Friday, November 30, 2007

Security Tips: Avoiding SPAM, Junk Mail, Telemarketing, etc.

I found an article that gives some pretty good techniques to avoid/prevent SPAM, Junk Mail, and Telemarketing. I'm pretty sure most of them are legal, at least right now :)

There's a website that will provide you with a disposable email address, it allows you to use it just long enough to get certain information from websites that you would prefer not have your real email address. Another one adds extra encryption to the mail that you send to prevent it from being intercepted/read.

It's not too long, so give it a look.

Any useful things you've found to keep your presence anonymous on the web?

Monday, November 26, 2007

Update your contact info!

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Friday, November 23, 2007

Big Boss Lee's Republican Primary Poll

There was even some tampering on my poll...what sad people to think they could have any influence by racking up the votes of their favorite candidate. Did they really think I'd believe it? As of the evening the poll was closing Mitt Romney had about 20 votes, McCain had 2 and Giuliani had 2. Then out of nowhere, Giuliani had 30 votes, in only a couple of hours! And they all came from the Salt Lake area. My father-in-law said he knew of some people that spend all day looking for those types of polls and try to vote as many times as they can to promote their party. As far as I know the majority of the people that visit my blog I figured would vote for Mitt Romney, and I was right, and that's what I wanted to affirm. For every one reading this take it with a grain of salt and please comment, and be intelligent about it.

I'm not even sure for whom I'm going to cast my vote. Nobody stands out. Several of them have good stances on some things, and others not so good stances. So below is my analysis of the candidates that have the most redeeming qualities, though some major faults.

McCain supports homosexual unions, not marriages, but just living with each other in order to get benefits from the government as all other unholy 'unions' in our country do. That's something that is clearly against our beliefs as Latter-day Saints. "We believe that marriage between a man and a woman is ordained of God....Gender is an essential characteristic of individual premortal, mortal, and eternal identity and purpose....We declare that God has commanded that the sacred powers of procreation are to be employed between man and woman, lawfully wedded as husband and wife." He is the only Republican to have served in war, he has been in the US Senate for a long time, and will do a slam-bang job at protecting our country from those who wish to hurt us. How much more this is going to be an actual "shoot-em up" war or turn into more of an economical one, who knows, but it's shoot-em up right now. He doesn't want to kick the illegals out, he wants to help them earn their citizenship, but he does want to strengthen our borders.

Giuliani is probably one candidate I wouldn't support just for his stance on abortion. He personally isn't for it and isn't necessarily going to fight for it, but the fact that he won't fight to protect the child's life bugs me. "We affirm the sanctity of life and of its importance in God's eternal plan." He also supports, along with McCain, same sex partner benefits. Let me get this straight, I'm no homophobic I realize everyone on earth is a child of God and it is my goal to treat them as such. I can love the people and still despise the sin. I can help them find places to receive counselling and understand their true purpose on this earth. But that's an issue for another post. Giuliani has plans to repeal certain tax cuts on the wealthy On a different note, what Giuliani did for New York City was amazing and I'm sure he would do a good job at helping secure our country. Even if he was "only" mayor, that city (NYV) is the size of a small state! And with one of the worst crime records at one point, he turned that city upside down.

Mitt Romney has had some flaky stances on both rights for homosexuals and abortion. How does a good member of the LDS Church realize in his 40s that abortion really is bad. He also wants to kick all of the illegal immigrants out of our country. Now I don't want any trouble makers here either, but they're here, and nothing has been done about it, and the majority of them are helping us more than hurting us. Sure we should be more strict about letting people in and strict about the conditions on which they can stay here. I've gotten to know many immigrants (most likely here illegally) that are hard workers, convert to The Church (The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints) and plan on returning to there country in the future with the skills and knowledge they have gained here. Do we want to kick these people out of our midst when so many of our fellow Americans just want to sit back on welfare and let the government pay for everything? Who are the ones that really need to be put back in line?

Romney is a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and has been publicly noted. This isn't a default vote for Mormon's, only for those who don't do their research. Mitt has some strong values, and I believe as a publicly noted Mormon he will do his best to not tarnish that reputation. He is a good business man, and in a capitalistic society that's the type of man that will help our society grow.

I've mainly been looking at these candidates, because I don't believe the others have much of a chance, and they don't have any amazing attributes (none really do). Any comments on where you think I'm wrong/right? Most of the things I've listed have come from, it seems like a pretty unbiased site. I'm also starting to watch some of the past and current debates to get a better feel of each of the candidates persona. I'd appreciate your insights.

Monday, November 19, 2007

The Future of Books?

Amazon has just developed an awesome new technology that could revolutionize book reading. It's called Kindle, kind of a weird name, but it's pretty cool. It's a wireless device that allows you to download any book anywhere without a connection subscription cost. The only cost is the cost of the book which is a fraction of what you could buy it for in the store. I'll let you check out all the features in the videos on the site.

I still haven't found much use for PDA's unless you travel a lot. I can see SmartPhones and PDA Phones being more useful, but then again, I'd mainly use it for a phone, which is probably a lower quality phone than most other simpler options.

So what would make me pay $399 for this? If I traveled a lot, this would be a must have. Since I like buying books more than getting them at the library, or else if I like the ones I read from the library I go out and buy them, maybe this would end up saving me money in the long run because books seem generally cheaper on it (at least new best sellers do, $9.99 instead of $25). It's also a very good size and weight. Other than that this would just be a really cool toy that would eat up a couple Christmases and Birthdays, and I can think of a few cheaper options that will make me just as happy.

Could you see your self using something like this?

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Call Me!

Speaking of GrandCentral, this is something else that's pretty cool that they offer. When you click on the button below you enter your phone number and then your phone will ring and be connected to my phone, and I can answer it. You can call me without me even giving you my number and choose which phone it will ring or if it will just go straight to voicemail. You can also force people calling you to state their name before the call will go through, that way you can better screen your calls. Anyways, thought this was cool.

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

To Keep or Cut the Land-line

I've toyed with the idea of getting rid of our landline and just using our cellphones, or VoIP (Voice Over IP). Currently my wife and I are trying to pay as little as possible by remaining on our parents' cell phone family plan. The only bad thing to this is that we both have different carriers, so it negatively affects both of our bills to talk to each other, but it's been working out OK for the last year and a half. Since neither of our cell phones have local area codes, we decided to get a landline so that people can get a hold of us without dialing long distance and without negatively impacting our families' cell phone bills. We then realized that you just can't have local service because the person down the street from you has a different area code, and local service isn't good enough, so we had to tack on long distance, a whopping $40/mo. increase. It is definitely a rip off.

What are the options I've considered?

  1. Get rid of the landline and just use cell phones, Skype, and Grand Central. Grand Central will allow you to create a phone number with whatever area code you like. You can then make that phone number ring to your cellphone, your wife's cell phone, your landline, or all of them together, it's pretty cool (which is true for most things owned by google). The con to this is that if you call 911, they can automatically know where you are if you call from a landline, but not with a cellphone. Cell phone batteries can die if you have long power outages, or can easily be misplaced, calls dropped frequently. The pro is that you can affor to buy that fiber optic package AT&T is offering with digital TV, all for the same price as your previous phone and internet package!
  2. Just strip down our phone to the most basic service around, and still use Grand Central with your cell phones. Depending on how low you can get your phone service cost, this may be a good option.
  3. Voip is only $25/mo for unlimited long distance. Lower quality, lower dependability.

Any other options you all have seen?

Saturday, November 10, 2007

Why not to trust stupid people

"A stupid man's report of what a clever man says can never be accurate, because he unconsciously translates what he hears into something he can understand."

~Bertrand Russell

Wednesday, November 07, 2007

Ralf and Feesh: A Tale of Two Fish

Ralf and Feesh were two very special goldfish. Sherrie's parent's bought them for Annalee as her first pets (thank goodness they weren't feeling extra generous!). She really enjoyed them; they made her happy. We bought them food and made sure to feed them often. Their little home was becoming increasingly dirty and we had yet to pick up a fish net to transfer them to a clean bowl. We ended up using a tea leaf strainer (they didn't have a net at Kroger's), and then cleaned out their bowl.

Feesh died first, most likely of shock that there was such a thing as clean water. We weren't sure if he was sleeping or really dead, so we left him over night, and in the morning he was dead, if not more dead. Poor little Ralf didn't know what to do with himself. He swam around a lot and most likely was really sad because Feesh had been thrown away and picked up by the garbage truck earlier that day. The solidarity of his existence was too much for him to handle, so he bubbled. (Frogs croak, right? So fishes bubble.)

The End.

Monday, November 05, 2007

My Ice Cream Flavor

"You're as impulsive and impatient as a kid who can't wait for the cookies to come out of the oven. You treat life like a nonstop slumber party, and you like to keep things simple and silly. You scream at horror movies and laugh your butt off at comedies, but you probably can't sit still for a long, boring drama. To some people, you come across as immature, but so what? Your playful personality means you'll stay forever young."

Friday, November 02, 2007

Radiohead: In Rainbows

I've only ever heard bits of Radiohead songs in the past (Karma Police, Subterranean Homesick Alien, Paranoid Android, Creep). Several times I've almost bought the album OK Computer, hearing that it was there best one. I just could never get past their odd and very different sound (compared to most music I listen to).

I then heard about their newest album, "In Rainbows," and how they were going to sell it for whatever you want to pay for it (even as low as $0). This intrigued me, and after doing a little research I found that the album received some pretty good reviews. So I decided to download it, and on principle I did pay more than $0. It took me a couple of times listening to it to start to appreciate the uniqueness of their sound and really start to enjoy them. If you've ever found yourself in my shoes, give it a whirl.

The first two songs (15 Step and Body Snatchers) are quite the adrenaline pumping songs, and then Nude and Weird Fishes mellow you out as you enjoy the rest of the ride through the album.