Friday, December 8, 2017

My encounter with the Zeus virus, and its definition

Today, my encounter with the Zeus virus was a crazy one. The virus started when Mozilla Firefox did not open up to rotten tomatoes website, on my laptop. Instead, there was a voice on my computer talking about someone stealing my banking information, through my Facebook account and my yahoo or gmail account. The Zeus virus is a Trojan horse malware that runs on MS Windows. The Zeus virus is used to steal banking information by logging keystrokes, that a person does inside their web browser. The Zeus virus is spread through phishing schemes. If you have Norton Anti Virus software, then the Zeus virus can be removed and detected. The Zeus Virus is one of the ten most destructive computer viruses of 2017, as G. Ripley found Infoworld.com had cited this information. The virus was discovered in 2009, and it is not retiring anytime soon. The virus was first discovered for performing criminal tasks, and it has infected computers in many diverse ways. In late 2010, the creator of the Zeus virus announced his retirement but not so fast. In recent months, the virus is still infecting computers like yours truly. If a computer has the virus, it is not the end of the world. The way to fix the computer was to uninstall Mozilla Firefox, and to turn off the computer. Then, you can reinstall Mozilla Firefox through another web browser. Test the Mozilla Firefox by going to basic websites like usatoday, and CNN.com. If you don't have the message coming out of your computer mysteriously, then the Zeus virus Trojan horse may be removed. Hackers from Russia and the Ukraine had controlled the Zeus virus back in 2011. Finally, there may be a time where the web browser does not have any indication or traces of the malware. In the end, everyone should realize that if your computer has a virus or Trojan malware then the computer can be recovered without any problems. One should install Windows Defender, McAfee Internet Security software, Norton Antivirus, or avast antivirus to remove and detect computer viruses. At the end of the day, a good computer is one that does not have any computer viruses that can infect the computer. Hope you enjoyed this article, on computer viruses and the 'system failure' image above. Addio!

Monday, November 20, 2017

From journalism to politics to Hollywood, etc. Sexual harassment claims saga continues

In the past 60 to 90 days, many prominent people have been accused of sexual harassment that it is quite disgusting to read. Harvey Weinstein, Jeffrey Tambor, Brett Ratner, Russell Simmons, and Jeremy Piven are only a handful of names. Kevin Spacey, Al Franken, Steve Jurvetson, and Charlie Rose have lost their jobs also recently due to the ridiculous actions. Whether it's journalism, politics, Hollywood, or venture capital; many diverse industries are being classified as unsafe places to work for both genders. Louis C.K. and Roy Moore have become lurid household names for sexual misconduct. Is there something psychologically wrong with these high profile men? That question is very hard to answer, as some of them including Harvey Weinstein have lost their marriage and state of mind also. Weinstein went to a residential treatment facility about six weeks ago, to seek help for sex addiction plus other problems. What about the victims, and how can they get help? Gwyneth Paltrow, Angelina Jolie, Olivia Munn and other famous Hollywood actresses have told the press, and general public about their meetings with Mr. Weinstein; Brett Ratner and other movie directors. The #MeToo movement is growing rapidly on Twitter, and many people have tweeted their experiences on various social media platforms. Victims of sexual harassment have been encouraged to file a legal claim, even if they have allowed the extremely rude behavior. Sexual harassment has been going on for many decades, and there is no real ending for this major societal problem. Victims should seek help from therapists, because it will help them conquer their fear of not speaking out. Sexual harassment in the workplace seemed to be declining until the past six months, as all the bizarre cases in an array of industries have been revealed. Finally, let's look at some famous sexual harassment cases like the Clarence Thomas hearings in 1991. Some other notorious sexual harassment cases are Navy Tailhook scandal of 1991; Senator Bob Packwood and his sexual misconduct in the 1980s; comedian David Letterman and his major late night mishaps in the late 1990s and early 2000s decade; and New York Times journalist Glenn Thrush recently. In the end, the best advice is for everyone to be very meticulous of their actions and environs. Hope the reader likes the image above of the various paths, which people should seek whether they are the accused or the victims. Good night and good luck!

Saturday, November 4, 2017

If you own any of 'FANMAG' stocks, then hold onto them!!

In the past few days, the three major stock market indices (Dow Jones Industrial Average, S&P 500, and Nasdaq) in the US closed at record highs. If you own any of the 'FAANG' stocks, then you may have made a very smart purchase. 'FAANG' stocks are Facebook, Apple, Amazon, Netflix, and Google. CNBC reporter (and Thestreet.com founder), Jim Cramer; may have coined this acronym back in 2014. Today, Facebook (FB) and the other four tech. companies are some of the most valued companies in the world. Apple has a market cap. of $891 billion; Facebook has a market cap. of $520 billion; Amazon has a market cap. of $536 billion; Google's market cap. is $723 billion; and Netflix is at $87 billion market cap. The DJIA has increased by almost 20% in the past 10 months, while the Nasdaq has increased by 26% in 2017 YTD. Finally, the S&P 500 index has increased 16% in 2017 YTD. Yet, there is one company that should be added into the mix. It is Microsoft, and the tech. giant has a market cap. of $649 billion. Then, the acronym changes from 'FAANG' to 'FANMAG.' These six companies are high performing ones, and they are tech. long term values. Most investors and hedge fund managers would advise the stockholders of these companies to hold onto these six corporations, in order to gain a long term profit. All six of these companies have been innovators in different industries, in the past three decades. Amazon has been a leader in e-commerce for the past two decades, and the company is looking for a new city/state to build their second headquarters (HQ2). Apple released their Iphone X product yesterday, and the phone is the most expensive smartphone at $1000 for a consumer to purchase. Facebook has been a leader in social media for the past decade, or a shorter time frame. The company has gained major traction in advertising and journalism, as more than 40% of generation X and Y read the news on Facebook. Google has been the #1 search engine; a leading web advertising company; and their Google Pixel 2 smartphone is a viable option for the non Iphone (or non Samsung galaxy) person/community. Microsoft continues to be a leader in the software industry, plus dabbling in the video game world and other areas. Netflix leads the streaming video market, for the past eleven years according to many Goldman Sachs (and other huge investment banking) financial advisers. Finally, there are competitive companies that give the 'FANMAG' stocks a bigger reason to innovate. For example, Hulu continues to be a viable competitor to Netflix thanks to their new subscription based plan services introduced in 2015 and 2016. Samsung reported record 3rd quarter profits five days ago. The South Korean electronics juggernaut continues to make major headway with their Galaxy S8; S8 Plus; and Note 8 smartphones. Goldman Sachs and other leading investment banking firms think that most investors will buy more of the 'FANMAG' stocks in years to come. Good luck to you, if you are a 'FANMAG' stock owner. Enjoy the image above, and arrivederci from G. Ripley.

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Drinking wine in a cool, Canadian city in Fall 2017

Six days ago, Niagara on the Lake was the latest wine region for me to taste beautiful white wine. The Niagara region in Ontario province in Canada is known for really good wine. Trius winery was the first spot, in which Sauvignon Blanc wine and tasty seafood was consumed. Then, the next winery for me was Wayne Gretzky Estates Winery. This winery is walking distance from Trius, and Wayne Gretzky Estates Winery is a distillery also. Besides wine, whiskey is the other beverage made in the same location. The great Hockey player opened up his winery in 2017, and it has crisp Pinot Grigio and Riesling wines. The Niagara region is known for good wine, and it is called Niagara-on-the-Lake to be precise. The area is home to Niagara Falls, which lies in Canada and the USA. The Niagara region will be etched in my mind forever, as a fun place to drink wine in cool 68 degrees Fahrenheit. For Saturday, the Casa Loma castle is a huge gothic style revival house. The castle is in midtown Toronto, and the rain had stopped in time. Across from the Casa Loma castle is the Casa Loma stables, which is a little bit nicer in my opinion. The Casa Loma stables is a historical landmark, and the stables had incredible Halloween decorations. At the Casa Loma stables, a very pretty Chinese woman wanted me to take a picture of her parents. Instead, Mandarin Chinese words came out of my mouth and she smiled at me. Instead, the picture was of her and the parents. It is great to practice a language, which G. Ripley had to speak for three years. After Casa Loma castle and stables, the final destination for me was the CN Tower by Lake Ontario. It was the third time for me to be in this majestic tower, that is the tallest free-standing structure in the Western Hemisphere. CN Tower is the third tallest tower in the world, and it was declared as one of the modern seven wonders of the world in the 2000's decade. The tower is a picturesque icon of the Toronto skyline, as it juts 1,815 ft. The tower is a great place for G. Ripley to speak French, and a few people understood my words in the lovely language. As for my next trip to Canada, Montreal might be the city to see. Au Revoir from Rahulio Ganpuleone! Enjoy the picture above of green vineyards producing wine, in the Wayne Gretzky Estates Winery.

Friday, October 6, 2017

Welcome to CIC 101: Spain and the current political chaos

CIC 101 is a course at a fictitious European univ., and your instructor is Ricky Greenleaf. CIC 101 stands for Catalonia Independence Crisis. Picture yourself in a conference room with twenty people and your instructor, Mr. Greenleaf; is covering the Catalonia state problems in the country of Spain. You may be in London or Paris, but remember that Spain has a very high unemployment rate. If Catalonia becomes their own country, how can they be a prosperous nation with Barcelona being the main city for that economic cash cow? Catalonia wants to become an independent nation, as the prosperous area of eastern Spain voted to become independent in the past week. Barcelona is the second most populous city in Spain, and the most populous city in Catalonia. The main problem in Spain is Catalonia independence will bring a huge constitutional crisis, for Europe as well as the Spaniards. The European continent is dealing with Brexit for the past 18 months, and Catalonia could be another problem for the EU (European Union). Essentially, Catalonia is performing the incredible secession from Spain. More than 2 million people cast votes for separating Catalonia from Spain, and Catalonia could be an independent sovereignty by the middle of October 2017. Can you believe that statement? It could become a reality, as this former Olympic region (Barcelona 1992) could be better off by itself. Then, there’s the flip side which Ricky Greenleaf wants you to follow. The idea here is for Catalonia to stay in Spain, as the country depends on this region for many resources and economic indicators that may help Spain overcome a high unemployment, etc. As many of my readers know, Brexit is an idea that should not have come to fruition. The same can be said about Catalonia and their secession from Spain. Spain needs to work within the country, and their government should unite to keep Catalonia as an economic juggernaut in the Iberian Peninsula. Catalan politician Mireia Boya should work with right-wing Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy, instead of pushing the Catalonian population to protest against Spain. Finally, let’s move to some hypothetical situations in the 1st quarter of 2018. If Catalonia is a separate sovereign nation, what is the form of currency? The EU would have to vote to accept, or reject Catalonia into the European bloc. The EU is coping with Brexit already, and the nations of Portugal and Spain may not be the only ones dealing with the constitutional crisis. Many nations in Europe would be affected by Catalonia secession. The next hypothetical situation is does Spain continue to be an authoritarian state/country, as the Spanish govt. rejected recent negotiations brought about by Catalonia. Spain has blocked internet sites in the country, arrested political leaders for other ridiculous reasons, and is influencing the media. In the end, France and Germany may try to help their Spanish ally but will it be too late. German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Emmanuel Macron may aid Spain, but Catalonia may want to be the seceded state. Catalan could be the official language, and Spanish could be the secondary language. Hope you the reader has gained knowledge about the current political chaos in Spain, and Catalonia. Enjoy the picture above of the current political/geographic map of Spain and Portugal. This map may change in another four to five months, but that is out of our control. Remember that countries, and regions can become independent in the correct fashion not via secession.

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Four major web browsers, plus five browsers that you should know

Today, the discussion is on web browsers that people use to surf the Internet on a computer or smartphone. For G. Ripley's Experiences, the audience has viewed my weblog in Internet Explorer (or Microsoft Edge) web browser on a regular basis. Personally, my weblog should be viewed in another web browser like Mozilla Firefox. Back in 2005, Firefox was introduced to me by my roommate. It is an easy to use browser, which reminds me of Netscape Navigator. Firefox is used on Android mobile operating system. Safari is a web browser used on Apple Mac computers, and people use this browser on their Iphones also. The last major web browser that consumers are using frequently is Google Chrome. Chrome might be used more than Safari, and it can be used on the Android operating system in many useful ways. Next, there are five more web browsers that are used on Ios or Android OS; plus on PCs in other continents (Europe, Asia, etc.). Some of us go to the Opera, while there is a growing population that uses the Opera web browser globally. This web browser is owned by a Chinese company, and Opera's web standards are similar to Google Chrome. Opera was the fifth most popular web browser on the desktop in 2015 worldwide, and it has been used on mobile phones to view websites in various languages in Africa; Asia; and Europe per statistics provided by StatCounter. For mobile smartphones, Opera is used primarily on Android OS. Now, our story moves to an web browser that has the same name as my favorite underwater mammal. A dolphin should come to your mind quickly, and the Dolphin web browser is used primarily on Ios and Android operating systems. Some of Dolphin's main renowned features are tabbed browsing, and gesture browsing. This web browser has received positive reviews, and garnered acclaim plus strong comparisons with the ranks of Chrome; Safari; and Firefox. On to CriOS, this web browser is Chrome on the Ios mobile operating system. This web browser can be used on Android operating system as well. Cr is the symbol for the Chromium element too. For the penultimate web browser, Headless Chrome is defined as running the Chrome browser in a headless environment. A headless browser is an impressive tool for automated testing and server environments in which you don't need a clear UI (user interface) shell. This web browser is used more on the Android operating system for smartphones, than the Ios operating system. Lastly, GSA is short for Google Search Appliance. It is considered a web browser in a different fashion, than the previous eight browsers mentioned above. Essentially, GSA is a device that was rack mounted for providing document index functionality. The software was produced by Google, and Dell built the hardware. GSA was retired as a product in 2016, and the last year of support will be 2018 per license renewal agreements. Finally, most of these web browsers can be used on tablets such as Apple Ipad; Samsung Galaxy Tab; etc. At the end of this anecdote, you should have learned about nine different web browsers and how they are used. Enjoy the picture above of the icons used for five web browsers: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome, Opera, and Safari. Bye Bye!

Monday, September 4, 2017

Singing 'Angel of Harlem' and feet dipping at RPH

Doing Karaoke is a fun thing for me to do!! It is something that G. Ripley has done eight times. The songs to sing come from groups like U2, John Mayer, Coldplay, and Red Hot Chili Peppers (RHCP). It was great for me to sing 'Angel of Harlem' two nights ago in Tempe. The karaoke experience is something to enjoy, and that song is a classic track by U2 from their 1980s' music collection. Singing karaoke was the highlight for lucky platypus' going away party. Lucky Laurie is moving across the pond, and it was a fun going away party. Other U2 songs that have been on my karaoke playlist are "Where the streets have no name," and "Beautiful Day." After U2, John Mayer has awesome songs like "Clarity"; "Split Screen Sadness"; and "Say." It has been really cool to sing those 3 songs at Karaoke in Scottsdale. Some planes fly at the "Speed of Sound" by Coldplay. G. Ripley has sung that incredibly difficult song, as you have to hit the right notes. Last but not least, Red Hot Chili Peppers sing "Slide" and it's a great song on their Californication album. It is an awesome track, which G. Ripley sang in Scottsdale Karaoke in 2013. Now, let's fast forward to 24 hours later. My buddy, Naleeno, had requested Grimaldi's pizza for dinner. The restaurant has pictures of the NY skyline, Central Park; Times Square; and Statue of Liberty which gives the customers a major NYC feel/experience. Naleeno drank some beautiful Cabernet Sauvignon wine, and Peroni was my drink of choice. Next, we decided to go to Royal Palms Hotel for some more libations. At the exquisite resort in Phoenix, we saw some beautiful femme fatales. Naleeno enjoyed the tour, and the different fountains/pools. At one point, the two of us wanted to search for the right 'sex area' with exquisite YSL's. YSL is young, seductive ladies. It is Rahulio lingo. At the 10:50 hour last night, Naleeno had no idea that G. Ripley would dip his feet into the fountain at RPH. For me, it was an impromptu experience that involved a picture too. Even better, Naleeno and G. Ripley wanted to send the picture to Miss Cabrero. That task was done and she liked the picture. As this story ends, may you (the reader) have learned a nice ton of information about G. Ripley; Naleeno; Laurie; and Miss Cabrero. Until our next adventure, Arrivederci!!! Enjoy the picture above of U2, one of my favorite music bands. G. Ripley (aka Reliable Source of Gossip) has seen them in concert multiple times. Peace!