Eightball and Thundercloud's RANT

Our Little Rant by Eightball & Thundercloud
From InfoAve Premium Issue #88 - June 24, 2005
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Things In Perspective

I think it was about three years ago we started warning everyone about the consequences of spyware/adware and the like. Now, of course, it's all over the news and everyone's making it appear as if it's a newly discovered pandemic. Well, our readers know better. Spyware/adware isn't anything new. It's just new to CNN, I guess.

But, today we're going to look at things from a different perspective. There are many more important and many more serious things in life to worry about than spyware and adware. In the grand scheme of things, your family, your health, your job, your friends, and your home are much more important that the conniving little slimeballs who produce the adware and spyware we all have learned to loathe. Spyware and/or adware isn't going to make you sick, it isn't going ruin your family, it won't chase your friends away, in fact, even if it causes your computer to stop functioning, it can be fixed.

Miscreants like those who produce spyware and adware are nothing new. The Internet, in every way, mirrors the "real" world. The longer the Internet exists, the more it will emulate the "real" world. There have been scams and chicanery going on since man first invented "money". There are always those looking for an easy buck and will connive to separate you from your hard-earned money. Spyware and adware just prefer to do it the new-fashioned way: Trick you out of it. Oh, you pay for it, even though they shout "FREE", "FREE", "FREE" from their cyber-megaphones. They will make you pay but not in cash - although they get cash from you in a round about way. The advertisers who pay these slimeballs are the ones who, in reality, finance them. As long as there are advertisers willing to support the dregs of cybersociety, the scumbags will continue to accumulate wealth. The more wealth they accumulate the more power they acquire. Isn't that sad? There is nothing more frightening than slimeball companies with power and money. And, give these ill-doers some wealth and power and I can pretty much guarantee you that it will bring even more corruption.

Evil and greed have been around since the beginning of time. We're not going to stop it. All we can do is be aware of it, try to avoid it, keep on learning more about it, and be smarter than the slimeballs.  But, we shouldn't let our trepidations ruin the magnificent things that make the Internet what it is. There are some truly decent people on the Internet who really do care and are honest and truthful. The old adage about the one bad apple spoiling the rest, is sadly true. You cannot judge the Internet by the slime and scum that skulk around on it.

Sadly, spyware and its kindred will be with us in some form or the other for a long time to come; regardless of what laws governments pass or what new, spiffy anti-spyware programs are developed. Spyware and adware will adapt and become more sneaky and find new ways to lure you into their traps.. And, unfortunately, worms, Trojans, viruses, and phishing scams will continue to to make headlines. It's good to be careful, and it's good to be wary; it's really good to be smarter than the ones trying to outsmart you. But, don't let it consume all your time online and don't let it ruin the Internet for you.

Beautiful summer days and soft summer showers do not make headlines. Sunsets on the beach and that perfect glass of lemonade will never be breaking news. You're always going to hear about the bad, the ugly, and tragic. Learn to keep things in perspective. It's summertime; almost the fourth of July. Enjoy the real world, enjoy your families, enjoy the sunshine, the picnics, and the beaches. Rejoice in the wonders of nature and in those soft summer nights. Summer won't be with us long, autumn is just a breath away. Take time to see the beauty that is all around you - if you haven't noticed it lately, then you have not taken the time to look.

Summer is here, the sun is shining, the flowers are blooming, and beauty is all around you. So, enjoy the wonders of summer while it's here. Spend time with your family and friends. Relax and enjoy the warm summer nights and long summer days. Look up at the summer sky and be amazed by vastness of the universe.

Keep things in perspective and have a great summer!

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