Adblock and You

If you are a Chrome or Firefox user, you know how lovely the internet can be with a little app called Adblock.  Essentially it lets you block ads from loading on your favorite websites, but much more than that it helps protect you from potentially harmful links.  I highly recommend this as an IT professional (and a decent human being).

Take a look at the website.  Below are 2 screenshots – see if you can tell which one was using Internet Explorer, and which one was using Chrome (with Adblock):

dtads dtnoads


The Times features one ad for a local business, the rest is for all intents and purposes spam and click bait (they even make you answer a cookie-collecting “survey” to read an article, which is designed to track and target you ad wise).  Instead of a clean page, it looks like your spam folder threw up onto the page.  This is why Adblock was created.

If you are using Internet Explorer today (and you are not at work), bless your heart.  I can guarantee it’s not because you’ve evaluated other browsers and decided it’s better.  Most likely, it’s because you see that “e” and understand that means “Internet” – never knowing there are other browsers (internet) that you can use to take you to the same sites.  It’s like eating only McDonald’s hamburgers – never knowing other restaurants offer (better) burgers as well.  If this is you, please go HERE and free yourself from bad internet.

Stay Classy Marengo


The irony of calling someone a “coward” anonymously..  I hate to break it to the author of this masterpiece:  No one outside of you circle of people probably knows who the hell you are talking about.  We can assume, but – well, you know.

This has been on ugly election cycle.  It hasn’t been the first where personal lives are used as reasons to vote for the other candidates, but it may very well be the first to stoop as low as it has.  Whomever was responsible for the NSFW email on the current Revenue Commissioner race did not send that out our of support for the other candidate — the sent that out in malice and hatred for the current office holder.  They also did this anonymously, making them a coward in the process.  It has nothing to do with the vote on  Tuesday.

The pictures are what they are.  However, if you can’t put your name on what you write about someone, what you say doesn’t mean shit.

Another One Bites the Dust



So either 2 things has happened – “MCP” deleted his account, or facebook finally realized he was breaking their TOS.  Either way, it’s truly a sad day for the “MCP nation”.  I guess those who actually claimed that “nation” will have to go to the message boards or listen to Paul Finebaum to see the level of ignorance and cringe you got from that page.  My only regret is he may scurry back into his hole, never having to face up to the shit he posted.

Good riddance.  Like a bad case of diarrhea, it sucked while it lasted, the smell lingers for a bit, but after it’s nothing else but a bad memory.

College football kicks off in less than 24 hours.  All is right with the world again.


MCP #coward #idiot #idontknowhowtohashtag

To all the folks that are “friends” with the MCP facebook account:  just how long do you need to stare at the car crash before moving on?  I can understand the comic curiosity of reading some of the shit this person spews, but at some point you realize they are not worth the time or attention and move on.

I would like to move on as well.  They keep mentioning DLive, or friends of mine, and are too much a coward to stand behind the words.  They are too scared to let anyone on their page, so they ban anyone that doesn’t accept their bullshit.  They delete posts others post calling them out, and delete posts that could possible get them in trouble.  They preach on their “values”, yet I imagine this person will be in hell when they do leave this world.

MCP:  Believe this.  The person you keep accusing of “hacking” you is not your problem.  I’M your problem.  I will find your identity, and when that happens you will be the star of the internet.  I won’t need to “hack” anything.  You have already left enough information out there.  I’m telling you your face and information will be all over this site.  If you want to avoid that, feel free to contact me directly.

Give it a rest you pathetic worm



Yes, this is the real “MCP”.  An anti-social, closeted homosexual, disease riddled inbred that justifies his existence with a facebook page.  Except, he can’t even do that because he’s too scared to put his name on it.

Does mcp REALLY want a bunch of old school computer / internet nerds in his face?  He’s so paranoid of getting caught he’s threatening DLive folks with “embarrassment”.  Really…  He’s removed pretty much any slanderous post from his wall (I kept screenshots).  He threatens to post about “public officials” having affairs, doing illegal deeds, etc. but NEVER POSTS ACTUAL INFORMATION.  It’s like watching Honey Boo Boo and waiting for the dialogue and plot to develop into something substantial.  It’s all talk and advertisement for shit that will never materialize.

Real talk – there is really nothing interesting enough on that wall to warrant extra effort in finding out the author.  The sign lady on Jackson St was more interesting, and didn’t hide from her work.  But, if this asshole doesn’t stop name-dropping Demopolis Live on his page, we will bring the pain.



Spammers LOVE me

For every 1 real comment on a blog post, I receive around 50 “other” comments.  Most are just links to crap on the internet, but on some they try to cleverly disguise the spam as actual posts. Here are some of the rave reviews of DLive:

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They love me.  They really, REALLY love me!!!

Leon Clark’s tenure starting to mirror Joe Clark’s

According to Dr Al Griffen, the decision to “swap” the principal positions of Leon Clark and Tony Speegle was “made to match the strengths of our employees to the needs of our system”.  I believe the question on everyone’s mind is:  WTF does that mean?

We know back in February 2012 Mr Clark turned down his contract offer to continue at DHS.  We know Dr Griffen didn’t exactly fight to keep the popular principal–that job was done beautifully by the students of DHS and the community as a whole.  We know from that fiasco the School board and Dr Griffen looks pretty stupid at the end of the day.  Now, in a specially called meeting, with no public input, they decide to move Clark to US Jones–a move that can really only be seen as a demotion.

..match the strengths of our employees to the needs of our system.

By all (public) accounts, there hasn’t been any real problems at either school.  The whole move smells of bullshit.  It’s petty, political, and the kind of crap that, and the end of the day, makes Demopolis lose good citizens.  You don’t swap JV and varsity coaches when the varsity is winning games (it’s the other way around).  It’s the same petty politics that pushed Wayne Vickers out of town.

I hope Clark stays around.  I’m not sure what the BOE wants, but I have serious doubts it’s the best interest of the kids.

A Damn Shame



So my son and I decide to start playing tennis again.  My best memories of childhood occurred on the courts down on the river, so we head down there only to find this.  The fence is gone, no nets, and the court looks like it was last tended to in the 90′s.  I feel like they really started going downhill when they put those skateboard ramps in, because hey – you can’t just have tennis courts you know, someone might not like tennis.

I guess the logic here was to allow it to become such a useless eyesore that folks wouldn’t mind it getting completely removed.  When the courts were kept up they looked great against the backdrop of the river.  We ended up over at the Middle School, where the courts didn’t look any better (but at least had one good net to hit over).

I don’t know what, if anything, the city has planned for the river courts (it doesn’t appear to be refurbishing them).  I guess all available money goes to the Sportsplex, where last time I checked no tennis courts were available.  For at least 15 years, from the time I first walked onto that court with a wooden racket and 2 flat tennis balls I managed to find along the fence, the city never failed to keep the courts attractive and functioning.  I guess businesses aren’t the only thing dying in this town.

Let me Snopes that for you

What used to be mostly email chains has now moved to the facebook walls.  The classic feel-good story, or the inspirational “tell it like it is” chain that’s usually begins with something along the lines of “you won’t hear this in the mainstream media” or “most won’t have the guts to forward/repost/share this, WILL YOU?”  These seem relatively harmless, although it really bugs me that they almost always claim to be 100% true stories, and pretty much 100% of the time are complete bullshit.  The problem isn’t the message, though – it’s why they are getting created in the first place.

With facebook, it’s real simple:  the creator of the image has an agenda – to gather a list of real users.  They create these image macros (images with text on them) in the hopes they get shared out across the facebooksphere.  The reason these extremely important messages are done in picture form instead of just a post is actually 2 things:  1-people share pictures much more regularly than posts, and 2 – It takes more effort to fact check an image when you can’t just copy/paste the text into Google.  The images usually can be trace back to a group, whose’s trying to make advertising money by attracting followers.

Who cares, right?  My main issue – you should own what you post.  If facebook is your digital “home”, you are the equivalent of the lady on Jackson St putting signs in her yard.  If you going to repost an image claiming some shit, you should take the 10 seconds it takes to Snopes it and make sure it’s actually factual.  Otherwise you are just spamming random crap and looking increasingly crazy.  At least the sign lady is original with her ranting.

And while we’re at it:

  • No one is giving away money, iPads, phones, etc.  They are NOT.  You look stupid posting pictures of Bill Gates or supposed lottery winners.
  • Facebook is not going to start charging for its service.  It’s not how the business model works.
  • There is NO app that lets you see who’s viewing your profile.  Folks like me make decent money cleaning off PC’s full of viruses that can usually be traced back to a facebook app.
  • ANY story, pic, etc. that requires you to install an app to see is a SCAM.  I promise you if you just Google the teaser text you can see it without jacking up your PC.

It’s really common sense, but it’s amazing how that seems to disappear on the internet.