Tragedy In Hi Def

Posted: Tuesday, March 15, 2011 at 10:06 am
By: Doug Lund
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Sure, no sooner do I finally shake this cold that’s been gobbling away at my energy and disposition for the last two weeks, than I come under attack from another virus. This one, though, was aimed at my computer..not my body. Ever since the terrible earthquake and tsunami in Japan, I, like most of you, have been dumbstruck by all the fascinating yet tragic images coming out of the disaster area.   It was while searching through some of those images on Google that my laptop screen suddenly erupted with warnings that I was under attack by all the “wares” (adware/spyware etc.) designed by evil malicious techno terrorists who get their jollies by shutting people’s computers down and locking them up tight. When this happened once before, I made the mistake of clicking on a windows that popped up offering to free my machine of the assailant only to discover that IT was part of the virus too and all I had done was to imbed the bugs deeper into the bowels of my little laptop requiring Keloland’s I.T. guy a couple days to exterminate. I know, some of you are thinking, hey Doug, don’t you know that a virus and malware are two different things? Yes, but I could care less. Oh, wait..I COULDN’T care less.  Aside from a few basics, I don’t know..or care..very much about computers at all; at least not how they function. That became painfully evident last night when I decided to rent the big hit movie from last year, “The Social Network.” 

japan quake social net

 It’s the story of Mark Zuckerberg..the kid who founded (or co-founded or stole) Facebook and became the world’s youngest billionaire. I suppose the film deserves all the accolades it received but to be honest, most of it was, for me, like watching a foreign language movie without the subtitles or listening to someone read the owner’s manual of a Hewlett Packard PC for a couple hours; boring unless you’re a geek.

But you have to credit that same technoligy young guys like Zuckerberg invented with providing all of us a chance to witness one of the world’s great tragedies, Japan’s earthquake and tsunami, like never before as victims record the apocalyptic events on their high definition home cameras and  phones.

Japan quake one

 It’s incredible how we’ve been able to sit in front of our TV watching Japanese office workers scramble for safety as their buildings shake and sway on their foundations. Then see businesses, cars, homes and even people picked up and swept away by a raging wall of water that followed the force 9 earthquake.  It all seemed oddly familiar to me until I realized it looks just like the special effects of a Hollywood disaster movie..only this is all too real.

Anyway, it appears as though many parts of Keloland are in for another unfortunate close encounter with flooding rivers and streams as winter leaves one last calling card before making its good-riddance exit. I read in the paper that we could be in for the worst flooding since 1969. I don’t think you have to go that far back. 1997 rings the bell as the soggiest spring I’ve ever seen. Parts of Eastern and Northeastern South Dakota, especially Day and Brown Counties, still haven’t recovered from that one.  

Let’s hope that in a month from now, the waters will have receded without causing too much damage, farmers will be itching to get on with Spring planting, crabapple trees will be starting to bloom, yards will be turning green and filled with robins pecking away at earthworms just below the surface, the golf courses will be open and I’ll have run out of excuses for not taking the Christmas lights down.


  1. Peg says:

    As we Silver Surfers know, sometimes we have trouble with our computers.

    I had a problem yesterday, so I called Eric, the 11 year old next door, whose bedroom looks like Mission Control, and asked him to come over. Eric clicked a couple of buttons and solved the problem.

    As he was walking away, I called after him, ‘So, what was wrong?

    He replied, ‘It was an ID ten T error.’

    I didn’t want to appear stupid, but nonetheless inquired,
    ‘An ID ten T error? What’s that? In case I need to fix it again.’

    Eric grinned. ‘Haven’t you ever heard of an ID ten T error before?

    ‘No,’ I replied.

    ‘Write it down,’ he said, ‘and I think you’ll figure it out.’

    So I wrote down: ID10T

    I used to like Eric,the little _ _ _ _

  2. Ricki says:

    Peg. . .thanks so much for my laugh for the day. Well, one of them anyway. These computer-savvy kids nowadays do have their special way of making us “older” folks feel like complete dolts sometimes.

  3. FOSH says:

    I can join you in your frustration with these punks who have nothing better to do then drive me bonkers. I went to turn on my computer last Thursday only to have the so-called “blue screen of death” pop up. It said my computer had been infected with all the wares as well. I found it interesting because the word “your” was spelled “your’re” when it was saying “WARNING! YOUR’RE COMPUTER HAS BEEN INFECTED!” I now have the computer tech here at work trying to save all my stuff and wiping it clean. GET A LIFE PUNKS!

  4. Derek says:

    Ditch the PC and get a Mac. I’ve been using one for 3 years now and haven’t had any issues with viruses, plus it automatically updates its software so I’m always running the most current programs.

  5. FOSH says:

    Hey Doug- I forgot to ask you, do you remember maybe 2 years back when KELO did a news story about the baby boomers getting on Facebook? I think the name of the story was something like “Fogies on Facebook”. haha!

  6. Squibby says:

    If you have a pc, store all your info on a zip or external hard drive, they’re cheap and then if you need to do a factory restore (easy with Toshiba or HP) when you get a virus, it will make your experience much less painful and time consuming. Also, yes get a mac if you can afford it.

  7. michael says:

    Whatever you do, never click on the “” ad. That will crash your system and destroy your hard drive faster than anything else you could do to it. Even the guys at Green Eggs & Ram couldn’t get my system going after I clicked on I had to buy a new computer. If you want to connect with your old high school pals, do it on Facebook.

  8. Claude M. says:

    I,m the opposite. My kids bought me my first computer for my 50th birthday. ( thats been quite awhile back. )
    I not only solve my own computer issues, most of my friends & neighbors
    also have me trouble shoot there computers when problems pop up.
    Guess I just have a knack for them. I also install my own hardware,
    like memory / ram upgrades, DVD burners & players, power packs, etc.
    The first time I tore a computer in a dozen parts on my kitchen table
    my wife was positive it would never work again ! It not only worked,
    it was better than ever. Just lucky I guess.

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