In the darkness the trees are full of starlight (henwy) wrote,
In the darkness the trees are full of starlight

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Well, my Photobucket issues have been solved, no thanks to you sorry lot of LJers. Someone over on the True Dungeon forums saw my conundrum and pointed out that his wife had had the same problem traced back to McAfee. Apparently there's some sort of site-blocker setup in their personal firewall that occassionally toggles photobucket as being dangerous. I ended up shutting down the firewall since I couldn't find a way to put the site onto some sort of safe list. The entire program is very black box-like and un-user friendly. You're just expected to trust that it knows what's best for you and the only control you really have over any of it is whether to turn it on or off. I guess that fits the need for most of the consumer base.

Anyway, I don't think the loss of the firewall should be any big deal. I've run this computer without any sort of anti-virus software for years now. The only reason I have McAfee at all is because I found a backdoor deal that allowed me to pick it up for free. I just can't get over the feeling that paying for computer software of any sort is somehow immoral and wrong. I've never so much as payed a bent nickel for anything, instead searching for freeware or using an endless succession of free trials. Since I don't have any brand or program loyalty, I don't really care where it comes from as long as I don't have to pay for it and it gets the job done.
Tags: computers, true dungeon

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