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Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Scary Computer Stuff--Try a Password Manager

Scary stuff on Halloween seems appropriate.  I recently got an extortion email.  Some miscreant had gotten one of my old passwords most likely through one of the highly publicized data breaches that have occurred over the last year.  Said idiot threaten to pillage my finances, crash my computer, sully my reputation by spoofing my presence on porn sites and trashing my social media.   To prevent this catastrophe all I needed to do was send money through bit coins to the address in the email.  They even instructed on how to get bit coins and threatened even dire consequences if I called the cops.   They said they were overseas so local cops couldn’t touch them.  (Although they could be sitting at the local Starbucks.)

I googled extortion emails and the third hit was nearly word for word the email I received.  My first thought was who buys into this crap.  Then I pondered the sheer volume of emails that go out daily trying to extort money and realized that even a tiny success rate could provide a reasonable income to these criminals.  

In a way I need to thank that criminal because I hadn’t done a password inventory for a couple of years.  Done as you add passwords is simple but wait a couple of years and you have hundreds of passwords to evaluate.  It took four plus hours to go over every password and change any that had been unchanged for too long.   There are password managers out there that can help.   Google password managers. This is on list of password managers that are highly rated.

Bottom line here is don’t reuse passwords and don’t succumb to the email threats that you will undoubtedly receive at some point.  I suggest a password manager and a good list to start is in the link above.  There are a wealth of unsavory characters out there who want to steal your money, your good name and just wreak havoc for havoc’s sake.  Don’t make it easy for them.

Friday, October 26, 2018

Universal Power Travel Adapter,RXSQUL

Universal Power Travel Adapter,RXSQUL International Power Adapter Smart 2.4A 4 USB, European Adapter Converter,Plugs Adapters Europe, Canada, UK, US, AU, Asia-Blue

I took a very similar item to the UK last month that failed out of the box.  The failure was the inability to retract the plugs after they were extended.  I tested this one by extending the plugs and retracting them multiple times.  Each time it allowed you to retract one plug and extend another.  That was the feature I was counting on, one adapter for multiple uses.  It also has 4 USB charging ports on it, a great feature.   A couple of bucks more than the $12.99 unit and well worth it. 

If reviewing a product, it may have been received free of charge. That will NEVER have a bearing on my recommendations.

Sunday, October 21, 2018

Zippo Firefast Bellows

This is kind of cool, pun intended.  It blows out a steady stream of air and is very quiet.  A hand bellows is cumbersome and subject to vagrancies due to the manipulation by erratic hand movements.  This provides a steady stream with a flame retardant nozzle.  Another function that occurred to me was a golf bag cooling tool, blow a stream of air at your face.   
from the vendor:  
·        Rugged plastic construction; no-roll triangular shape and non-slip grip
·        Impeller style fan & vent; provides optimum air flow for fire starting needs
·        Flame retardant nozzle
·        Powered by AA Alkaline batteries (not included); battery Run time: up to 180/1 min. Bursts
·        1-Year warranty

If reviewing a product, it may have been received free of charge. That will NEVER have a bearing on my recommendations.

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

This is a handy gadget.  I tested it on my desktop and it worked fine. My phone would not see it.  It is a worthwhile thing to keep in your drawer for those circumstances where you would otherwise be stymied.   My biggest complaint is the “manual” is printed in a font that is beyond the ability of my bifocals.   I wish vendors would charge a penny or two more and proved a readable startup manual. 

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Thursday, October 11, 2018

Energizer LED Headlamp, Vision Ultra Head Lamp Flashlight with 6 Modes and HD Optics

Sliced bread comes to mind as in the best thing since sliced bread.   I ordered this after replacing my desktop computer which resides in my desk. It is dark in there and if I put a light behind me, that’s where the light is behind me, not in front of me where I am plugging and pulling cables.   I held a small flashlight in my teeth for awhile and as much as that sounds fun, it isn’t.   This is so light and the light goes where you are looking without holding or adjusting.   The light is very bright but can be dimmed down.  I’m not sure what, if anything, I will do with the red light, the blinking red light and the green light.  Perhaps a Halloween costume or riding a bike I don’t own after dark would be a use.   This is a tool that every happy home DYI person should own. 

·        Pivoting head directs beam where you want hands-free light, while VisionGuard minimizes impact on bystanders’ eyesight by slowly increasing light intensity
·        Delivers 400 powerful lumens (on high)—the brightest head light Energizer offers
·        Durable body and shatterproof lens resist damage from drops up to 1 meter high for lighting you can rely on
·        Red low battery indicator alerts you when batteries are low by flashing, so you can stay prepared
·        Energizer Vision Ultra HD LED Headlamp runs on 3 Energizer MAX AAA batteries (included)
·        6 modes to choose from: high, low, spot, red, green, and emergency strobe

·        The comfortable, durable, and adjustable band stretches to fit and is removable for washing

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Saturday, October 6, 2018

Shark ION Robot Vacuum R85

Shark ION Robot Vacuum R85 with Wi-Fi, Smart Sensor Navigation 2.0, Powerful Suction and XL Dust Bin, and Self-Cleaning Brushroll (RV850), Ash Gray

This is pretty nifty.   It performs as advertised.  It was able to go from my workroom floor over the threshold and up on the rug with no issues.  I put it in a tight area and it was able to work out how to get out.  The dust bin appears to be 50% larger than the one on my iRobot model.  The brushes should make it great with pet hair. (Should since we have no pets now, I can’t swear to that.) My wife will not talk to it so I did not use the Alexa aspect or the cell phone aspect.  Just push the button marked CLEAN and off it goes.  The boundary strip will keep it from tumbling down the stairs.  Overall it works well for general every day clean up and from what I could see should be invaluable if you have pets.  

From the Vendor:
·                       Shark has built upon a high-performing robot vacuum to deliver powerful suction, XL capacity, and advanced sensor technology for an incredible solution to everyday cleaning.
·                       Designed for pet hair. Provides powerful floor and carpet cleaning with an XL dust bin and 3X more suction in Max Mode than the Shark ION Robot R75.
·                       Schedule cleaning or start your robot vacuum from anywhere with the Shark ION Robot app, or voice control with Alexa or Google Assistant.
·                       Smart Sensor Navigation 2.0: advanced sensitivity helps navigate the robotic vacuum around obstacles and objects to complete the cleaning job.
·                       Self-cleaning brush roll combines with dual edge and corner brushes to capture hair, dust, dander, and allergens to prevent everyday buildup.
·                       XL dust bin allows for minimal interruption while cleaning.
·                       Includes: (1) Shark ION Robot (2) side brushes, (1) filter, (1) lithium-ion battery, (1) charging dock, (1) 8-foot BotBoundary strip

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