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Monday, September 28, 2015



  • VAWG
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    • Executive Producers: Pearce Delphin, Sir Black Balls of TWiT, Sir Dwayne Melancon, DrW00kie of the Medical Establishment, Sir Skits, Michael Gooch, Kevin Thomas, Chad Gertz, Zach, thespecialgoodness, Sir Christopher Dolan, Trevor Baxter
    • Associate Executive Producers: Sir Craig Allen Harms, David Hutchinson, Sir Pablo the Squirrel, Zander Wallachia, Kyle Clanney
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    • Knights: Pearce Delphin -> Sir Delphin, KevinB66 -> Sir Black Balls of Twit, DrW00kie -> Sir DrW00kie of the Medical Establishment, Chad Gertz > Sir Chad of VanPort
    • Titles: Sir Funk -> Sir Funk, Baron of Brisbane (Australia) in exile, Sir Skits -> Sir Skits, Baron, dixie protector of the Suwannee River

    Sunday, September 27, 2015

    No Agenda-The Saturday Memo

    This special edition of the newsletter is to answer questions about my being banned from Twit.

    Note from John C. Dvorak

    Unceremoniously fired by Leo for tweeting. The real explanation.



    I was unceremoniously fired without warning from ever doing the Twit podcasts again based on a casual tweet made concerning the media (and Leo and Jeff Jarvis) for all buying into the obvious bullcrap of Ahmed the clockmaker which Adam thoroughly deconstructed and eviscerated in a classic No Agenda take down that was a work of well-researched art.

    The series of tweets are below. I’m not sure why Leo just couldn’t call and discuss this, but he did a similar thing to Brian Brushwood under even more sketchy circumstances. Leo pays his co-hosts $500 per appearance and I’m sure he figured he’d hurt me in my pocketbook by banning me.This is a person I thought was my friend.
    This had been building up for a couple of reasons, primarily my take on Net Neutrality of which he was a major booster. Ever since the net neutrality debate began, people have sent me all sorts of recordings of Leo constantly bad mouthing me during his live in-between show banter. I have never complained about this. The last episode of this was actually sent in by a No Agenda Producer. It’s from April-May 2015 where Leo was caught saying the following about me.

    [Leo talking to some guest] “I always think of you as a little more liberal than, say, somebody like Dvorak…who is definitely a money-obsessed Republican tool.”

    You can listen to this yourself here. This was another reference to my take on net neutrality – it makes me a Republican tool.
    According to Leo and Jarvis, this kid is an innocent victim of racism. I objected to that interpretation. I'm fired. Called a blowhard. Cripes.
    Being called a Republican tool was a major signal that discontent was affecting the relationship. You can combine this with a number of other instances of sniping and his apparent bad-mouthing me at a Q&A in Austin at a meet up. The “Republican tool” comment though was very offensive as I am a registered Independent.

    I was going to call out Leo on this, but figured he was “just being Leo,” which is a phrase people who know Leo commonly use. And I was curious to see where this hatred of me was headed.
    As my opinions increased, this hatred continued and I knew my days were numbered working on Twit. Adam thinks that Leo is very jealous of No Agenda and its success. Recently Leo was recorded saying that he thinks he could do a better job than we do atNo Agenda and he has every so often commented about doing a political show. This is funny in itself because he rudely likes to say that he never listens to No Agenda.

    But you have to wonder why he and Jeff Jarvis were pontificating on the Ahmed clock boy story in the first place. The show is called “This Week in Google.” What did this have to do with Google? In fact that show, like many shows lately, all re-hash the same general tech news, show after show. The New Screen Savers now talks about stories that used to be exclusive to Twit.

    My last few times on Twit were greeted with “there’s no tech news” which is laughable.
    I’ve seen a lot of companies go through this process where they let the cash cow languish and put their energy and money into speculative endeavors rather than bolster the cash cow and make the cash cow bigger.

    So I’m out, perhaps as part of this process. Being one of the few co-hosts who actually drives to Petaluma to do the show in-studio rather than Skype-calling it in, I found the dust up to be bizarre, if not psycho nutty.

    I got a lot of support by No Agenda fans and Twitter followers. One tweet caught my attention and I figured we should just make it part of the show and part of the donation structure.
    So it ends there. This story will not be part of the No Agenda Show tomorrow, since there is plenty to discuss besides my appearances on Twit. This notice was written to explain the situationYou can show your support in any way you want. No Agenda will amp up the “tech news” segment of No Agenda when needed, but for those of you expecting a tech show from myself or Adam, that is never going to happen. We do No Agenda and we do it for you. No time and resources will be spent on speculative endeavors.
    Tomorrow’s show promises to be exciting again with Adam on the road in Wyoming.

    Your co-host,

    PS We want to thank those of you who decided to set up payment plans via online banking or who just like to send checks. Remember it is No Agenda Show, Box 339 El Cerrito, CA 94530
    PPS Everyone can afford a dollar-an-hour for the No Agenda Show. Compare what you pay for other entertainment including audio books. Here is a special offer.

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    Saturday, September 26, 2015

    Communication is the Key--I can't help you if you don't help yourself! [RANT]

    It has been a while since I ranted about anything so I think it is time!

    Without a doubt, the biggest problem I witness when dealing with computer problems is the simple fact that little or no communication prior to there being a problem, had been done.   This is why I have always said, "The moment you suspect there is a problem or a pop up prompting you to do something or update this or that, just cancel and let me know".. just simply (and blindly) choosing to do whatever you happen to see on the screen is ludicrous.  With so many malicious properties out there, most of which will have pop ups that look just like the real windows prompt, forcing you to click on it is not an option.. but it is!  If you can't close the program normally then do the Microsoft three finger salute-which is the CTRL-ALT-DEL key.. This should bring up the program manager window which you can then choose TASK MANAGER and kill/end the task that is causing problems.. in most cases, it is your web browser. Note, this includes those malicious websites you end up landing on that won't let you do anything but click OK-WHICH YOU DO NOT WANT TO DO!. Once you have closed the task you are most likely good to go.. but that is when you should be contacting me with a report of the 'weirdness you just experienced'.    Although restarting the computer is also an option, I don't recommend it in the case of a malicious attack because there is a good change some malicious items have been planted in the start up process which will launch in the background upon restart.  Therefore if I can get to it BEFORE the computer is restarted then I can typically save a lot of time!

    Now for the rant--I am sick and tired  of people constantly blaming the 'updates' as the problem.  So many times I hear this, "could the problems be due to the recent updates that were done?" or "could this problem be because windows 10 has been installed?"  and the kicker.. "It was working fine before you worked on it!"  OMG are you kidding me?  Yes, I worked on it..updated and cleaned the many issues that were causing your computer to run at a snails pace and remove the many malicious items that were "calling home" to the mothership of all malware servers (in some cases).. Seriously, you wouldn't believe how some computers are when I work on them.. but to blatantly say the problem was because of me directly working on the computer is asinine! It's like, what am I here for, to purposely screw up your computer? No of course not.. my mentality when it comes to working on any computer is that I treat it like it was my own.. I want it performing to it optimal abilities, clean and clear from malicious items and other programs that are running in the background that do not need to be.

    When I work on a computer it is either because I have been asked to repair a problem, or I have received notice of issues through my IT console that warns me of any red flag issues such as windows updates, antivirus definitions out of date and/or virus detected.  Obviously the more frequently I work on a computer the less work there is to be done, and that means your computer is functioning the way it should be more often.  My analogy here is to treat me like your pool cleaner or house cleaning person... why should you have a place looking and functioning perfectly for that 1 day the cleaning staff come and then wait 2 or 3 months to get it cleaned again?  Obviously when they come to clean more frequently, there is less to be done so the time they spend there is a lot less (time is money and who wants to spend money?!)  It works the same for computer maintenance.  I might connect to a computer once ever 3 or 4 weeks but spend less than 15 minutes on it. Whereas I might connect to another computer once every 2 or 3 months and will end up spending an hour or more, due to all the maintenance that needs to be done.  In the end, the person that has me connect less frequently ends up paying more.. so which method would you choose? 

    So how long has it been since your last computer maintenance service call? What are you waiting for?Contact me to get it working right!

    ..i'm out.. drop the mic!


    Friday, September 25, 2015



    • Geopolitical Chernobyl
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      • Executive Producer: Sir Otaku
      • Associate Executive Producers: Baronettes Dame Bang Bang, Morgan. Alex Ten Hamsel, Jason Lane
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      • Titles: Dame Bang Bang -> Baronettes
      • Previous Previous Episode's Art: Nick the Rat

      Wednesday, September 23, 2015

      No Agenda Newsletter

      No Agenda

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      No Agenda Thursday Show

      The end of the world is near. Donate before it is too late!


      Dear Producer,

      Today marks the end of the world for a few doomsday cults. You have to wonder if these folks are disappointed when this nonsense does not come to pass as predicted. Google the terms “doomsday” and “Sept 23” to find videos and details.

      There are a number of offenders involved in this malarkey which seems like a distraction of the week propagated by news and analysis sources that should try to educate the public not needlessly scare the excitable.
      Tomorrow’s show will celebrate the end of the world once again with a simple 9/23 or $9.23 mini-donation that everyone can afford. Support for the show was very poor last Sunday and your help is needed. Please contribute any amount by clicking here.
      Also the 8th anniversary show is in a few short weeks. Again we are offering three congratulatory donations to help celebrate. 800 pennies800 dimes or 800 dollars.

      The 800 dollar donation come with double executive producer credit. One fortomorrow’s show and one for the actual show 800.

      If the world ends tonight, this will all be moot, of course.
      Found on the CCTV Chinese government news channel. This is not what the US public was told about the climate change agreement with China. WE reduce our emissions while Chinese emissions continue to increase to 2030? How is this a smart idea? Seems as if the US public has been scammed.
      This mess is allowed to worsen for the next 15 years unabated. This is the vaunted climate change agreement?
      Tomorrow’s show will incorporate Adam’s travels and discuss the show meet-ups as well as the Pope's awkward visit to the USA whereby he is consulting with leftist troublemaker Naomi Klein, which is odd in itself.

      Only your No Agenda Show will get this all analyzed correctly.  Support these efforts with a contribution today.
      Your co-hosts,
      John C. Dvorak & Adam Curry

      PS And you can always send checks to Box 339, El Cerrito, CA 94530. Make checks payable to the No Agenda Show.

      Looking for the end of the world. Finding nothing.
      If you want real analysis based on research and digging deeper into a story, No Agenda is your show. To keep it alive please support No Agenda any way you can. There are excellent ideas on the support page here.
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      Monday, September 21, 2015



      • Blue Waffles
        • A picture named NA-758-Art-SM
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        • Executive Producer: Sir David of Ross
        • Associate Executive Producers: Joshua Willis, James Carlson
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        • Knights: David Young -> Knight Sir David of Ross

        Sunday, September 20, 2015

        No Agenda-The Saturday Memo

        Today continues the mile high club one more show or until show 767.
        And after the last promotion on show 787, the Mile High Club is closed. Please join today by 
        clicking here.

        Note from John C. Dvorak

        This seems important to me



        One of the many great things about your No Agenda Show are insights into trends that might affect life in general so you, as a No Agenda supporter and producer, are never caught off guard by events later promoted by the laggard mainstream media.

        The current collapsing Chinese stock market will have an eventual impact on our stock market and cause panic that will put the public back into a state of confusion. This once again will prove that your best investment is in the No Agenda Show and its ability to keep you sane in a world trying to make you crazy. What's this show worth to you?

        On Twitter I promised a link that everyone should read. It’s an important investigation of China’s Alibaba, suggesting that it might be some sort of Ponzi scheme delivering fake numbers to investors. Click here to read it.
        If any of this is true it will upset world markets for months to come creating more uncertainty and nervousness amongst the public-at-large. The No Agenda community is immune to these panics because for nearly 8 years your show has penetrated the propaganda veil that is used to keep you in a state of unhealthy anxiety and delusional thinking. No Agenda prevents this with a reality check. This show is important to you and to the entire No Agenda community. Your show needs your continued support.Please contribute what you can today by clicking here. And remember that any amount helps.
        Tomorrow’s show promises to be exciting again with Adam on the road in New Mexico.

        Your co-host,

        PS We want to thank those of you who decided to set up payment plans via online banking or who just like to send checks. Remember it is No Agenda Show, Box 339 El Cerrito, CA 94530
        PPS Everyone can afford a dollar-an-hour for the No Agenda Show. Compare what you pay for other entertainment including audio books. Here is a special offer.

        I'm staying in here unless you contribute to the No Agenda Show.
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        Thanks for being part of the No Agenda family!

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        Saturday, September 19, 2015

        Wondering why your computer isn't getting Windows 10 yet? [Technical-TIP]

        There are a few computers out there that are completely compatible for the Windows 10 upgrade, yet they have not received the Windows 10 "reserve icon" on their System Tray.  

        The answers and possible solution for you can be found at the website here.

        This is a forum page so the actual answer you are going to want to read is as follows:

        Why don’t I have the Get Windows 10 app?
        If you don’t see the Get Windows 10 app on your PC, it might be because:
        1. Your device isn’t up-to-date with at least Windows 7 SP1 or Windows 8.1 Update.
        2. Windows Update is turned off or is not set to received updates automatically.
        3. You’ve blocked or uninstalled the necessary Windows Update functionality.
        4. Your device is not running genuine Windows.
        Running Windows Update and installing any available updates will fix the first three issues. Need more help? Go to our Windows Community Forum.
        PCs that we determine cannot run Windows 10 will not see the Get Windows 10 app before July 29, 2015. After July 29, 2015, we’ll enable the icon in the system tray. This is to help ensure that you can easily check your PC’s compatibility if you choose.
        If your device is managed as part of a school or business network, please check with your IT administrator about upgrading to Windows 10.
        Additional info courtesy the answer to this MS Community question:
        If you don’t think any of the conditions listed above apply to you and you’re still not seeing the icon, you can also try running the solution below which will verify that your device meets all the prerequisites and will then turn on the Get Windows 10 app:
        1. Copy the following text and paste it into Notepad:
          REG QUERY "HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\AppCompatFlags\UpgradeExperienceIndicators" /v UpgEx | findstr UpgEx
          if "%errorlevel%" == "0" GOTO RunGWX
          reg add "HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\AppCompatFlags\Appraiser" /v UtcOnetimeSend /t REG_DWORD /d 1 /f
          schtasks /run /TN "\Microsoft\Windows\Application Experience\Microsoft Compatibility Appraiser"
          schtasks /query /TN "\Microsoft\Windows\Application Experience\Microsoft Compatibility Appraiser"
          schtasks /query /TN "\Microsoft\Windows\Application Experience\Microsoft Compatibility Appraiser" | findstr Ready
          if NOT "%errorlevel%" == "0" ping localhost >nul &goto :CompatCheckRunning
          schtasks /run /TN "\Microsoft\Windows\Setup\gwx\refreshgwxconfig"
        2. Save the file as "ReserveWin10.cmd" (with the quotes, name can be anything).
        3. Open an elevated (admin) command prompt and run the file from the location you saved it to. For example:
        The script will run until it has an answer.
        The Microsoft Compatibility Appraiser can take 10 – 30 minutes to run, during which the script will continuously provide status reports that it is running. Please be patient.
        If the script is failing in an infinite loop, then you don’t have the necessary prerequisite Windows Updates. Besides requiring Windows 7 SP1 or Windows 8.1 Update, you must also have installed:
        For Windows 7 SP1:
        For Windows 8.1 Update:
        Of course as a client of mine, all you need to do is ask me to check on the status--you know what they say about the squeaky wheel..