Telemarketers are Annoying: Get Rid of Them

No one likes to be bothered by telemarketers because they are annoying. Can’t they just take a simple “No”?

Getting rid of telemarketers is mainly about the approach.

Guy yelling at telemarketerEricka Elson has worked at a telemarketing company for two years. During that time, she has had to place many unwanted calls.

Generally, a successful telemarketer has a 96% chance of getting turned down. This 4% chance of making a sale drives telemarketers to keep you on the phone as long as they can. Why?

All of the information they collect while they are on the phone with you goes into Continue reading Telemarketers are Annoying: Get Rid of Them

Charlotte, NC Potentially Getting Google Fiber

Current and potential Google Fiber cities
Current and potential Google Fiber cities

Currently, Google Fiber is only available in Kansas City, Kansas, Kansas City, Missouri and Provo Utah, and will be available in Austin, Texas later this year. The exciting news in that Google is looking at bringing their Google Fiber internet to Charlotte, NC!

Google will work side-by-side with city leaders on a two-part joint planning process to evaluate whether they can bring Google Fiber to the Charlotte area. Google will work closely with Continue reading Charlotte, NC Potentially Getting Google Fiber

Cell phone carriers team up to cut down on stolen cell phone market

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In an effort to deter cell phone theft, U.S. wireless carriers have made a first step towards “a joint ‘blacklist’ database of identifying information about cell phones reported lost or stolen”. Now, cell phone companies check phones against the database before reactivating phones. Before this joint action, carriers would suspend the service on a phone after was reported as lost or stolen; this phone could still be reactivated by a thief on a new account. According to Chris Guttman-McCabe, vice president of regulatory affairs for CTIA, “the point of the blacklist database is to dry up the aftermarket for stolen phones. If you can’t reactivate a stolen phone, it’s just a worthless hunk of plastic and metal.” [1]

Cell phone theft is common because many users will leave them laying around and not keep a close eye on them. One the device has been stolen, Continue reading Cell phone carriers team up to cut down on stolen cell phone market

Hacker Group Steals Millions of Apple Device ID’s

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AntiSec, short for anti-security, claims they stole 12 million Apple iOS device Unique Device Identifiers (UDIDs) by breaching FBI security. The group released a million of them on a website. AntiSec alleges they had a computer belonging to a FBI agent to gain access “to a file containing the list of the Apple IDs”. The online posting “did not identify the agent or who the ID numbers belonged to.” [1]

AntiSec said that they chose to only “release a portion of the Apple IDs list to get people’s attention to its claims that the FBI is gathering people’s Apple device details.” In the note that AntiSec posted online, AntiSec said they have learned that people do not pay attention when one says, “hey, FBI is using your device detail.” The AntiSec group claims that a portion of the devices on the list contains names, telephone numbers, addresses, and ZIP codes, but they chose to only reveal Continue reading Hacker Group Steals Millions of Apple Device ID’s

A Little Thank You

I really appreciate those that have been there for both Paige and I over the past 5-6 months. We have been through a lot. Paige shared a summary of what has taken place up to in her blog post.

Thank you to those that have taken Paige to various appointments when I was in class, working, doing homework, working on projects for school, etc. It means a lot that you would take time to help me out.

I pray that God will truly bless each of you that have volunteered, been praying for us, and sent cards. You all have been a big blessing to us! Please continue that God will provide for us and that He will heal Paige from head to toe.

Thanks again and God Bless!

And the King will answer them, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me.’
(Matthew 25:40 ESV)