Saturday, December 31, 2011

Thought for Today

"When a thing is done, it's done. Don't look back. Look forward to your next objective."

~~~~~ George C. Marshall

Friday, December 30, 2011


Glary Utilities has a new version, When I updated from the previous version, it hijacked my home pages on both my versions of Firefox (Beta [10] and Aurora [11]) and on Internet Explorer 8. It changed the home page to a Glary search page (which appeared to be a customized version of Google) and changed my default search engine from DuckDuckGo to Google. This was despite, during the installation procedure, my unchecking the boxes for the Ask toolbar and for changing my default search engine to Ask. This was something else entirely different – and it most definitely did not "Ask"!

It attempted to do the same thing to Google Chrome, but Chrome intercepted it and warned me – popped up an alert box saying something like "Arrr – something is trying to change your home page and your default search engine! Should I allow it?" and giving me a choice of 2 buttons to click – leave it alone or change it. It did not affect Opera or Safari, probably because those have so few users that Glary didn't think it was worth their while.

Bottom line: As far as I'm concerned, Glary has just thrown away its excellent reputation and proven that it cannot be trusted. Caveat utilitor (Let the user beware)!!!

If you elect to use Glary Utilities, here's how to defeat the Home Page hijacker:

Read each screen carefully. First, be sure to uncheck both boxes (bottom one first) on the Ask Toolbar screen. Then, a few screens later -- the one I didn't see -- watch for a screen that says "Select the additional tasks you would like Setup to perform while installing Glary Utilities, then click Next."

Under it you'll see three checkboxes, all checked by default!" First and second say "Create a desktop/Quick Launch icon," so you can safely leave them selected. However, the third one says "Set Glary Search as my home page" -- in other words, "You hereby have my permission to hijack my browser."

Yes, that makes it legal -- but IMHO, it doesn't make it right. Therefore, I can no longer trust Glary the way I used to, because by this act, they have proven to be unworthy of my trust.

Thought for Today

"And that is called paying the Dane-geld; but we've proved it again and again, that if once you have paid him the Dane-geld you never get rid of the Dane."

~~~~ Rudyard Kipling

Thursday, December 29, 2011

Thought for Today

"The child must know that he is a miracle, that since the beginning of the world there hasn't been, and until the end of the world there will not be, another child like him."

~~~~~ Pablo Casals

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Thought for Today

"Oh leave the Wise our measures to collate.
One thing at least is certain, light has weight.
One thing is certain and the rest debate.
Light rays, when near the Sun, do not go straight."

~~~~~ Arthur Eddington

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Thought for Today

"Let me tell you the secret that has led me to my goal. My strength lies solely in my tenacity."

~~~~~ Louis Pasteur

Monday, December 26, 2011

Thought for Today

"The public character of every public servant is legitimate subject of discussion, and his fitness or unfitness for office may be fairly canvassed by any person."

~~~~~ Charles Babbage

Sunday, December 25, 2011

Saturday, December 24, 2011

Friday, December 23, 2011

Thought for Today

"The battle of life is, in most cases, fought uphill; and to win it without a struggle were perhaps to win it without honor. If there were no difficulties there would be no success; if there were nothing to struggle for, there would be nothing to be achieved."

~~~~~ Samuel Smiles

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Thought for Today

"One who works for his own profit is likely to work hard. One who works for the use of others, without profit to himself, is likely not to work any harder than he must."

~~~~~ B. Carroll Reece

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Thought for Today

"There is no act of treachery or meanness of which a political party is not capable; for in politics there is no honour."

~~~~~ Benjamin Disraeli

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Thought for Today

"When evil acts in the world it always manages to find instruments who believe that what they do is not evil but honorable."

~~~~~ Max Lerner

Monday, December 19, 2011

Thought for Today

"One unerring mark of the love of truth is not entertaining any proposition with greater assurance than the proofs it is built upon will warrant."

~~~~~ John Locke

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Thought for Today

"There are three kinds of men. The one that learns by reading. The few who learn by observation. The rest of them have to pee on the electric fence for themselves."

~~~~~ Will Rogers

Saturday, December 17, 2011

Thought for Today

"Recommend virtue to your children; it alone, not money, can make them happy. I speak from experience."

~~~~~ Ludwig van Beethoven

Friday, December 16, 2011

Thought for Today

"The best measure of a man's honesty isn't his income tax return. It's the zero adjust on his bathroom scale."

~~~~~ Arthur C. Clarke

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Thought for Today

"Going to work for a large company is like getting on a train. Are you going sixty miles an hour or is the train going sixty miles an hour and you're just sitting still?"

~~~~~ J. Paul Getty

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Thought for Today

"Communism possesses a language which every people can understand – its elements are hunger, envy, and death."

~~~~~ Heinrich Heine

Monday, December 12, 2011

Thought for Today

"The most glorious moments in your life are not the so-called days of success, but rather those days when out of dejection and despair you feel rise in you a challenge to life, and the promise of future accomplishments."

~~~~~ Gustave Flaubert

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Thought for Today

"A few years' experience will convince us that those things which at the time they happened we regarded as our greatest misfortunes have proved our greatest blessings."

~~~~ George Mason

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Thought for Today

"It is not in the nature of politics that the best men should be elected. The best men do not want to govern their fellow men."

~~~~~ George MacDonald

Friday, December 9, 2011

Thought for Today

"There seems to be a terrible misunderstanding on the part of a great many people to the effect that when you cease to believe you may cease to behave."

~~~~~ Louis Kronenberger

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Thought for Today

"A moral lesson is better expressed in short sayings than in long discourse."

~~~~~ Johann Georg Zimmermann

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Thought for Today

"Never forget that the key to the situation lies in the will and not in the imagination."

~~~~~ Evelyn Underhill

Monday, December 5, 2011

Thought for Today

"The need for Government is the need for force; where force is unnecessary, there is no need for Government."

~~~~~ Rose Wilder Lane

Sunday, December 4, 2011

Thought for Today

"The great pleasure of a dog is that you may make a fool of yourself with him and not only will he not scold you, but he will make a fool of himself too."

~~~~~ Samuel Butler

Saturday, December 3, 2011

Thought for Today

"He who wants to persuade should put his trust not in the right argument, but in the right word. The power of sound has always been greater than the power of sense."

~~~~ Joseph Conrad

Friday, December 2, 2011

Thought for Today

"Journalism can never be silent: that is its greatest virtue and its greatest fault. It must speak, and speak immediately, while the echoes of wonder, the claims of triumph and the signs of horror are still in the air."

~~~~~ Henry Anatole Grunwald

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Thought for Today

"There are two kinds of statistics, the kind you look up and the kind you make up."

~~~~ Rex Stout