August 13th, 2003

IT Ninja

Return of the Virii Warnings

I haven't done these in ages, but it's about time, especially with the new, fun threat, Blaster.

Swing over to TechTV for information, protection, and cleaning stuff.

Remember folks, it is very important to your security, and the security of everyone, as well as the usability of the 'net, to keep your machine patched and updated, with a good anti-virus program and firewall.

In fact, here are some damned good free options: for an antivirus program, I reccomend Grisoft's AVG program, and for a firewall, it's very hard to go wrong with Zone Alarm. Again, these are both free, and very easy to get set up.

And remember, having an antivirus program doesn't necessarily make you safe. It needs to be kept updated, and even then, a new virus can hit you before they're aware of it, or written the definitions to recognise it.

Use common sense when surfing, reading email, avoid downloading attachments, and keep your machine protected. It's good for everyone.



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X-Men 2

On DVD, October 29th.

Almost positive. ;) Nice extras, too.

Disc 1:

* Audio Commentary by director Bryan Singer, editor/composer John Ottman and cinematographer Tom Sigel
* Audio Commentary by producers Lauren Shuler Donner and Ralph Winter and screenwriters Michael Dougherty, Dan Harris, and David Hayter

Disc 2:

* History of The X-Men Featurette: The Secret Origin of X-Men
* History of The X-Men Featurette: Nightcrawler Reborn
* Pre-Production Featurette: 4 Multi-Angel Fight Sequences Nightcrawler Attack
* Pre-Production Featurette: Evolution in the Details Designing X-Men 2
* Pre-Production Featurette: United Colours of X
* Production Featurette: Wolverine/Deathstrike Fight Rehearsal
* Production Featurette: The Second Uncanny Issue of X-Men: Making X-Men 2
* Production Featurette: Introducing the Incredible Nightcrawler
* Production Featurette: Nightcrawler Stunt Rehearsal
* Production Featurette: Nightcrawler Timelapse
* Production Featurette: FX2-Visual Effects
* Post-Production Featurette: Requiem For Mutants - The Score of X-Men 2
* Post-Production Featurette: X-Men 2 Webcast Highlights
* Deleted Scene: Extended Wolverine/Deathstrike Fight (Approx. 2:30)
* Deleted Scene: Wolverine Kills The Intruder (Approx. 0:22)
* Deleted Scene: Mystique in Stryker's Files (Approx. 2:53)
* Deleted Scene: Nightcrawler Bamfs To Save The Students (Approx. 0:30)
* Deleted Scene: Jean And Storm In The X-Jet (Approx. 1:09)
* Deleted Scene: Jubilee At The Museum (Approx. 1:15)
* Deleted Scene: Pyro Starts The Campfire (Approx. 0:20)
* Deleted Scene: One Of The Children Is Sick After Bamfing (Approx. 0:13)
* Deleted Scene: Rogue Helps The Children Escape Approx. 0:30)
* Deleted Scene: Professor X And Cyclops Escape (Approx. 1:37)
* Deleted Scene: Arriving To An Empty School (Approx. 0:41)
* Static Image Gallery: Graphics Gallery
* Static Image Gallery: Museum Stills
* Static Image Gallery: Production Design
* Static Image Gallery: Character
* Static Image Gallery: Graphics
* Static Image Gallery: Nightcrawler
* Static Image Gallery: Gus Dyas Gallery
* Static Image Gallery: Promotional Artwork
* X-Men 2 Theatrical Trailers

Thanks to ComiXFan for the info.

Comics This Week

Ok, today. And a few from last week.

Filth #12
Avengers #69
Batgirl Year One #9
Exiles #30
Fallen Angel #2
Fantastic Four #502
Mark of Charon #5
Ruse #22
ToyFare #74
1602 #1
Amazing Spider-Man #56
Aria: The Uses of Enchantment #3
Authority #4 (My final issue of this pale inheritor. Almost didn't bother, but figured I'd finish the arc.)
Brath #6
Extinction Event #2
Fables #16
Formerly Known as the Justice League #2
Meridian #38
Paradise X: A (Don't ask.)
Path #17
Transformers: Armada #14
Uncanny X-Men #429
X-Treme X-Men #29


Must Burn Down Wal-Mart

Those who've been listening to me on IRC the last few weeks already know my annoyance with Wal-Mart regarding my Unicron order, and today they just pushed back the arrival date until the freaking end of the month. I just sent the following email, the second this week, to their customer service center.

Ok, look.

My item has been processed and shipped several times, most errors, I've been charged twice, which very well could have screwed me over with my bank, if I hadn't had the funds in my account to cover two 60 dollar orders at once, since you credited my account then almost immediately charged me again. Charged money disasppears immediately, but credited funds take around a week to go back into my account. My item has been 'processing' for two weeks now, the order tracking page on your site said it should have arrive here FRIDAY at the *latest*, and now it gets updated that it might not be here until August 26th, and is still 'processing', despite that the item availability says this will only take 1 or 2 days?

I am getting beyond annoyed at this point. I've been jerked around, my emails are never responded to in anything resembling a timely fashion, and an item I should have had weeks ago, won't be here for weeks to come? I am disgusted, and if I had an option to go and pick the item up somewhere local, not Wal-Mart, since you surely don't deserve this money a THIRD time, I'd cancel the order right now, but you frankly have me at a disadvantage.

I am sorely disappointed at the LACK of service, and how much I have been jerked around with this order, and am very unlikely to ever order anything from your website ever again.

I'd ask for some assistance in moving this item along, but won't receive a response for a week anyways, so why bother?

Jason Bourgeois

Damn Right!

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The System Works!

Well! Wal-Mart has, apparently, shipped my item. I have, however, heard this before. And the arrival date has slipped from the end of the month back to LAST Friday, so, we'll see. Still, some apparent improvement.