Tuesday, December 9, 2014

See you in 2015

It's the holidays (Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Years, etc) and we have been a little more involved with a little more social activities this year. This means I have even less time to blog. Combine that with trying to time blogging with when the internet is working, and I don't get to blog much.

There is something I can do offline, and that's revamp MOMĒTEK and relaunch it in January. At the same time come up with a plan to be able to post at least once a week. If I have to go to the library to upload, then to the library I go.

In the meantime, I will be posting from my phone to my personal blog when I can, and it's likely I'll start posting more frequently to this blog.

So, see you until 2015!

Monday, October 20, 2014

Why I Left Facebook and other Ramblings

Facebook logo
Facebook logo (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Last week, I made an announcement on giving up on Facebook. By Tuesday, I realized that it wasn't necessarily Facebook causing me grief, but the entire internet. I found that I was tired of trying to time my online time on my laptop to when the internet was working, only to find that the internet connection wasn't there.

This would cause a problem with the rest of the day, as I try to do clean and check my laptop at the same time with hopes that the internet finally connected. This is terribly inefficient. Not only I wasn't getting anything useful done, I would only stick reading the news or browsing Facebook This wouldn't require much of an attention span. If I were interrupted by the kids, I wouldn't feel so guilty not finishing the news feed.

As a result, I started to become burned out. I guess I get burned out easily when I do things that are useless. No, keeping up with the family isn't useless, but watching the umpteenth cute and hilarious kitten/dog video is... So is passing on the umpteenth "idiot politician flavor of the day" picture meme, or watching the millionth poor sucker getting the tar beat out of him by some cop or other poor sucker.

To be honest, I didn't do anything useful in the limited time I did spend on the computer. I ended up playing Minecraft for a total of two hours in one week. Possibly less than what the average American spent watching TV.

Actually, I modded it mostly and reminisce on the days when I was capable of creating these mods. When was the last time I programmed anything? I think it was 4 or 5 years ago. Okay, if you don't count web design with a WYSIWYG editor, it's been longer than that.

There is good news. Rumor has it that the RV park changed internet providers with fiber optics. I hadn't asked yet to see for myself but I have noticed the change in speed. The WayPoints still cut out way too frequently, but we are a bit far from the nearest one. I'm not sure what could be interfering with the signal. It could be that our antennas are not strong enough.

We have considered buying our own repeater with a stronger receiver. In the meantime, I formulated a plan. After all, being offline has allowed me to formulate one.
  1. I still WON'T be on Facebook until at least after the elections. Besides not wanting to create more enemies of people I would have otherwise gotten along with, I do have to retain my sanity for my kids - at least what's left of it.
  2. I WILL be blogging on one of three blogs. This one, my family blog, and my new story blog.
  3. I WON'T be deleting my Facebook. I do have a lot of family who want to keep up with what we are doing. So all of my blogs will post to Twitter, than to Facebook. This actually means more family updates as I will have a little more time for it.
  4. I WILL be revamping MOMETEK (but not to the extreme). Since we have been cautious on how much money we spend, it's likely I will delve more into life tips for simplifying than on products.
  5. I WILL eventually be vblogging again. Not sure if I'm going to wait for my new laptop, which I desperately need. My current laptop heats up too easily if I use anything graphic intensive. Since we are replacing the desktop (which is used by everyone else), it's likely I won't be getting one soon.
  6. I WILL be checking in on Google+ comments to my posts, but not that I have a choice. My Blogger blogs are all integrated with Google+ so, if you want to follow me were you are more likely to be noticed, you can follow me there.
Google+ is a grey area. G+ seems to be a little more flexible on what I want to see. People follow me, but I don't have to follow them (there are a lot of people who follow me who don't put up any posts). The posts that matter most do end up in my timeline and I can choose what group I want to see.

For instance, I can choose just to see family, religious, or Tech posts (those are three of the categories I have for my circles).

So there you have it. Why I left Facebook (and most of the internet). It's not permanent, unless the world ends sometime soon.

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Impersonators: Important Security Notice

English: KOLKATA WEST INTERNATIONAL CITY SCAM
English: KOLKATA WEST INTERNATIONAL CITY SCAM (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
One of my friends on Facebook has posted a problem. Somebody had taken her photo and created a new account in her name.

Why would somebody do that? To speculate, there could be a few reasons like just being a troll, attention starved (typical with famous people), or trying to gather information from your friends. I suspect it's the last one in this case.

So what can you do about it?

Not much. Facebook allows for anonymous users and as long as they aren't harassing anyone or posting nude bodies with your had Photoshopped on them, they won't take it down.

However, you can minimize the damage.

Once in a while, do a Facebook Search for Yourself. If you discover that you are a target, see if their friends list is visible. If it is, go through it and contact all your friends about the problem and encourage them to unfriend the impersonator. You could have them report the page, but like I said before, it's likely they won't take the page down.

There are a lot of scammers out there that will use the information of your friends to convince you that they are your friend who is in trouble. This is why I suspect this person was targeted. OR it could be that they plan on targeting any of her friends. This is why it's important to warn all those who friend the imposter.

Watch your email and take care of phone calls that say that someone you love is at risk and needs money. Don't answer any phone number you don't recognize and let it go to voice mail. If you do get something distressing in voice mail, then call the person that is supposedly in trouble directly.

If you have any information on impersonators who aren't celebrities, then post in the comments below. This is pretty recent, so I'm only going on speculation and theories.

If you think you have been scammed, check with the local law enforcement.

More on this when I can more research.

In the meantime, the related articles below have all kinds of interesting info on scams.