Monday, December 29, 2008

Hey Facebook buddies check this out scammers trolling for your passwords.

Hey Facebook buddies....don't fall for this scam.

The Internet Storm Center has a post about people receiving notifications on Facebook about there images being stolen and reposted on other sites. You click on a link and that site asks you for your userid and password. BIG NO NO.

Please read this: http://isc.sans.org/diary.html?storyid=5575&rss

POST 300 - And it's a complaint to Nintendo...fix your freaking website

Dear Nintendo,

Just wanted to let you know it was a good Christmas at my house. We picked up a Nintendo Wii and a Nintendo DS. Being a good customer I wanted to register my product so you can fill my in box and mailbox with crap. But one small problem. Mario tells me that Club Nintendo is down. In fact, he's been telling me that for 4 days now.

Other than that we are really enjoying your products.

Sincerely,
New Nintendo Fan

______ UPDATE _______

Just got everything registered today...it's about time.

Monday, November 03, 2008

Let's get this Election over...

Maybe I'm just getting old and grumpy but I'm so ready for this election to be over with. It's the stupid political ads. Everyone is a bad person and they hate old people and childern. They don't like the poor or the rich or the people in the middle. I'm just done with the whole thing.

On the other hand I'm also a little excited about the whole thing. I mean it does have a lot of hype behind it. We will see history made yet again.

Either way, don't be a dope go out and vote.

Peace Out.

Monday, August 11, 2008

Craftsmenship rarely seen these days

Check out the tolerance between the door and the toilet at the Marriot
Residence Inn here in Parsippany, NJ.

Friday, August 08, 2008

Hey if anyone is paying attention...iPhone developers...SSH and Telnet - UPDATED

UPDATE:

Hey someone was listening. Saw this posted over at TUAW (The Unofficial Apple Weblog). pTerm has been released and a patched version is coming out right behind it. For $4.99 you can rule the world. I'm going to buy it and give it a quick review.

Link to TUAW post here pTerm released, update due soon.



If someone comes up with a good SSH/Telnet client for iPhone, that would be a killer app. I don't own an iPhone 3G but if I did that's one thing that I would need. Because as a Data Comm guy, I could access my network via the 3G and Cisco IPSEC client. Then fire up that SSH/Telnet client and I could rule the world.

Wednesday, August 06, 2008

Dinner at Pondergrossa

BlogRush....I'm I the only one who doesn't "get it"?

If you read this blog on what would be considered a normal basis....wow. Because I'm not sure I ever have anything real to say. I do however use it as a forum to openly complain and while it makes me feel better, I doubt I'm making a difference out there.

On to the subject. BlogRush. I have been signed up for over 6 months. I have not seen any benefit from this service. Maybe it's because I'm not categorized properly. Maybe it's because, like stated above, I bring nothing to the table. I did however change my category today and I'm interested in seeing if this makes a difference.

If you use BlogRush and you think it works, leave a comment. I would be interested in your take on this service.

Tuesday, August 05, 2008

How I got an iPhone and why I'm writing this post


I purchased a 1st gen iPhone for my wife for her birthday in Feb. of this year.  She loved it.  It's probably been one of 2 phones that she has had no complaints about.  She even read the book I bought for her about the iPhone.  She likes the phone that much.

Well, last month she dropped the phone in the toilet.  She said that the toilet had been freshly cleaned.  I will take her word for it.  Anyway she came home and said that she had dropped it in the toilet.  I told her before she even tried to turn it on again we needed to really give it a couple of weeks to dry out.

She was going out of town on business and decided she couldn't wait 2 weeks so she bought a new 3G version.  Now, I know what your saying.   She did it on purpose because she wanted a new phone.  Well, if I would have done it that would have probably been true.  But she really hates to spend money on stuff like that.  So I believed her when she said it was an accident.

So, I took the old phone and dried it out for a couple of weeks.  Plugged it up to the Mac Mini and fired it up.  Low and behold it worked.  The screen still had a little water in it, I could see some slight streaking but it worked.  I popped the sim out of my other ATT phone and put it in the toilet phone and activated it.

It continued to work.  I upgraded it to the 2.0 firmware and everything still worked..but the camera.  I got an error message that there wasn't enough room on the iPhone for it take a picture.  Which wasn't true.  I have like 12Gigs available.

A little research revealed that  lot of people had the same problem but the vast majority had been jail broken phones.  Not mine, it was a standard straight out of the box iPhone.  Nothing fishy going on here.

Anyway, I upgraded today to 2.0.1 and the camera is now working as you can see from the above picture.


Monday, July 14, 2008

InBev and Anhuser-Busch

The take over of AB and the Budweiser brand may be marketing gold for a technology company.....

SAP

That's right SAP the German based accounting and so much more software company just popped a marketing woody when this went through.

I can see it now....SAP the power to join titans.

Friday, June 13, 2008

Tim Russert died

I wasn't a big fan of Meet the De-Pressed (props to Rush Limbaugh for that one).  But it's sad to hear that he died today from a heart attack.



Tuesday, June 03, 2008

Airlines looking at the next logical step......

Saw this article at Bloomberg.com, airlines may start pricing you by weight.  That could cause all kinds of problems.   If company want to save on travel only send smaller employees?  What next, if you are too tall there is a surcharge on height?  

One thing is for certain, the airlines are going to have to find a better or different way to do business if they want to stay in business.  Of course, if the laws of commerce prevail, then the weak will be weeded out of the heard leaving more paying customers for who is left.  Out of those that are left, the one who raises the prices but keeps the business viable is the winner.  The down side is that there will be a lot of people who are going to loose their jobs over all of this.

Thursday, May 29, 2008

Attention Airlines!!! Let's make a deal...

U.S. Airways announced that it will no longer serve "free" snacks on flights. Earlier American Airlines and some other announced that they are going to start charging for checked luggage.

Fine...If you want to play by these rules and break the whole thing down to a city bus experience, then lets get a few things straight.

1. Be on time. I'm not talking about that close the door bull crap that makes your departure numbers.

2. Do not overbook flights. Hey I'm not stupid. Your doing this to either reduce the weight of a paying customer so you can add paying cargo or your trying to reduce ground crew expenses or both. Lets don't forget that a lot of people will not want to pay for the soda. So you have also eliminated the weight of a couple of cases of soda.

3. Do have enough crew members on hand to not back up the whole works when some location has bad weather.

4. Flight attendants must be pleasent. Trust me, I would be annoyed also if I had to push that cart down the aisle for a bunch of cry babies.

5. Have change on hand. I don't want to hear that stupid announcement "does anyone have change for a $20" a hundred times while I'm trying to close my eyes and ignore the person beside me.

6. Give me the entire can! If I'm paying for a freaking soda, then I want the whole can. Not that BS half a soda crap you pull now.

That should be a good start. You guys work on that and I will tell you how it's working. My next flight is in about 2 1/2 weeks. So get cracking.

JetBlue and Southwest....when are you guys going to lower the boom on us?

Saturday, May 24, 2008

CompUSA back from the dead????

Last night I noticed an ad for CompUSA.  I thought they were dead?  So I headed over to CompUSA.tv and lo and behold, CompUSA is alive.  The website really seems to be more like a TigerDirect.com but it's interesting.

---- Update ----
A little digging at news.google.com and I found out that TigerDirect has purchased CompUSA.  See this entry over at Gizmodo here.

Friday, May 02, 2008

Travel Day to the Derby

Arrived in Louisville around 5:30 local time.  It was a good drive and we started a little later than we wanted.  The Seelbach Hotel is beautiful.  It was built in 1905 for $990,000 by two German brothers.

We had dinner in the Rathskeller room was built as a German beer garden.

I will post some pictures later.  We had breakfast and are now getting ready to head to the track for the Kentucky Oaks.

Friday, April 25, 2008

Junction Networks website gets a face lift

I use Junction Networks for SIP trunking.  Today their website got a face lift and a polish.  Looks nice.

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

If you laugh at them, they will remember it and...

you will be one of the first ones slated for elimination when they take over.


Microsoft Live Mesh unveiled but haven't we seen this somewhere????

Unless you have been living under a rock somewhere or what other people would consider "normal". You may not know but last night at 9pm on the West Coast Microsoft unveiled "Live Mesh". Now head over to that site and come back. I will wait.

OK, your back. In the 12 seconds that you looked at that website. Didn't it seem like something you've already seen before? Yep, looks a lot likel Apple's .mac (30,000 foot view) web synch, online storage solution, desktop sharing and news feeds.

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Giving Verisign's PIP a spin

So I got interested in this openid thing and decided to give the Verisign Labs PIP product a spin. it's free and they have a plugin for FireFox. I will let you know how it goes.




Saturday, March 29, 2008

Lunch

Lunch at Crazy Bowls & Wraps. This place rocks!

Thursday, March 27, 2008

Adobe to release a free version of Photoshop but will anyone care?

Adobe has an open beta going now for Photoshop Express but I don't think anyone is really going to care.  Maybe I'm wrong here, but I usually just turn to The Gimp if I need to do any graphic man handling.  Photoshop Express is really geared to photo touch ups, etc.  Will I download it, sure.  I will put it on my todo list and let you know what I think.

Mac Book Air Compromised in less than 30 minutes

Just caught this article over on Security Focus.  It seems that during a contest one of the participants compromised a Mac Book Air using a bug in Safari.  The cool thing is that he won $10K and the Mac Book Air he compromised.

"..Vancouver, CANADA -- In the first attempted attack in the PWN2OWN contest, a security analyst breached the defenses of Apple's Mac OS X using a bug in the Safari browser and won $10,000 as well as the computer that he compromised...."


As the Mac's gain in popularity things like this will happen more often.  Now, this isn't a bad thing by any stretch of the imagination.  But the interesting thing will be how quickly Apple responds with patches.  I'll keep watching and waiting.

Saturday, March 22, 2008

Playtown!

Im over the height limit.

Friday, March 21, 2008

Windows Machines get a hot Safari Injection....Yeah, I'm not happy either

If you have read my posts you would think that I've become a regular fanboy of Apple. But after seeing what has happened with iTunes and the move to force feed Windows users a big serving of Safari, made me pause for a second and take notice.

I don't like having random stuff installed on my machines, even my two lonely XP boxes. This is not a cool move. I have tried to use Safari but I find that it comes up a little short in the heavy Java script based websites. I have also found that some media that's embedded in sites doesn't quit work either. The page layouts are broken at times. Currently I'm using FireFox and Safari. I usually try Safari first and then FireFox if something isn't working right.

We all bitch about Microsoft and bloatware on Windows and now Apple just pulled this. It's like Microsoft forcing you to install Internet Explorer on your Mac when you install Office. Of course I don't know, I'm using iWork but hey who's keeping score here.

Thursday, March 20, 2008

Lenovo ThinkPad X300 vs MacBook Air


One problem....Windows Vista. This is still a miss on the total package.

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

HOT GIRLS

I have yet to figure out how BlogRush Syndication works or what makes something Hot or Not. So, I'm trying this with the title of my post. Let's see how HOT I can make this syndication by referencing HOT GIRLS.

I'll let you know. I would love to know what other recommend for Blog Syndication.

Friday, March 14, 2008

Hilton Head

Hilton Head is great and the class has been great. Unfortunately, the class runs from 7:30am until 5:30pm. Which leaves no time to do anything else. Plus, the Hilton here is Hurricane proof so WiFi and Cell Phone is really touch and go.

Anyway, everything is good. Should be back on Sunday.

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Just a thought

"The day soldiers stop bringing you their problems is the day you have stopped leading them. They have either lost confidence that you can help them or concluded that you do not care." - Colin Powell

Monday, March 10, 2008

One more down

Dance class is out.

Tuesday, March 04, 2008

Apple Juice Part 2

I did it and I'm not ashamed.  My wife wanted a MacAir and we bought here one.  I purchased a Dell Inspiron last year and I even added more memory taking it from 1 Gig to 1.5 Gigs.  But the combination of Vista and Office 2008 became unbearable for her.  I let her use my MacBook a couple of times and after she saw the Air she wanted one.



I moved her e-mail from Outlook to MacMail using a $10 (yes, ten buck) utility from LittleMachines.com called O2M and it worked like a charm.

I shared out my DVD drive on my MacBook and did the install of iWork from there.  The Apple File System seems to be very fast over a network.

Tuesday, February 26, 2008

First Day back from Vacation

I was on PTO for the past couple of days and while I was off, we took a trip to Charleston, SC.  Had a great time at the Mills House Hotel and all the events we attended.

Special thanks to ATD (Automated Trading Desk) of Mount Pleasant, SC.  Your Data Center was sweet and so was your campus.  Oh yeah, awesome party!!!!!

Thursday, February 14, 2008

Remember When???? The Vonage Edition

Remember when Vonage was cool, cutting edge? They had great commercials and you really thought you where sticking it to "the man"? I remember that.

I was a Vonage customer back in like late 2002. I had one of the Motorola ATA boxes. It worked...not that great for me but it wasn't bad. I mean, it's amazing how much VOIP has changed in a little over 5 years. I feel for Vonage, but unless they come up with something that is perceived as cutting edge I just don't see how the business model they have is going to survive.

Lets Break it down:

1. Price - At this point in time, cost per minute means nothing.

2. Sound Quality - At this point in time, you don't even need to provide toll quality (thanks to cell phones lowering our expectations).

3. Get your voice mail through the web - Players like GrandCentral (Google) have taken the whole idea of call routing through a web interface to a whole new level.

What do they have going for them? Ease of use. Yep, that's all I can think of. And one of two things will happen with that. You install your ATA and it works well or it doens't work well and drives you insane. That's the 3% churn they are dealing with.

I hate to see them go if it happens, but unless they have a rabbit to pull out of the hat. I just don't see how it's going to work. I'm no longer a customer of Vonage, I turned my service off 2004. I now buy my SIP trunk from someone for bulk minutes and use a GrandStream ATA and Asterisk to do my VOIP. If I need to use a softphone I just use Zoiper and it will allow me to connect to my SIP trunk for calls. It works, it's a little geeky but I have control and I know what goes on behind the scenes.

Sunday, January 27, 2008

Shopping with the girls.

Shopping at the Osage Outlet Mall in Osage Beach Missouri.

Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Mac Book Air - It's not about the product....

So the first thing that everyone has done with the Mac Book Air is start ripping on how it doesn't have this or doesn't have that. I would like to point out one thing.

If you have noticed, with Apple it seems that it's not so much about the product but it's how they try to change the way you think about the product. I will give you an example. iPod. Before the iPod who in their right mind would have purchased a movie and watched it on a 3 inch monitor? Using the reasoning some have used regarding the lack of this or lack of that on the Mac Air, the iPod should have been the size of a cigar box.

Here is another example, iPhone. It's not about the phone call (but that's the primary function) its about providing a platform to do other stuff. Looking at how the Newton failed and learning some lessons from that. Don't do hand writing recognition or some type of short hand like Palm. Go natural with gestures for getting through the interface and don't limit the device with a stupid keyboard that just takes up room and power. Touch screen.

So, the point I want to make....before you start jumping on the "that's just dumb because it doesn't have this feature" think about what purpose is this device to be used for. I would also recommend everyone watch the 2008 Keynote from Mac World. It explains the thoughts behind the products.

Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Sunday, January 13, 2008

Just waiting on luggage

Waiting at the airport.

Thursday, January 10, 2008

Why are we so interested in the Election this time around....

Who has ever cared about the caucus? I mean the politicians do and the people who are voting do. But to me as an American this whole thing doesn't get interesting until about a month before the election.

Why all the interest? Some would say it's because we are due for a major change. So say we are interested because of mis-step in foreign policies. I say NO to all those theories. Here is the real reason. The writers strike. That's right, the writers have been on strike and regular TV has turned into boring pit of re-runs. So, what's the best and freshest reality show on the air? You got it....the elections.

Thursday, January 03, 2008

Interesting problem


I own a Sharp LC-19DV12U LCD Television with a built in DVD player. This little TV is wall mounted in my home gym and I use it and really like the picture on it. It's a great little TV. I purchased it from Costco along with the wall mount kit. Well tonight, I was trying to change the DVD and it will not eject the DVD.

I went out to SharpUSA.com and down loaded the manual because the one that came with it was not handy. Searched the PDF but no luck in finding the magical button combination that would just eject the DVD.

So I fired off a support e-mail at around 7:30pm this evening. Let's see how this goes and what type of response I get.

UPDATE:  I received a response from support at 11:34am this morning.  They say to unplug the TV for 5 minutes and then plug it back in.  If that doesn't work then I must call Sharp and arrange a service visit.

UPDATE:  Well Holy smokes, it worked.

Angelina Jolie in Pushing Tin

I never read the book that Pushing Tin was based off of, but what type of accent is that suppose to be?