Before you begin reading this piece, some of you need to know who Ray
Taliaferro is: one of the most popular, longterm progressive talk show
hosts in all of America. I've been listening to him for years, here at
his home base station, Radio KGO.
But he's considerably more than "just" a radio celebrity. Click on his
image below, to access his KGO page, and learn of his many good works.
Hello again Ray (I called in twice in the past four years: gay activist
Zeke). I totally enjoyed your righteous rant last night, against the evil Norton security and anti-virus services.
You are quite correct as a savvy consumer: they are treating you like
you're stupid, a fool, whose wallet is for the plucking. Your proposal
to sue the heck out of them is a worthy cause...and about time PC
consumers rise up in outrage. Meanwhile, I have a most effective and
powerful solution to clean up your computer and have it purring like a
kitten in no time...all for free. No jive, no strings attached.
Not only am I a gay activist, I am also a hacker advocate...but only in the best sense of that word, as in: "white hat hacker"
(those who use their programming skills to legally assist people with
computers, often dedicated to alternative non-Microsoft methods and
systems.) Those of us in the know have religiously avoided any retail
programs for years. For there are many excellent security and
anti-malware applications available in the free software community.
What it comes down to is this:
Install a small combination of free security and anti-malware
applications. Not only do they cost *nothing* to use, they are also
rated higher than any retail equivalent. For the sake of Windows users
such as yourself, I have provided these free solutions in my blog entry
Best PC security...at $0.00
Just follow the simple instructions, and your system will be as good as
new...even better. I even give you a way to thoroughly clean up an
already ravaged system...so I just don't deal with preventive measures,
but curative as well.
I think you will be very pleased at the results; feel free to share
with as many other Windows customers as possible, in order to fight
this war against consumer ripoff. But as you know, there is another
method to own a secure system: switch your operating system. You
mentioned buying Macintosh. But hold on a moment:
That changeover requires an additional major expense. Why surrender a
perfectly good system that you just bought, to the recycle bin...when
you can simply replace the present operating system with one that is
far more secure, virus free and user friendly...and costs nothing at
all? That would be Linux, or more specifically, a Linux distribution
That is what I have finally done last October, and I haven't looked
back. Ubuntu has all the capabilities of Windows programs, minus all
the ugly hassles. To learn more about Ubuntu:
But if for some reason you are committed to certain Windows software,
there are various and excellent *free* (or quite cheap) emulators that
in most cases will run these applications in Linux. (And do you know
*why* the Mac is so virus free? Because it is a Unix-derived system. As
There are also free "install fests" around the bay, via any number of
Linux and Unix organizations. So you're not even stuck with installing
Linux on your own. In fact, I am the founder of one such group: the
Berkeley Unix User Group (first meeting: 13 Jan 2000). Our home page:
I am also a member of another user group just born this year: the
Berkeley Linux User Group. Whose founder is a brillaint young man in
possession of countless sparkling brain cells, Jack Deslippe. His page:
BUUG meets on the 1st and 3rd Thursday of the month (7-9 pm at Cafe Au
Coquelot on University Ave. near Shattuck), while BerkeleyLUG meets on
the 2nd and 4th Sundays of each month (noon-2 pm at Bobby G's Pizzeria
You are most welcome to join us at either meeting, and ask all the
questions you want. Bring your Toshiba if you'd like us to install
Ubuntu...either alongside Windows in a dual-boot setup, or solo. (Note:
you need to defrag your Windows system before installing Ubuntu, if you
want to dual boot. Best done before you show up. Also, let us know a
couple days ahead if you want to install Ubuntu, so we can prepare. And
make damned sure all your valuable data is backed up to an external
source, before proceeding! Better yet: two external sources, such as a
DVD disc and remote online storage.)
When are the next meetings?
BerkeleyLUG: September 27 (Sunday), noon
BUUG: October 1 (Thursday), 7pm
Keep up the good fight, Ray...your *many* good fights. I'll be
listening to you as always, on late night KGO radio, 810 on the AM
dial. And maybe, some fine day, I'll have the immense pleasure to meet
you in person.