Tech Friday: CCleaner marked a PUA by Microsoft Defender

Posted By on August 7, 2020

It is always concerning to use and recommended a software product for years and to hear negative news on the software from a reputable antivirus.ccleanerupdate_win10_200804 Last month, Microsoft Defender marked the “crap cleaner” known as CCleaner as PUA (Potentially Unwanted Software) likely due to the “PC cleaning software’s bundling unwanted add-on and annoyance software. The risk in doing this for semi-reputable company … if they are which is likely for their free version … is that users choosing CCleaner could end up with more “junk” on their computer than they are actually cleaning off their computer.

In 2018 I stopped regularly using CCleaner to “Fix Registry Problems” due to concerns that it might “error on the side of cleaning” that will trigger errors that render Windows inoperable. LINK

After tweeting the TechRadar article, CCleaner tweeted a reply saying“Our products and our partners’ products are genuine and so we are in discussions with Microsoft to resolve this issue as soon as we can.”

Archive: Remembering good times with my friend Jeff #TBT

Posted By on August 6, 2020

My friend Jeff has been part of my life since college and knows WAY too much about me … both good (which he conveniently forgets) and bad (which he’s remembers all too well). We’ve always have great times together, be it in Founders Hall dorm at ONU back in college or the many years after college on hiking trips … or nowadays when just grabbing coffee or lunch. Just last week he asked, “How about a photography trip to Headlands International Dark Sky Park in northern Michigan?”


Last month while he was clearing out his desk, in order to switching to a “no-drawers” stand up desk at home and sent me a “remember this” photo. Yes … I unfortunately do and will archive it for Throwback Thursday #TBT.

I would like to have said this was before I took on the responsibility of being a dad and thought about setting a better example for my kids, but I think this was after kids. Ugh! About the only thing I could point out to him was that I at least had a climbing rope around my waist … to which he replied, “and who’s idea was that?” –> Jeff’s of course. (FYI … he didn’t always act responsibly).

The differences between a Willys, Ford and Hotchkiss Jeep

Posted By on August 5, 2020

Ever since reading Boys’ Life magazine as a kid and perusing the “military surplus” advertising, I’ve wanted a classic military Willys MB Jeep (or Ford GPW). I’m sure that I was not alone? Willys_MB_Jeep_1944

The old restored Jeeps have been staples at car shows, parades and aviation fly-ins for decades and I’m always attracted to them .. and yet only recently learned about the Hotchkiss M201 versions that were built well after WW2 and were nearly identical.

PHOTO RIGHT: Once the jeep’s design had converged, and was standardized, Ford and Willys built over 600,000 jeeps virtually identical to this 1944 MB (see Wikipedia link on the Willys MB)

Also the fact that Jeeps are made in Toledo, which is my original hometown, gives the “GeeP” (GP or GPW) soft spot in my heart. I can remember playing with the Tonka version of the little go anywhere topless “toy vehicle” the beach and ogling the Jeepster Commando (below), CJs, Wagoneer, Cherokee and pickup trucks (J-series and Comanche) when I was contemplating first and next cars.



Not recommended: Triangular shade sail for driveway shade

Posted By on August 4, 2020


The summer sun makes it too hot to work with the 10 x 12 foot south-facing garage door on the back of the detached outbuilding which is something I’ve struggled with for years. I’ve rigged up tarps, drop clothes and the like in order to cut the harsh sun, but let some light and breeze into the doorway. I finally decided to give one of those triangular shade sails a try and bought an inexpensive 16 x 16 x16 sail which is rigged between 2 solid points and one that I either peg with a bungee just above the ground (angular shade) or onto a temporary pole 9 foot in the air (prepping for something more permanent).  It sounded like a good idea … but it is just okay.

The cut and curve of each side make it difficult to get full shade. I’ve been moving it around and shifting side to side at the attachment points to try and get the angle a little better. This photo above is at 4 PM on Sunday afternoon with the tack point a couple feet above the ground (probably better on the 9-foot pole with summer sun overhead … verse the spring and fall sun lower in the southern sky. In the afternoon a rosebud tree (to the left out of the photo) offers better shade but its not close enough to shade the work area or back door. Unfortunately, even with the new shade sail, the sun still angles inside the door most of the time due to the curved cut; I can somewhat cut down the harshest rays by keeping the 12 door part of the way down. All in all, I would not do this again, even though I may keep tweaking things.


The weekend gave me an excuse to get the Packard a little fresh air, but it is not in drivable condition. Yes … eventually, I’ll get a little more ambitious and work to get it roadworthy, but even though the car is mine now, it is still my dad’s car and I don’t quite have that personal connection as with cars I buy and restore (I know, it is my own psychological issue … and I should just get over it!)

Music Monday: “The Captain And The Kid” – Jimmy Buffett

Posted By on August 3, 2020

JimmyBuffett_DownToEarthIt is not like I haven’t included Jimmy Buffett on a Music Monday before, but this video is unique in that it was recorded last month as part of a Facebook interview (as part whole #StayAtHome but still keeping busy during the Coronavirus shutdowns).

No matter your COVID19 thoughts, listening to Jimmy Buffett singing his old The Captain and the Kid song LIVE with his guitar is a great escape … and an even better memory from his Down to Earth album for me (mp3 album version below).

  The Captain and The Kid
      Jimmy Buffett | 1970

This is the kind of Buffett music that “caged” me into being a lifetime Parrothead (“cage” … “parrot” – groan!). Speaking of “cage” … it reminded me of the “Pacing The Cage” post from 2017.

Buffett wrote this poignant folk song in honor of his grandfather, who took him sailing when he was a kid and instilled his love of the sea. Captain James Delaney Buffett, a former sailor who could never quite adjust to life on land, died on January 2, 1970 at age 82. When Buffett came home to Nashville after the wake, he poured his grief into song.

Checking on the path of Tropical Storm Isaias – 8/2/2020

Posted By on August 2, 2020

While working on a few chores this Sunday, I checked on the path and strength of Hurricane now Tropical Storm Isais. It has moved just a bit more to the east than expected so for those who are on the east coast of Florida, take a deep breath. The storm could still pack strong winds, heavy rain and a 2-4 foot storm surge, but shouldn’t cause the damage that a stronger storm would. Thankfully with the new COVID19 outbreak in the Sunshine State, people won’t be huddling in shelters to avoid the storm (I doubt many would go anyway. Frightening thought).

A cute beach crab GIF and an eye-opening #filler shark photo

Posted By on August 2, 2020

ABigHammerheadSharkThis is when you are glad that you at least out on the water with a long board.  #surfing

And if that is not your cup of tea … maybe strolling down the beach and poking a crab is more your speed?


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