Friday, April 3, 2009

6 Things I Learned in Week 13 of 2009


Through the adoption story at the cat/dog blog last week, I discovered a new blog called Home Zookeeper that had a fantastic post on potty training dogs. One suggestion they made for training a puppy was to keep it on a leash and connect it to your waist or belt so the puppy will always be in sight and you can watch it closely to see when it gets ready to go and get it outside in time. Here's the link:

Sears Sale

At My Kids Are My World I learned that Sears is having a sale right now until April 18 where you can get 75-80% off original prices on fall and winter apparel. You can shop online at Click here to shop now.

Computer Virus Attack

A strange thing happened while making EC drops last weekend--got goofy message pop-up that said computer just got a virus and a box that said it was from Firefox asking if I want to install its virus repair. I clicked yes to install it but FORTUNATELY did not run it. I was leery about it and did a full system scan with my trusty Norton Virus which I had just used this morning. The report came back that it detected one and resolved one. I figured that must have been it and deleted the Firefox virus repair from my desktop. This shook me up and when I went to work Monday, I asked our PC operations person and she told me that was a scam and a 2009 virus is going around, doesn't matter what site you are on. She said to never click on any pop-up window that you are unsure about. She told me to clean out my cookies and temporary internet files too. Good thing I didn't run this thing! My computer is running fine so I think it's okay--whew!

Spoof on Boy Scouts

When I first saw this video of two 12-yr. old boy scouts being interviewed about their community service project of doing breast exams for women I thought it was real. I was relieved when my husband told me "The Onion" does spoofs about things all the time and this was just a joke. To view The Onion video click here


Finally, my 401k went up. The first time since May 2008!


Today Spunky Doodle's adoption story is featured on the Cat/Dog blog. click here to read it.

Karen got me when I was just a tiny little kitten and called me Spunky Rooey--by Spunky. How did you get your pet? For more pet adoption stories, check out The Animal Rescue Site.

(Since this is a popular feature, I interrupted our foolish thing series but that will continue tomorrow.)


Junk Drawer Kathy said...

I've had to disinfect that 2009 virus numerous times for my clients at work. Luckily, if you do get the infection, it's easily removed with a tool available free online.

Congrats on your 401k. I'm still not looking at my balances when the statements come in. Too afraid yet. The last time I looked, I almost had a heart attack.

Daisy said...

Whoa! That was a close one with the virus!

Karen, author of "My Funny Dad, Harry" said...

Junk Drawer--Could you tell me what free online tool to use to remove a virus? It seems they all have that little scary note at the bottom that it may harm your computer--even the one on the microsoft site that I found.

Chris said...

I've been snookered by a pop up that looked like it was from Microsoft too, and luckily I didn't install it and my anti-virus software caught it and removed it. These hackers are getting more and more tricky. Glad all turned out ok.

SLColman said...

Thanks for the tips on the blogs to check out!

BeadedTail said...

Great information this week Karen! I haven't seen that virus thing yet but thanks for letting me know it's out there. I also was excited to see my 401k go up! Hope it continues so I can actually retire one day! Also I read the story on Spunky Doodle yesterday and it is wonderful!

Alan said...

If any....ANY kind of window opens up.....close out and run your anti-virus/spyware

Karen & Gerard Zemek said...

Alan--what about those that say it's an upgrade is available like for my anti-virus, adobe flash player? Usually the buttons are install now, remind me later, (I forget the last choice--ignore maybe?)

Mountain Woman said...

I'm headed over to Chris' blog now to read Spunky Doodle's story. I'm glad you fixed your virus problem.

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