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Posted by on January 10, 2009 in site news


Reconciling cybercondoms with a low end computer

Yes, my Toshiba is aging, over two years old now. Its 512MB memory and 1.4 GHz processor are challenged in comparison with newer systems. Every saving of resources matters, therefore, but at the same time you have to have protection.

Recently I opted out of Avast! antivirus and tried AVG8. Bad choice, at least in terms of resource use. I do have this thing called Anvir Task Manager Free which keeps me well informed about what is going on under the bonnet; yes it also uses resources, but not much. Well, now I have ditched AVG in favour of PC Tools Free Antivirus, and my computer is much happier. (I already had the PC Tools Firewall, so I figured the two programs should be happy together.)


PC Tools AV and Anvir open simultaneously; the AV is updating, so the CPU usage at this point – see extreme bottom left just above the bottom bar – is 100%, but memory usage is only 72%. That would have been 100% before I switched. Note the thorough event log.

About Avast! – it is good, but it is also a bugger to uninstall. You have to download a tool to do it, and it can only be done in safe mode. Very fiddly. At least AVG uninstalls easily. And yes, I have several good tools for cleaning up after uninstalling – so necessary as almost always there is mess left behind – but that can keep for another post when I am feeling geeky enough…

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Five more from regulars to this blog

Again they have or will have been noted on my Google Reader*.

Jim Belshaw

The Importance of Reviving New England is a post I agree with up to a point, but empathise with 100%. It is very well argued and extremely well composed. A lot of heart as well as mind has gone into it.


How cricket saved itself and 2008 – IV. The last one is amazing. One can forgive the odd typo; it obviously came out in a rush, but is so substantial in its coverage of major events as well as personal matters.


Bruce seems to be on a roll lately. Israel… says much that I find very reasonable, and given that (understandably) hysterics and/or polemics prevail on this topic, that is something indeed! Chris Illingworth is not a monster is a post Marcellous will find interesting; we all should…

* 24 new posts have been added to it this morning, and it could easily have been more! My little blogging stable has been very busy overnight.

Closing comments early. This entry is a spam magnet. Don’t know why.

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I took that from an amusing article in The Atlantic Monthly (via Arts & Letters Daily): Reblock Yourself the Polly Frost Way! The symptoms?

Blogaholism. Do you plot out your day so that it will generate as many blog postings as possible?

Twitteritis. Did you Twitter this morning as you made your morning coffee? And then later as you trimmed your toenails?

Reviewing Addiction. Do you spend every lunch hour pumping up your ranking as an Amazon reader-reviewer?

RSS Dependency. Did you simplify your life by subscribing to RSS feeds only to discover yourself spending more time than ever commenting at blogs?

Status Update Disorder. Have you made plans to self-publish a collection of your Facebook Status Updates?

If so, you’re almost certainly suffering from from one of the great underdiagnosed ailments of our time. That’s right, you may well have … Unblocked Writer Syndrome.

But not to worry. The solution is at hand. Now you’ll be able to put an end to the stream of garbage issuing in such free-flowing abundance from you—in just 3 days!—thanks to…


I thought it an appropriate way to introduce this week’s SATURDAY STATS. 😉

So here’s what was visited individually over the past seven days.

Floating Life: 2,120 views so far this month

  1. Australian poem: 2008 series #9 — 111 reads in the past seven days
  2. The Great Surry Hills Book Clearance of 2005  57
  3. Joshua to Gaza 2009 56
  4. Dispatches from another America 46
  5. How good is your English? Test and Answers 34
  6. Just a quiet Sunday afternoon in Surry Hills 1 33
  7. Just a quiet Sunday afternoon in Surry Hills 2 25
  8. Hmmm… Been blogging for way too long 23
  9. I hereby ban the word “fascist" from this blog 23
  10. Kevin Rudd as art critic 18
  11. Last 2008 in review post: my also-rans 18
  12. New Year blogging resolutions 16
  13. Two from regulars to this blog 16
  14. Behind the news: Rosemeadow NSW 15
  15. Rationalising resources 15

Photoblog: 393 views so far this month

  1. Hot day: sheltering in Juice & Java 30
  2. Courteous 12
  3. The ground beneath your feet 1 7
  4. From 12 storeys up: more from the high rise 7
  5. 2009 in order 6
  6. Sunday 4 January: passing parade 2 6
  7. The ground beneath your feet 2: very small and very temporary ant hill 5
  8. Sunday 4 January: passing parade 1 5
  9. The ground beneath your feet 3: decay 4
  10. Sunday 4 January: passing parade 1 – quartet  3

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This week’s most viewed photo

English/ESL: 1,684 views so far this month

  1. How should I write up a Science experiment? 146
  2. Studying the Gothic, or Emily Bronte? 145
  3. HSC English NSW Area Study Standard and Advanced Belonging 1  53
  4. Mary Shelley, "Frankenstein" — and "Blade Runner" 42
  5. Physical journeys and Peter Skrzynecki’s poems 24 (16,941 visits since May 2007)
  6. Workshop 01 — a theme unit in four different text types 22
  7. Studying comic strips? Really! 20
  8. The mysteries and injustices (?) of the NSW UAI ranking  20
  9. What tense should I use when I write about literature? 20
  10. Is "majority" singular or plural? 19
  11. Better English and ESL writing workshops 18
  12. Belonging pages: HSC 2009-2012 17
  13. How can I write faster in exams? 17
  14. How can I improve my essay grades, especially in English? 17
  15. 01b: The Essays  16

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