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Earliest: March 17, 2003Latest: March 17, 2019Total: 143

March 17, 2019

Damage Poof Pod

Activity tracking is all the rage - from Fitbits to Apple Watch. We are tracking everything from how fast we do a lap in the pool to how long we sleep.

What about pets? Wouldn't it be great to track to see how active they are? Are they getting enough exercise? How about sleeping patterns?

Poof Pea and Beans

That's where Poof comes in. They have different types of devices that attach to a collar and used to track your furry friend. The devices are so small that they won't even notice that they have them on. Poof Pea cost $39.99 and Poof Bean cost $49.99 - the difference the bean is smaller and not distracted by smaller dogs.

Smart Phone

You use an App on your smartphone to download the data and get some very cool chart graphs to track their movements - or lack of.

You simply need to be in the same room as your pet - so you can download the data while they are taking a nap.

Our Experiences

We got a Poof Bean as a Christmas gift and we were very excited to track our 1.5 old puppies. He is an active dog that also spends time at a near-by puppy camp.

Occasionally we leave him alone and the Poof Bean told us that he pretty much slept the whole time. When we were home he would be more active and want to play all day long.

Day Camp

We decided to put the Poof Pod on when he went to day camp - we wanted to see how much activity he did all day. The first time he wore it the numbers were off the charts! He was playful all day.

Second time was a whole different story. When he came home I notice that the Poof Bean was missing from the collar holder. I called the Day Camp and let them know. They checked the play area and did find a device that looked like a bean.

A week later at drop off they gave me the remains of the Poof Pod. Clearly, it was broken.

Poof Pod Damage
Damage Poof Pod after a day at Dog Camp.

Not Returnable

According to the Poof website, the broken Pod is not returnable.

Returned product(s) must be in good physical condition (not physically broken or damaged).

We are out of luck.

As a product that would be around pets, it seems that it should last for more than a couple of weeks. Especially if it cost $49.99.

Cool Concept

At the end of the day, having a Poof is pretty cool. I would recommend not having it on where the dog could be in playful situations where the device may fall out.

It will be a while before we get another one - and we wouldn't get the Pod as it appears that it doesn't hold too well.

March 10, 2019

Domain Expired Voicemail

This week I got a strange voicemail. What made is strange is that when I got the call it showed up as No Caller ID and only rang once. Moments later a voice message was left.

Strange Voicemail Info
Took a screenshot when the call came in, and then later of the message that was left.

"Um hi this is Karen this is an urgent message your domain registration is set to expire within trying to reach you regarding your business domain renewal you can use our automated system to renew your domain quickly when you get a moment to call us back please return this call at 1-888-202-5979 again the number is 1-888-202-5979 thank you"

Scam Scam Scam

This has nothing to do with domain registration. What they are trying to do is to trick you into registering into an SEO search program.

Here?s What I Learned

  • This whole scam is getting people to register Clearly they don?t want you to answer the phone. The message sounds automated.
  • When you can the number left in the message they use Caller ID to figure out who you are.
  • They send you another text message to click on a link
  • The link takes you to a page to let you know what?s really going on.
  • It?s that page that gives you the official information.
  • Don?t register for the service - much of what is offered can be done for free. (You shouldn't be paying $75 to register a website. If you want to get on Google you can simply request Google to Register Your Site. )
  • If a company goes through all this deceptive practice to get your business- how legit are they?
  • I am pretty sure that the company will sell the phone number information.

Text on the Final Order Page

This is the text that appears on the final order page:

This letter is to inform you that it's time to send in your search engine registration for ***.boston.

Failure to complete your search engine registration by March 17, 2019, may result in the cancellation of this offer (making it difficult for your customers to locate you using search engines on the web).

Your registration includes search engine submission for ***.boston for 1 year. You are under no obligation to pay the amount stated above unless you accept this offer by March 17, 2019. This notice is not an invoice. It is a courtesy reminder to register ***.boston for search engine listing so that your customers can locate you on the web.

My domain isn't expiring, I registered it back on October on GoDaddy - apparently, other GoDaddy customers are getting these messages.

Whois securepay.id

This is the Registration information of the company behind the website.

contact:      administrative
name:         Muhammad Neil El Himam
organisation: Ministry of Communication and Information Technology
address:      Jalan Medan Merdeka Barat No.17
address:      Jakarta Pusat DKI Jakarta 10110
address:      Indonesia
phone:        +62 82111610360
fax-no:       +62 21 3835845
e-mail:       neil@pandi.id

February 24, 2019

Apple Maps Store Information

Apple Maps has a rough start on iOS. It shipped with IOS 6 back in 2011 and had some well publicized problems. Things seems to have been fix and the application has seemed to be reliable.

However this weekend I noticed another flaw in the company details section. When checking for the hours of American Girl in Natick on a Saturday night - Apple Maps said the business was closed at 6 pm.

We were eating dinner next door to American Girl and noticed people coming in with American Girl bags - was the store still open?

We we checked the American Girl website and discovered that it closes at 9 pm on a Friday night.

I doubled checked Apple Maps and it does say 6pm. I then checked Google Maps and saw they had the correct closing time for American Girl.

Here?s a side-by-side comparison:

i Phones Screen Shot

Lesson Learned

Don?t trust Apple Maps for business times - this isn?t the only local business that had the incorrect times.

When it really matters used the company website to find the right time. Only use the maps apps as a general information.

February 17, 2019

First Amazon Purchase

Do you remember your first Amazon Purchase? My first Amazon purchase was on February 13, 2001.

I found that information when I was going through the mail on my old Powerbook laptop. It's one of the oldest emails that I have on the computer.

Here's the copy of the Amazon confirmation that I got:

First Amazon

The thumbnail images didn't show up when I enabled the Internet on the laptop. (Not surprising!)

Here are the current prices:

  • Set Your Voice Free is now selling for $37.44 (Used from $6.07)
  • The Millionaire Next Door paperback is now selling for $11.52 (Used from $3.75)
  • Photoshop 6 Down and Dirty is now selling for $26.71 (Used from $1.99)

Looks like the Set Your Voice Free by Donna Frazier was the book that has the best appreciation.

February 10, 2019

American Auto Shield Phone Calls

Have you been getting calls about your car warrantee being expired? Chances are its from a reseller of American Auto Shield or Car Shield.

Recently, they have been calling me a lot, trying to get coverage of a vehicle that I don't even own. In the latest call, the operator sent me a copy of the contract. Glad they did because there's no way I would have signed up for them.

American Auto Shield Van

Read Real Customer Reviews

When you talk to a salesperson on the phone, they will tell you to make a decision right then. The reason is that they don't want to discover reviews online. Here are a couple of review websites that offer some insights on consumers services:

Interesting that they do have a good review on the Better Business Bureau website.

One thing I notice is that they never tell you the name of the company on the call - until you ask. I wonder why is that?

Six Practical Questions to Ask

  • What's the process for the first time that I may need coverage?
  • Will I need to provide a Federal Odometer Statement before signing the contract? If not, why would I need one if I should need to cancel the contract?
  • If I decide to travel across the country, and something happens how do I find an approved garage to fix?
  • What is the waiting period before the policy goes into effect, does it start today or when I received the material?
  • What happens if I decide to join Uber or Lift? Would my car be classified as a Commercial vehicle?
  • Can I read the terms and conditions of the contract before I make any payment decision?

January 27, 2019

msoutlookonline.net

Just a friendly reminder...

Just because a website is marked as "secure" it doesn't mean that it is safe to enter data.

Case in point is this site: https://controlpanel.msoutlookonline.net/ it seems like a legitimate site but it's not a safe site. Think it?s real? See what happens when you click on the "Forgot Password" link. In Chrome or Firefox, you're alerted that the site is suspicious.

msoutlookonline

This site was found searching for OWA - Outlook Web Access. It?s so easy to think that it?s real.

Today?s Lesson

Make sure the site you are on is the right site, change your password frequently and make sure you have unique passwords on all the websites you do use. This way if your password is compromised you don?t have to worry about changing passwords on multiple sites.

January 20, 2019

Netscape Welcome Email

This is it. Here?s the email that some say launched the Internet Revolution. Marc Andreessen first public announcement that Netscape is now ready for public beta.

From: marca@mcom.com (Marc Andreessen)
Subject: Here it is, world!
Date: 13 Oct 1994 07:57:12 GMT
Organization: Mosaic Communications Corporation
Reply-To: info@mcom.com

Mosaic Communications Corporation is making a public version of Mosaic Netscape 0.9 Beta available for anonymous FTP.
Mosaic Netscape is a built-from-scratch Internet navigator featuring performance optimized for 14.4 modems, native JPEG
support, and more.

You can FTP Mosaic Netscape 0.9 Beta from the following locations:
* ftp.mcom.com in /netscape
* gatekeeper.dec.com in /pub/net/infosys/Mosaic-Comm
* lark.cc.ukans.edu in /Netscape
* ftp.meer.net in /Netscape
* doc.ic.ac.uk in /packages/Netscape
* archie.au in /pub/misc/netscape
* ftp.cica.indiana.edu in /pub/pc/win3/winsock/nscape09.zip (PC only)
* mac.archive.umich.edu in /mac (Mac only)

Please make sure to read the README and LICENSE files.

An up-to-date listing of mirror sites can be obtained at any time by sending email to release@mcom.com.
Subject to the timing and results of this beta cycle, Mosaic Communications will release Mosaic Netscape 1.0, also available
free for personal use via the Internet. It will be subject to license terms; please review them when and if you obtain Mosaic
Netscape 1.0.

A commercial version of Mosaic Netscape 1.0, including technical support from Mosaic Communications, will be available
upon completion of the beta cycle. Contact us at info@mcom.com for more information.

Have fun!

Marc and the gang
info@mcom.com, http://mosaic.mcom.com/

December 23, 2018

Ready Post Packaging Tape

One thing that I learned this Christmas season is to buy packing tape in advance, especially if you're going to be mailing any packages.

This is because if you forget to bring packing tape to the post office - you'll be paying a bit of a premium for packing up Priority mail packages. There's no reason to pay the premium if you plan ahead of time and bring tape in.

Pricing / Description on Ready-Post Tape

Here's the information about the tape that is available at the post office.

Ready Post Packaging Tape cost $3.49
Description: Clear Tape 1.88 in x 800 in

Amazon Options

There are a couple of options on Amazon that should be good solutions for next year:

Note To Self

Don't forget - set up a reminder.

This year, I set up a reminder for the first week of October to order some packing tape for Christmas. This way I can plan in advance, so when we bring gifts to the post office, I can just tape them up and not have to buy the tape at a premium price.

In addition, I added some notes to the reminder on what I would do differently "next year." For example, it's better to plan to finish shopping well in advance instead of waiting for the last minute to buy and find things.

December 16, 2018

What Do Different Colors Mean

Picking the right color is essential to get the attention of the audience. Understanding the color meaning goes a long way to picking the right colors.

There are lots of websites that have good information, but recently Jen Miller over at Jen's Reviews did an extensive study of color meanings and their symbolism. It's a great reference read on understanding the reasoning to use certain colors.

Jen Review Colors

Five Things I learned from Jen Review's Color Meaning Story

  • The report reviews 10 colors: Red, Orange, Yellow, Green, Blue, Purple, Pink, Black, Brown, and White.
  • You'll learn about the positives and negatives meanings of each color.
  • The Red Sox colors are the color of Red - love and roses and White: the color of all things good.
  • Blue is considered the most popular color probably because Blue is all around us - the earth is made up of 70% of water. It also means trust, which is why you see companies like Microsoft, Facebook, and Twitter use it in their logos.
  • One of the colors is the color of power - find out in the study.

Great Read!

The study is a great quick read - only 2,500 words. It's a great read when trying to pick the perfect logo or trying to decide on the best background for the flyer that you're sending out.

Why trust this study? Jen Review is a great site with a lot of practical information. The writers on the site are experts in their fields. The editorial team features for Olympians, doctors, doctors and more. Content is written by experts and has been featured in many publications because of the quality of content and the content is constantly updated.

November 25, 2018

Understanding Electric Cars

Electric Cars are a big hit. Chances you might have seen all the electric stations that are appearing in parking lots in malls and airports. Seems that more and more people are buying them as they are getting to be more affordable.

Have you wondered what's the hype all about? With all the different manufacturers, there's so much technology to learn. Thankfully businesses like Exchange and Mart makes it simple. They put out an Electric Guide that gives you a great overview of the Electric Car market.

If you're in the car buying market, it's worth a quick read to know your options.

Exchange and Mart
https://www.exchangeandmart.co.uk/electric-cars-guide

Offers plenty of valuable information

  • A beginner-friendly introduction to electric cars (EVs) and why they're increasingly becoming popular.
  • Differences between electric cars and hybrid electric/diesel models, as well as examples of brands and models of EVs in the market today.
  • Government grants, tax advantages, and other public support enjoyed by electric car owners.
  • Other useful information, advice, and resources to help you decide if an electric car is right for you.

Four Things I learned from reading the Document

  • While the document focuses on the UK market, many of the technologies certainly apply to cars sold in the United States.
  • Amazing how electric cars were once a big hit, but it was Henry Ford and the Combustion Engine that priced out a lot of people.
  • There are various type of electric cars with the Nissan Leaf being the current market leader.
  • The guide does a great job explaining what you may need to do to help charge the car from home. How a simple installing a special charging point can help charge the car up faster.