. :^0

    Pity she didn't ask and just did it while my back was turned. I have my suspicions as to what has actually happened.

    I even got home unexpectedly to see a 32 GIG Thumb Drive of mine disappearing out the front door connected to a TR Lanyard that was too easy as mine though it was denied at the time.

    As for TR Dart Boards I'm not allowed to have Sharp Objects even Plastic Knives are way too sharp to allow me to use so I could never have a TR Dart Board.

    Col ]:)

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    The Scummy One

    needs to be in my hands

    Oh, and never wash a TR mug in the dishwasher. Always HAND WASH.
    So, since you were a BAD GIRL, send the dartboard to me for safe keeping

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    santeewelding

    You guys have dishwashers? You're talking way over my head. I'm barely beyond scrubbing with sand by hand and rinsing in the riverbed. Try that with a wine glass. I always fumble and break them. Same with a ceramic mug.

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    boxfiddler Moderator

    The only dishwasher 'round these parts is me.

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    HAL 9000 Moderator

    The women always are considered as Dishwashers.

    You don't think any company is sill enough to make a machine to replace women do you? Actually here one company has made a Dishwasher and it's just as dangerous as most females as it catches fire and has been known to destroy houses completely. Just like any Hormonal Female. Though the mechanical version does it much faster than any female has yet managed mainly because the females have a sense of Self Preservation and do not start fires when they can not get out real quick with what they consider Important to them. Their Babies whatever they may be. :^0

    Here we have severe water restrictions still so no machines get used to do anything that uses water. SWMBO arms have been worn away to the elbows using that old Washing Board that the Authorities handed out to all people involved in Cloths Washing. There is a Upper limit of 800 Liters per day use and we are flat out using 1/4 of that most days. :0

    Though the thought of buying Bottled Water to biol up to make Tea, Coffee seems more than a bit strange to me but I'm not stupid enough to ask questions. Though I did explain that I was using the Bottled Water to water the Carnivorous Plants which got SWMBO and her Daughter in Law going.

    Col ]:)

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    CharlieSpencer

    So they can stand closer to the sink.

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    Tig2

    Who put the mug in the dishwasher. The SO was. He's still paying for that little error in judgement.

    I'm afraid that I just can't possibly send you my dartboard. It enjoys living on my desk. I wouldn't want to upset it or anything like that. I can, and will, submit a picture of its gloriousness to TROLOV.

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    santeewelding

    You do push the envelope.

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    OnTheRopes

    I've been using it for every coffee since I got my first good mug. No kidding. It's just the right size for a coffee to get you motivated enough to grab a second cup of coffee. :0

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    jdclyde

    but after it was promised, none could be found.

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    Tig2

    I got the last one. It lives in a sophisticated security system on my desk that will cheerfully gas you into oblivion should you try to pick it up without providing the appropriate biometric data.

    In return, Sonja can look forward to receiving Tigger swag. I call it a fair trade.

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    JamesRL

    I didn't even both to spot mine, and Sonja confirmed the last postal address I had.

    Feel free to donate any SWAG you earn to any of us.

    James

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    CharlieSpencer

    Send Sonja a peer-message with your shipping address. Still uncomfortable? Send her MY shipping address.

    Seriously, I've traded a couple of snail-mail packages with the good folks in Louisville. The only unexpected mail I've received as a consequence of this was a Christmas card.

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    Oz_Media

    Me too! Give them your address and they start sending you shirts, mugs, flags, etc. and to top it all off, they even had the gaul to send me a Christmas Card!!!

    Gotta love TR, you are the best, thanks so much guys!

    Now if I could only get an answer to my rootkit removal and hidden file questions. sigh, bloody virus!

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    Tig2

    Have you tried PMing Michael Kassner on your rootkit issues? I will bet that he will have the best input on that topic. Have you checked out his recent articles dealing with rootkit issues? He may have helpful input there as well.

    Merry Christmas, love.

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    Oz_Media

    Thank you so very much!!

    And a Happy Ho Ho Ho to you too my love.

    Well Tig, you got me on track with that reply. While searching for Kassner's root kit articles, a description noted AVG free rootkit removal (DOH!) it is still scanning but has found the files I am looking for, and its free so I can delete them (hopefully).

    Just what I've always wanted my own little Tigger! I will name him George, and I will hug him and pet him and squeeze him...

    A classic cartoon, and its 'little bunny' not really Tigger.

    George The Abominable Snowman - as he mistakes Daffy for a bunny. 'I can hug him and pet him and rub his fur backwards!'

    I wish I was actually a kid again sometimes and not just a kid in an adults body. Then again, new cartoons suck, in my opinion.


    YES YES YES YES YEEEEEEESSSS!!!!!!

    I love you SOOOO much Tig! It WORKED WOOHOOOO!!!! (clicking heels, jumping up and down, sh1tting pants etc.) OMG what a feeling or success!

    Everyone's been telling me to reformat, well I don't need no steekin' reformat, I have Tech Republic peers and NOBODy tops TR peers, NOBODY I TELL YOU! MUWAHAHAHAHAHAHA! ]:)


    TR - the best place online!

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    boxfiddler Moderator

    bigtime.

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    Tink!

    Agreed.

    Most of what my kids watch I do WATCH, but compared to the classic Looney Tunes and other older cartoons, they fail miserably in "GOOD" content.

    Luckily I get Boomerang in our satellite package (we pay extra to get a kids add-on package which includes this channel). It's owned by Cartoon Network, but it runs the old classic cartoons like Looney Tunes, Flintstones, Popeye, etc. My son prefers that channel - yay. :)

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    CharlieSpencer

    Cartoon Network has some occasional hits. "Codename: Kids Next Door" can be downright hilarious; even the weak episodes are pretty good. "Samurai Jack" is as good as animated storytelling gets, rivaling anything from big screen films to Japanese works. Unfortunately, both are currently out of circulation. Many episodes of "PowerPuff Girls" are a hoot; they're currently over on Boomerang. "Danny Phantom" on NickToons is watchable, as is "Kim Possible" on Disney.

    Absolutely nothing on the broadcast networks is worth the CPU cycles it took to create, excluding some of Fox's Sunday night block anchored by "The Simpsons".

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    Tink!

    Codename is pretty cool. Samurai Jack is also cool. (and I think they're starting to show these on Boomerang - because I just saw an episode not too long ago)

    Powerpuff Girls are fun (and my bro worked on a few of the storyboards). Dexter's Lab is also fun (he also did a cpl of those).

    Danny Phantom and Kim Possible are also good choices.

    I like Courage, the cowardly dog. But prefer the episodes where he does less talking and more "charades". He has more personality that way I think.

    Spongebob is absolutely goofy - but easy to watch.

    The new Speed Racer is totally lame. Same with the new Transformers - wish they'd show the ones I grew up with.

    I liked Futurama, hard to catch it now.

    My 11 year old likes Inuyasha and Family Guy. My 13 year old watches Tokyo Mew Mew online, as well as Mermaid Melodies. LOL!

    And have you seen any of the adult swim (on Cartoon Network) stuff that's on REALLY late at night? It is sooo weird that weird doesn't describe it!

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    The Scummy One

    really??

    for sure??

    just what do you watch these days :0

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    The Scummy One

    they were 'good' at the time.
    anyone remember Speed Racer? -- gag
    when I was young, I remember -- ughh -- watching it :0

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    BFilmFan

    You nearly made me have a heart attack over here!

    New cartoons suck?

    Nay, say I to thee, fair maiden! (said in voice like Thor, cause he is like all big and cool and has that nice head-bonking hammer!)

    I am not sure what channels you have been watching, but I will recommend the following animation, as some of the very best that you can view:

    Batman: The Animated Series, produced by Bruce Timm, Alan Burnett, and Eric Radomski from 1992 to 1995. Featuring the voice talents of Kevin Conroy (Batman), Mark Hamill (The Joker), Loren Lester (Robin)and Efrem Zimbalist, Jr. (Alfred), it was based upon Bruce Timm's artwork and won two Emmys.

    Genndy Tartakovsky's Dexter's Laboratory. Featuring the adventures of boy geinus Dexter one-sided battles with his older sister Dee Dee, which always ended badly for Dex. He also produced Samurai Jack that was mentioned earlier.

    Butch Hartman's whacked Fairly Odd Parents which follows the adventures of Timmy Turner and his fairy godparents Cosmo and Wanda always leaves me chuckling, if not outright laughing. Full of pop references, satire and slapstick, my young great-niece Abegail, age 4 and Unkey Jerr, mental age about 4 too, highly recommend this one!

    The Justice League, which is currently seen on Boomerang, has a number of the major and minor DC universe characters, such as Martian Manhunter, Superman, Wonder Woman, Batman and Green Lantern all fighting to uphold justice and freedom.

    Bleach follows the adventures of Ichigo Kurosaki after he accidentally obtains the power of a shinigami from Rukia Kuchiki. A shinigami is a Japanese death personification similar to the Grim Reaper. Gaining these abilities forces him to take on the duties of defending humans from evil spirits and guiding departed souls to the afterlife. This one is really a favorite of my teenage to early 20's nieces and nephews.

    Hellsing centers around the Holy Order of Protestant Knights, led by the latest member of the bloodline of Abraham Van Helsing. Their mission is to protect Queen and Country from the undead and other supernatural forces of evil. The organization is run by Sir Integral Fairbrook Wingates Hellsing, who inherited her responsibility as its director after the death of her father in her early teenage years. She is served by her faithful family butler and former Hellsing "trashman," Walter C. Dornez, and Alucard, a powerful vampire that was captured by the family a hundred years ago and serves as the organization's current "trashman." They are later joined by former police officer Seras Victoria, who becomes a Hellsing soldier when she is turned into a vampire by Alucard. This one is STRICTLY for adults as it features very rough language and extreme violence.

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    CharlieSpencer

    The poorest episode of "Batman: the Animated Series" is superior to any big-screen, live-action treatment of the characters. Mark Hamill's Joker is better than Nicholson's or Ledger's.

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    Neon Samurai

    I've yet to see Joker done right outside of the animated series. Perfect blend of homocidal madness mixed with chemist genious. And the voice.. hamil nails it.

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    The Scummy One

    Personally I like
    Family Guy
    Simpsons
    SouthPark
    and a few others

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    Tig2

    No one wants a rootkit for Christmas!

    This place is an example of the best that a community can be- a place where we can actually care about one another and try to help.

    (((hugs))) to you Oz. Have a wonderful Christmas!

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    CG IT

    some swag

    but after a mug, Polo, bottle openers, flashlight, I figured I got enough...

    Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all on the TR boards

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    The Scummy One

    4 mugs, a flag, a bouncy ball (light doesnt work anymore) and other stuff. I stopped asking, even though I wanted to be the first to get a whole case of mugs.

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    CharlieSpencer

    TR sends out cologne?

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    CG IT

    not that funky smelling Ralph Lauen stuff.

    Maybe if TR sent out Old Spice as swag?

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    jdclyde

    I am not concerned of anything other than missing out on more. B-)

    And yes, the name is kind of an inside joke.

    In the cases you mention, it is people on the warrant lists that get sent the invites in a region as a way of getting them to join the party.

    Does it really sound logical such an attempt would be made looking for people on a global web site that primarily only techs go to? If they wanted to, working with your ISP, they could trace you back via your IP address.

    All is well in swagville.... B-)

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    GSG

    The mug is the best. I've gotten lots of mugs, and this is the best mug for hot chocolate out there.

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    Tink!

    I agree - the mug is great for hot cocoa!

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    Jellimonsta

    Mine is just ornamental. :)

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    CharlieSpencer

    I can get plenty of hot water in it and still have rim-to-liquid clearance to move around without fear of spillage.

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    jdclyde

    I haven't been able to bring myself to get it dirty.... ;\

    It is on the shelf next to the little TR flag.... And my glowing balls.... and my whine stopper that is a wine stopper.... and the geek tools.... wearing my SWEEEEET "builder.com" black longsleeve shirt as I type this......


    B-)

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    CharlieSpencer

    I also wear my TR T-shirt, although I have never once thrown my TR 'Frisbee' (TM).

    PS. I thought that was kind of sad, so I took it from it's display spot above the fridge and chucked it the length of the computer room. Now it can spend the holidays in peace, happy it has fulfilled it's destiny.

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    The Scummy One

    in public several times now. It is a nice shirt.

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    jdclyde

    because only people that don't work can wear WHITE shirts to work.... :0

    The second was blue, and sWEEET!

    The third is my black longsleeve. Just so bummed that they don't have more of them.

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    OldER Mycroft

    News to me, by jove!

    My 'Builder.com' polo and my 'TechRepublic' polo both have only the short variety of sleeves.

    Mind you - given the SIZE of each item ... :^0

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    jdclyde

    unfortunately, all the relics of the past are gone... I tried for more, but cleared out....

    Oh well. Looks DAMN good on me. B-)

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    GSG

    you said "glowing balls". I gave my shirts to a co-worker. He's admired my swag, and liked the shirts, and he did me a HUGE favor, so my two shirts were the least I could do.

    OK, so I bought him a bottle of Zwack, an obscure Hungarian herbal liqueur to go with it. He collects bizarre alcohols. He told me that I owed him a hooker for that favor he did for me, so I included a pair of over the door coat hooks.

    Sorry, I refuse to supply the other kind. He did tell me that the next time I need a favor to come to him first, and he'd be happy to help me with anything.

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    jdclyde

    when you play with them....

    It is always good to remember those that remember you, huh?

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    GSG

    Yes, I always remember those who help me. It was a very demanding, stressful situation, so I went to a lot of effort to think of something that would fit his personality and tastes.

    I also keep a co-worker's favorite gum in my candy dish, and little things like that. It takes just a little effort and shows that I appreciate their help. It's also "paying forward" so when I have to ask them to do something for me, they are more apt to put me to the head of the line.

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    jdclyde

    how simple things like that can make such a difference in the service you receive.

    i shocked the young kid that works at the local butcher shot when I gave him a Christmas tip last week. clearly i was the only one to do it.

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    XnavyDK

    for some swag. hes not doing anything anyway. He can fill her in on the personal info.

    I just got some cookies with my nickname on them. I don't know how they got geekmaster to fit... and ledigble at that...

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    CharlieSpencer

    but they could only fit "Son of a Bi" before they ran out of room.

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    Oz_Media

    they say "lrean ot ytpe "

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    dcolbert Contributor

    Lighten up, guys...

    I don't have time for this right now, I've got to go down to this place to pick up a free wide screen TV I just won in a contest I don't remember ever entering.

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    Tig2

    We will all start petitioning to have Sonja send us your swag. More for us is more for us!

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    jdclyde

    it doesn't get much lighter than this....

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    dcolbert Contributor

    Fall from a UPS plane and crush your computers.

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    HAL 9000 Moderator

    With a Luminous Day Glow Yellow Sticker that reads Worlds Best *** Toys for the Seriously Kinky as well. Honest.

    Only those with something to hid need worry after all this is a Tech Site not a Site for Dead beat Parents and other serious Law Breakers.

    Just because you are Paranoid doesn't mean that people are not watching you. Well that may be true but what makes you think you are interesting enough to want to watch in the first place? :^0

    The bottom line here is if you are so worried you do not have to respond. After all there is no Law that you have to respond or click on that next Pop Up to appear or avail your self of that next free Play now and Pay Latter Offer that you will undoubtedly receive. :0

    Col ]:)

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    NickNielsen Moderator

    Is it because you owe back child support? Or do you have an outstanding bench warrant for something else?

    I'll add myself to the list of those offering to take any TR swag you don't want.

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    santeewelding

    Appears he has taken up with a mere 8-year-old.