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Bob Brown
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College teacher, wine taster, and computer nerd.
College teacher, wine taster, and computer nerd.

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A Christmas Story
Many an' many a Christmas ago, things were not going well at the North Pole. Santa Claus had a miserable cold. The elves had walked out.  Rudolph's nose wouldn't light up. The sleigh had broken runner. Even Mrs. Claus was being {ahem} difficult. I...

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The National Cable and Telecommunications Association (#NCTA) is a trade group for the likes of #Comcast, Verizon, and AT&T. They are trying to influence the FCC's decision on #netneutrality and regulation  of ISP's by running an "Internet suggestion box" here: http://www.onwardinternet.com/ (It's hideous.) They ask, "How do you imagine the Internet ten years from now?"

Go there, click the down-arrow (not the "play" arrow) and paste the following into the suggestion box:

I imagine the Internet of ten years from now as:
A place where ISPs do not interfere with data and how it gets to me.
A place where broadband is designated a common carrier utility.

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Don't buy burgers with your credit card! Don't buy anything with your debit card.

Dairy Queen is the latest national company to report theft of a zillion credit card numbers. In the United States, the systems for processing credit and debit information is not as secure as it could be. Every time you pay with plastic, you create another opportunity for exposure. It really won't hurt you to carry a little cash and use it for small purchases.

One of the links below is to the Krebs on Security story about Dairy Queen. The other one is my own note on card safety from back in August. That second link will tell you why you shouldn't use your debit card for anything.

http://krebsonsecurity.com/2014/10/dairy-queen-confirms-breach-at-395-stores/

http://bitmonger.blogspot.com/2014/08/a-note-on-card-safety.html

I wanted to replace a broken leather loop thingy on my barbecue grill brush. It is not safe to search for "leather thong" on Amazon if you blush easily. (Found what I needed under "leather laces.")
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