Over the last two weeks, I have been recovering after being struck with the PC Defender computer virus. It incapacitated my computer and attempted to steal my identity (unsuccessfully).
It was a real wake up call to how screwed you can be if you lose your on-line part of your life, this blog notwithstanding. I lost all ability to stay ahead of the curve at work, been missing out on the kid's school stuff (since it's all on line too) and just general entertainment.
My initial estimates for repair ranged from 200-300 bucks and there was no way I was going to spend that much. I began looking for a new computer until a co-worker from the tech department offered to help. Since I was on his time (and for free), I had to take what I could get. I just got the box back yesterday evening.
I am in the process of repopulating all the files that were able to be saved and uncorrupted. I am reloading all of the old programs that had to go as a result of the restart. I'm also in the middle of baseball practice, Cub Scouts, doctor's appointments, school conferences, parent organizations and not to mention family time.
I hope to resume posting again shortly. Thanks for your patience.
Dan Dougherty at Wizard World St. Louis 2017
5 hours ago