McAfee is slow.

To me, McAfee is at best a shitty organization. A company that makes shitty products and markets them to you in a less-than-honest way.

There are way better virus scanners out there for free or cheap (I use, and love AVG). The only thing McAfee is good for is bloating up your computer with dozens of small programs that use up your system resources, require constant updates and generally slow things down. Virus & malware protection isn't very good if it renders your computer useless. It's only saving grace is that it's slightly better than Norton.

I've looked like a performance-enhancing, computer genius among friends and family more than once by simply uninstalling McAfee and replacing it with AVG.

A couple of months ago I got an email from McAfee that suggested I buy some of their software to speed up my computer. That in itself is highly amusing to me - first, sell users (preinstalled) software that will slow down their computers, then sell them something that will speed it up. Very slick. Ethically, you'd think that if they found something to make McAfee infected computers run faster, they would actually incorporate that in to the offending software (their own).

A couple of days ago they trumped that by letting me know that my McAfee Protection has expired. The only time I ever paid for McAfee on one of my own computers was in 2001, and I only paid for a 1 year subscription.

On the face of it, emailing me a notification that my subscription just expired seems like a pretty underhanded marketing ploy. On the other hand, maybe the computers running their CRM software has McAfee installed.

Best album cover of all time?

Cocorosie came up on my internet radio. They sounded distinct enough that they were worth the Google... it was well worth it. This sister duo is the definition of 'artsy'. Their Wikipedia page and their website give a hint in to their special brand of crazy.

Check out this album cover drawn up by one of the sisters for their 2005 release "Noah's Ark". Fantastic.

Their MySpace page is here:

The Force is strong in these USB Drives

I really need to do my online Christmas shopping a little earlier. I don't think these would get get to me on time. They're not overly high on storage capacity, but how awesome would they be for the stocking?

All of these are available through Think Geek (no surprise).


Not Star Wars related, but this bottle opener USB drive is a little slice of the good life.