Going on the Account: Under the Weather

I may have problems getting a new chapter or two up next week due to illness.


No, not me, my machine.  I already described my fight with the malware that affected the machine I was working on, and I’ve spent far more time this week focusing on drives and downloads than brigantines and buccaneers.  I’m still working to get the little SOB to behave, and may have to go as far as to wipe the disk and start anew, if it comes to that.


Needless to say, the writing’s coming in second, and rather than make you sit through second-tier material (and the next one of you that inserts a crack tied to that line…), I may have to delay uploading the next parts of the story.  I should be able to post on time tonight, but after that it could be touch-and-go.


My apologies for the unexpected delay.  My hope is that this will be anywhere between brief and a non-factor, and we can then put this all behind us.

Going on the Account: Part the One Hundred Seventy Seventh (FINALLY!)

Part the One Hundred Seventy Seventh is now up, after a considerable struggle of my own against boarders and an active act of piracy…


Right before I posted, I turned on my machine and found it under attack by a piece of malware called Security Tool.  Nasty little SOB; it kept asking me to register in order that it could clean my system, then shut me offline when I tried to ignore it.  Worse, the longer I tried to look away, the more insistent it got, to the point of shutting off all but itself.


Stand and deliver indeed…


Well, four hours, a few phone calls to some good friends with a few smarts, some downloading and hacking, a littleconsiderable amount of aggravation, and surprisingly little rum to kill the pain (but I may end up with some after I get this up), I finally repelled these electronic boarders from their lair (which has all the earmarks of an Eastern European/Russian cyber-shakedown, though I can’t say exactly where the shots came from).  They say we all suffer for our art, though I never imagined it would ever have taken this form…


In any event, the delayed chapter may be read here.