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Automobile Monitoring with RightTrack, Epic Fail

Written: December 15, 2017

I recently compared automobile insurance prices and found out that Liberty Mutual offered me a 40% savings advantage over my current coverage, so I switched companies and then heard about a high-tech program that they offered called RightTrack where a small device is placed in my car then linked to my smart phone with an App to monitor driving patterns like:

Two devices arrived in the mail and I easily installed them on the windshield of our cars. Next up was to download the App and pair with the devices, which worked out OK.

RightTrack device

RightTrack device

I also asked my wife to install the App, however when she opened the App it began to constantly crash on her phone, then I noticed that when I opened the App it was also crashing on my Samsung Galaxy Note 4 phone:

App Crashes

I phoned tech support about this and they had me un-install then re-install, but to no avail after 60 minutes of efforts.

Today I received an updated version of the RightTrack app, however it fails to find my Location Services, which are turned on:

Version 2.40.52 Fails

Version 2.40.52 Fails

My oldest son just signed up for auto insurance with Progressive, which also offers a monitoring device in cars to provide feedback to the insurance company on how you drive, and thankfully his experience had no drama, it simply worked out of the box as advertised.


I’m loving the lower auto insurance rate provided by Liberty Mutual, however their RightTrack app is a total failure. If you look at the app on the Google Play store it has the worst rating of only 1.5 stars. This is a huge embarrassment for Liberty Mutual, but I have low expectations on them actually fixing the App because it has been broken for about one year new. It’s really too bad, because the folks at Progressive have already figured out this type of monitoring system, so it’s not like Liberty Mutual or RightTrack are breaking any new technology ground here.

You would assume that a large company like Liberty Mutual would require that their technology vendors like RightTrack would actually test out their App before releasing it to the public, but somehow that didn’t happen here.

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How does Wikipedia Work?

Written: October 31, 2017

Every day I’m on the computer and a question arises, so I quickly go to Google on my web browser and type in a search phrase. Then the magic happens, I receive pages of results that help to quickly answer my question. Most often at the top of page one is at least one article from Wikipedia, that famous online encyclopedia of free information written by volunteers.

But wait, it isn’t really free because there are real costs to running such a web site, so this year I decided that since I use Wikipedia daily that it has real value to my business and personal life, so I made a donation. What about you?


After donating, here’s the nice email response that I received:

Dear Daniel,

Thank you for your support of Wikipedia and the Wikimedia Foundation. Your contribution of $ 25.00 supports Wikipedia and helps secure the future of free knowledge for everyone.

Wikipedia is possible because of a powerful idea: that people, like you and me, can participate in building the world’s knowledge and making it freely available to everyone, everywhere.

Today, thanks to the support of millions of volunteer contributors and supporters, you can wander Wikipedia for hours. With more than 40 million Wikipedia articles and 35 million freely licensed images, Wikipedia can answer almost any question, and take you places you’ve never been.

Your donation supports the creation and sharing of free knowledge in real, practical ways. It helps us make Wikipedia fast, secure, and accessible to everyone in the world. It helps us bring free access to Wikipedia in places where high mobile data costs prevent people from going online. It helps us support people who are digitizing knowledge currently locked away in analog archives. It protects Wikipedia from threats to free knowledge and the open internet.

Your support means that you can find the information you need now, wherever you may be—to settle a bet with a friend at a dinner party, or to understand the world around us.

Donating to Wikipedia makes you the champion of a powerful idea.

Wikipedia will continue to evolve, grow, and meet new challenges. We’re excited and eager to meet these and more. Your donation will help us get there. We can’t thank you enough for your support. On behalf of the Wikimedia Foundation, thank you for investing in our future and taking this journey with us.

Katherine Maher
Executive Director, Wikimedia Foundation

Many employers will generously match employee contributions: please check with your employer to see if they have a corporate matching gift program. For your records: Your donation, number CNTCT-22812562, on 2017-10-31 was $ 25.00.

This letter may serve as a record of your donation. No goods or services were provided, in whole or in part, for this contribution. Please send mail to: Wikimedia Foundation, Inc., P.O. Box 98204, Washington, DC 20090-8204, USA. U.S. tax-exempt number: 20-0049703


Join me and consider making your donation today.


Mary Ellen is a Happy Client

Written: October 16, 2017

I first met Mary Ellen Baker at the Portland WordPress Meetup group and we’ve kept in touch over the years, because on occasion she has clients that need something special to be coded on a web site. Mary’s recent web client was www.patriciacliff.com and they wanted to re-use a custom video on their Home page after doing a site remodel project. I was able to do the custom coding and get that video migrated into WordPress OK, and it even works on tablet and mobile devices.

In response Mary Ellen took the time to write me a thank you note, which I received in the mail today, so I wanted to share it with you.

Thank you letter, Mary Ellen Baker

Thank you letter

If you’re curious to see the newly remodeled web site, visit www.patriciacliff.com and watch that video.


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Keeping your network updated

Written: October 5, 2017

In my home I use WiFi to connect my MacBook Pro to the Internet. Today I received an email from Netgear, the company that sold me the WiFi router, and they wanted me to update the firmware to the latest release for security reasons. Right away I took action, because I really want my WiFi network up to date and secure so that hackers cannot get into my network and disrupt my business or steal my identity.

Netgear eail

Netgear email

In my web browser I logged into the WiFi router, then went to the page where firmware updates are performed.

Netgear firmware

Netgear firmware

The whole process to update the firmware took maybe 3 minutes, and then I reset my WiFi router.

It’s a good feeling to be secure in my business, and I recommend that you take update notices from your WiFi router vendor as serious so that your business runs smoothly

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