Written: December 15, 2016
Many of us have online accounts for business or entertainment, however when they get hacked then our personal data has been stolen too, which could place your financial life in trouble. Today I received a notice from Yahoo about their latest data breach, here’s what they had to say:
Written: December 12, 2016
I’ve been using an Apple MacBook Pro brand of laptop computer for three generations now, however there is a myth that Apple laptops are more reliable than PC laptops. On my 17″ MacBook Pro laptop the keyboard started having keys that no longer work, so I’ve got an appointment at the Apple Genius Bar today to probably have the keyboard replaced. As a work-around I’ve added a wireless keyboard so that I can continue my work.
As a backup for my 17″ MacBook Pro I have a 2nd computer, a 15″ MacBook Pro, so I took it off the shelf and placed it on my table, however it wouldn’t sit on the table flat, it wobbled instead. Hmm, what would cause my laptop to no longer sit flat? I opened the laptop up only to be horrified to see that the trackpad had been destroyed. What would cause a trackpad to be pushed out from the inside?
I took the bottom of my 15″ MacBook Pro apart to see what was going on, and look what I found, a bulging battery had pushed the trackpad to crack and moved the bottom of the case. Doing a Google search for “MacBook Pro battery bulging” I found that this is a known problem with many people reporting the same issue. I’ve got an 11:55AM appointment at the Genius Bar, so I will bring them two broken MacBook Pros, one with a bad keyboard and the other with a bad battery, broken trackpad and bulged case. Wish me luck.
Oh, and Apple laptop hardware is not more reliable than PC hardware, both brands will have failures.Tags: Apple, broken keys, bulged battery, MacBook Pro
Written: December 7, 2016
Last night I attended the 21st annual Holiday Auction and Dinner, organized by the Tualatin Chamber of Commerce. The event starts out with three rounds of silent auctions, dinner is then served, and finally the live auction takes place. At dinner the room at the Tualatin Country Club was packed.
There were many speeches during the dinner time from Chamber volunteers and members from our community. The funniest event of the evening for me to watch is a fund-raiser called “Heads or Tails” where participants buy a string of beads, stand up, then try and guess if a coin toss will come up heads or tails. If they guess correctly, then they can stay standing, otherwise they have to remove one string of beads or sit down in defeat. This year it probably took 12 rounds or so to find the winner, and we heard about 90% heads from the coin tosses instead of the expected 50%.
Classy event, lots of donated goods and services to buy at the auctions, wine, good food, plenty of networking, I’ll be there again in 2017.Tualatin Chamber, Tualatin Country Club
Written: November 29, 2016
I just went through my morning list of emails and there was one message from Self Electronics about the shipment of an iPad. It’s a coincidence that I already own an iPad, however I didn’t order any new iPad.
The senders of this email set a subject line as if we had been communicating before, adding a bit to the realism of the message. I was curious if there actually was a company called Self Electronics, so I browsed their web site:
So this company doesn’t even have a valid web site, that’s enough info for me to know that this email really was just another phishing scam where they want me to click the link for UPS tracking. The final test of authenticity is found by hovering over the UPS link:
So the UPS link is really for some bogus web site, telling me that there is no need to be lured into clicking it.
Remember, a real company will know a lot about you and in their legitimate email it will include info like:
If this trusted information is missing from your email message, then it’s very likely that you are being duped by a phishing scheme or just some shady site trying to sell you something that you likely don’t even need. With a little precaution you can make certain that all of your emails are legitimate.Tags: phishing