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How to Get Lost and Enjoy It!

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Being bloggers, the majority of us spend a great deal of time online. I have a routine each morning which consists of:

Log on –

1)      Check my amazon accounts for sales

2)      Check my dating site (just in case)

3)      Check my email (usually about 40)

4)      Check my Blog site

I do these while eating breakfast at my computer. Now, that really doesn’t look like much, but there is a problem with number 4: my email. My email consists of moving things to different folders, reading them, or deleting them. It all depends on what they are. I usually save blog emails, family emails, friends emails (unless they are mult-sends), and those dealing with money. I get several news feed emails. In these, I look at the links to see if I would enjoy reading any of them. There are usually about 15 links. I, normally read about 6-10 of them.

This morning I went through my usual routine. When I finished, I looked at the clock and realized that I had been online for nearly 3 hours just to do my morning routine! This led to me realizing just how much time a person can spend online and not even know it. I have people who get upset (not sure why they get upset that I do this) that I spend so much time online. I mean, really, does it hurt them? Anyway, I hear people getting upset with children who spend so much time with online games. Being a gamer myself, I understand completely. I logged in last night to play just a bit of “Fallout 3”. I did my little bit and looked up to see that I had been playing for 2 hours! The time just went by and I truly did not know it.

All that has been said to prepare for tonight’s excitement. Here are ten things, with links when possible, of what I learned in the past 48 hours online:

1)      Even a teen should not fake that she’s a member of a terrorist organization and call the airlines! http://www.deathandtaxesmag.com/218754/dutch-teenager-actually-arrested-for-tweeting-fake-terrorist-threat-to-american-airlines/

2)      There is a company that lived and died while I was blissfully unaware of the process. http://www.trippapparel.com/tag/clinckle

3)      There are several movies coming out in the next 6 months whose trailers really make you want to watch, but you can’t be certain if they will be any good. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VccFcuDclhQ and http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MVt32qoyhi0

4)      There are some young ladies that should not be dated (due to their daddy)! http://www.upworthy.com/a-dad-gets-a-standing-ovation-for-what-he-says-to-boys-who-want-to-date-his-daughter-well-played?c=reccon1

5)      Airline safety is a laughing matter! http://www.ijreview.com/2014/04/129644-attendant-takes-flight-entertainment-new-level-hilarious/

6)      Graphene is going to be awesome! http://bits.blogs.nytimes.com/2014/04/13/bend-it-charge-it-dunk-it-graphene-the-material-of-tomorrow/?_php=true&_type=blogs&_r=0

7)      A person changes a lot in 4 minutes – if it covers 14 years. http://www.nydailynews.com/news/world/beautiful-timelapse-shows-dutch-girl-grow-baby-teenager-article-1.1755689

8)      Denzel Washington was almost known as a racist. http://www.upworthy.com/denzel-once-turned-down-a-movie-role-so-racist-he-thinks-it-could-have-changed-his-career?c=reccon1

9)      Ellen D. had a strange guest on her show to illustrate photoshop. http://www.upworthy.com/you-know-those-models-with-unrealistic-bodies-ellen-had-one-on-her-show-yep-totally-impossible

10)  Yes, I laughed too. Now, so many years later, I learn more of the truth about the McDonald’s coffee lawsuit. http://www.upworthy.com/ever-hear-about-the-lady-that-spilled-coffee-on-herself-at-mcdonalds-then-sued-for-millions?c=reccon1

This is, of course, only a small amount of what I covered, but it should show why I lost 2.5 hours in the mix.

How about you? Can you get lost on the net? What do you learn about? Is it a waste?

 

Namaste,

Scott

Too Much? Where Do You Draw the Line?

Man Gets 10 Years for Hacking Email and Posting Nude Pics of Celebs (article to read)

Second Article (can be reached from a link in the above article)

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It would seem this young, 35, man managed to hack the email accounts of more than a couple of dozen celebrities, and then find (or take) some nude pics, as well as send some to a celeb website where they were made public.

Feel free to read the article and watch the video.  I think Scarlett Johansson is stunning; however, I also think she deserves her privacy.  I don’t know how he managed the pics from hacking the email accounts, but it doesn’t really matter.  He invaded their privacy.  People’s reactions were interesting.  Many said that the only reason he got any time was the fact that they were celebrities.  Hmm…  Other people were saying he got too much time as rape is often less than 10 years.   What do you think?

Personal opinion:  I imagine he did get it worse because they were celebrities.  You shouldn’t mess with famous people, especially women, and then ones with a lot of money.   Second, there were more than a dozen women involved.  One count of rape might get less than 10, but I bet 12 wouldn’t.

The thing that bothers me most is that if he can break into their emails, how safe is ours?  It brought the entire idea of computer security back up for me.  I try very hard to keep my stuff secure, just on general principles.  However, I do send emails to some people that I would prefer don’t get seen by the general public.  I am talking about simple things like giving someone an opinion that is just for them to know.  Also, like telling a secret to someone and not meaning to share it with the world.  If I have those, I imagine you have your own versions.  How would you feel if everything you emailed to anyone was put on Facebook for all to see?

This worries me more as IP numbers (that’s the ones that identify something on the Internet) are used on appliances, and other devices.  I have read that there are ways to hack into someone’s webcam and set it so that someone else is seeing or recording whatever the webcam is seeing.  That would go for hearing, too.  Think about the times you are just talking or walking around your house and pass near enough to your computer for the webcam to see or hear you.  Want that on Facebook?

A last thought.  IP  addresses are being hooked to appliances like refrigerators now.  That way if your refrigerator does a self-test and finds that something is going out, it can phone the repair man so he can call you to set up an appointment before it goes bad and you lose your stuff.  Also, they are going in ovens so that you can turn them on/off, set timers, check things with your phone.  Great…however, don’t you think that some middle school kid is gonna hack that refrigerator or stove and do things with them?  You could, conceivably, come home to find all your lights on, the stove burning supper, the heat is off in January, and the refrigerator is defrosting everything.

I guess, though I love technology, my reaction is very similar to Charlie Brown’s when he was asked how he would react if he had to relive his life exactly as before…yes, he screamed and ran out of the picture.  We need some changes, I think, before implementing all these changes.  As the old saying goes:  “Just because we can do something, doesn’t mean we should do something.

Let’s hear it.  What is your reaction to all of this?

Namaste,

Scott

Well, Lookie at what I, Finally, did…

No, thank goodness this wasn’t the problem.

Several weeks ago, when I got the idea in my head that I needed a new, bigger hard drive for my computer – I should have had my head examined…

Buying the hard drive was easy.  If it had all been that easy…but it wasn’t.  I believe I did two previous posts ( one and two ) on this computer glitch, disaster, problem.  Read them at your leisure, then finish it up here.

Wal-Mart allowed me to order online my new monitor and a copy of Windows 7 for home.  I was even allowed to have it sent, for free, to the Anderson store.  The monitor came in first and I was able to set it up on my computer with the old hard drive in about an hour, shorter than the time to get ready, drive there, get it, and return home.  It is so nice to be able to, actually, “see” the print in the emails and posts.  The in-transit monitor was a huge and heavy clunker a whopping 13 inches across (wow!).  I did save it, just in case…

My copy of Windows 7 came in yesterday.  I decided to wait until today to pick it up.  I, of course, browsed the computer games while there.  They had a copy of “500,000 Games” that sat in the $9.96 spot and I “just had to have it”.  When I went to pay for it, the register rang up $21.96.  I looked at the young man and said, “No.” and gave him the package.  He was a kind soul (or didn’t want to bother putting it back up – I don’t care), so, after showing him where I found it, he said it was in the wrong spot, but that he would sell it to me for $10.  This was excellent; I took him up on the deal and decided to head home.

Windows 7, I decided on the upgrade option, took about 3-4 hours, during which time I watched two of the hundreds of movies I have that I haven’t watched yet.  It, pretty well, loaded itself and would have been much quicker if I hadn’t saved so many files and settings.  When I got it all up and running, I found that my email still wouldn’t run and, without paying around $139, I wasn’t going to get Outlook to work.  I looked at Google, of course, and after about an hour, decided to use my Comcast online account and supplement it with a program called “PSTViewerLite”.  This nifty little baby allows me to view all my saved emails without loading Outlook.  I get to try it for about 15 days, then it is $29.95, a darn sight better than $139.  We shall see.  What has happened is what always seems to happen with upgrades:  they fix some things, improve some things, and mess up a lot of good things.

I will get used to using online email.  I enjoyed the mail rules and all the little things that made Outlook so great a tool for someone who enjoys saving and sorting emails.

Sam (Everyday Aspergers) was excited the other day and told me how she enjoys my tales of dating that I post off and on.  I told her I might have another story or two soon to tell and she was very happy.  I need to give it some time and see what happens for now.  I am also trying to finish up the “I-am-behind-about-a-hundred-posts-to-read” fiasco.  The email reader will help.  Thanks all of you for your support, your kindness, and your love – those are the things that help keep me smiling when I would like to scream.

Namaste,

Scott

Amore again…

Well, the short of it is…I received another beautiful love letter. It read as follows:

Hello
How are you today? I hope you are fine. My name is Miss Bintu Felicia . l am single looking for honest and nice person whom i can partner with . I don’t care about your color, ethnicity, Status or Sex. Upon your reply to this mail I will tell you more about myself and send you more of my picture .I am sending you this beautiful mail, with a wish for much happiness.

Warm regards,

Miss Bintu Felicia

Olá
Como você está hoje? Espero que você esteja bem. Meu nome é Miss Bintu Felicia. Estou a procura de única pessoa honesta e agradável a quem eu posso parceiro. Eu não me importo sobre sua cor, etnia, status ou sexo. Depois de sua resposta a este e-mail que eu vou lhe dizer mais sobre mim mesmo e enviar-lhe mais da minha imagem. Estou lhe enviando este e-mail bonito, com um desejo de muita felicidade.

Atenciosamente,

Senhorita Bintu Felicia

Well, I have to say she, at least, sounds happy! Her email lists her as Felicia Aime from the United Kingdom. Interesting that she has a Spanish name and sends her letter to me in both English and Spanish. If she was sending it to me, wouldn’t she know enough not to say she didn’t care about my race or anything?

Then, of course, I discovered the her email was sent to “Undisclosed Recipients”. That means she has sent this out to others. Now, I am sad. She must not, just, want me.

Or, perhaps, better, she is simply sending out a backup in case I don’t respond. Yes! That must be it! All I have to do is write her and all will be well.

Now, we go back to she doesn’t trust me enough to write just me and doesn’t send a picture or a description or address. I am guessing someone else told her about me and they didn’t trust me for some reason. Maybe it was one of the other two who wrote me (I looked and couldn’t find them to link to as I have several hundred posts now). That would make sense; I didn’t answer them so they are polluting her mind against me.

“Felicia Aime” could roughly be translated as “Happy Life”. I wonder if she is happy now or thinks she would be if we met? That sounds wishy-washy. Well then, now I don’t want someone like that, so I guess I won’t answer her after all.

She has some real trust issues and I need to stay out of that. Yes, glad I am certain now.

Okay, you are all caught up in my email love life.

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Namaste,
Scott

PS: for those of you who have never read my other “email” love letters, they started out as a joke and I have simply continued them whenever I received another one.  Just didn’t want you to have “that” opinion about me! lol

It Might Not Take Much

Today, I was sent an email with a link to an article attached.  Here is the link.  I will talk about it so don’t feel you have to read it.

Article

The article centers around a suspected group of Muslim (Arab) people (government?) who have attempted, somewhat successfully, to hack into our banking system through denial-of-service attacks.

My best understanding is that these attacks keep the valid people from getting into their bank accounts and, I imagine, the hackers get some time to try to really break into them.

This post is not aimed at the Muslims, the Arabs, or any government.  I think or hope that you all know me a lot better than that.  I want to concentrate on the word “hacker”.  This can be anyone from a six year old child who finds mom’s password to a chat site to a huge group of terrorists trying to shut down a government.

I want you to understand that, for most of us, it’s the little ones that could cause a lot of trouble.  For instance, those of you who don’t worry much about your email passwords.  If someone managed to figure out or steal your password, before you could do much (or, perhaps, before you even know about it) they could simply send a bomb threat or death threat to the president’s public email address.

Now, they may get caught (and then they are in so much trouble), but I can pretty much guarantee you that your home or office would be quickly visited by men in black suits (or swat) and you would have a very interesting day with them (perhaps, several, or more).

The thing is that it might be you having to prove you didn’t do it and that it was, indeed, stolen to get you out of hot water.  Furthermore, with the Patriot Act (that gray piece of law) enacted, they could well hold you in prison without many rights for a very long time if they so chose to do it.

Do I sound like someone who is screaming a bit about freedom and rights?  Maybe, but my main thought here is to protect through knowledge those of us who live a lot of our lives online and who have a lot of different ways back to us on computers.  It’s not even that far fetched.

I know of a situation where a reasonably small town had a hacker attempt to get into the organization.  He didn’t, but, here’s the thing:  the hacker was from Asia!  That’s right.  He was trying from Asia to get into this organization in little Indiana.

You get emails, I am certain, that are from scam artists, a lot of whom are from Africa and such.  I have written about the “women” I have received love letters from.  They say they are from Romania, France, and other countries.  I do not open them.  My email has a preview window.  I copy and paste the note from there and then delete it.  I NEVER answer them or open them up.

Looking through Norton Anti-virus info, I find that it protects me from thousands and thousands of viruses and scam attempts (hacks).  One of the common ways that this works is for you to open an email from the hacker.  The small virus in the email may simply copy your email address list, mail it back to the hacker, and then send the virus out to all the people you send emails to for the next few days or weeks.  When this repeats for a while, the hacker may now have thousands of emails to send things to or to try and hack into.

I did something one time just to see what I could find out.  For a few forwarded emails, I simply copied the email addresses that they were sent out to.  Within an hour I had almost two hundred email addresses, many of whom I didn’t know who they were.  I sent a mass email out to all of these people letting them know how I got their email and suggested to all that, in the future, they “blind copy” the other names instead.  I know one person who started doing this from my suggestion.

The problem is that it only takes one person to carelessly send your email address on for people you don’t want to have access to your address.  I know we give these addresses out freely, but still, I don’t see any reason to “give” information out to others concerning addresses I didn’t ask if I could mention.  Besides, it clutters up the email.

Bottom line:  pay a lot of attention to emails from people you don’t know.  Delete them without looking at them.  I do.  Try to learn a bit about how to not be so vulnerable to hackers.  My previous post on passwords is a start. It is here.  Computers are wonderful, in the right hands.  But, then again, there are a lot of nice things that can be put to bad use.

Namaste,

Scott

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