Tuesday, October 12, 2004


I'm not sure what to buy, wondering if anyone could help
How to Protect Yourself From Vandals, Viruses If You Use Windows: Personal Technology from The Wall Street Journal, by Walter S. Mossberg

I'm in the market for products to keep my computer safe. I want to make sure I have a good anti-virus program. I also want to make sure that I have the right spyware and firewall protection systems.

I read an article by Walter Mossberg of the Wall Street Journal where he had recommendations on these topics. He said,
"Curing viruses: You must run a strong antivirus program, and keep it updated, even if updates cost money. I recommend Norton AntiVirus (the stand-alone program, not the cumbersome security suite). It's very effective, and its automatic update system is the best I've ever tested. It costs $50, including a year of updates.

Stopping spyware: Since antivirus programs don't attack spyware, you will need to run, and keep updating, a separate piece of software called an antispyware program. I recommend Spy Sweeper from Webroot software, at www.webroot.com. It costs $30, including a year of updates. Like an antivirus program, it not only detects and removes spyware already on your PC, but also watches for, and blocks, new spyware.."

I went to Staples and the salesman said that shipments of both McAfee and Norton won't arrive until tomorrow. They will be sold for $89. He encouraged me to buy something called "Panda" that had the Staples logo on it and is being sold for only $69. Keeping in mind that Mossberg suggested Norton (and that I had McAfee on my law school's laptop), I told him I would consider it when I came back tomorrow to see if the McAfee and Norton shipments arrived.

I was wondering if anyone could suggest that I buy

1) Norton or
2) McAfee or
3) Panda

Also, should I just get the "stand alone" program as Mossberg suggested or should I buy the whole package containing spyware and firewall protection?

Thanks in advance for anyone's and everyone's help!!

How to Protect Yourself From Vandals, Viruses If You Use Windows: Personal Technology from The Wall Street Journal, by Walter S. Mossberg



Reader's Digest: Christopher Reeve: A hero onscreen and off

RD: What's your position on embryonic stem cell research?

Reeve: I advocate it because I think scientists should be free to pursue every possible avenue. It appears though, at the moment, that embryonic stem cells are effective in treating acute injuries and are not able to do much about chronic injuries.

John Edwards on Stem Cell Research @ Newton High School, Newton, Iowa:
'We will stop juvenile diabetes, Parkinson's, Alzheimer's and other debilitating diseases... When John Kerry is president, people like Christopher Reeve are going get up out of that wheelchair and walk again.'



Kerry repeated many of his lies, distortions and misleading answers from the 1st debate. We won't repeat them but you can inspect them, below. However, here are examples of where Kerry lied, was wrong and gave misleading answers.

# 1: "Now, the three things they try to say I've changed position on are the Patriot Act; I haven't. I support it. I just don't like the way John Ashcroft has applied it, and we're going to change a few things. The chairman of the Republican Party thinks we ought to change a few things."

TRUTH: In fact, Racicot appeared more than 2 years ago before an Arab American group. He actually said that the Patriot Act must be "monitored" over the years to see if any "refinement" is necessary.

# 2: "No Child Left Behind Act, I voted for it. I support it. I support the goals. But the president has underfunded it by $28 billion."

TRUTH: Funding for Department of Education grew 58% under Bush. Another 5% increase this year for children from low-income families and for special education for disabled children. Kerry campaign's own data shows funding for the No Child Left Behind law have increased by $2.7 billion. That's 12%.

# 3: "Well, let me tell you straight up: I've never changed my mind about Iraq. I do believe Saddam Hussein was a threat. I always believed he was a threat. Believed it in 1998 when Clinton was president. I wanted to give Clinton the power to use force if necessary."

TRUTH: Saddam was a threat? So, where have we heard Kerry say that Saddam was not a threat? Hmmmm...

# 3A: "And what's interesting is, [Iran is] a threat that has grown while the president has been preoccupied with Iraq, where there wasn't a threat."

TRUTH: Things that make you go hmmmm. "He was a threat." "There wasn't a threat."

# 4: "The goal of the sanctions was not to remove Saddam Hussein, it was to remove the weapons of mass destruction. And, Mr. President, just yesterday the Duelfer report told you and the whole world they worked."

TRUTH: That is a LIE. The New York Times said, "In fact, that report did not draw a firm conclusion about whether the sanctions and inspections succeeded in disarming Iraq."

# 5: "Two weeks ago, there was a meeting of the North Atlantic Council, which is the political arm of NATO. They discussed the possibility of a small training unit or having a total takeover of the training in Iraq. Did our administration push for the total training of Iraq? No. Were they silent? Yes."

TRUTH: NATO, in fact, IS working on sending a mission to Iraq. The Baltimore Sun said it agreed in principle to the mission back in June. Yesterday, the North Atlantic Council said its operation was aimed at "substantially enhancing NATO's assistance to the Iraqi interim government."

# 6: "You know, they even had the Defense Department issue a memorandum saying, "Don't bother applying for assistance or for being part of the reconstruction if you weren't part of our original coalition."

TRUTH: In other words, countries like France and Germany didn't want to make sacrifices with our troops, but they should make money from our invading Iraq.

# 7: "Ladies and gentlemen, the right war was Osama bin Laden and Afghanistan. That was the right place."

TRUTH: So, if that was the right war, one wonders why Kerry voted to go with Iraq. One wonders why he didn't say, back then, that America should only be focused on Afghanistan.

# 8: "I don't think you can just rely on U.N. sanctions" (talking about Iran).

TRUTH: But, he had just said that we had to just rely on U.N. sanctions for Iraq.

# 9: "For two years, the president didn't even engage with North Korea, did nothing at all, while it was growing more dangerous, despite the warnings of former Secretary of Defense William Perry, who negotiated getting television cameras and inspectors into that reactor. We were safer before President Bush came to office. Now they have the bombs and we're less safe."

TRUTH: According to the Washington Times, "But North Korea cheated, and the Clinton administration pretended not to notice. In 1997, American officials learned that North Korea had built an underground nuclear facility at Kumchang-ri. On July 8, 1998, Secretary of State Madeleine Albright (another current Kerry adviser) told Congress that the Agreed Framework had "frozen North Korea's dangerous nuclear-weapons program." But when the Kumchang-ri intelligence became public the following month, Ms. Albright said she hadn't known that information until later in July. It turned out that Mrs. Albright had been told many months earlier."

# 10: "And the president is moving to the creation of our own bunker- busting nuclear weapon. It's very hard to get other countries to give up their weapons when you're busy developing a new one."

TRUTH: We should give up our weapons but trust countries from the Axis of Evil to give up their weapons.

# 11: "We're not going to go alone like this president did... Mr. President, countries are leaving the coalition, not joining. Eight countries have left it."

TRUTH: I'm confused. What is he trying to say? Are we alone or are we in a coalition?

# 12: "This president chose a tax cut over homeland security. Wrong choice."

TRUTH: In other words, if you are in the middle-class, you didn't deserved a tax cut either.

# 13: "John Edwards and I support tort reform."

TRUTH: You don't need a brain to figure that one out.

# 14: "He put $139 billion of windfall profit into the pockets of the drug companies right out of your pockets."

TRUTH: Kerry is quoting liberal researchers, Alan Sager and Deborah Socolar. According to Investor's Business Daily, "studies make starkly different assumptions about whether the new drug benefit will cause seniors to buy a lot more medication thereby increasing sales, and also about the extent to which competition among different drug plans will force drug companies to offer rebates and discounts to get the business."

# 15: "I led the fight to put 100,000 cops on the streets of America."

TRUTH: That was Bill Clinton's mantra. Is Kerry stealing credit from Bubba?

# 16: "If they just left the Clean Air Act all alone the way it is today, no change, the air would be cleaner that it is if you pass the Clear Skies act. We're going backwards."

TRUTH: Gregg Easterbrook of the New Republic said that Clear Skies would reduce the planned pollution of sulfur dioxide, nitrogen oxides and mercury emissions.

# 17: "I'm going to be a president who believes in science.

TRUTH: Ugh, please.

# 18: "The fact is that the Kyoto treaty was flawed. I was in Kyoto, and I was part of that. But this president didn't try to fix it. He just declared it dead, ladies and gentlemen, and we walked away from the work of 160 nations over 10 years."

TRUTH: Kerry voted against Kyoto treaty. He said he was in Kyoto. He said it was flawed even after 10 years of work. But, he blames Bush for not fixing it overnight. Why didn't Kerry do something about it?

# 19: "China and India are graduating more graduates in technology and science than we are."

TRUTH: Umm, China and India both have a billion people. Our population is less than 300 million.

# 20: "Congressman Jim Sensenbrenner, he is the chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, said over his dead body before it gets renewed without being thoroughly rechecked."

TRUTH: Sensenbrenner issued this statement, "As the author of this valuable tool in our war on terrorism, I find it irresponsible for Senator Kerry to mislead the public by characterizing my comments as a slight on the bill or on the work of President Bush and Congress."

# 21: " Ten thousand out of 12,000 Humvees aren't armored."

TRUTH: All Humvees are, and were, armored.

# 22: "I have a plan to provide health care to all Americans."

TRUTH: An independent study by the Lewin group that said that if Kerry's plan were implemented, only half of the people without health care would gain coverage. No study predicts "all Americans" would have coverage.


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