To whom it may concern:

Please stop bundling McAfee security software with the Adobe Flash updater. A family member said that Flash wanted to update, so I ran the downloaded installer and saw that a McAfee program wanted to download and install alongside Flash.

I know there is the option on the web page when updating Flash to not include the McAfee software as part of the update, but when I told my family member this I was told there wasn't one, just a Download button and nothing else. So I was the one who looked stupid.

I know that McAfee is a legitimate software company, but too many times now I have had to repair this family member's computer because of unwanted software sneaking in due to unchecked option boxes or fine print not being read. I suspect that one such time effectively lobotimized our existing security setup and let a particularly nasty virus in. (That, and a display driver that Dell should've pushed out automatically compounded the problem by not allowing the security software to reinstall but that's beside the point.) 

When your distribution deal ends with McAfee, please do not renew it. Some of Adobe's customers already have their own security setup and do not want anything that could interfere with it.

Thank you for your time, 

Jason Montgomery

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AuthorJason Montgomery

And now, the addition to the prior lists of movies and TV shows I never would have normally seen if it were not for Mike Nelson's RiffTrax (not counting tracks that are not out yet and short films):

  • The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn, Part II
  • Breaker! Breaker!
  • Horror Express
  • Viva Knievel!
  • The Apple
  • Kingdom of the Spiders
  • Psycho II
  • Firehead
  • Fangs of the Living Dead
  • Silent Rage
  • Supersonic Man
  • Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 1
  • Swamp of the Ravens
  • Treasure of the Amazon
  • The Wizard of Oz

Now that's a lot of mostly crap.

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A Child's Christmas in Space

by Tom Servo

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It's quiet in the cold of our own little orbit, starless and bible black.  And as I look down on the big blue beam we would call home I think it so near, yet... oh, I wish on that star and I hope that in a little snow-covered house with a warm hearth and a loving family, maybe some kid is looking up tonight and wishing upon us.  Oh, and how I hope sweet Santa will fly by tonight because if he does I'm gonna reach right out and hug that big guy.  Oh, for the sound of hooves against the steel hull of the ship.  Oh, to see the rosy face of Santa in the portal offering me a Coke and a smile... of course, his cheeks would be rosy because there's a vacuum out there, I mean Santa's heart would explode!  But he wouldn't feel it because the capillaries in his brain would pop like little firecrackers due to the blood boiling away in his face like pudding in a copper... OH THE HUMANITY!!  And his jolly old belly would start bubbling like a roasted marshmallow, eyes bulging and popping out... AND THE REINDEER--OH THE REINDEER!!!--keep floating like holiday floats and in turn exploding in a hail of blood and entrails!  Prancer: BOOM!  Dancer: BOOM!

Joel: HEY!
Crow: Tom!
Joel: Tom take it easy, Santa's gonna be okay, buddy.
Tom: You sure?
Joel: Yeah, give him a little credit, okay?
Tom: Phew, what a relief!

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Just reporting how the video game marathon went for me last Saturday.  I started around 8:30 AM by dusting off my old PSP because I wanted to play a Final Fantasy fighting game that I bought for it two years ago but never cracked it open.  My PSP’s battery was so dead it had to be defibrillated.

As the day went on, I took a break every two hours or so and switched to another game to stave off boredom/frustration.  I got in some League of Legends on my PC, Halo Wars and Mirror’s Edge on my 360, then some Infinity Blade III on my iPad before dinner.  I then hit the racetrack in Forza Motorsport 4 on the 360, switched to fantasy tactics with Fire Emblem Awakening on my 3DS, and around midnight I hit the mean streets of Grand Theft Auto V on the 360.  I got in three hours of GTA5, and that’s when the time change happened, so I got in three hours of gaming in technically only two.  At around 3:00 AM I started to get my lawyer on with the latest Ace Attorney on my 3DS, but I was running out of steam so I decided to call Game Over at around 4:00 AM and went to bed.  So even with the time change, I got in about 21 solid hours of games.

I was also keeping track on Twitter as to how Extra Life itself and some of my fellow participants were doing.  The big news was that some jerkwad hackers hit Extra Life with four denial of service attacks Saturday, overloading their site and preventing anybody from accessing it and making new donations.

But in the end, over 29,000 gamers raised $3,404,486 and counting for the Children’s Miracle Network, including my $530 for the Alberta Children’s Hospital.

Thank you all for your support, and now I know what to expect for and what to bring for next year: really strong coffee.

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AuthorJason Montgomery