It's easy to hide behind a screen name, isn't it? It's even easier to form opinions about things, places and people, even if the opinions are falsely based. Most people don't bother to read between the lines, if they even manage get past the title of the article. For quite a few people, just reading the title sums up (in their mind) what the article is all about. So they make assumptions and draw quick conclusions without bothering to read any further. If they do manage to get that far down the page they still may not be able to figure out exactly what's going on, but it doesn't matter (to them)...they've already summed it all up. And in their mind they are correct. More likely, "far from being so".
On Friday May 17th, 2013, I had a very bad day. It started off with nearly being crushed under a dump-truck on my way to hospital with Mom. Stops signs are put there for a reason. If you think driving in Boston or NYC is bad...you should try driving in Worcester! The day ended with me coming home to check messages on and do some visiting with fellow deviants (I needed to calm down from having traveled the hectic streets of the city.) Then all hell broke loose. "Something" tried to get into my and I was forced into a total shut-down. When I was able to get back on (after filing a report to Apple), I put a warning out to the many followers that I may have been hacked. I even had a question mark after the word in the title, as I just wasn't sure what went wrong. I was outright slandered with creating a "hoax". Yeah, right. The only real hoaxes are created by the government. The accuser had no idea what my day had been like...what hell I'm currently going through. No, instead I get called out for creating a hoax. Puh-leeze! I'm a 45 year-old combat veteran trying to eke out a living not a 7th-grader looking for attention so, of course I'm gonna lash out at my accuser...wouldn't you?
Maybe I should have included more facts from the get-go But would that really matter? Probably not. I know what happened on my side of the keyboard and all that matters is that I was able to stop it in time (hopefully.) You can believe what you want to believe, I really don't care at this point
Anyway, I did the only thing I thought was best...I temporarily deactivated my account and did a full security sweep of my Some may say I "ran away from the fray" or "over-reacted", as it were but...not really. Read below and you'll get a better idea of "why". If you want to read the other journal entry, go right ahead. I'll leave it up as I'm deleting stuff. After I'm done it'll be gone anyway
At any rate the accuser knows who he/she is and is forgiven. I figured "why hold a grudge against an emoticon?" It's hard for me to get upset with a 50X50 pixel image but, I really didn't need the retort and accusation that day. I needed info and help. Had I been asked or offered any help it would have been okay. But I wasn't (well...a couple folks did have good suggestions...) The report I sent to Apple proved that something had gone through my page while I was visiting another deviant, so I probably picked it up there. Fortunately, the affected page never opened up and I did a quick shut-down after I got the warning. While deleting the first few hundred deviations I did find about 175 corrupted files. They are no longer a threat but, after I finish up with permanent deletions, it won't matter. I will no longer be posting here. It'll take me a few hours to manually delete all 1400+ deviations. Why? Because does not, even though it says that your page will be essentially "wiped clean". All it really does is put up a page that indicates that your account has been "deactivated". Take a look around at anyone who's ever left or been banned...their work is still there, if they haven't manually deleted it beforehand.
This is not the first time I've picked up a "bug" from a website, especially The first time was through a Yahoo group back in 2007. One of the members picked up a "worm" and didn't know he had it. Over 8,000 of us ended up either ditching our hardware or completely reformatting our hard-drives, due to the infestation. I lost reams of data that day...most of which I never was able to recover. I still have the hard-drive from my old e-machine and maybe someday I can afford to get the info off of it.
The second & third times were in 2008 and oddly enough, one was through the other was from someone who got through the PayPal barrier. I didn't even know my info was compromised until I got the "over-draft" notice from the bank! Without naming any companies involved, they were actually able to track down the location of the hacker...not that anything was ever done about it. I filed all the requisite police reports and got my money back but still...
In late 2009 I got hacked for real. More data lost. The HP Pavilion I had then, went to the scrapyard. This is what one gets when one uses an operating platform, that virtually the entire planet uses. So I saved up for a couple of years to buy a MacMini. So far I've had only two hack attempts in the past couple of years. Glad I made the investment.
Now you know this wasn't a fucking "hoax". But knowing Human Nature like I do, most of you will draw your own conclusions anyway. Whatever.
Though I've been a member on since 2007, I was basically a watcher (though most would've called me a lurker or troll at the time.) I was trying to get a feel for the site. It took me 3 years to get up the courage to start posting here. Now all that is gone. I'm taking my stuff and leaving. I've had enough. To think I wasted $30.00 for a premium (non-refundable) membership Besides, there are to many restrictions here, anyway. This is probably the main reason why I've returned to Blogger.
To all those that actually cared enough to visit, you know where you can "find" me. If you don't, well...then...your SOL And don't bother leaving any comments...I won't be reading them (I'll be too busy with deletions...)
And as for the ending of my Friday? The (important) paperwork I was expecting in the mail, didn't show up until Saturday. Go figure.
Take care all and best of luck in your future endeavours!
This is Torpedo, signing off for good.