Hello to the Family of Dirty Boxers [including those dirty lurkers],
Just thought it was only fair to explain why the airwaves have gone dead, as it’s going on longer than first hoped.
Basically on Sunday night my main desktop computer [known as the Tank] decided to crash during a Skype chat. Thinking nothing much of it, and as I was working on the laptop in the studio as well at the time [yes, sometimes I can multitask… Just not that often], I finished of my conversation on the laptop and went to bed – thinking that nothing was out of the ordinary.
On Monday morning, tried to boot the Tank to get ready for the show, and the system kept having issues / crashing / saying I had a virus. After some Googling, found out what the issue was [it turned out to be a virus] and started to ‘fix’ the situation. But I failed. The system was saying I was infected with the “Worm 32 Blaster” virus – which was a lie. The Tank is currently [while writing this] is infected with Privacy Protection, a rogue antivirus program which allegedly generates false malware warnings saying that your computer is infected with a variety of viruses and spyware. What is MORE scary is that it de-activated / deleted my AVG Antivirus in the process.
After many attempts of trying to remove the virus, the Tank stopped loading Windows, and is now a glorified paper-weight. What was the foolish thing, and which I do regret it now, is that the Tank IS the only truly stable machine in the Attic Studio, and so all passwords to access the ‘behind-the-scenes’ for All Digital Radio and NAGradio are stored on it. So with under an hour to go before the beginning of my show, and no way to access systems to arrange a replay of my show to give me time to fix the situation, I went on-air Monday with a greatly under-powered studio, with ¼ of the normal setup working… The resulting show on Monday was painful – but we managed to JUST about get through it… And then the laptop crashed before I could save.
So basically, I’ve arranged for Dominic [who kindly lends me the Tank for the show] to come around Thursday to help sort things out, and at the moment we are HOPING to be back on-air for the Friday show… But at the moment, that is wishful thinking. We truly will not know the extent of the damage / situation until he comes around on Thursday night.
I am truly sorry for all this madness. At the moment I am EXTREMELY frustrated with the situation. Not only have we missed the amazing hours we spend together, which I really look forward to, but what is also miffing me off is that I had arranged to pre-record several Christmas / New Year shows with some wicked guests this week – which have obviously been cancelled… With no clue if we will be able to re-organise in time.
But there you go… I thought it was only fair to give you an update about the situation, and I will promise to keep you updated as much as I can. I will be tweeting as and when there is more info.
I hope the family of DB will be back together soon,