Don Moore

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Yup, Macs Get Viruses Too

In Apple, computers, Malware on May 29, 2011 at 12:20 AM

The image above is a screencap of the program Mac Defender. The program runs a “scan” of Mac computers, then tell users that–surprise!–their Mac is crawling with malware. that’s quite alright though, because if the user just enters their credit card info, the registered version of Mac Defender will save the day, ridding the Mac of those dastardly viruses.

Of course, Mac Defender’s not a real anti-virus program. It’s an example of rogue security software, malicious programs that claim to be protecting computers, all the way trying to bilk users out of credit card info, and in some cases hijacking their browsers and making the computers generally unusable.

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The Cognitive Dissonance of Old School Video Game Covers

In Humor, Video Games on May 13, 2011 at 2:08 PM

There is nothing more infuriating that buying a product based on advertising, only to realize that the actual product bears not even a passing resemblance to what was advertised. Fast food, movies- it always ends in the same bitter, bitter disappointment.

Perhaps no one perfected the art of the bait and switch better than old school video game boxcover artists. Read the rest of this entry »

Guess Who’s Back

In Uncategorized on April 30, 2011 at 2:43 PM

My last post on this blog was November 20th of last year. A lot has happened since then: I’ve written another story set to be published (more on that later… hopefully) and I’ve gotten an internship at a good company doing what I love perhaps more than anything besides writing. I’ve also been swamped with schoolwork and other responsibilities. Hence the long span of inactivity. Read the rest of this entry »