Is this the best gif ever?


If not it’s gotta be at least a finalist.

Girls can’t drive – right??


Two ways to get an Android Auto experience on existing hardware


Android Auto offers exciting potential for drastically improved UI experience on traditionally terrible car entertainment systems but for now if you wanted to try out Android Auto, you’d have to buy a new car or fork out $600 for a head unit that supports it.

Thankfully some creative developers have put together a couple of alternatives that can give you an experience that is very close to the real thing, at a comparatively low price (or free in the case of one app).

The most polished of the two is a beta app called AutoMate. It doesn’t aim to emulate Android Auto’s second screen experience but simply changes the UI of your phone to replicate the UI simplicity of Android Auto. It provides easy access to the things you need while driving including handling incoming calls, clean presentation of notifications and navigation integration.




AutoMate is currently in beta and you can download a copy here (8.26mb).

The second alternative is an app in paid beta called Headunit. It’s an aim to emulate the Android Auto experience by using a tablet with the Android Auto interface as a second screen that controls your phone . In my opinion this app is not perfect as it requires the phone to be physically tethered to the tablet but the experience looks pretty good. Below is a picture of Headunit being demoed by All About Android’s Jason Howell.


Dear Microsoft: Your logo for edge sucks (so here’s a better one)


We were all happy to hear that Microsoft has, with its upcoming Windows 10 release, finally seen the light and decided to bury Internet Explorer in a concrete tomb never to be spoken of again. As such it was with great surprise that we received their “new” icon for the new browser known as Edge.


For those living under a rock (or on a Mac) this graphic shows the evolution of professional web users’ most despised browser icon. The inspiration for the new Edge icon is lost on no one. I want to know how Microsoft could come to the sensible decision of retiring internet explorer, yet come to the crazy decision to base the replacement browser’s icon on a horrible relic of the past.

Obviously the decision stems from a desire to avoid alienating users used to an icon that dates back almost 2 decades, but if they were wise enough to decide to ditch a name that many associate with a horrible user experience then they should have faith in their users to be able to deal with an icon changing.

How to get to the Hollywood sign from Griffith Observatory #occupyhollywoodsign

A bunch of rich asshole locals are trying to stop tourists getting to the Hollywood sign because their precious castles and pristine views are being spoiled by all the dirty plebeans and their crappy, sub-$100k cars. They are doing this by destroying directions data that google provides via google maps, so when people try to get directions to the Hollywood sign they are instead directed to the Griffith Observatory. According to this excellent article, Google and Garmin are complicit in this misdirection. Fuck you rich cunts.


Here are the directions of how to get from Griffith Observatory to the closest parking to the Hollywood sign. When you’re driving through these fucker’s neighbourhoods make sure you drive dangerously, fast and do so while blaring your horn. You know what money doesn’t buy you rich fucks? The ability to manipulate our information on public places. Try again.

directions to hollywood sign from griffith observatory

directions to hollywood sign from griffith observatory

START: 2865 E Observatory Rd
Los Angeles, CA 90027, USA

Take Western Canyon Rd to Los Feliz Blvd
2.3 mi / 7 min

Take Franklin Ave to N Beachwood Dr in Hollywood
0.9 mi / 2 min

Continue on N Beachwood Dr. Drive to W Mulholland Hwy
2.1 mi / 8 min

Turn right onto N Beachwood Dr
1.3 mi

Turn left onto Ledgewood Dr
0.2 mi

Turn left onto Rodgerton Dr
46 ft

Turn right onto Ledgewood Dr
0.1 mi

Take the 1st left onto Heather Dr
0.1 mi

Take the 2nd right onto Durand Dr
0.1 mi

Take the 1st right onto W Mulholland Hwy
0.3 mi

DESTINATION: 6084 Mulholland Hwy
Los Angeles, CA 90068, USA

If you follow these directions, you will end up as close to the base of the sign as you can get, and this will be your view:
If you want to use your GPS to get to this location, simply type in 6084 Mulholland Hwy
Los Angeles, California

There’s another place you can view the sign from that is slightly less close, but has a better viewing angle. You can follow this link for those direction, this is the view from there:
To get there using your GPS enter 6115 Innsdale Dr Los Angeles, California.

Yep… that’s the view that the assholes at use as their title graphic, while also not telling you how to get there. Dishonest and elitist – exactly the kind of thing likes to shit on.


Barry Spurr’s emails as posted by

Barry Spurr the shit eater

Barry Spurr is seeking to have partial transcripts of his offensive emails taken down from under the grounds of invasion of privacy. Clearly this ignorant old git has not heard of the Streisand Effect, where an effort to get information removed from the internet is met with its wide and extensive dissemination, to the point where it would be impossible to erase it from the public consciousness.

I am the harbinger of the Streisand Effect to little, pathetic men like Spurrs. I will publish anything that rightfully discredits ignorant old piss stains like Barry Spurr. If he is successful in forcing newmatilda to remove them, they will be here. If he attempts to get them removed from this site he will be met with the document being proliferated across pastebin in number that exceed the thousands and I will also be seeding and sharing the document via bittorrent.

I’d highly encourage newmatilda to publish the emails in full, considering Spurr’s legal action would suggest there is far more insipid content in the emails. It is in the public interest and most certainly newmatilda are protected as journalists.

THE TRANSCRIPTS Barry Spurr – newmatilda.com_2014_10_19

For now, here’s a pdf version and below is a copy of the text as posted at

THE TRANSCRIPTS: The Partial Works Of Professor Barry Spurr. Poet, Racist, Misogynist

By Chris Graham

New Matilda has been accused of quoting Professor Barry Spurr out of context. Here’s a partial transcript of his exchanges. You can decide for yourself.

The following is an edited transcript of some of the emails from Professor Barry Spurr which have beem leaked to New Matilda.

Professor Spurr is based at the University of Sydney, and served as a consultant on the Abbott Government’s review of the National School Curriculum.

The emails were sent to friends and colleagues at the University of Sydney over a two year period, from September 2012 to late 2014.

Professor Spurr has maintained that the emails were a ‘whimsical linguistic game’, and that they were largely restricted to a bit of ‘oneupmanship’ between himself and an old friend.

New Matilda is releasing a partial transcript of the emails in order to allow readers to make up their own minds about the truth of Professor Spurr’s statements.

Some of the emails have been excluded altogether, for various ethical and legal reasons, and of those published, some have been edited, also for ethical and legal reasons.

Where a square bracket appears, that is an editor’s mark (ie. either redacted information, for privacy or other concerns, or information to assist the reader). Normal brackets are from Professor Spurr’s original correspondence. The text in italics represents the main body of the email. Text not in italics represents commentary to assist the reader.
A warning to readers; some of the contents is extremely offensive, and contains references to a serious sexual assault.


DATE: September 21, 2012
FROM: Barry Spurr
TO: Friend, University colleague, University colleague, University colleague, Friend, Unknown person
SUBJECT: High class

Good series on SBS about the Amish in these weeks. Once in their lives, as late teens, they go in a group from Pennsylvania into ‘the world’ for a few weeks. The progam showed four of them, two boys, two girls, going to the UK this year for this excursion. The juxtaposition of these impeccably mannered, demurely dressed, softly spoken, intelligent (and not self-righteous or morbidly pious) youngsters up against the reality of modern-day Brit was as fascinating as it was terrible.

This week came the most ironic moment of all. They had gone to spend a week with some minor nobility in their Scottish castle. These toffs consisted of divorced mum and four teenagers – the two girls looking and sounding like low-grade Soho whores (caked with makeup and mascara, grubby denim micro-mini-skirts and ‘you know’, ‘yeah’, ‘like’, ‘kinda wow’ etc) and the boys, monosyllabic scruffy slobs.

After every segment, the program has the Amish youngsters commenting on what they’re experiencing and this week’s took the cake, in this context. It was one of the Amish girls, pretty, fresh-faced, squeaky-clean, beautifully, softly spoken in grammatical sentences and, of course, in a long dress and hair neatly groomed. And this is what she said, while the whores and louts were lounging and cavorting in the distant background: ‘We have been very privileged to meet these high class British people. Their world is very different from ours. I never thought I would come to such a place and meet such people of the high class’. High class!!

Hilarious, and she was so innocent I don’t think she saw the irony of her well-mannered phrase, as the scum of the earth were behind her. The only class act was hers.

DATE: February 23, 2013
FROM: Barry Spurr
TO: Friend
SUBJECT: Look at 11.20 – no fatties, darkies or chinky-poos

DATE: April 5, 2013
FROM: Barry Spurr
TO: University colleague, Friend, University colleague, University colleague, University colleague, Friend, Friend
SUBJECT: The latest indignity and my response below it.

Professor Spurr forwards on an email from a disability services administrative assistant to his friends and colleagues.

The email is addressed to a student with disability needs, and is CCed to Professor Spurr.

It includes the student’s name and identifying information, and reads:

Dear [Student],

Barry has been in contact with Disability Services regarding your assessment adjustment request; subsequently, Barry has approved a one week extension instead of the standard extension period [which new Matilda understands is two weeks].

Please find attached an updated copy of your asssement adjustment notice reflecting this.

Kind regards
[Name Redacted].

Professor Spurr then responds to the administrative assistant – this below and the email above is what he shares with colleagues and friends, under the subject heading ‘The latest indignity and my response below it’.

Dear [administrative assistant],

Thank you for this but would please note in future that when referring to me in correspondence with undergraduates my title and surname are to be used – Professor Spurr. I have not given permission for my first name to be used and I do not want wish it to be so used in official communications with students.

Yours sincerely
Barry Spurr

DATE: 24 May 2013
FROM: Friend
TO: Barry Spurr
SUBJECT: Redacted

Goodness, what different times.

Today, [A PERSON] told me of a problem at [A COMPANY]. Some harlot [A WOMAN] went back to a room party when her key would not work and waiting, went to sleep on the bed. Another [PERSON AT THAT COMPANY] put his penis in her mouth, as you do, and she called the police.

I told [A PERSON] she was a worthless slut who will now cause this poor chap, who certainly did not adhere to Debretts , years of imprisonment with big black chaps because she is a worthless slut who should not have been there. In Dubai, she would be locked up as well. The muzzies are not all wrong about this.

Barry Spurr replies:

Reeling from that [redacted] story. Ye gods. I think she needs a lot put in her mouth, permanently, and then stitched up.

Red Lantern is excellent and [a friend] had reserved for us ‘the special table’, partitioned off from the rabble. We must go there some time. Told me a story about a [woman who chose to gender transition to] a man, from [Female name] to [Male name].

I’ll give you the full details when next we meet. Not having children preserves you from these alarms and excursions. The poor mother, in her 80s, is still alive and struggling to come to terms with this, as you can imagine. ‘Stop calling me [woman’s name], Ma, I’m [a man’s name] now. [Woman’s name] doesn’t exist anymore’ [all this in a bass voice].

How does next Friday 31st look for the much postponed celebration dinner, at Atelier, I suggest.

DATE: Sunday, 13 October 2013
FROM: Barry Spurr
TO: Friend
Subject: Ancient wisdom

Down the road, three years ago, the government, in its program of assimilating Aborigines into the community, bought up a dear little terrace – with your and my money – and gave it to an Aboriginal family. From day one, it began its decline (I walk past every day and noted this) and it is now utterly destroyed, with its contents and smashed up fabric vomited out onto [a street], the pile impregnated with empty booze bottles, awaiting the Council special garbage collection for trashed housing.

These are the people whose ‘ancient wisdom’, our V-C says, we should respect, and to whom we apologise on every possible occasion and whose rich culture we bow down before, confessing our wickedness in our mistreatment of them.

All very well when you’re living in a mutli-million [sic] dollar mansion in Woolahra, to spout these feel-good emotions from a safe distance.

I wonder how he’d like these manifestations of ancient wisdom living next door. The immediate neighbours tell me it has been hell on earth and, of course, their property values have plummeted.

They’re living next door to a rubbish tip: human and material.

DATE: December 12, 2013
FROM: Barry Spurr
SENT: University Colleague, University Colleague, Friend
SUBJECT: Chancellor resigns from disastrous QBE

This email has had to be entirely redacted, because it attacks the Chancellor of Sydney University, refers to her as an “appalling minx” and includes a substantial amount of defamatory statements. Notably it was shared among two senior university staff members.

SENT: 12 January 2014
FROM: Friend
TO: Barry Spurr
SUBJECT: FW: Perth 1954 promo. A must see for us all.

A very pleasant image. Beautifully narrated and everone [sic] well dressed

Barry Spurr replies:

No Abos, Chinky-poos, Mussies, graffiti, piercings, jeans, tattoos. BCP in all Anglican chruches; Latin Mass in all Roman ones. Not a woman to be seen in a sanctuary anywhere. And no obese fatsoes. All the kiddies slim and bright eyed. Now utterly gone with the wind.

DATE: January 26, 2014
From: Barry Spurr
To: University Colleague, Friend
Subject: Osrayan of the Year

• An Aborigine
• A sportsman [footballer]
• His mother one of the ‘Stolen Generation’

Ticking all the correct boxes. Now all we need to know is that he suffers from ‘depression’ and has a disability, and he becomes the complete role model for Australians today.

In his acceptance speech, all he talked about was racism and every time he said ‘Australia’ he mispronounced it.

Abbott wants this so he can combine it with the inclusion of Abos in the Constitution later this year – his version of Rudd’s apology and perpetuating the black armband – to show that he really is a sensitive guy after all.

In reply to a friend’s email, Spurr then rails about asylum seekers. He replies to a suggestion that people from “safe middle class homes” marched in support of Aboriginal reconciliation, noting:

Oh, how true. Same with the asylum seekers. ‘Not in my manicured backyard thank you’. I remember [a person] waxing self-righteously lyrical about the appalling treatment of the Abos, sitting back in his luxurious house in the leafy glades at Mosman, in between sips of vintage chardonnay. One of the serpents at the Methodist occasion was [a person’s daughter]. Oh, all puffed up and pleased with herself. I gave her such a look.

DATE: January 27, 2014
FROM: Friend
TO: Barry Spurr
SUBJECT: [Redacted]

What is the etiquette when one receives a linked in request?  Or LinkedIn might be more accurate.

I refuse to subscribe to any social network. Should I send a separate email to the requestor, in this case [from a university professor overseas]. Others have also turned up and I have ignored them.

Barry Spurr replies:

Ignore them. I get one every day. The linked in machine is constantly matching people and the salutation: ‘Hi, I’d like to connect with you on linked in’ comes not form the person but Linked in. Early on, I got one from a colleague here whom I did not know but I replied, and when there was no reply, I contacted him directly and he said that he had not asked to connect with me and as there was no reason why we would connect, that was that.

Lots of people will be connected in The Fullness, by a surgical procedure (resembling stapling) reversing that which is used to separate Siamese twins: Abo-lover Tony Abbott and Adam Goodes; Quentin Bryce and Bill Shorten – oh, it’s going to be lovely.

DATE: April 4, 2014 4:53pm
FROM: Barry Spurr
SENT TO: Friend
SUBJECT: Alumni as singular

Today I went to the first graduation ceremony at which I have seen the new Chancellor in action. Apart from the fact that she is utterly lacking in any ceremonial gravitas and speaks in mangled often difficult-to-hear sentences, she managed to use ‘alumni’ as a singular noun: ‘I was very proud of alumni who won an award,’ she said.

Now, this woman has a BEc (Pass) degree, so one does not expect her to be a skilled Latinist. But if there are two words that would, one imagines, be repeatedly on her lips, they would be ‘alumnus’ and ‘alumni’. And she doesn’t know the difference.

But, hey, she’s a WOMAN and from the Big End of Town, so who cares about such academic pedantry at a conferring of degrees ceremony. Lighten up! It’s only a university after all.

DATE: April 24, 2014
FROM: Barry Spurr
TO: University colleague, University colleague, University colleague, University colleague, Friend
SUBJECT: something to lift one’s spirits in the midst of the Aboriginal National Curriculum

– and unlike our Chancellor, this fellow knows the singular of ‘alumni’ and the courtesies of gentlemanly address (now unknown to virtually everybody: cf ‘Hey Barry’)

[Professor Spurr then forwards on a letter from a student applying to the university].

DATE: April 19, 2014
FROM: Barry Spurr
TO: Friend, Friend
Subject: Churchill in California

The Californian high school English curriculum has arrived (as Pyne wants me to compare ours with other countries). Another 300 pages of reading! Amongst the senior year texts for study are Churchill’s wartime speeches. Imagine setting that for the NSW HSC English. And whereas the local curriculuim has the phrase ‘Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander’ on virtually every one of its 300 pages, the Californian curriculum does not ONCE mention native Americans and has only a very slight representation of African-American literature (which, unlike Abo literature, actually exists and has some distinguished productions).

[A fellow University academic] tells me that at her grand-daughter’s school – [in Sydney] – every day begins with an acknowledgement of the orignal [sic] owners of the land. No flag-raising or national anthem – just this, every day. On the school’s website, it proclaims that it prides itself on its ‘atheletics’ [sic] program.

If ever an education system needed a bomb under it, it’s ours.

DATE: Apr 24, 2014
FROM: Barry Spurr
TO: Friend, Friend, University colleague,
SUBJECT: ANOTHER Welcome to Country and performance

Today, in the wake of yesterday’s performance at Ayer’s Rock, at the parliamentary reception for the royals, there will be a ‘Welcome to Country’ and the post-reception ‘entertainment’ will be by ‘well-known Aboriginal singer, Wingabanga Gumberumbul’. Then, to the National Portrait Gallery where will be unveiled, by the royals, a portrait of – guess who? – Wingabanga Gumberumbul.

We have thousands of brilliant young Australian musicians, including the wonderful Nicole Car (who would wear her bra under her dress), currently on the brink of an international operatic career. Why aren’t they asked to perform?

Abbott’s to blame for this. This is his day with them, his reception. He should have put his foot down and said, ‘No more Abos’. But he’s as gutless and hypocritical as the rest of them. No doubt Peta Whatsername said ‘Do it Tony. It makes you look like a sensitive guy’.

DATE: 24th April, 2014
FROM: Barry Spurr
TO: Colleague, Friend, Friend
SUBJECT: FW: The University community remembers on Anzac Day

Even here [Barry Spurr forwards on a staff communication from University of Sydney which in part honours the Aboriginal contribution to the war efforts], indigenous contribution to militarism has to be mentioned, even though not a single aboriginal soldier from the university served in our armed forces for the simple reason that there weren’t any aboriginal students prior to Charlie Perkins in the 60s.

It seems that we’ve reached the point in Australia that nothing can be said or done officially without bringing aborigines into the mix.

DATE: Monday, 28 April 2014
FROM: Barry Spurr
TO: University colleague, University Colleague, University Colleague, University colleague, Friend, Unknown person
SUBJECT: My estimate was generous

I have long said that about 10% of those currently enrolled at Australian universities should be at a university. James Athanasou argues today in the Herald that 5% is the figure. I think he’s closer to the mark, as standards continue to slide and degrees – especially generalist ones – become increasingly worthless:

A friend replies to Barry Spurr:

A voice of reason but the vested interests will smother these sensible suggestions

Barry Spurr replies:

He’ll be derided as an elitist, fascist, misogynist – the usual litany. He’s completely right. One day the Western world will wake up, when the Mussies and the chinky-poos have taken over.

DATE: May 2, 2014
FROM: Barry Spurr
TO: Colleague, Colleague, Friend, Friend
SUBJECT: A grandmother’s afternoon in our society

Today we picked up [a child] and I sat beside [another person] picking up her two grandsons, 7 and 8 I think. She had to take them to soccer. When [the child] run up to us I introduced her to the lady and asked her name so that [the child] could address her. She said [a name]. I said, No. I mean your last name. So reluctantly she said [her last name] as she realized I wanted [the child] not to call her by her first name. The idea of a [child] calling a granny [by their first name] just makes me sick. She is not [the child’s] buddy.

Before picking up [the child], we went to [an electronics store] for their DVD sale. The girl in charge of the DVD section was fat, unkempt, dressed in a low cut singlet with the tattoo EVIL on her breast. She had tattoos other places too, but I did not read them. I assume she is or was a druggie or even in jail and her job at [the store] pays a minimum wage. If I am wrong and she has always been an abstemious and proper citizen, then she is a pathetic Bogan of the worst kind.

The crassness and ignorance of Boganism is not going to turn around soon. But school could be the sole authoritative place to start. The churches and institutions looking after children have ruined to a considerable extent. So education from [a young age] on is the place to start.

DATE: June 1, 2014
FROM: Barry Spurr
TO: Unknown person, Friend, Colleague, Friend,
SUBJECT: There goes the neighbourhood

This email comes in reply to an email from a person which reads:

Hi Barry. Three couples were bidding. Sold for $1,735,000!!! Hard to tell the nationality of the new owners. He looked maybe Sri Lankan/Indian & she is an Austn. Early 30’s I’d guess. I think they will be good neighbours!

Barry Spurr adds the subject line ‘There goes the neighbourhood’ before writing:

Sri Lankan!! Info on [a couple’s] house sale yesterday from a neighbour.

The Motorola Nexus 6 (Shamu) and the HTC Nexus 9 (Volantis) official release videos

Nexus 6

The Nexus 6 launch video:

The Nexus 9 launch video:

Official page here:

Universal fix for windows KSOD

Spinrite running Dynastat

Ever had your Windows installation inexplicably die leaving your computer unusable without a fix? I have – more times than I’d like to count. The last time this happened was yesterday when Windows 7 would only boot into a black screen with a movable cursor, also known as the blacK Screen Of Death. It was a serious case considering none of the safe modes or repair function in the Windows boot options would work; each option would universally end in either a KSOD or the classic BSOD after hanging on aswRvrt.sys during safeboot. After exhaustively eliminating all possible “regular” fixes that were available on the internet, I decided it was time for the big guns: Steve Gibson’s Spinrite.

Prior to trying Spinrite I first tried Kaspersky’s Rescue Disc 10 which was entirely useless for my case. After booting from the rescue USB dongle I would always get a “Missing Operating System” error in the boot screen. Not reassuring. I have long been a fan of Steve Gibson’s Security Now podcast, which is why I knew of the tool. I knew the tool would be one of the few things that might do the trick, so I gave it a shot. At first I had a few issues with it, but these were all overcome with a little tinkering and searching. I’ll document these below for Steve (and others’) benefits, but suffice it to say that after about an hour running Spinrite 6 and a few reboots later my Windows 7 installation was working perfectly as if nothing had ever happened. Spinrite saved the day.

Here is the chronology of how my experience went. Firstly I was going to try booting spinrite using a bootable USB stick. In Windows 8 (where I was creating the USB) it seemed impossible to get Spinrite to create it. To create the USB in Spinrite you are supposed to hold down the drive letter corresponding to the USB stick using your keyboard before clicking the button to create the bootable USB stick. For me, this was impossible. If I held the key of the drive the button in Spinrite was not clickable. If I didn’t hold the key the button was clickable but would (obviously) do nothing but give me a nag to hold down the key. After unsuccessfully trying briefly to create a bootable USB stick using an .iso exported from Spinrite and a tool for creating bootable USB sticks from .iso files called Rufus I decided it was going to be easiest just to burn the .iso and be done with it.

After burning the disc I struck another problem that a little googling solved: when I booted the machine from the CD I would get an “Invalid Opcode” error and the machine would sit there until I turned it off. Turns out that for Spinrite to do its thang you sometimes need to go into your BIOS and change your hard drive settings. People on the page linked above seem to all have different required settings, but changing them worked. For me, on a Toshiba Satellite Pro, I needed to change my setting from “AHCI” to “compatibility”. After changing that and rebooting I had success – Spinrite was running.

As I mentioned above it took about an hour or so to run.. faster than I expected and MUCH faster than scraping the raw files off the drive using data recovery tools. After Spinrite did its thing on a level 2 scan (the quickest) the summary said that one tiny area was unrecoverable. I shut down the machine and powered it up again. The moment of truth came and then punched me in the face as I ended up back where I began:


After you try a fix and it doesn’t work you are basically back to the start. You now need to try the steps you’ve previously taken to see if any of those work now that the fix has been applied. For me, this was the winner. Safe Mode is your friend. Safe Mode is the first thing you should try if Windows is not booting normally. Thankfully whatever magic pixie dust that Spinrite sprinkled on my drive, combined with booting into Safe Mode, meant that I was back in. After doing a normal reboot from within Windows Safe Mode, the PC booted up fine as if the last several hours were merely the imaginings of a hallucinating madman.

TL;DR Spinrite saved my machine from a perpetual and otherwise unbeatable KSOD scenario and my guess is that if you are having KSOD problems then Spinrite is one of few things that might help you too.

PS: I believe, though I have no proof, that antivirus program “Avast!” was the cause of this problem. If you do a search for Windows not booting into Safe Mode and hanging before crashing on aswRvrt.sys, the first results are from the avast forums. All the tips on those pages were entirely useless for my situation and were all far too complicated for an average user to achieve. The reason I’ve chosen to single out avast for my rage here is that I have been frustrated by the program before when it entirely broke email functionality in Thunderbird. The problem it caused me is exactly covered here: but basically TB would not send or receive emails and it would only give me an error on open saying “Could not initialize the application’s security component.” which happened immediately after installing Avast. When I want to the net for a solution I was dumbfounded at the number of, and age of many of the complaints about avast IRT it breaking Thunderbird. This has been a problem for at least 3 years. I have recommended avast to many people over the years but considering the problems it can cause, I will not longer be doing that.

PPS: AVG just finished running its scan on this Windows 8 Machine: It claims that the avast installation folder has at least 2 viruses. This is on a machine that didn’t get KSOD. Thanks avast. Thanks a whole fucking bunch.

R.I.P. Sasha Shulgin

Sasha Shulgin

#ThanksSasha your contribution is immeasurable.

Tim Berners-Lee Reddit AMA


Redditor Amosral makes the suggestion that TimBL doesn’t need a browser or computer to access the web.

Dude it’s Tim Berners-Lee. He doesn’t need a browser. He doesn’t even need a computer. He just puffs the end of an ethernet cable like a hookah.