—–Original Message—–
From: Alison O’Brien @ Cabonite
Sent: Tuesday, December 12, 2006 1:36 PM
To: ReinkeFJ
Subject: Carbonite

Hello and thank you for your email –

Sorry you had trouble with your restore. We ask for serial numbers when passwords have been

forgotten as a security measure. If you can tell me the some other information to help verify you, I can reset your

password for you. If you can provide the name of the PC you installed Carbonite on and the date (roughly) that you installed it,

I can go ahead and reset your password for you.

Thank You,
Alison O’Brien
Carbonite Customer Support

—- My Response —

No need; I just wrote it off.

You may want to think how your offering will be used. When the source machine “burns”, it will be unlikely that the user will have access to any old stuff. Serial number, email, and passwords may all be gone.

And, when I gave it the serial number, that I carefully copied from the live screen, it still wouldn’t reset the password.

So, I gave up on a restore.

Luckily, this was just a test. I was planning to sign up but when the process failed. And rescue was complicated by a need to go to you. I decided it wasn’t for me.

Good luck.

GUN: Who has one? Who doesn’t? the criminal’s dilemma

This picture makes the essential point FOR concealed carry.

The bad guys have no clue who is or who is not packing heat.

If they guess wrong, they could be over matched and wind up dead, crippled, or arrested. It also creates a “bystander problem” for them. If they are assaulting someone, one has to be foolish to try and intervene. But when the bystander is carry concealed, they can bring an overwhelming amount of force to the situation from an unexpected direction. So now the bad guy not only has to worry about the victim presenting, but he also has to worry that a passer by might not just pass by. Worst case, the bad guy could wind up dead.

Certainly, we know that the police aren’t everywhere and can’t get somewhere fast enough. If they intervene, it’s by luck. But, there are always witnesses. And, if someone is carrying concealed, they have invested time, money, and effort in their skill. They have a self-image. And, I want them to feel free to help me.

We will need to retrain the police and gubamint that the citizens are the masters!


Well, I tried the restore again. I went back to the primary desktop, which if this was a real test would not be there to go back to, and got the serial number. However, on the restoring pc, I could not get past the pc password reset. In a real disaster, when you have nothing working, it will be unlikely that you’ll be able to get your files back from the cloud without heroic effort imho. Hence, it’s not for me and I wouldn’t recommend it. Guess I’ll look for another solution.

INTERESTING: Government happened

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Not one of these taxes existed 100 years ago, And our nation was the most prosperous in the world.

We had absolutely no national debt, had the largest middle class in the world, and Mom stayed home to raise the kids.

What happened?

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In yesterday’s post from my Luddite friend, his forward posed the question “what happened”.

Easy, the people stopped watching the politicians. They thought they could get something for nothing. Beginning with FDR and the Great Depression, which was caused by the Smoot Hawley Tariffs, the country adopted socialism. And, like the Pilgrim story, socialism leads to death by starvation. The Communists demonstrated in a 70 years “lab experiment” that “from each according to his abilities, to each according to his needs” is a recipe for disaster! We even had side by side comparison in East and West Germany. And, we demonstrated in Katrina that anyone, who depends on government, dies. And, we demonstrate in Waco, that the government kills people.

So we need honest money, an end to making the nation stupid with “public education”, and an end to the dole (welfare in all its forms).

RANT: Yesterday’s State Worker’s rally had some elements of truth in it

The TV assaulted us with the state workers demanding their “rights” to the taxpayer’s wallet yesterday. They kept chanting that they weren’t “the problem”. To a certain extent I agree.

But like the tale of the two wolves and a lamb voting on what’s for dinner, they may have over played their hand.

As a taxpayer, I can’t afford those state workers with their pensions and benefits.

Then, let’s look at the “teacher’s union”, trying — even though their particular ox wasn’t being gored — to demonstrate that they were the “he bull” of all the state unions. Certain of their members left their students high and dry. (Fire them!) But, they demonstrated that we taxpayers can’t afford them either.

So, let’s have a forty year plan to end state workers and state education.

State workers are easy. Convert their pension obligation to an insurance policy and end pension & benefits for all part-timers (How the politicians unjustly enrich themselves!) and all future workers. Oh, and throw in, that if you get a felony defrauding the state, you lose your pension. (Another favorite of the politicians!)

Education is harder. We can’t afford it. So we need a forty year exit strategy. First twenty years, privatize by vouchers to create a viable private market in education. The second twenty years, reduce the state’s funding to zero.

That’ll solve the state’s property tax problem!