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Discussions - Public / Re: what a nice weekend
« on: April 16, 2018, 01:36:24 pm »
Hope you enjoyed it while it lasted.  I just sat outside.  It was great to have some warm sunshine.  Now we're back to rain, wind and cold.  Winter doesn't want to give up this year. 

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Thanks, ilconsiglliere.  That is a great link.  Sickening, but great.

Why is all of this information saved forever?  Most people are not criminals.  I don't get it because I worked on lots of networks and there are retention dates for most things on everythin.  Why not on our personal histories?

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All Technology & Tech Help / Re: The Tech Support Scam
« on: April 10, 2018, 03:59:09 pm »
People I worked with always used to get tech support calls from people posing as MS, but never got referred to a bad site by a valid software vendor.  That's a new low.

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I've never been a fan of FB because I didn't trust them.  Every few months I go on there and am just stunned at how people I know share their every moment on FB.  "I ate at this restaurant".  Well, BFD.  I think you hit the nail on the head Gorn when you said"

"Facebook reduces everyone to the psychological profile of a 13 year old teenage girl."

I never cared about any of their ads,  I just was looking to see what some of my friends and family were doing.  Look at pictures, that kind of stuff.  Unless you go to a purely political web page, I'm not sure how effective those ads would be for people like me.  I'm only interested in the people I know when I'm on FB.  FB is a big ego trip for some of them.

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Who wants to use a messenger app that scans everything you do?  I can see FB scanning the posts that are publicly shown, but the private messages should not be scanned for content.

I worked a lot with content scanning software and understand why companies use it, but what FB is doing seems more like censorship.  Companies use content scanning to protect their trade secrets and to enforce their company policies, but FB is a social media company.  Intruding on people's private email conversations is over the line.  The users do not work for the company and the messages sent are not for public consumption.

It looks likes FB was doing a little bit more than just content scanning according to this user from the article:

"One person has claimed that his Messenger texts have been used to target advertising, tweeting: "So I was messaging my wife about dinner tonight mentioned a particular place on Facebook messenger and then opened up Facebook about to see an ad for that restaurant.

"Tell me they aren't in on every convo I have. Scary!"


I know there is no privacy, but what FB is doing is a bridge too far.

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All Technology & Tech Help / Re: WOW!!! An incredible amount of stuff.
« on: April 02, 2018, 02:49:57 pm »
I think FB and Google are out of control with their deceptive practices.  I have no confidence in our worthless Congress to hold these people accountable, but the public can say enough is enough and not use them.  That's not going to happen though.  Too many people have become FB stars.  Their egos need an outlet and they don't care who knows how great they really are.

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The healthcare industry will eat this course up.  It reminds me of when I worked in big pharma.  The entire IT  department from several branches were sent to a Teambuilding course that lasted several days.  That was the big thing back then, today its Mindfulness.  The people that ran it made lots of money, but it was just a bunch of hooey that had no tangible results.

They spared no expense.  I was flown on a private jet with my co-workers down to Memphis, TN, where we met up with our counterparts for 4 days.  We all stayed in a fancy hotel.  We participated in board games where we were grouped together to compete against each other.  We had to scale a wall and help our team mates over the other side.  You get the picture what the activities were like.  It was a fun time.  I was there during Memphis in May and had some great barbeque on the Mississippi River, visited Graceland and hung out on Beale St. at all the fun clubs there.  I even got to see the duck walk at the Peacock Hotel.

Great experience, but big waste of money for the company with little payback for them.  Not long after, they downsized our department and outsourced mine to India.

I guess if you can come up with something like a Mindfulness course and sell it to big pharma (deep pockets) you can make a bundle.


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All Technology & Tech Help / Re: instagram
« on: March 24, 2018, 01:04:34 pm »
I'm not on Instagram, but I look at some things on it.  Mainly home decorating stuff and DIY solutions that people came up with for old houses.  I have no desire to post anything myself.  Just looking.

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All Technology & Tech Help / Re: Facebook's Data Breach
« on: March 20, 2018, 02:59:02 pm »
Facebook has been unmasked by this scandal.  I hope people are paying attention, but I doubt it.  People are hopelessly hooked on putting their life out there on social media.  They don't care who data mines them.  They want to be a FB star.

I've never been a FB fan.  I have a profile with fake info and limited info.  FB has been filling in the blanks for me over the years with information gleaned from my family and friends.  They just need me to confirm it, which I won't do.

Its long past due to expose social media and how it really works.

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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

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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.


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All Technology & Tech Help / 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.

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All Technology & Tech Help / 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. 


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All Technology & Tech Help / 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 nixle.com.  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.


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All Technology & Tech Help / 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.

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