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Discussions - Public / Re: Ok, So I Made Some Changes!
« on: March 17, 2018, 01:58:47 pm »
I think you had a great inspiration.  I like the FUBAR.  How many times have we all said that in situations we've faced dealing with tech?  I know I have when I ran a network and the whole damn thing was down because of any number of things.

You've been a busy bee!   ;D

I never read "Who Moved My Cheese", but I did read "What Color is Your Parachute" many years ago.  I suppose its always good to take a self-inventory, but that book never affected my career one way or the other.  My experience was in network administration and tech support and that's what drove my career because that's what was in demand and made me the most money.

Discussions - Public / Re: Stuck in a hotel with public wifi
« on: March 08, 2018, 04:22:50 pm »
I know benali72.  When I saw how bad the monitor looked, I thought to myself no way would I plug that in.  He said, "I'm hoping only the glass is broken".  I told him to ask the hotel to borrow a monitor.  I think they would've helped him out.  His wife said "I have to work" in a very cold way.  Lots of cold anger there.  I think if I said another word she would've punched me out.

Discussions - Public / Re: Stuck in a hotel with public wifi
« on: March 07, 2018, 01:16:07 pm »
Neat diagram.  I use web mail.  I didn't think anyone used POP3 anymore.  Its more IMAP.

Its too bad that hotels don't offer secure network access to their guests.  I've known quite a few people that just are not aware that wifi internet access at a hotel is not secure.  Even if they charged extra for VPN access, it would be worth it.  Not everyone has the expertise to set up a VPN or even knows there is such a thing.

When I was at the hotel, I met this couple in the elevator.  These people truly had the worst night.  The woman had to work on Monday and was carrying her desktop computer CPU up to her hotel room.  Her husband had the 24" monitor and whoops, he dropped it.  The glass on the screen was totally cracked really bad.  He said they were going to try to use it anyway.  Yikes!  I'm sure that guy had a very bad night. 

Discussions - Public / Re: Stuck in a hotel with public wifi
« on: March 05, 2018, 04:21:00 pm »
I got my power back today.  Yay!  JCPL only restored power to my side of the street.  The other side still has no power.  The power lines are still down in the street a couple of houses from me.  The downed tree is still there, so apparently that was not the source of my power issue.  I feel very bad for the people trying to figure out when they will have power again.

There is a great service available in every state, I think, called  Once you sign up, you can get real time alerts and community info sent to your email, phone, etc.  It gives you phone numbers to call, where shelters are, etc.  It isn't just for storm info, it reports on crime, accidents, fires, etc., like a police scanner would.  At least that's my understanding of it.  Its very useful.

The bad news is we're getting another nor'easter on Wednesday, this one with snow.  I'm just praying that we don't lose power again, cause I'm worn out.  It will probably be at least a foot of snow.  I hope we can snow blow it.

I only accessed email through Verizon on my iPhone.  I didn't need encryption for any of it.  Something like Proton Mail sounds like a good option, but it depends on whether the recipient is skilled enough to decrypt it.  When I ran a network, we tried using things like that, we used Zixit.  It was for client sensitive documents, but the only problem was the client.  Most times, they just didn't want to be bothered or weren't tech-savvy enough to retrieve the documents.

Eek, unix.  Who would ever think you couldn't manually override the garage door.  I have a manual door on my, carriage house doors that open out.

I definitely agree VPN access is the way to go.  Thanks for the link of all the options, pxsant.

I never really heard of either of those boards except from you, but then I never traveled in programmer circles.  I had my own network admin groups I was involved in.

Politics today are pretty poisonous because we're so divided.  Maybe a lot of the division everywhere online is sown by a few people employed to sow division through lots of bots and then you have the MSM.  They push an agenda of hate.  They want you to be in a constant state of anger, discontent, etc.  They want people divided.

In reality, the economy is doing well.  The tax cuts are pretty nice and people will notice a substantial drop in the taxes they pay when they do their 2018 taxes.  The stock market fluctuates wildly, but it has gained a lot of wealth.  Business is coming back to America, but Trump has ruffled lots of feathers in the process.

I'm glad you allow a walled off political area because I know a lot of people can't handle that Trump won.  He operates in his own way and its outside the comfort level of many people.  He's a risk taker.  That's what hes always done in business, but when you do that with the country its a whole new ballgame.  He plays hardball and it causes a lot of anxiety for a lot of people, but IMO, this is what is needed to reboot the American economy.

With JoS and CoT, it seems like they had a lack of leadership.  They didn't guide the board and so the users were left to their own devices.  I think its great that you can learn from their mistakes, Gorn.  I'll do my part to help make it work.

Discussions - Public / Re: Stuck in a hotel with public wifi
« on: March 04, 2018, 02:33:12 pm »
Oh, and PS, I'm stuck with my husband in a tiny hotel room and he's not a happy camper.  He's crabby.  I love the guy, but he's making me crazy.

Discussions - Public / Re: Stuck in a hotel with public wifi
« on: March 04, 2018, 02:25:47 pm »
My house is freezing cold, no water, no sewer, no electric, no stove.  The entire contents of my fridge are spoiled.  I had just gone to the butcher - all gone.  There are downed twigs and branches everywhere.  Its a total mess, but the entire street looks that way so it fits in.   :P  If you want to experience what it was like living in the 1800's, my house is the place to be.   ;D

What really P'Os me is that I have to eat the costs of hotels, food, etc. and have no recourse against JCPL and their lack of response.  Its been 4 days now and I have not seen one truck anywhere and I've driven all over my area. It isn't acceptable and this is just damn deja vu all over again from when we got hit with Hurricane Sandy.  Its not like you have a choice of energy company.  Our new Governor Murphy hasn't said squat about any of this.  I haven't heard from our Mayor either about why power lines are still laying in the streets here.  All they do is post on Twitter "Don't touch the power lines".  Well Duh!  I didn't know that.

I never heard of FreedomPop.  The Sprint network is pretty good, supposedly.  That would be all I need.  I've already had a bad experience with Verizon's hot spot.

Discussions - Public / Re: Stuck in a hotel with public wifi
« on: March 04, 2018, 12:23:03 pm »
Thanks for the suggestions.  I like the vpn, but I'm just temporarily using this laptop.  Its my husband's.  Tomorrow I'll have a different laptop because my husband is taking this one to work.

I like that PIA site, Gorn.  Its very cheap.  I've used a Verizon hotspot on my phone.  Thats what I did during Sandy.  Its $20 a month and you don't need to take out a contract for it.  They tried to screw me with it though by charging installation and other fees so I didn't opt for that again.  It wasn't the easiest to set up either.

I decided to log in here from the laptop.  I can't type well on the iPhone and its just not comfortable for anything longer than a little blurb.  I'll just change the password in a couple of days.  I definitely wouldn't do any banking from here, SSL or not.

Isn't it amazing, ID, how those big branches can fly through the air like they're twigs?  It is so scary.  We had 70mph gusts for hours.  I think I prayed during every one of them.  There is a gas station by my house.  The entire platform roof was ripped up and thrown against the building.  JCPL said we will have power back on Weds. morning.  It looks like they will have to restring a good amount of the power lines on my block.  I feel bad for some of my neighbors because the power lines blocked their ability to get their cars out of the driveway.  One innovative neighbor found a way to move the power lines with a long PVC pole.  I thought it was risky, but he was able to do it and get out.

I have met so many people at the hotel from the area.  They all have some tough stories.  There are no hotels available anywhere near here and they're all price gouging because of the demand.  We were lucky to have this hotel.  We got in on Friday so I'm able to extend my stay.  Still, they are booked and trying to keep up with the heavy demand of a local emergency.  I'm lucky.  Other people are in a shelter at the YMCA.

Discussions - Public / Re: Stuck in a hotel with public wifi
« on: March 03, 2018, 02:22:30 pm »
Just to explain, our area is devastated by the storm. My street has downed power lines and trees. I'll be in this hotel for awhile.  Our power company JCPL is a disaster just like during Hurricane Sandy.  Blah. 

Discussions - Public / Stuck in a hotel with public wifi
« on: March 03, 2018, 02:12:07 pm »
My husband and I are living in a hotel right now. I'm not sure I should login through their network so I'm using my phone. It's more convenient to use my laptop though so is there a way to secure it better if you're in a hotel?  The hotel is trying to accommodate people in my area and they can't help me. I'm lucky to have a room. What about temporary passwords just good for a session?  Any ideas?

All Technology & Tech Help / Re: An Internet-connected Heart
« on: February 28, 2018, 04:56:49 pm »
We really have to depend on the doctors to stand behind what parts they're using.  I recently had new bone added into my jaw after a tooth infection that destroyed part of my jaw bone.  They used cadaver bone.  Its sterilized, but, yuk.  It does work well and its better than artificial bone.

I had the same type of bone to enforce my jaw like 10 years ago.  It worked well for me back then.  If I looked at what they did to me on the internet, I probably would've freaked.  Sometimes you have to trust your doctor to make the right choice.  His license is on the line. 

Ha ha, "Do No Evil".  That was the old Google motto.  The new one seems to be compliance is mandatory.

Google has so much power now it's scary because of its group-think philosophy.  We are supposed to be a free society, but apparently that isn't really true if you work for a place like Google.  I bet a lot of people at Google have different points of view than the company group-think, but they're afraid to express them.  This is not acceptable in a free country and I think Gorn is right.  James Damore should sue them for lots of money and I hope he wins.  He's a young guy and his career prospects are few now.  He'll be picking from the trash with us old farts.

Companies have always denied references and the like for employees they fired, but this takes it to a whole new level because of the pervasiveness of Google. 

All Technology & Tech Help / Being blacklisted by Google for your opinion
« on: February 27, 2018, 05:30:52 pm »
James DaMore recently disagreed with Google, his employer at the time, with their diversity policies.  He said women aren't as interested in software engineering and there was discrimination against conservative white men.  This article explains what happened.

He is now unemployable because Google is so pervasive in the tech world.  It seems like in order to have a job in silicon valley or a lot of startups, you can't be on the outs with Google, like this guy is.

Apparently Google owns everything and you better not cross them or you will end up where James DaMore is now.

All Technology & Tech Help / Re: An Internet-connected Heart
« on: February 26, 2018, 03:28:13 pm »
My sister has a pacemaker.  I'm not sure if that is the brand, but her doctors monitor her through the internet at different times.  It works well for her.  She has never been messed with through the internet.

She is lucky to be alive.  She's 75 and has had two heart attacks and a whole lot of other health problems.  That pacemaker alerts her doctors if her heart or blood pressure is to high and regulates it if that happens.  That is what she told me about it so I don't know a lot more about it, but going by that it is truly a blessing for people like her.

Sometimes you have to kiss it up to God.

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