RECOMMENDED: LASTPASS for password generation and retention

Thursday, June 26, 2014

I have the $12 per year premium account and it’s well worth it.

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RECOMMENDED: “Jesus Loves Children”

Friday, January 17, 2014

I know the author and urge you to support him by buying a copy.

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As a fairly new parent, it was a bit difficult for me to explain to my 3 year-old who Jesus Christ or God is, why we celebrate Christmas, the need for daily prayers and the concept of creation. This Children’s book was my attempt as guided by the Holy Spirit to begin this rather uneasy explanation. This short story has helped me a lot each time I am asked “daddy, tell me more about Jesus”. Hope you find the perspective interesting. For me it reminded me that I needed to return to my first love with our Lord Jesus. It a good read for anyone irrespective of religion or faith.

Jesus Loves Children

Title ID: 4607213

ISBN-13: 978-1494926861


Electronic Copy Available at the Kindle Store and Amazon website at:

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Book Print will be available at Amazon worldwide on 1/22/2014.

The Expanded Distribution to stores, Libraries and others in 8 weeks.

Please spread the word. 50% of the proceeds will go orphanages, the Poor and those in need.



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NOTRECOMMENDED: Google’s GDRIVE while live; when uninstalled leaves a mess. NOT GA; use only if you’re on the “bleeding edge”!

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Looks interesting as a DROPBOX competitor.

I can’t tell if it uses real hard drive space. (It must.) 

So it’s behind DROPBOX. (You can tell DROPBOX that you don’t want a local copy.)

Also, it copies to the local drive all the docs on the GOOGLE_DOC account. (I don’t want them all on local. That’s why I put them up on GOOGLE in the first place Argh!)

Jury is still out!

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GDRIVE puts down a “footprint” on your machine. I don’t know what all that crud it but in my case it’s two or three GIG!

Even uninstalling with APPCLEANER doesn’t remove the “footprints” (i.e., at least two directories with big files). One of which is PICASSA related if your believe the directory names.

I’d classify this as alpha software and leaving it the “bleeding edge” folks until it gets more exposure and “testing”. 

It’s imho NOT ready for prime time use.

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Sunday, April 8, 2012


Just thought of something that they could do to improve my experience. So I contacted their support.

*** begin quote ***

I’m a Mac noob.

Is there a set of automator script to run drive slim periodically?

So, for example, cache clear, monthly on the first monday and big files on the second monday. TO prompt those of us with old memories.

From time to time, the various tech site have stuff like this. For example, recently, there was one to delete the IPHOTO automatic copies.

Thanks for good product. No complaints. Just could use some help.

*** end quote ***

Let’s see if I get a response or is it a “pump and dump”?

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Your ticket number regarding this issue is 07-97528.
Please refer to this ticket number in any future correspondence.

Product: DriveSlim
Mac OS: Mac OS 10.6.8

Question: I\’m a Mac noob. \r\n\r\nIs there a set of automator script to run drive slim periodically?\r\n\r\nSo, for example, cache clear, monthly on the first monday and big files on the second monday. TO prompt those of us with old memories. \r\n\r\nFrom time to time, the various tech site have stuff like this. For example, recently, there was one to delete the IPHOTO automatic copies. \r\n\r\nThanks for good product. No complaints. Just could use some help.\r\n

Your question has been forwarded to a Customer Support Specialist who will be contacting you about this issue.  Be sure and check out our Online FAQs, found in our Support Website, for answers to common support questions.



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Your ticket number regarding this issue is 07-97528.
Please refer to this ticket number in any future correspondence.

Hi Ferdinand,

There is no script to automate DriveSlim.

Contact us if you have any further questions.


Prosoft Engineering Customer Support

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“Go away, you Customer, you. Stop bothering us.” YMMV.

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NOTRECOMMENDED: Jiffylube is a criminal enterprise

Friday, November 18, 2011

On Wed, Nov 16, 2011 at 11:10 AM, LUDDITE wrote:

click link

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Should be in jail!!!

And makes one wonder if this isn’t wide spread.

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Wednesday, March 30, 2011

IMHO this has been a technology disaster.

Not so much the device. I had that working in minutes.

In the accompanying software. What good is a backup device without the snazzy software that will make the backups painless.

Otherwise it’s just a USB Hard DIsk. Which is nice, but there are many on the market and many much cheaper.

I have a WD Go Flex that I bought without the snazzy software and use IBACKUP with.

During the “panic attacks” I feared for my data. And despite CARBONITE and DROPBOX and GOFLEXDRIVE, the TIMEMACHINE failure scared me. So I wanted more protection.

(I’ve done bare metal restores on WINDOZE and MACBOOKAIR, they are NOT pretty. Stuff never comes back 100%.)

I bought the MYBOOKFORMAC based on the box’s promise of simple complete backup. And, I got something that was Adobe Flash dependent and browser dependent. That’s not what I bargained for.


And, I may be wrong but in the “support email exchanges”, I think I was dealing with a softeware robot, not a real person, Even dial 1 800 a third world country is more honest. Did these guys watch WATSON on Jeopardy and think they can fool people?

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wd smartware doesn’t exec
Discussion Thread
Response Via Email (Carmen D) 03/29/2011 02:18 PM
Dear Ferdinand,

Thank you for your reply.

Once again I apologize for the inconvenience. If you decide to return the product to the store you do not need an RMA number to get a credit refund from retailer. An RMA number is used for replacement purpose with our company. If you wish to get your money back for the product from store, this is something that is handled by the retailer you purchased the product. Western Digital does not refund back money to customers, if the drive is defective or needs replacement for some other reason, we proceed with RMA options.

If you wish to replace the drive, we have two warranty replacement options available to you, Advance RMA and Standard RMA. Both options are available online from our we bsite. In an Advance RMA, we will ship you the replacement drive prior to receiving your defective drive. A credit/debit card is required to insure against the receipt your defective drive. If we do not receive your drive 30 days from the date the replacement drive was shipped, the fair market value of the replacement drive will be charged/debited to your credit/debit card. In a Standard RMA, we will ship you the replacement drive only after we have received your defective product. No credit/debit card is required in a Standard RMA.

The current turnaround time for an Advance RMA is 3 to 5 business days and 5 to 7 business days for a Standard RMA.

You may create your RMA online by visiting the links below. Please remember that an RMA number is required in order to replace your defective drive.

Title: How can I check the warranty of my drive?

Title: How can I replace a product under warranty?

Title: Where can I get packaging and shipping information for an RMA?

Current RMA turnaround:

If you have any further questions, please reply to this email and we will be happy to assist you further.

Carmen D
Western Digital Service and Support

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Customer By Email (Ferdinand Reinke) 03/29/2011 11:44 AM
> How about if you just give me an RMA and have Best Buy issue me a
> credit? This is far more than I wanted to do to get this to work.
> Nothing on the box disclosed this torture.
Response Via Email (Carmen D) 03/28/2011 10:23 AM
Dear Ferdinand,

Thank you for your reply.

I apologize for the inconvenience. Is the file downloading but once you click on the executable file is not running? Does the application get installed but is not performing the backup? Could you please send me a screen shot of where the issue is occurring and of any message that you get when your trying the installation of application.

If you have any further questions, please reply to this email and we will be happy to assist you further.

Carmen D
Western Digital Service and Support

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Customer By Email (Ferdinand Reinke) 03/28/2011 04:42 AM
> Are you seriously telling me that I have to install another browser?

Where exactly on the box does it say that? I don’t see anything, even in the
small print, that Adobe Flash or a browser other than Chrome is required?

Now what exactly do you want me to place where to execute?


Customer By Email (Ferdinand Reinke) 03/28/2011 04:12 AM
So what you are saying, that is not on the box, that this software
doesn’t execute with Chrome?

Are you seriously saying you want me to install ANOTHER browser so that
your software can execute?

What do you want me to put where and execute?

Response Via Email (Carmen D) 03/27/2011 03:04 PM
Dear Ferdinand,

Thank you for your reply.

I truly apologize for the inconvenience. If it is not executing in Chrome try another browser. Also try to save the executable on your computer then try to install.

If you have any further questions, please reply to this email and we will be happy to assist you further.

Carmen D
Western Digital Service and Support

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Customer By Email (Ferdinand Reinke) 03/27/2011 02:42 PM
> *** begin quote ***

Your Google Chrome browser already includes Adobe® Flash® Player
built-in. Google Chrome will automatically update when new versions of
Flash Player are available.

To learn more about the enhanced support for Flash Player in Chrome,
including information for developers, seethis TechNote

*** end quote ***

Still doesn’t work. I can copy files to and from the device. But none of
the promised utilities are available.

Response Via Email (Carmen D) 03/27/2011 09:31 AM
Dear Ferdinand,

Thank you for contacting Western Digital Customer Service and Support. My name is Carmen D.

I apologize for the inconvenience that you are experiencing. Please, follow the troubleshooting steps below.

1. Uninstall any versions of Smartware from your system and reboot after disconnecting the device.

Answer Title: How to uninstall WD SmartWare from Windows (7, Vista, or XP) and Mac OSX (10.4, 10.5, and 10.6)
Answer Link:

2. Double-check that you have all high-priority AND optional updates for MAC

3. First uninstall from your add/remove programs adobe flash player, and then reinstall. Check for latest versions
of adobe flash player here: and also for the Java runtime environment

4. Reconnect the device and Update the software here:

Download this updated version of the WD Smartware, and using this version, install the application, do not install the version bundled with your drive and then update to the latest version, install directly from the file downloaded from the link.

5. Try running the Smartware backup.

If you have any further questions, please reply to this email and we will be happy to assist you further.

Carmen D
Western Digital Service and Support

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Auto-Response 03/26/2011 01:07 PM
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The following answers might help you immediately. (Answers open in a separate window.)

Title: How to remove (disable / hide) WD SmartWare Virtual CD (VCD) for Windows or Mac OSX on a WD My Book or WD My Passport

Title: WD SmartWare for Mac OSX has an inaccurate file count in the backup and retrieve tab

Title: Backing up a large file to a drive creates an endless backup loop in WD SmartWare for Mac OSX (ver. 1.2.x.x)

Title: After updating WD SmartWare for Mac OSX, the backup and retrieve gauges no longer properly update

Title: Switching Users on a Mac OS X 10.4 computer after installing and running SmartWare causes an error


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It goes back to Best Buy today.

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Saturday, March 19, 2011

It was a pleasure to assist you. Your chat session has ended. Thank You.

  Your chat ID number is 03191189238.

Chat Subject: FiOS Television (Other)

Your Question: Box is cycling every few minutes.

A Verizon Service Representative will be with you shortly. Thank you. (21:05:16)

<<< Ten minutes?>>>

21:15:01 Estimated wait time is 4 mins 42 secs. We apologize for the delay. You are next in the queue. A representative will be with you shortly.

Agent George has joined. (21:15:22)

George : Chat ID for this session is 03191189238. (21:15:22)

George(21:15:27): Thank you for using Verizon FiOS Technical Support. I apologize for any delays in reaching an agent today.

My name is George, for security purposes please post the name and address on the account as well as a good can be reached telephone number.

While I access your account and start running some diagnostic tests, please open a new browser window and type in the address bar and follow the prompts to download our new In Home Agent support tool, if you?ve not already done so.

Ferdinand Reinke(21:15:28): I don’t think there is much that can be done. The box is recycling every few minutes. And, my other box is running fine. Argh!

Ferdinand Reinke(21:16:11): I don’t want the inhome agent on my hardware.

George(21:16:36): please provide the information, i have asked for above please

Ferdinand Reinke(21:16:50): {Extraneous Deleted}

George(21:17:30): address on the account also

Ferdinand Reinke(21:17:45): {Extraneous Deleted}

George(21:18:20): ok

George(21:18:30): After our chat session is completed, I will send you a helpful email to the email address listed above

George(21:18:30): I’m sorry for any frustration this has caused, but I’d be glad to assist you with your issue today.

George(21:18:51): For security purposes can I please get you to confirm the account number, the last amount you paid, or the install date, please.

Ferdinand Reinke(21:19:07): I have no idea of that information.

George(21:19:42): i also need that information, i can wait also. if you need me to

Ferdinand Reinke(21:20:26):

{Extraneous Deleted}

George(21:21:01): thank you

George(21:21:27): also which box has the issue, the dvr or the sd box?

Ferdinand Reinke(21:21:51): the hd dvr box

George(21:22:22): is there any clicking or humming noise from the dvr/

Ferdinand Reinke(21:22:29): no

George(21:22:50): are you in front of it now?

George(21:22:55): i just flashed the programming on it

George(21:23:00): i need you to test it and see if it reboots

Ferdinand Reinke(21:23:03): sounds like the other tv has stopped playing

Ferdinand Reinke(21:23:19): press menu

George(21:23:34): i programmed both

George(21:23:40): go ahead and press menu

Ferdinand Reinke(21:23:44): done

George(21:23:54): picture?

Ferdinand Reinke(21:23:57): yes

George(21:24:03): let it play ok

Ferdinand Reinke(21:24:08): yup

Ferdinand Reinke(21:24:18): recylced

George(21:24:29): just did?

Ferdinand Reinke(21:24:32): yes

George(21:25:07): I’m going to mail out a replacement Set Top Box to you. It will arrive by UPS Next-Day Air (typically within 2-3 business days).

1. Once you receive the new Set Top Box, unplug the bad STB and power adapter and use the new STB and power adapter.

2. Then send back the bad Set Top Box using the supplied UPS shipping label and dropoff at the nearest UPS Store ( or UPS Dropoff location.

Ferdinand Reinke(21:26:11): And I’m supposed to be happy about that. I’m without the TV service for 2-3 business days and I lose all the programs on the DVR?

George(21:26:31): yes you will lose all the recorded programs

Ferdinand Reinke(21:26:47): I know but I am NOT happy about that.

George(21:27:02): i am sorry, there is nothing we can do to make it not reboot

Ferdinand Reinke(21:27:36): OK let’s delete the DVR service completely. Just send me a replacement HD box.

George(21:28:06): can not do that, you have to talk to billing to do that

Ferdinand Reinke(21:28:26): This is the third DVR box that is being replaced.

George(21:28:31): if you want to swap to a lower priced box, they will have to do an ordr

George(21:28:36): i am sorry, but this isnt billing and orders

George(21:28:52): we do not, do orders to downgrade your box

George(21:29:02): i can only send you out a like for like unit

George(21:29:07): no downgrades

Ferdinand Reinke(21:29:43): Well you can credit the bill for at least four days out of service.

George(21:29:53): no

George(21:29:59): this isnt biling, this is repair

Ferdinand Reinke(21:30:04): NO>

George(21:30:24): repair, does not handle your bill or orders

Ferdinand Reinke(21:30:25): just shaking my head.

George(21:30:45): you understand, in repair we do not handle billing or orders

George(21:30:45): correct?

George(21:31:00): im going to send you out a replacement unit for your dvr

Ferdinand Reinke(21:31:00): I understand only to well.

George(21:31:05): since it keeps rebooting

George(21:31:11): it has been ordered

George(21:34:07): do you have any other questions, about the replacement unit

Ferdinand Reinke(21:34:32): NO!

George(21:35:08): I’m glad I could help. Chat Support is available everyday from 8am-9pm Central. Additional information on all 3 FiOS services can be found online at

Also, we have the Verizon In Home Agent that you can download at Thank you for choosing Verizon and have a great day.

Your session is now closed.

Thank you, have a nice day.

Your session is now closed.

Thank you, have a nice day.

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This is not help.

This is the THIRD DVR!


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SERVICE: STUFFBAK “not recommended”

Monday, January 17, 2011


I signed up for this a while ago. And, for a variety of reasons, forgot about it. Found some of my left over labels. Hey, let’s see if the service is still up.

Yup! I was. Yay!

So, I “registered” one. And, found out it forgot me. (?)

“call 1-800-yeah-right”

I don’t do phone in “customer non-service”. My blood pressure can’t stand it. It has to be really really important for me to endure that particular hell.

From what I remember, it only had one level of service. And, there was zero charge for recovery. (I know I had one.) Now before you “tag” any thing, make sure you’re willing to pay 50$ for it’s return. Argh!

I don’t like folks that suck you in and then change the game after you’ve bought in. I had to buy the labels. If they had presented this value equation, then I’d have passed.


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WEBSITE: BADOO is a “badie”!

Saturday, January 8, 2011


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Received a message from some one I know.

Curious, I looked.

They hold his message hostage uless I give them an email address they “support”.



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RECOMMENDED: A florist in Conover NC

Friday, November 5, 2010

*** begin quote ***

Thornburg’s Florist Gifts & Interiors
505 1st Ave S
Conover, NC 28613

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Highly recommended. Called on Saturday night; they called me back on Sunday morning. (That’s good.) I had a rush request. (Are there any others?) They were able to stay a little later and meet my need for an early Monday morning delivery. The feedback I got was that their work was beautiful. I am stunned that they went the extra mile for me, a stranger. If I need flowers again their geography, then they have my business. I’d suggest that they should have yours as well.

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RECOMMENDED: Get some vitamins and mineral into you before it’s too late

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Natural Health from A to Z
Margaret Durst
July 21, 2010

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Chromium levels decline with age, which may be one of the reasons for the increased incidence of adult onset diabetes. The average American gets less than 50 micrograms of chromium per day. The general recommendation on supplementing chromium is 200 mcg. per day. If diabetic, the recommendation is double that, or 400 mcg. per day. Food sources of chromium include beer, brewer’s yeast, brown rice, cheese, meat and whole grains. Supplemental forms are chromium picolinate and chromium polynicotinate. Either form is absorbed well.

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Guess I’ll have to get some.

RDAs are for sheeple.

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Saturday, July 3, 2010


I have an obviously complex sync problem. The answer I’ve been given is move to a new account. The reason I went to mac was the reinstall blues with windoze. Seems like the same problem here. I’ve rated MAC as “Not Recommended” on my blog FWIW. And that won’t change as long as sync is broken.

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Wednesday, June 30, 2010

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Hello, welcome to a little thing called 750 Words

I’ve long been inspired by an idea I first learned about in The Artist’s Way called morning pages. Morning pages are three pages of writing done every day, typically encouraged to be in “long hand”, typically done in the morning, that can be about anything and everything that comes into your head. It’s about getting it all out of your head, and is not supposed to be edited or censored in any way. The idea is that if you can get in the habit of writing three pages a day, that it will help clear your mind and get the ideas flowing for the rest of the day. Unlike many of the other exercises in that book, I found that this one actually worked and was really really useful.

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Amusing little site that has a way of getting under your skin.

I’m using it to write my course and my next book.

It sort of fits my early morning persona.

Maybe like Sudoku, it too will ward of the dreaded Alzheimer’s?

No one can see what you write but you can share the automated analysis of that writing.

See me at:

ROFL, yeah, I’m that nuts!

Now all I need is a tshirt declaring that I’m an ITSJ and a fat old white guy injineer. (But then I repeat myself.)


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SERVICE: MOBILEME updated but still not working for me and NOTRECOMMENDED

Friday, June 18, 2010
Service Update: New MobileMe Mail, Find My iPhone, and more.
Dear MobileMe Member,

Today we’re making available to all MobileMe members an all-new Mail web application, a Find My iPhone app, and a new way to navigate between applications at Read on for details.

All-new Mail at
MobileMe Mail on the web (now out of beta) has been completely redesigned with powerful new features such as widescreen view for reading email with less scrolling, rules to keep your email organized everywhere, and faster performance. For more details on these and other new Mail features, please read this news post.

Find My iPhone app and more
You can now download the free Find My iPhone app, enabling you to locate a misplaced device directly from iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch while on the go. After installing it from the App Store, just launch the app and sign in to quickly locate your devices on a map and access the other Find My iPhone features — Display a Message or Play a Sound, Remote Lock, and Remote Wipe.*

The Find My iPhone web application on has also been updated with a full-screen map view. Clicking your missing device on the map lets you access all the Find My iPhone actions to help you recover your device and protect the information on it.

Learn more about improvements to Find My iPhone here.

New way to get around
We’ve also given a new look and a new way to navigate between applications. Simply click the cloud icon in the upper left of the page, and choose from Mail, Contacts, Calendar, Gallery, iDisk, and Find My iPhone. To access account information, help, or to sign out, just click your name on the top right.

We recommend accessing with Safari 5, Firefox 3.6 or later, or Internet Explorer 8. If you have questions about this update, please read this FAQ.

We hope you enjoy these improvements to MobileMe. Thank you for being a MobileMe member.


The MobileMe Team

*Find My iPhone and Remote Wipe are not available in all countries.


Monday, June 14, 2010

The Rewards of Routine Maintenance

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I used to make fun of my cousin, Nick, for this. Nick has tens of thousands of dollars in the bank, yet he’s always getting late fees for things like the electric bill. “What the heck?” I asked him once. “How can this be possible?” He shrugged. “I don’t know,” he said. “I get the bills in the mail, put them on the table, and then I forget about them. They get buried under other mail. It’s only three or four months later that I find them again.” This used to baffle me, but now I understand.

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May I make an unusual suggestion? (It’s unusual for me. Not that I’m making a suggestion. I am after all a “know it all” and never leave a suggestion unexpressed. — “That’s supposed to be a joke, son.” Yosemite Sam — I try ONLY to suggest things that are free. This ain’t free.)


It costs about 15$/month. For this, they will receive your bills by USMAIL or over the net and put it in your “inbox”. It can automatically “action” your bills; paying them in full or in part. And, it emails you weekly summaries, reminders, and such. You pay them on their site and they send the checks or e-payments.

All very organized.

I recommend it highly. Especially if you’re disorganized, travel a lot, or have psych issues with bills in the mail.

It’s a great service.

At the end of the year, they will send you a CD of your stuff for 20$. It’s all very useful.

And, I recommend it. Highly.

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Saturday, June 12, 2010

Rock-Solid Security

   * Web Content Filtering

   Cloud-based, award-winning Web content filtering from OpenDNS with more than 50 categories of content. No appliance necessary. Effective against proxies, P2P, Web 2.0, adult and more.

   * PhishTank Anti-Phishing

   Industry-leading anti-phishing powered by PhishTank, the most authoritative source of phishing data on the Internet. Protects your network, organization and its employees from fraudulent phishing scams.

   * Malware Site Protection / Botnet Protection

   DNS layer security protects the most vulnerable level of your network against the latest threats, including viruses, worms and zero-day vulnerabilities.

   * Whitelist / Blacklist

   Lets you decide where your users can navigate on your customized Internet. Whitelist-only functionality available.

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NOTRECOMMENDED: “Men Staring At Goats”

Monday, May 17, 2010

Watched a dumb movie “Men Staring At Goats”. How dumb!

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SERVICE: 750 WORDS site; make everyone a writer.

Saturday, May 15, 2010

Blog | eHub | Stream | Tags | Photos Projects | About | News | Contact

750 Words
By Kim Lau
— May 12, 2010 at 10:02 am

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Motivate your writing by committing to 750 words a day. Log in with Facebook Connect, Google or Yahoo, and earn points and badges the more you write.

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We’ll see if it helps.


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SERVICE: Back up your FACEBOOK data (FREE)

Sunday, May 9, 2010

Give Me My Data helps you reclaim and reuse your Facebook data.

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Give Me My Data is a Facebook application designed to give users the ability to export their data out of Facebook for any purpose they see fit. This could include making artwork, archiving and deleting your account, or circumventing the interface Facebook provides. Data can be exported in CSV, XML, and other common formats. Give Me My Data is currently in public-beta.

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SERVICE: TABZON — not recommended

Thursday, May 6, 2010

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The best little in-out board for your office.

Tabzon is a free online in-out board designed to help you keep track of your co-workers’ whereabouts.

   * Centralised Team

   * One-Click Updates

   * Quick Contact Lookup

   * No Software

   * Safe, Private, & Secure

   * Completely Free!

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I tried it to solve a person problem. I learned about it on blog. (Unfortunately, I forgot which one.)

I thought it would be like a public bulletin board that who show anybody status. It only shows if you have defined users. So it’s a closed community that you have to “invite”. Argh! I didn’t get that from the description. It doesn’t have the granularity of control.

I gave them other feedback as I worked with it.

“You need to declare what it costs on first screen. Always will be free? Freemium? Something else?” (Addressed!)

“Email address restrictions should be up front. Not after you wipe out all the input I did. Argh!” (Don’t know.)

“Your activation email goes directly into spam folders. Unlike what others do. Something needs fixing.”  (Don’t know.)

I was trying to use it as a bulletin board for family to know when to call my wife.

Yes, realized. And, yes. It appears to “reset” to unavailable for no apparent reason.

On May 5, 2010, at 12:07 AM

>Hi again,

>Nice to see your finding the idea useful in a way we handn’t intended.

>This behaviour is odd indeed. Just a couple of things to confirm :

It’s always showing “unavailable”. I’ll try and find another solution. Argh! Sorry. It looked good.

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RECOMMENDED: “The Invention of Lying”; just to true

Thursday, March 18, 2010


The first lie ever told: “$800″!

Theology on two pizza boxes?

Stephanie March demanding sex. (Every boy’s dream?) “When he tests his discovery of lying by telling a woman that the world will end unless she has sex with him at that very moment but backs out at the last minute by claiming to have a phone call from NASA telling him the world is not going to end now.” ROFL!

“Let me know if you’ve lowered your standards.” (Too hot for me?)

“Man In The Sky forbid!”

Unfortunately, it’s a law of Nature that “hot” girls look down on fat old white guys with or without a “snub nose”. Sigh!

Hey, for a $1 from redbox and two hours of my life, recommended.

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RECOMMENDED: “Love Happens” An Aniston chick flick

Wednesday, March 17, 2010



Sweet and the bird steals the show.

Seriously, was it debunking self-help gurus (i.e.: the guru’s realization that he practices none of the principles he teaches)? Tony Robbins came to mind.

Hey for a dollar from redbox. How bad could it be?

I found it funny.

And, took a good message away. “A-OK”?

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Saturday, February 27, 2010

Trying to track the old lady’s new drug. UPS let us down. I can understand that that the weather causes problems.

BUT, there’s always a big BUTT!

First we get a call that says: “Delivery requires signature today”.

That night: “Cant be completed”

Later: “On its way”

Later that night: “Cant be completed”

Today: “Cant be completed”

And, there is no way to get a live person on the phone!


Even some one in a third world country wouldn’t be as frustrating.


FedEx’s tracking was much better. And, they had live people!

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NOTRECOMMENDED: O’Reilly and Beck Bold and Fresh; not live!

Sunday, January 31, 2010


OK, maybe I’m a sucker. I went to the movies last night. Yes, it was a (poor quality) movie. Not the live remote performance that I was expecting. I felt suckered. The previous night, I went to the Senior Showcase, EB Vo Tech, where aspiring high school seniors displayed their talent. One of their presentations was a better quality than the “professional” one I watched last night.

Now, I understand that weather in Norfolk prevented the live performance. But I felt cheated. It was supposed to be “live”!

The film was obviously edited. I paid for the full performance and I think some of the good stuff was left on the cutting room floor. And, if it was edited, why is there a twenty minute “intermission”. Sorry, that could have been cut. Maybe it was for the old folks to tap a kidney. But, I suspect it was to allow the theater to push some over-priced “refreshments”.

On to the content, I was again disappointed:

* Beck spent to much time mocking Nancy Pelosi’s physical characteristics. At first it was funny, but after a while it got boring.

* O’Reilly was “abbreviated”. He got in some great points about was NOT in Obama’s SOTU, but it seemed like, in his head, the TV timing bell went off and he’d truncate his thought.

The audience was obnoxious. It addition to being mostly old and lilly white. The guy next to us was a fidgeter; guy behind us dropped a big tub of popcorn; and the old lady behind us kept commenting to her party about what the guys were saying. Argh! A chorus of cellphone conversations would have been less distracting.

(18 seats per row, 50 rows, pretty much sold out, 900, time 25$, 225 * 100, 22500$ per theater, times 200 theaters, !!!4,500,0 00!!!, over a million a piece for two hours of work? Hmmm!)

As far as the content was concerned, I had the following observations:

* Beck is NOT a libertarian. No self-respecting libertarian would have a demonstration planned for 8/8/10 in from of the LINCOLN memorial.

* O’Reilly is an interesting amalgam of professed small government but pro-war guy. Interesting, but dangerous. He did correctly identify that OBH44 ignored the Iran threat in the SOTU and has potentially by ignoring them made the world a more dangerous place. If israel has to take Iran on, we are in a world of hurt.

* O’Reilly pointed out that in the SOTU address OBH44 avoided the whole “War” topic. (And, neither mentioned OBH44’s failure to praise the troops. I can’t imagine any President missing that point.)

* Beck makes a good case that the Progressives are the problem.

* O’Reilly was funny in his description of how the folks will wake up and right the ship. Hope he’s right. I’m not so sure.

* Beck portrayed OBH44 as evil; O’Reilly characterized him as an inexperienced unprepared Chicago corrupt politician. (O’Reilly was especially on point with his: comparison of Chicago’s South Side with Haiti; Reverend Wright’s 2M$ mansion in a all-white suburb, AND the KSM terror trial in NYC. He reminded me of Judge Judy when she says “If it doesn’t make sense, it’s not true”, when O’Reilly says that the “folks” can feel when the politician isn’t telling the truth. (Like when their lips move!)

Sorry, but I can’t recommend this.

I shoulda went to see Avatar; it’d been cheaper.

Yeah I know, violating my own dictum, “Shouldas, wouldas, and couldas” will kill you.

It was: Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis, Desi and Lucy, and probably more physically accurate Abbot and Costello or Laurel and Hardy.

But not as timeless, or not as funny.

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“15 minute intermission” live in Tampa

Why was ours 20 minutes?

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RECOMMENDED: Donate to the crazies trying to roll back the MA sales tax; tax revolt now!

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Carla Howell and Michael Cloud
Alliance to Roll Back Taxes
Small Government News
Wednesday, October 7, 2009

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Just Do the Signature Drive With Volunteers?”

Virtually every statewide political campaign in Massachusetts hires petitioners to collect signatures.

Senator Kennedy, Senator Kerry, Governor Deval Patrick, former Governor Romney, former Governor Cellucci, and the rest paid for signatures. For at least the last 40 years.


Because the petitioning requirements have been made so hard, the time for petitioning so short, the ability of opponents to block petitioning, and the ease of removing valid voters signatures from the ballot.

But it gets worse. Massachusetts requires 6-1/2 times as many signatures for Ballot Initiatives as they do for U.S. Senate and Governor candidates – and they give us 1/3 less time to collect them.

We have to collect over 96,000 signatures in 49 days. In the fall, when rainstorms or snowstorms can and do prevent petitioning for 1 day or 3 or 7 days — or more. Cutting petition time by 10% or 20%.

We have to print 351 DIFFERENT petitions for our initiative — one for each town and city in Massachusetts.

Our petitioners have to carry dozens of DIFFERENT petitions at each petitioning location – a mall, a store, etc – to make sure that we have the right petition for that voter.

If a voter mistakenly signs the Natick petition, while living in Framingham, his signature is disqualified.

If a signer or petitioner accidentally makes a “stray mark on a petition”, every one of the valid 12 or 15 voter signatures on that petition are disqualified.

Then we need to sort and separate the petitions into the 351 towns and cities, pre-validate 10% to 20% of the signatures, deliver them to 351 different town clerks all across Massachusetts – many town clerks offices are only open part time; if you can’t show up them…too bad for you. The town clerks physically check each petition signature against the each voter’s signature. Many are conscientious. Some are sloppy and disqualify valid signatures.

Next, we have a 7-day window to collect 351 petitions from the 351 towns — when clerks’ offices are open.

Then, if the town clerks have validated enough signatures to move us toward the ballot, we have to deliver the signatures to the Secretary of State’s Office — where the signatures are tallied.

While this is going on, the Teachers Unions and Government Employees Unions can challenge any or all of the validated signatures for any of a dozen different legal reasons.

This is why virtually all statewide political campaigns and ballot initiatives hire paid petitioners. So they can get on the ballot.

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In the Pepuls Republik of Taxachusetts, there is a band of crazies that are trying to repeal the tax law.

(Regardless of where you live, if they succeed, it will help everyone. You may want to consider sending them a few bucks. Would you have sent money for munitions to the Militiamen at Lexington or Concord? Repealing the sales tax in MA would be modern day equivalent of “the shot heard round the world”!

It interesting to see how the political elite have insulated them selves from the peons. Why bother have petitions at all? You can’t practically impact the politicians.


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RECOMMENDED: Julie & Julia

Friday, August 7, 2009

Julie & Julia

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Julia Child (Meryl Streep) and Julie Powell (Amy Adams) are featured in writer-director Nora Ephron’s adaptation of two bestselling memoirs: Powell’s Julie & Julia and My Life in France, by Julia Child with Alex Prud’homme. Based on two true stories, Julie & Julia intertwines the lives of two women who, though separated by time and space, are both at loose ends…until they discover that with the right combination of passion, fearlessness and butter, anything is possible. Written by Columbia Pictures

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It was “funny peculiar”; not “funny haha”.

Maybe it resonated so well for the mid-life crisis aspect.

Not a chick flick, it had a poignant tone to it. Sadly funny.

I liked it; Frau didn’t. YMMV

p.s., especially funny; who would ever write a 700 page book? rofl!

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