The next weekday meeting for the Knoxville FanForce Chapter will be Tuesday February 4th at 7:00p.m. at Mr. Gatti's Pizza on Kingston Pike. We will basically continue to discuss and make progress on our goals for the year and have fun. The first weekend meeting for the Knoxville FanForce Chapter will be Saturday February the 22nd at #1 China Buffet on Papermill Drive maybe a quarter mile away from the Mr. Gatti's pizza where we normally meet at 5p.m.. I can adjust the meeting time if need be but the date is final so if you just cannot make it at all that day, too bad. Now I am going to rant, but it has nothing to do with you guys at all. Alright, well I would have put this stuff up earlier yesterday but my Internet Explorer was effectively disabled by a combination spyware/adware program last night that basically acted like a virus. I didn't even have to install it or click on an ad or otherwise activate it in any way. It just simply exploited the Internet Explorer program and that is what is so aggravating to me. After some deleting and making some registry changes it's gone and so are a bunch of it's cousins, but I still am upset by the fact that such a large hole exists in a program so widely used as IE. The good news is that you don't have to do what I did manually because there are programs out there that can do it for you if you catch it in time. If you have never used anything to check your machine for adware and spyware, I highly recommend that you do or you might end having to do what I did. Not only that, but if you get rid of that crap, pop-up ads literally go away and you will never need a pop-up blocking program ever again. What I have learned last night is that pop-ups are a symptom of the disease and blocking them alone is not the cure. You have to get at the source of the problem which is the multitudes of adware and spywares installed on your machine without your knowledge or consent that literally hammer you with pop-ups and report everything you do online with your computer to other agencies including Microsoft and RealMedia. See you guys next month!