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Random Silly Tip

In this day and age, anything you post in Facebook (or anywhere for that matter) can and will be used against you. The Random Silly Tip today is: Think carefully about what you post/comment on.

For some reason, people seem to think that they are “safe” to post just about anything online without consideration of the consequences. This occasionally leads to really bad results.

Lets see what a quick Google search gets:
Facebook post gets student-athlete expelled
Facebook Post Gets Mich. Juror in Hot Water – CBS News
Facebook post gets NFL Eagles’ worker fired
Or my favorite “Fired Over Facebook: 13 Posts That Got People CANNED

This isn’t even touching the issue of posting Personal Info online. Do you really need to post your Birthday, Real Phone Number and Address on Face Book? (HINT: Would you write that info on the wall of a Subway?) Facebook makes a lot of money off your personal info and browsing habits. Even with Privacy options set up on FB, why post such personal info?

See ‘Facebook To Share Users Home Addresses, Phone Numbers With External Sites‘ on Huffington Post. Should we stop using Facebook? I don’t think so, but people really should be careful what they post.

Slight Update demonstrating my point: UCLA Student, Films Racist Rant.
I don’t know her and will hope she’s not as foolish as she comes across, but this is a perfect example why you should think carefully about what you post/comment on

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Is he still funny???

I think not.

VIDEO: Charlie Sheen’s Violent Message Appears To Include Talk Of Cutting Children’s Throats

I have no idea if he’s ‘joking’ but in any case, its just not funny. To put it mildly, IMO, he really needs help.  His behavior has been so publicly erratic, that the lawyers for his Ex Wives don’t have to do anything other than record his rants.

I saw an episode of “Two and a Half Men” on CBS last night, Episode “Twanging Your Magic Clanger” (Really, that’s the title). Always great to see Liz Vassey but Why were they paying him so much?

Regarding his firing: After all his antics (Arrested for domestic violence, “parties“, hospitalizations, etc.), I think CBS and Warner Brothers gave him plenty of chances. His lawyers will scream but as  CBS and WB have deeper pockets and more lawyers, I’m guessing they will win or settle.

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Nothing at the moment.

NOT ‘Winning!’…

Sadly,  The Charlie Sheen train wreck continues.

I don’t know if his erratic behavior is due to mental illness, drug use or both, but I do think he should not be idolized for it.   He says he’s “WINNING!” but his two kids were taken away from him. If that’s winning, the word is poorly defined. IMO, his 1 million+ “followers” on twitter are watching to see how bad it gets.

To compound his “WINNING!“,  each and every time he gives an ‘interview’ or goes on “Sheen’s Korner” (The Kardashians are allegedly considering legal action… j/k or am I?), he’s giving two of his Ex Wives more and more reasons why he should not have access to his kids. His publicist quit since he wasn’t listening anyway, his lawyers asked him to stop, and he just keeps going anyway. Me, I was able to watch “Sheen’s Korner” for only a minute or so. In many ways, it was sad and he’s just surrounding himself with enablers…

Among other things, after his explaining advantages of prostitutes, bragging about drug use, his love of porn stars, etc, you have to ask: “Would you leave your kids with him?” No one would.

I really hope he gets the help he needs, especially if he wants to see his kids again.

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Wow, 2 posts in 1 day!

Or how not to treat customers.

Ok, My wife and I get Studio photos taken of the us and our baby and then print out selected photos from the CD.  As they are professional, I take the CD jacket which has the license that says the images can be used for Non Commercial uses. This is in case Costco has any issues.

We’ve had no problem before but this time the the Manager comes out, cuts me off when I showed him the CD jacket and lectures me about “copyrights”. When I pointed out that the CD jacket has the license, he “reads” it and says otherwise (it actually has the license printed on it) and turns away.  I asked his co-worker (in front of him) what the remedy is. Shocking: He took less then 15 seconds to get the form where I certify I have the right to reproduce my photos…

I don’t have a problem with Costco covering their Collective Ass, I do have a problem with rude “managers” who can’t read.  Next Time I print anything there, If he gets rude like that, I’m filing a complaint.

Costco: You really might want to get managers that can read what is in front of them and NOT cut people off.

Music I’m listening to right Now:
Nothing. My wife and I are watching the Oscar pre show on E! channel.

New Toy…

Ok, some people would say the HTC Incredible is not a Toy, but I feel I’m being honest by calling it that. In my case: I can do without it, but just felt like getting one. This post is NOT a review, there are plenty of reviews out there; this is just my personal impression of the phone.

For me, the attraction was using it as a Phone as well as the free apps that you can get for it. Being an Android phone, you can get some impressive Google apps such as Google Maps (and Navigation!), Google Voice, and my personal favorite Google Skymap.

Skymap is very cool as I’ve been interested in Astronomy since my father 1st got a telescope when I was in grade school.

More after the break. Continue reading

Wow, it's been a while…

speedtest.net resultsLot of things going on.
Minor:
We are now using Verizon FIOS (see speedtest results). After having one issue or another with TWC every week, it just got too tiring. When VZ called me up and  I priced out FIOS for TV, Phone and Internet, It’s just cheaper for me and my wife. On top of that, we get faster Internet, all HD channels we want, and the DVR works better. So, for now, we’re happy with Verizon FIOS. Since it is a NEW Fiber optic line coming into the house, I hope this eliminates all the issues I had with the original Copper line.

I have NOT been able to do many Photo Walk abouts in the last 6 months but I have joined a Camera Club at work. It’s fun and I have a chance to meet and network with new people. The Club covers events for work and is a lot of fun.

Major:
My Wife and I are expecting a Baby. Needless to say, we are happy to add to our Family! ;)

After barely 7 months my Headphones broke

Sony MDR-NC7Barely 7 months after getting my Sony headphones and they snap when I put then on yesterday. Sony has an exchange program for $25 and shipping, but I can get a new one for $33 and shipping from Amazon.

Probably the Sony Store at Tanger outlet has them for a similar price and I was thinking of getting a Sony photo printer (old one won’t work with Vista 64)…

Decisions, decisions…

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Aside

It seems famous people DO pass away in threes. Two are, sadly, not a surprise. Ed McMahon and Farrah Fawcett were both known to be ill, but Michael Jackson was a complete shock.  I’m not particularly a fan of Michael … Continue reading

Firefox 3.5rc2 and "Flickr Comment Tools"

Flickr Comment Tools” is a great Greasemonkey script that I use everyday but under Firefox 3.5, it would not insert emoticons. Finally fixed it, It was a simple change that was driving me nuts… As I posted here:

view photostream S.D. Pro User says:

Got it.

Change this:

ifrm.contentDocument.execCommand('inserthtml',false,'<a title="Smilies" style="background:white !important;" href="http://www.ts0.com/flickrcommenttools/"><img align="absmiddle" style="vertical-align:middle;" src="'+this.url+'" border="0"></a>');

to:

ifrm.contentDocument.execCommand('inserthtml',false,'<a title="Smilies" style="background:white !important;" href="http://www.ts0.com/flickrcommenttools/"><img align="absmiddle" style="vertical-align:middle;" src="'+this.src+'" border="0"></a>');

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Quick and overdue Update

Dell XPS 630

Ok, It’s been quite a while since I updated my blog, so here is a rundown:

  • I’ve been working on my little backyard garden every weekend since it’s been warm enough. As a result, the lawn looks good, the vegetable garden is growing and our flower beds are weed free and has cedar mulch.  The Iris that our neighbor, Mrs. Chiu, gave us is really taking off. She planted that Iris in every house she owned, but finally moved to an apartment so she gave it to us. I have to call her son to let them know that it continues to grow (30-40 years!). It’s hard work, but it’s enjoyable as WE benefit from it.
  • Related, I striped apart our Weber Genesis BBQ cleaned it, replaced the gas line (old quick connect is not used anymore), and we are good to go. That grill is a hand me down from over 10 years ago. The good thing about Weber grills: it will last forever if you keep it clean. I can’t wait for our small July 4th BBQ.
  • We have so much Mint and Sage that we’re giving it away (Luckily our neighbor likes Sage). Since we have so much mint, we’ve learned to make an occasional mojito too.
  • Thanks to Janny, I’m finally learning how to cook. I’m starting with simple meals like Tilapia fish marinated with coconut curry and collard greens. I also can safely cook chicken and pork chops too. Anyone that knows me, knows what an accomplishment this is. Having a good Zojirushi rice cooker also helps.
  • Our home computer had a very persistent computer virus. The virus scaner (Two!) would ID the files but could not clean it as their was a persistent lock on them. As my brother suggested, I downloaded Ubuntu, burned a boot CD, booted up in LINUX and removed the infected files.  That was so easy that it was a bit ridiculous. Booting up in LINUX completely disables the threat.
  • After using our PC since 2000/2001, we decided now was a good time. So, Janny and I got a Dell XPS 630 and pretty much optioned it out (8gb RAM, 1TB RAID 0, Intel® Core 2 Q8300 (4MB,2.5GHz, 1333FSB), 24 inch Flat screen monitor, etc. ). To put it mildly, I’m really looking forward to getting it.

In summary, life is pretty good.

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