Photograph by Bebeto Matthews/AP. Original Article: http://www.newyorker.com/online/blogs/borowitzreport/2014/02/gates-spends-entire-first-day-back-in-office-trying-to-install-windows-81.html
… for the purposes of testing new services inside and outside of China, as well as the US. While we’re still in experimentation stage, we hope to have something functional & deliverable within a couple months.
Recently, we built a Reverse Phone Lookup Tool over the summer, and want to introduce it to our American & Canadian audiences. The aptly named, “QuitBothering.Me” is currently a list of a dozen or so phone numbers that either attempt to scam people out of their hard-earned cash, or are just plain nuisances. We hope you, the users, help it grow further.
The reverse phone lookup idea came a few months ago. While working in the US temporarily, I started getting a ton of these calls at all times of the day on the home phone. The first few were the typical telemarketers. After a couple days of this, I had the number listed on the Do Not Call Registry. This cut down the calls by maybe 90%.
Then the big one came. A man known as “David” had called, demanding a debt to be paid. I asked who this referred to, and the caller simply said my debt accrued in 2013 hasn’t been paid and demanded I supply credit card information so it can be paid. I let him yell for another 30 seconds. After a couple threats of lawsuits, I asked “David” what MY name is. He simply said he could track me throughout my area code. He obviously knows what my area code is, since it’s on his screen. However, he could never tell me what MY name was even answering the phone professionally, saying who I was. Simply put, he was phishing for my information so he could charge me for a debt I didn’t owe.
Normally, one would just hang up. But I thought about other people I know in town. How would they react? How would their neighbors react? Would they give that information for fear of a lawsuit over a debt they may have forgotten? It was time to think about seeing what the family is doing with these calls. It was also perhaps time to maybe take some preventative measures by way of investing in a call-blocker for those who may not have the proper understanding of what these callers are trying to do. We felt the new Reverse Phone Lookup Tool was a great way to find out who these callers are, and who, more importantly, to block.
Help add to the list, or leave comments on the already-added numbers, so others can tell the fraud from the legitimate. And don’t forget, if you’re already on the National Do Not Call Registry and you’re still getting calls, they’re most likely fraud.
More work will be done on this tool in the coming weeks, streamlining it, adding more numbers, tools & options & setting up a proper RSS feed for easy additions to your personal call blocker. Don’t have one? There are 4 listed on the site from Amazon, but you don’t need to only shop there. They’re available everywhere in the US & Canada.
Try our new Reverse Phone Lookup Tool Today!
Awhile back, we posted an article we thought would be amusing to the business world. At the time, no one knew who was actually “exposing” these elevator sayings to the rest of the twitter-verse. In February however, the NY Times revealed to all, just who @GSElevator was.
John Lefevre, who actually worked for Citigroup, not Goldman Sachs, started the twitter account to take on individuals, but then changed the direction of his tweets to appeal to a more commercial audience. With a book coming out, and his identity revealed, he’s only said, “I’m surprised it’s taken that long.”
Goldman Sachs replied, “We are pleased to report that the official ban on talking in elevators will be lifted effective immediately.”
This week, TeraScape took steps to secure our servers from the recent security discrepancy known to most as “Heartbleed”. We’ve patched our OpenSSL, but we still encourage our clients, and everyone else for that matter, to change your passwords. Not just with TeraScape, but with any online service you may use.
CNET provides a list of the top 100 websites, who they asked whether or not they have patched their servers, and whether or not they recommend changing passwords.
It would seem Bill Gates can’t even install his own operating system! Unbelievable, right? In the old days of Microsoft, it would’ve been not only laughable, but would garner tons of anti-Gates posts, tweets or whatever else existed under the Gates-era Microsoft. Nowadays, however, it’s not so much unbelievable, as it is simply ironic. The New Yorker article filed it under “humor” for a reason.
First of all, despite what people believe, it’s not really his operating system anymore. I don’t think he’s taken a hands-on approach to anything Microsoft in more than a few years. So it’s unfair to say it’s his anymore. I reckon the people who worked hard on the operating system would have a few problems with people saying it’s “Bill Gates’s OS” when they were the team who built it. Incidentally, there are already teams working solely on Windows 9 as well as a possible “Cloud OS” Windows 10 (that’s how far ahead they think).
Second, EVERYBODY has computer problems at some point. Even Bill Gates (and dare it say it, Steve Jobs). We’ve dealt with server errors in the past. We’ve dealt with a bad install of an anti-virus software. We even had to (and I do from occasion just for kicks) reinstall 7 on more than one occasion. Because it’s flawed? Because it’s Microsoft? No. Sometimes it’s just worth starting from scratch.
It’s maybe slightly amusing to say, “Haha! Bill Gates can’t use Windows!” but in reality, I reckon it’s just that. Slightly amusing and ironic at best, and hardly deserves to be criticized for it.
Isaac Asimov was eerily right about his predictions concerning 2014, back at the ’64 World’s Fair. From 3D cube televisions (sort of right), Driverless Cars (Google has them) and unmanned Mars Missions (NASA achieved that 10 years ago) to fusion power (almost there…) and even Smart Phones, Asimov told us these innovations were coming, though also warned of the high cost of these innovations, in humanity moving further away from nature, and technology helping expand the world’s population.
Digital Trends breaks down some of the predictions, with more examples than what we put here, while The Atlantic took a different approach, talking of the man himself, and the reprocussions he warned us about 50 years ago. Perhaps it’s time to heed these warnings and (yes, sounds strange coming from an IT company) move a bit back toward nature.
You’ve probably seen some of the inspirational posters and images telling you you should “remain strong in the face of adversity” or “those who put you down, should only lift you up.” Most people with decent self-confidence already knows this, and is skipping over any motivational images without reading them anyways.
Some of the gems include:
You don’t have to like baseball, but you should understand the concept of what a pitcher’s ERA means. Approach life similarly.
Buy expensive sunglasses. Superficial? Yes, but so are the women judging you. And it tells these women you appreciate nice things and are responsible enough not to lose them.
You can get away with a lot more if you’re the one buying the drinks.
Start a wine collection for your kids when they are born. Add a few cases every year without telling them. It’ll make a phenomenal gift in twenty years.
The New Yorker is not high-brow. Neither is The Economist.
Is this the future of computing? Jinha Lee gives a TED talk saying something along these lines. He demonstrates using Microsoft technology how one can reach behind the screen and actually shuffle through your docs and/or books. Think of Robert Downey Jr on Iron Man or Tom Cruise on Minority Report.
Later on, he demonstrates how a pixel can interact with the physical world.
See for yourself.