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  • Old Guy Student 3:13 pm on October 15, 2012 Permalink | Reply  

    New Facebook Attack 

    So, I was looking at my stream on Facebook and came across a post by someone I trust that looked like this:

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    The subject matter and the title by my friend was a clue, so I clicked the link.  The page that appears is this:

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    If you look closely, the Submit button is drawn over the original Facebook button that allows you to use your Facebook credentials to login to a website.  By clicking submit, the same link above will be posted to your wall and the ‘Hacker’ will have access to your Facebook account.  Every one of your friends who clicks and does the same thing will perpetuate this scenario.  Pass this around so that we can stop this from spreading.

    If this happened to you, change your password and look in your Facebook security settings and remove any unknown apps and websites that have access to your account.

     
  • Old Guy Student 1:05 am on October 15, 2012 Permalink | Reply  

    Place County Farm & Barn Open House 

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    So today I set out on an adventure with Haplo and Kethry to tour some of the local farms in the area.  I chose the closest and the non-winery type of farms from the map on the website:

    So I packed the kids in to the Ford Escape Hybrid and we setoff at a little after 9:00 this morning with our first stop about 10 miles away in the town of Penryn and the Calwell Thundering Herd Ranch.  It’s #1 in the map above.  The drive to this spot took me down Sierra College Boulevard which is a truly spectacular drive through the foothills that run between Roseville and Lincoln which include outskirts of the town of Penryn.  The drive took me up in to the foothills and then down in to a valley where the Farm was located on the foothills alone one side of the road that meandered through the area.

    Although the idea was to try and get the kids interested in the local agriculture, they are still kids and this really did not amaze them.  Since they had had readily available citrus fruit from their own back yard for the last 5 years, the novelty of mandarin oranges or fresh citrus fruit seemed to be lost on them and they decided to just run around the orchard like the kids they are and they were really being well behaved and not overly loud and rambunctious.  Since the person giving me the tour did not seem to mind, I just let them go and do their own thing while I admired the property and the trees with the owner.

    They had persimmon cookies which they offered to Haplo and Kethry along with Red Vines, although I am unsure what Red Vines have to do with Citrus or farms.  They were such nice people and because we were the first people to arrive, we received their undivided attention.  The farm produces citrus which they then press and mix with locally produced Olive Oil as well as a couple of balsamic based products as well.  The attention and desire to see this event succeed for them created the urge to purchase something from the gift shop, so I purchased a gift box, which was a little bit expensive for olive oil and vinegar when compared to what you can purchase from Safeway, but to me it was more then worth it.  The fruit was produced locally, as was the olive oil.  It was pressed locally and bottled locally.  So basically this entire product brought much needed revenues in to this area.  So, it was a score for me.  Of course I will probably gift it to someone. Smile

    The nerd in me thought it was awesome that he was using an Intuit Credit Card attachment on his iPhone to process the transactions and I told him as much.  This technology empowers small businesses in ways that we are only just realizing.  So I loaded the kids back in to the car and we began our trek to the next stop on our little tour was The Sinclair Family Farm located in the town of New CastleThe drive from Penryn to New Castle took us on a meandering route to New Castle.  While driving, I noticed a really cool store along the way called Cowgirl Corner which reminded me of my friend Sandy Benesch.  I got this overwhelming urge and did a U-Turn and went back through the short tunnel through the steep hillside so that I could stop in the parking lot and take a picture of Kethry standing under the sign.  I don’t know, why, exactly but I did.  Thanks Sandy, you have just made me take my level of insanity to a new level.

    So here she is standing below the sign without really understanding what was so special about the sign or why I stopped.  Keep in mind that a lot of this land was cattle country and still is.  There are REAL Cowboys and REAL Indians in this county.  There are also more pick-up Trucks per capita then in most of Texas.  Every time I see a Cowboy Clothing Store or something like that, I always feel the need to take a picture of it because in reality there is more of this in California then there are surfers, actors and High Tech Nerds combined.

    We finally arrived at the driveway leading up to the Farm and I saw this amazing sign posted on the side of the driveway leading up to the Farm proper and had to stop to let another car pass, so I took the opportunity to snap a photograph.

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    Of course Haplo asked why I took a picture of it and instead of beating around the bush, I explained it to him.  I think that if we do this more with our kids, if we explain why something that might be inappropriate to them is funny then they learn and feel included.  I curse when I am angry and I usually tell my kids that when they become adults they can curse as well but not until then.  I also have explained to them when I am upset or angry in public how I don’t swear or curse.  So, I asked him what animal it was and then explained that sometimes that animal is referred to as an Ass.  It’s not like he hasn’t been exposed to this before, he has seen Kevin Costner in The Postman and there is part in the beginning where he lists all the things he likes about his ‘Ass.’  Of course in that scene he is referring to his pack animal.

    So we parked and got out to look around.  The first thing I saw was the bacon err Forbidden Meat err pigs.  Look, if we were not supposed to eat them, then Nature would NOT have made them so damn tasty.  Enough Said. Smile with tongue out

    For such a small pen and less then 10 animals, they really, really, really smelled.  I looked around for a spider to try and redeem these tasty morsels but alas, I don’t think these guys have anything on Zuckerman’s Famous Pig and that is NOT a reference to Facebook.  The OTHER Zuckerman’s Famous Pig.

    As we meandered around the farm, we came to the Sheep paddock.  Sheep can be amazing animals because Wool is like no other natural material.  It retains its ability to insulate the person wearing it and it is why the US Navy still purchases and deploys 100% wool “P-Coats.”  My inner Beavis is itching to make some inappropriate sexual innuendo about sheep being afraid of Zippers and that’s why the Scots wear Kilts but I will resist and just leave it up to Your Favorite Martian to say it for me in this video although it might be NSFW:

    Ok, now that I have gotten that off of my chest, we can continue with our adventure.  I forced Haplo and Kethry to stop while I took a picture.  It would have been a truly awesome picture as Haplo was holding Kethry’s hand but he dropped right before I took the picture.  This one is not too bad, but the other would have just been indicative of how strong their relationship is.

    I realize that everyone thinks that their kids are amazing and beautiful which is really only natural considering they are your progeny but I know that my kids are exceptionally attractive and engaging because of all the attention that they seem to get from the people that they encounter every day and always have.  When both of them were younger, I could not stray more then 10 feet from the shopping cart with them in it for fear someone would take them or create a scene which happened a few times before I realized how to stop it.  The town I live in is dominated by Cowboys, Indians and Retired People.  Literally.  There is a High School Rodeo Grounds on the road in to town, now called Lincoln Boulevard from the new Highway 65 bypass.  Proof that there are Cowboys here.  There is a casino located on the outskirts of the City Limits called Thunder Valley and it is a legal Casino owned by a local Indian Tribe in Auburn.  Proof that there are Indians in my town, sort of.  Finally there is Sun City Lincoln Hills which is a planned retirement community that sits on the hills just above historic downtown area of Lincoln, California 95648.

    Finally, while we were there, the farm put on a display of working dog athletics by using there Border Collies to herd the sheep from one side of their enclosure to another.

    For some reason as we were leaving the farm, I saw this table and heard Sean Bean saying in his best Ned Stark voice “The Great Pumpkin is coming!”  I couldn’t explain to anyone why I was chuckling because they would really have thought I was weird.

    Ok, so it wasn’t that funny.  But it was amusing for a minute or so.  I then noticed this poster explaining the origins of the farm and how it operated and thought I would share it.

    What an awesome project.  I had intended to try and get to two other farms today, one an all organic farm in Auburn, California which is the county seat for Placer County, which is the county I live in.  Unfortunately, the directions to the farm did not yield enough clues to find the actual farm, so I tried to go to the next one and issues with my Sprint Epic 4g Touch, its built in GPS functionality and my network connection on their network prevented me from being able to use it to get to the next location.  Since I did not have a map or the ability to get one and was unsure of the name of the next place, I asked the kids what they wanted to do.  The agreed unanimously to go home,  So I took California Highway 193 home which is an amazing scenic drive that twists and turns as ONLY an old country road can.  It’s narrow and people like to speed which adds a bit of adventure to it and should result in everyone receiving an “I survived Highway 193!” T-Shirt or something.  Thanks for reading and as always all comments are appreciated.

     
  • Old Guy Student 10:37 am on October 10, 2012 Permalink | Reply  

    FBI Virus 

    So, there is a new creative Malware circulating throughout the US and world.  It is called the FBI Virus and when it infects your computer it displays the following screen:

     

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    This screen prevents you from doing anything with your PC except entering payment information.  Since this is NOT a real message from the FBI or any law enforcement agency and there is a simple fix.  Download ComboFix, Install it.  Reboot the PC in to safe mode and run Combo Fix.  Allow it to scan and clean everything it finds.  Then update your antivirus and other malware software and allow them to perform a full system scan.  This is the easiest and most direct way of getting rid of this Nag Screen, which will not go away or allow you to do anything else until you do.  Also, there is no guarantee that paying the fee will get rid of the issue and that it wont just keep popping up randomly and demand money.

     
  • Old Guy Student 1:34 pm on October 8, 2012 Permalink | Reply  

    Refurbished Warranties 

    In my effort to get healthier and to lose more weight, I have experimented with substituting fresh vegetable juice for a regular meal.  To do this we used a low end Juicer that was purchased on sale at Target.  I wont mention the make or model, but will say that it worked really well for the price, but it was a chore to use because every few carrots or other vegetables, you had to disassemble the unit to clean it.  So in August, while still euphoric from the splendor of the Redwoods, I went to Fry’s and purchased the Cuisinart CJE-1000FR juicer because it was listed on the shelf as being on sale for less then $100.  I realized by reading the box that it was Factory Refurbished and having dealt with this in Electronics I realized that most of the time they are as good as a new one.

     

    When I got home, I decided I wanted to get a rubber storage bin to put the unit in after I cleaned it. This way it would remain in pristine condition. Well, I got busy with work and other chores and did not get around to opening it this weekend. To my surprise the hinge that holds the top on to the body of the device was broken, thus making the device worthless. A call today to Cuisinart Customer service, the representative said that this part was not covered by warranty. I asked for a supervisor, and the floor supervisor again told me that this part was not covered by a warranty.

    When I asked her for a supervisor, her initial response was that she was the supervisor.  When I pressed her and asked for a name or number for her supervisor she gave me a number for the corporate office, the parent company is Conair.  I called the number and eventually got the Voicemail for the person that I was referred to and left a message.

    About an hour later he called me back and we discussed the situation.  I provided him the same information that I had provided previously and he explained to me that the reason that they told me that part was not covered was because the unit was refurbished in 2001 and must have sat in Fry’s warehouse for years before being shipped to the store where it sat until the day I purchased it.  By the normal methodology used by the company the device was out of warranty.  I explained that I had just purchased the unit and the gentleman asked if I had a proof of purchase.  I explained that I did not but that I had paid with a Visa card and that I could contact Visa or Fry’s and get a copy of the receipt.  He explained that in order to expedite the process he would ship me a new CJE-1000FR unit and also put in a request for UPS to collect the old unit.  He then asked if I still had the box, to which I replied “Of course I do, I haven’t completely unpacked the unit since I saw the hinge was broken.”

    The morale of this story is simple, when dealing with any warranty related issues, make sure you either have proof of purchase or can get it and then do NOT take no for an answer.  Sometimes you have to hang up and call back multiple times or talk to multiple people in order to ensure that you get the company to do what it is supposed to do.  This is true with all Warranty packages from the default to any extended warranties that you might purchase.

     
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