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all the things that make you want to pull your hair out and scream

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So Many Cords – Where is Wireless Charging??

So Many Cords – Where is Wireless Charging??

I was just picking up around the house and noticed just how many darn power cords we use. We are a gadget-based household; I am a techie to say the least. We have smartphones, tablets, laptops, computers, music players, and every other conceivable electronic device ever made under the sun.

I just collected everything and plugged them all into charge; we must have 12+ power cords. I have a total of five (5) different connectors on these devices.  One connector would be outstanding, but how about the world standardize on two (2) or three (3)?  These devices are spread throughout the house, so you do not realize just how many you have. I feel as if I may need to build an ultimate charging shelf to keep all this straight.  Challenge – Go and Collect all of your devices and cords.  How many do you have?

I KNOW in a couple more years wireless charging will be the standard. IT CANNOT COME SOON ENOUGH! I do look forward to the time when I can walk in, toss my devices down, and know they are getting charged. Besides, how is that children seem to eat power chargers like Tic Tacs? It is crazy! I think that I should start assigning them a home.  Funny, I never thought about tracking my power cords before, but it might save me a trip or two to Verizon to replace the wondering power cords.

Enough…back to the to-do list…

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Exercising Caution on the Phone

Exercising Caution on the Phone

We received a call at the house last night that was strange and a little disturbing.  The caller said they were with our bank and needed to confirm our identity before speaking to us about an important matter.  They reported to be with our bank, and they had that information correct.  However, they wanted to confirm our identity by using our Social Security NumberI laughed and said no.  The person told me this was important financial information, and that it was critical that we speak about it.  They said that they could not discuss it with me, unless I confirm my identity.

Again, I told them that I would not give them that information to some random person that called me on the phone.  I asked why I should trust them.  Would they give that information out to someone who called them?  No answer other than they have important information to discuss with me, but they need to confirm my identity first.

This was getting very odd.  I asked why a bank would expect their customers to share such information when “the bank” made the call in the age of identity theft?  It was not as if I called the bank and had knowledge of whom I was speaking to.  They said it was the bank’s standard practice.

Wow – I told them that I was not going to do this.  They said they were done arguing with me. Okay…great!  I asked if they would send me a certified letter with what matter was soo important since we had reached an impasse.  I got a noncommittal okay and a hang-up.

Is this a new vishing scam to try to get personal identification?  It has to be one of the oddest phone calls I have had in a very long time.  With all the identity theft going on these days, I am very cautious as to what information that I give out on the phone or anywhere else for that matter.

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Why Twitter will make it

Why Twitter will make it

I was asked a few minutes ago why I think Twitter will make it. Well, it is because typing blog posts on my phone is not very fun nor can I put much thought into writing. Just like this post I am writing on my phone.

Writing a short Tweet on my phone is fun and the brevity of the form is a relief. I see a role for Twitter for a long time to come as long as they can solve the spam problems. Off to a tweet…

Is it just me or is Twitter down??

Is it just me or is Twitter down??

I am not a huge twitter user, but I find it interesting that when online services go down, I have an adverse reaction to the disruption. What?? Why does XYZ not work!?! Our lives have become very intertwined with technology, and if you want to be cruel, all you need to do is go and hide someone’s smart phone for a day to see their withdrawal symptoms.

I am sure it will be back up before I post this, but all Internet users have very high expectations for service availability. Look at how dependent have become on the tools and services that are provided via the Internet and associated connected devices for daily life.  How easy is it really to unplug these days?


Noise to Signal Cartoon

One of my resolutions is to become more understanding of service disruptions and roll with it a bit more. Technology is a tool, and I can step away from it anytime that I want. 😉

Good day all…

==Update==
Up then down…capacity issues?  I feel for their IT teams and the challenges they must have with that massive infrastructure. Might be time for twitter to steal some Google or Amazon talent in this area.

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Blogging from the phone

Blogging from the phone

I am sitting in a car waiting to pick up a relative and noticed how slow time goes by while doing nothing. So I am taking the time to really look at my phone and see all that it can do.

Guess what!! The modern-day mobile phone can do a ton of things! For example, I am creating this blog post from a phone. Think about how close we are to have a full computer in our pocket! All you have to do is add a projected keyboard and screen on to flat surfaces, and you would have an awesome mini computer.

Minor issue in the grand scheme of things, but the WordPress app does not support setting a featured image.

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Skype, oh how you bug me

Skype, oh how you bug me

I have used Skype (application used to make voice/video calls over the Internet) for the last several years and generally been very fond of the application.  Recently, Skype seems to be trying to move into a social media space with the introduction of their new “Skype Home” functionality.  This little and annoying pop-up occurs every time the application is started.

Therefore, every day I have to close this little annoying pop-up window that often comes with an advertisement to purchase something that I am already buying from Skype.  I am sorry and do not wish to nitpick, but I am already a paying customer.  Please give me the ability to turn this off.  I have scoured the net and only found numerous people complaining about the same irritation and multiple step work around that are more trouble then closing the window.  See I am not the only one upset by this “feature” and not really that crazy after all.

I regularly update the application hoping beyond hope that there will be a feature or function that will allow me to turn off this annoying and failed integration point to social media.  Skype should focus on being the best VOIP computer-based application and give up trying to integrate with social media platforms.  Sorry for the rant, but it is just really bugging me tonight, for some strange reason.

If you know how to disable this function, please share it!  You will have my eternal gratitude.

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