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Archive for November, 2008

26
Nov

Passwords for the dead

I know this is a little morbid, but just the other day I was thinking about the social networking sites that I visit and how many of my friends are on there.  People that I know but maybe my wife doesn’t.  If I was to die how would those people get notified?  So that lead me to think about other people out there.  For instance if something was to happen to Heather and she had a password on her computer.  I have the experience to be able to get around that.  But other people in the world don’t.  So what happens in that case.  Data, pictures, whatever gets lost?  Or I suppose some people would try to pay someone to hack the computer.  So then I went back to the social sites.  I wonder if you would be able to contact them to get the password changed or something if for instance one of your children died?  Let’s say somebodys husband likes to play online poker.  It’s not really something his wife knows too much about, nor really cares.  However maybe he has a few thousand dollars in his account.  How would his wife get access to that money if something happened?

This is something that a lot of people probably haven’t though about.  Honestly I don’t even know my wifes phone number because it’s saved in my cell phone.  What I’m getting at is the “address book” that used to be stored in the house somewhere really isn’t that common anymore.  I don’t know what will come out of this for me and my family but it came to mind and I thought I’d rant about it.

None-the-less the real reason I decided to blog this was because low and behold there was a story on Slashdot today that someone asked the same sort of question.  If you read the comments some people I think are a little overboard.  Other than that what caught my eye is how dry and hilarious techy people are.  Some of them are just nerds and can’t communicate but some of them are downright hilarious.  One way or another the topic turned to how the at home fire safes sold at retailers will still reach temperatures in the hundreds during a fire, therefore ruining electronics like USB thumb drives that some guys said they kept all their passwords on.  Read this comment it was one of my favorites:

“Okay, so here’s what you do. You keep a padded, heat-resistant safe in an upstairs room of the house. Mount wheels on it, and place it on an inclined track, facing toward a pre-scored section of thinner wall. Rest it against a swing gate or chock held shut by a locking device made of lead. If your house starts on fire, the heat will melt the lead, the gate will open, and the safe will roll down the incline, bursting through the wall and landing safely in the yard, outside the major heat zone.

Of course, you have the problem of your house becoming a flaming safe-launcher as well as being on fire… I’m sure that can all be worked out in the implementation.”

25
Nov

iPhone Update

iphone.jpgI’m sitting here with my fingers crossed.  Apparently it doesn’t work to update your iPhone on a linux computer running Vista in VM.  The update failed and then so did the restore.  Thanks to Google I found out where the backup files reside and copied them over to a Windows Vista hard drive that I have.  So right now it looks as though the update is going to go through successful.  But it’s taking forever.  It failed on the Linux box by now so I think I’m safe.  Bottom line is don’t try what I did.  You may regret it.  😉

Update: The phone restored.  It said it restored my settings.  However downloaded apps are gone.  WTF?  I just bought Fuzzle and am addicted.  Hopefully there is a way to get it back.  Otherwise I guess it’s only a buck.  😉

25
Nov

Another Joke on the Web

I’m not usually much for reading jokes, however, sometimes I do.  This one caught me off gaurd and made me laugh out loud.  So, I figured I’d share.  It’s short so enjoy:

A teacher is explaining biology to her 4th grade students. ‘Human Beings are the only animals that stutter,’ she says.   A little girl raises her hand. ‘I had a kitty-cat who stuttered.’

The teacher, knowing how precious some of these stories could become, asked the girl to describe the incident.

‘Well’, she began, ‘I was in the back yard with my kitty and the Rottweiler that lives next door got a running start and before we knew it, he jumped over the fence into our yard!’

‘That must’ve been scary,’ said the teacher.

‘It sure was,’ said the little girl. ‘My kitty raised his back, went Sssss, Sssss, Sssss’ and before he could say ‘Sh*t,’ the Rottweiler ate him!

25
Nov

Prank a Telemarketer

I’ve heard THIS before but it’s still funny as hell.  Figured I’d better post something before you guys thought I wasn’t paying attention to my site again.

19
Nov

Korean Combatant

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This is pretty cool  I remember them talking about this kind of stuff when I was in the military.  If this is what Korea has on the chopping block, then I’m sure we are a few steps ahead of them….to the cheapest bidder of course. 😉  If you want to read the story on this Click Here
12
Nov

Cool Military Pics

I’m posting these links a day late for Veterans Day.  Some of them are pretty cool.  A few of them I’ve seen in FW emails.  Either way, it’s not a bad way to waste a min.

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* I thought the little quote on the bottom of the pages was funny.  “If you are reading this, thank a teacher.  If you are reading this in English, thank the military.”

9
Nov

McCain’s Farewell Speech

This is McCain’s first draft of his concession speech..