January 20th, 2007

marcus 2013

Norton has left the building...

As mentioned a while ago my Norton anti-virus subscription ran out on Wednesday (a little earlier than I'd thought, in fact) and I have now uninstalled it and gone over to AVG.

As expected, given my experience on my other PC, the first result is a general performance increase - not huge, but noticable - and a BIG improvement if I want to run other programs while a whole-system anti-virus scan is in progress; loading time is maybe a quarter what it was with Norton. Mail delivery and receipt also seems a little faster. I know that the down-side to this is said to be an occasional false positive, but so far there's nothing, and there never has been on the other PC.

I probably will go over to the paid version of AVG eventually, but for now I'm finding that the free one works pretty well. So Norton's bloatware approach has lost them yet another customer and saved me £25 a year, or whatever the current Norton renewal fee is.
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Space Patrol

Today's charity shop bargain...

...was High Frontier: A New National Strategy, by Lt. Gen. Daniel O. Graham USA (ret.) and published by The Heritage Foundation in 1981.

Basically, it's the US military-industrial complex's hymn to space-based defences, and a major part of Reagan's Star Wars platform. It also has some very nice illustrations of space stations, super shuttles, etc., all of which would be very nice if they hadn't underestimated the costs by several orders of magnitude. No idea if it is rare or not, but there's a lot of stuff in it for anyone interested in space, or in creating a properly researched alternate history in which the US economy collapses under the expense of building it all.

Not sure what I want to do with it, but if I decide not to keep it I'm sure I'll find an SF author somewhere that wants it...