Phishing Email

i got this email afternoon. It was one of the best scrapes i’ve seen.  Looks exactly like a real email from that might come from Apple.  The giveaway was the email address it was sent to is a junk address, not my iTunes email.. but i’ll bite and see where it leads.

itunesemailThe site it was directed to was even better than the email.  Safari didn’t even blink when the fake site appeared.


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garfield_newyear2There is an old Garfield comic that i was actually looking for.. Garfield was laying in his bed, covers over his head.. first pane reads, “So this is 1980” (or some year) , next pane he sticks his tongue out, and the final pane he’s covered in his bed again, “Taste the same”

This year does not taste the same.  I’m at a new job, in a new city, in a new house going to a new church.  From the first time I made my first trip to Dallas to do some work out here I knew that i needed to pay attention on how to get around the town.  I figured i might be spending a lot of time up here.  Last July I got the offer for the job and made the move in December. Continue reading 2014


Patti sent this to me in June of 03

Some years ago on a hot summer day in south Florida a little boy decided to go for a swim in the old swimming hole behind his house. In a hurry to dive into the cool water, he ran out the back door, leaving behind shoes, socks,and shirt as he went.He flew into the water, not realizing that as he swam toward the middle of the lake, an alligator was swimming toward the shore. His mother in the house was looking out the window saw the two as they got closer and closer together. In utter fear, she ran toward the water, yelling to her son as loudly as she could. Hearing her voice, the little boy became alarmed and made a U-turn to swim to his mother. It was too late. Just as he reached her, the alligator reached him. From the dock, the mother grabbed her little boy by the arms just as the alligator snatched his legs. Continue reading Scars

An old friend past

i just got notified that an former co-worker of mine has passed away today.  i remember the first time I meet Ken.  He was the chief engineer for KBFM (B104 in those days) and KTEX.  i had just got hired on as the IT manager and when i finally got the chance to meet him I wanted to try and impress him with what i knew about radio engineering.  i had spent some time earlier with another radio engineer so i knew some lingo that i figured i’d find a cleaver way to throw into the conversation.  Not very easy to use terms like STL, uplink, side-band, modulation and carrier waves in casual conversation but i somehow was able to pull it off.  Once i was able to prove that i could help along side him het let me.  and boy did he let me. Continue reading An old friend past

As much as we screw up…

This weekend Patti and i took part in a class at our new church called “The Story of God”  Through this two day class we went through the stories of the bible in a way I never had taught before.  it wasn’t a sermon, it wasn’t a lecture, and it wasn’t a reading.  it was God’s story told as a just that.. a story.  As the stories were told, we engaged in discussion taking in-depth looks at what was happening and how it was fitting together.  Although i took many things away from the lesson, one of the things that stuck out was just how much a screw up mankind really was/is.  From the time of Adam and Eve, Abraham, Jacob, Aaron, Moses.. all of the greats still managed to get things wrong.   As many times as we went wrong, disobeyed and decided to follow our own path rather than the direction we were sopoused to, God was “Just and Perfect” he corrected the wrong action, he shielded them from further harm and he continued to use them as vessels. Continue reading As much as we screw up…

Goodbye Google Reader

Google announced Thursday that it would discontinue Google Reader from it’s line up of products.  About once a year they do a clean up of projects that are unpopular to focus on other projects.  Sadly Reader became considered unpopular.  I have a lot of time vested into reader and it’s my primary way of keeping to to date with all the websites i like to frequent.  Instead of visiting all the sites, cheezeburgers, tumblrs and news sites individually and try and remember where i left off, i just rss them all into Reader.   Continue reading Goodbye Google Reader

Using your smart phone with gloves

So it’s freezing cold outside and your all bundled up.  then your phone goes off and that’s when you find out you can’t swipe to answer your calls.  Actually you can’t do anything on your touch screen without exposing your hands to frostebite.  The reason for this is that most touch screens work through electrical tran-ductance.  The screen senses a change in electrical charge and reacts accordingly.  The gloves block the transfer of engery.  But alas, there is a solution.

Smartphone-friendly winter gloves are expensive (and often ugly). Skip shelling out for store-bought gloves when, armed with a needle and thread, you can turn any gloves into smartphone-friendly ones.

Over at Popular Science, Taylor Kubota shares the simple trick:

1. Order silver-plated nylon thread (silver conducts electricity). This can be difficult to find in stores, but major online retailers carry it.

2. Pick a pair of gloves to modify. Although leather works, it’s harder to push a needle through.

3. Stitch the figure of a star or other solid shape onto the glove’s index finger with the thread, making sure it will contact both the touchscreen and your skin.

4. Bundle up and tap away.

If you’re looking for a small volume of conductive thread (and would prefer to skip paying $40+ for a whole bobbin of it), Etsy seller Urbanstein has small 15 feet packets of silver-coated thread in various colors for $5.



Turn Your Favorite Mitts into Gadget Compatible Manipulators [Popular Science]

Security New and Improved

as opposed to old and inferior.  With a rash of security issues earlier this week, we have taken some steps to better protect your data.  If you try and log on to your website you’ll notice a new feature on your login screen.  Your old login will continue to work however we’ve enabled a multifactor authentication method for your website. You are free to chose if you want to use this or not, but of course we recommend that you do.  This requires you to not only have your password but also a 6 digit code generated by your smart phone.  This code changes ever minute to prevent someone from stealing your account.

Before you can enable Multifactor Authentication on your WordPress account, you’ll need to install the Google Authenticator app on your smartphone or tablet device.

NOTE: If you already have the Google Authenticatorapp on your smartphone or tablet device, you just need to click the “+” in the lower right corner (iOS) or open the settings for the app and click “Add account” (Android) and then proceed to the next section of this walkthrough.

Google’s official documentation on downloading and installing the app can be found here:

The app can be downloaded from your device’s App Store (or use Google’s direct link for BlackBerry):

Turn On Multifactor Authentication

  1. Once you have the Google Authenticator App installed, log in to your wordpress account and on the dashboardgo into your user profile on the uppermost right hand corner.  It should show “Howdy, person” Click on your name and chose Edit My Profile.  You should see a section called “Google Authenticator Settings”  image
  2. Enable the Activebutton to enable multifactor authentication.
  3. In the description field, enter the name as you want it to appear in your app, ie, (optional)
  4. Click the Show/Hide QR Codebutton.You will now see a QR Code and a 16-digit Secret Key that you will need to activate Multifactor Authentication.
  5. Use the Google Authenticator App to scan the QR code. If your device does not have a camera you can enter the 16-digit Secret Keyshown above the QR code into the app manually. If you have more than one device running Google Authenticator, scan the QR code or enter the key on every device that you want to use with this account.
  6. The Google Authenticator app will display a 6-digit passcode. Enter the 6-digit passcode in the Passcode field.If you are using counter-based codes you may need to press the refresh button to display the first code



  7. Click the Activate!button and we’ll make sure our servers are properly synced with your phone.Your account now has Multifactor Authentication enabled.
    If you suspect your account may be compromised (for example if you have lost your phone or mobile device), you can use the Regenerate Key button to invalidate the old key and create a new one.

Changes to Login with Multifactor Authentication Enabled

Once you’ve enabled Multifactor Authentication, you’ll notice changes to the Loginscreen and the steps necessary to access your account.

Your Login screen will look like this:


You will now see a Google Authentication Code field which you will use to enter the 6-digit passcode generated by your mobile device, and a Remember this computer?drop-down which will save you the step of generating and entering a passcode for either 1 week, or 1 month.

If you choose one of the options from the Remember this computer? drop-down such as 1 month, and log in during the time period you’ve selected, instead of the Multifactor Authentication Code field you will see a message indicating that your computer has already been verified.

After the time period you have selected expires, you will once again see the Multifactor Authentication Code field.

Changes When Logging in from a New Computer

Multifactor Authentication uses browser cookies to function, so if you try to log in from a new computer that has never been logged into DreamHost before, the Multifactor Authentication Code field will not initially be visible, and your first log in attempt will fail. After that first attempt, DreamHost will identify your account and make the Multifactor Authentication Codefield visible so that you can log in.

This error message will appear the first time you log in with a new computer or if you do not enter a Multifactor Authentication Code:

Getting the most out of your new Smart Meter

You may have noticed that AEP has been changing your old fashioned meter with a new Smart Meter.  What’s all the hub-bub about this new fandangle devices?  These are basically computers that transmit data back and forth from your meter to AEP.  It allows for new real time usage stats, it allows AEP to read you meter without sending someone to physically see your meter, it allows your new meter to talk to HAN devices in your home and it allows AEP to switch your power status remotely. 

How do you know if you have one of these new meters?  They are a few different varieties depending on the type of service you have but if you have a standard residential home with 110/220 power, it probably looks something like this…


So the past two days our home town has seen unseasonably cool weather for the past two days.  So by logging on to my meter I was able to see where we had our AC’s off and the windows open.  I can also see where they decided to close the windows and return to man made/paid cooling.


Although 15 minute reporting is a cool feature, the neatest thing about smart grid devices is the ability to add it to your HAN network.  You’ll start seeing appliances with HAN interfaces built-in soon.  Your dryer can be set to run when your power company tells you demand is low… or your dishwasher can be prevented from running during over-demand hours keeping the grid from brownouts.  You could also have a HAN thermostat to expand the wonders and possibilities. 

So how can you begin using your new smart meter,

log on to

You will need to register your residential/commercial meter. 

You will need to provide your name, email address, ESI Number (usually found on your bill) and your smart meter number, in my demonstration photo it’s the big number in the blue sticker that starts with 115    _ _ _    _ _ _  Yours may begin with something else, but it’s the 9 digit number. 

After you register you should get an email right away with a temporary password, login with that new password and then your all set!  Stay tuned for reviews on several HAN devices.

Some quick Google tips:

Ok so google still hasn’t made its way into gramer as a verb but there are more things you can do with google other than just actually googling something.  For example, need a quick (or not so quick) calculation?

try entering that pesky math problem in the search bar…


My server room monitor give me a readout in Celsius, but what is that in English (Fahrenheit)


Or if you found some Canadian money in your luggage and wanted to find out how much it was worth..


How many times have you needed to know what your ip address is so you know what to exclude from your next attack,


Are you going to need to bring a rain coat to work in the morning?


That show you’ve been wanting to watch starts in Eastern Time, what time is that?


Is my delivery package going to be in today? 


Did that guy just insult me?


What time is my flight leaving?


What’s showing tonight?


am I really alone?


Time for retirement yet?