Thursday, January 05, 2012

Perhaps because I lived in Iran for three years and have a respect for the Iranian people but I've long felt that the West's approach to the country is misguided and counterproductive. So it's no surprise that I agree with an article that asks why Britain is ramping up sanctions against Iran and claims that "Sabre-rattling at Washington's behest is an idiocy, and likely to do little other than escalate the steps to open conflict." As this article says, "The only question for the west over the last three decades has been how to respond to Iran's fundamentalist leadership and, more recently, its craving for nuclear status. The answer has been of startling ineptitude."

Back here in Europe, inflation is rising in the better-performing economies of Germany and France but falling in the poorer-performing economies of Italy and Spain, where unemployment is the highest its been for fifteen years. So, not much convergence there.
A de facto two-speed Europe.

A large group of people in the UK have just been given some excellent news. In the lottery for Olympics tickets last year, they were allotted tickets for the synchronised swimming; but they've now been told that, thanks to a computer error, they won't be able to see this event but will have to watch some serious athletics. They ust be distraught.

A couple of fotos:-

Here's St James The Moorkiller, before he was given the barricade of irises in front of his horse.

My apologies to any Muslims who are offended; this is not my intention at all.

And here's a foto of the coin thought to be a brothel token. (Hat tip to Azra)

There've been some interesting and helpful comments today to yesterday's blog on the issue of racism in Spain and on the Suárez-Evra case in the UK. Suárez, by the way, has now made what's described as a qualified apology, though not to Evra himself. The latter, it seems, has got away with calling Suárez a sudaca. Possibly because no one in England really understood the full significance of it as there's no equivalent in English.

Finally . . . A plea for some help. I have a MacBook Pro. Yesterday I decided to click on All Images on the Desktop and discovered I had hundreds of fotos I'd never taken and whose provenance I had no idea of. One or two of them were rather rude. I also found I had up to twelve copies of pictures I had taken. So I set about deleting everything surplus to requirement. Only to find I had 72 new fotos this morning. My experience with All Movies was very similar, so I just deleted everything. Only to find this morning that I had a "German Advertisement" centring on a naked blond lady rolling a cigar between her breasts. Can anyone tell me how this happens?

3 comments:

Mike the Traditionalist said...

Colin. Why are you apologizing for something not in your making? Being back in the UK is beginning to rub off on you so best you get yourself back here to normal life. Drake attacked Coruña but I am not going to apologize to the citizens here on behalf of Drake. There is a monument to María Pita in front of the city hall and at her feet lies an Englishman that she has just speared at the time of Drake´s attack. It is a reminder to all those English tourists who come off the cruise ships to make sure they are at their best behavior while visiting the city. There are no flowers hiding the scene like those cowards in Santiago have. The only true Galegos live here in Coruña.

Midnight Golfer said...

I'm not sure about your MacBook. On the desktop (in the desktop folder) there shouldn't be any folders called "All images" rather, in what they call your "Home Folder" (which will be named the same as your user name,) there should be a folder called "Pictures"

If you have a folder on your desktop, (or anywhere on your Mac,) that contains files that you don't recognize, the simplest explanation is that someone else has access to your Mac, either in person, or over some network.

This should be virtually impossible if you are using a 3G usb dongle, and very likely, and somewhat easy, if you are using a free WiFi connection, such as in a library or cafe.

At this point you'll want to make sure that you are using the basic security settings available to your Mac. This would be to disable Sharing, and to enable the Firewall.

Both can be done from the System Preferences, accessible from the Apple Menu, up in the top left corner.

First, "Sharing" in the System Preferences, looks like a light blue folder with a yellow and black traffic sign of a person crossing the street.

(Note: it may be necessary to click on the brass-colored padlock, and to enter your user password in order to make some of the changes lived below...)

When you open the preference panel for sharing, you'll want to make sure that all the check boxes are NOT checked. A few examples would be Screen Sharing, File Sharing, both of which make it easier for someone to cause files to show up on your computer, without your knowledge.

For the next step, select the "Show All" button up at the top of the window, and look for the "Security and Privacy", which looks like a house with the dial of a combination lock.
UNder this preference panel, you'll have to simply select the "Firewall" tab, and turn it on.

I would also recommend going to the advanced preferences, and to "Block all incoming connections" and to "Enable stealth mode"
This will require to periodically click "Yes" to pop-up warnings when the various services and applications 'request permission' to use the network. It is a little annoying, but it is also an educational experience, and you may be surprised at all the different connections that would otherwise be made without your knowledge, just in the normal operations of your computer.

A final recommendation would be to change your user password in the "Users and Groups" preference pane. (The "Show All" or back arrow will take you back,) and look for a symbol that looks like a pair of silhouettes of two people's head and shoulders; one black, the other grey...
Select "Change Password..." and change it.

One final recommendation:
Don't use your Admin users, but create a new one without administrations "rights"
This can also be achieved in this Users & Groups panel.
Look food the plus "+" symbol at the bottom of the left-hand column, and create a new "Standard" user, with a different name and password, and then always use that user from now on. Also, go into "Login Options" and disable "Automatic Login"
All this sounds drastic, but if do these things, you'll almost assuredly never come across evidence of other people having access to your file-system, and will be safer when using public WiFi.

Clear as mud?

Colin said...

Very many thanks, Mike and MG

I will now study your do comments and seek to implement you advice.

Thanks again.

C.

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