CyberDefender Scam Sunday, Aug 1 2010 

I just wasted a couple of hours figuring out that the CyberDefender program my dad downloaded was a scam. At least you can remove it with Add/Remove programs.

Though I am half expecting it to arise from the dead and stalk Dad’s machine forever.

The basic scam is it tells you you have a bunch of viruses. You don’t actually, but then you phone them and they try to talk you into paying for your tech to ‘fix’ your machine… for $400 in this case. VERY HARD SELL, too.

So I tried “Housecall” and lo and behold… not a single virus.

Looking through the complaints from several years ago, it appears CyberDefender was near impossible to remove from your machine. I can only assume that the Indian police were paying too much attention, as CyberDefender seems to have toned that part of their “service” down.

Of course, it may still be lurking on Dad’s machine, waiting to get even with me.

– Dan

Haven’t been posting Wednesday, Jun 30 2010 

So here is a silly throw away proverb:

“War doesn’t determine who is right. It determines who is left.”

Desktop Tower Defence Friday, Apr 23 2010 

I’ve hardly gamed at all since before the Olympics. Busy with work, restaurant, bees. Franaine and Maggie bought a house and moved. Of course it took a while to pack and unpack.

I’ll shortly post pics of our last two games: a cowboys vs Indians using Legends of the Old West and a British vs Soviet clash using Cold War Commander.

In the meantime, here’s a link to my favourite tower defence game. Warning: it involves some real problem solving and is indeed “surprisingly addictive”.

Zombie Apocalypse? Sunday, Feb 28 2010 

Weirdly quiet day here in Canada for a couple of hours. We were down at Cabin 12 watching the Olympic gold medal game against the US.

There were almost no cars the whole time.

I wish I had before and after video… or before and during… or something.

Anyway, what a squeaker of a game. Stress-filled nailbiter. I am exhausted.

Black Powder Tuesday, Jan 12 2010 

Franaine ordered Rick Priestly’s new rules. They arrived today.

Initial report: they look so damned good that you won’t be able to focus on the text long enough to learn the rules.

Can’t wait to see them. I hope they don’t ruin me for normal rule sets.

First Basic Baroque Game Saturday, Jan 9 2010 

Saturday night, Franaine and I will be tackling our first game of Basic Baroque. The game will be an ECW matchup, circa 1644, in 28 mm.

Basic Baroque is available as a free download here.

I’ll let you know how it goes.

Liebaart, the Battle of the Golden Spurs Monday, Dec 14 2009 

I really enjoyed this little site on Flanders in 1302: Liebaart.

There is a bit of background on the Battle of the Golden Spurs, the developing crisis, the weapons and clothes of the time. In all… I’m awfully tempted to start gaming it!

– Dan

Hmm, six months since my last post Thursday, May 10 2007 

I really suck.

Blogging about Warmaster and Warhammer Monday, Nov 13 2006 

At 40, I’m maybe a bit old to be playing wargames. But here I am. I plan to write up battle reports, scenarios and reviews here. I will probably touch on different games as well, but Warmaster and Warhammer are my current favourites. Amazing, considering I used to have a major hate on for all things GW.

I plan to be playing around with some software for images and maps and the like, in support of my wife’s premarital counseling/marriage education business CouplesQuestions.com. Things that appear on her site and blog will need to be pretty professional… so I plan to hack around here before helping her out there. Results here will likely be much less than professional!

Signing off for now,

Dan