Friday, October 31, 2014


Little Black Book of Scams

This is an interesting booklet on helping to identify Scams. The Canadian Government has also published a similar booklet. Hope it helps the vulnerable!

Monday, October 20, 2014


Last Thursday evening, after AT&T men had been working all day in a hole in the ground outside our middle building, I found that neither my landline (AT&T) phone nor my Internet service was working. Friday morning I checked my latest AT&T bill for the Repair number and found it had changed from the old 611 to 1-877-737-2478. I called the 877 number from my cell phone and got a machine. Service would be restored by Monday, I was told. That seemed like a long time, especially when I was 90 percent sure the problem had been caused by the men in the “pit” not having reconnected the wires correctly. I wanted to speak to a live person but couldn’t, or I didn’t know how.

The repairman came on out Saturday afternoon, which was a pleasant surprise, and he could not have been nicer. The problem had been with the men working in the pit, and he set it right. I told him what had frustrated me, he empathized, and he said what you need to do at the prompts is press ZERO, and if necessary keep pressing ZERO. I had forgotten about that little trick. Dialing ZERO, he said, will get you a live person. Of course the AT&T “robot” will not tell you that.

Being unable, or having it be very difficult, to get a live person on the line, is very frustrating to me. I remember the days when your place of business could have the phone company visit your business and teach the employees how to answer the phone courteously and competently. Now, it seems to me, AT&T is one of the worst OFFENDERS in helping people with a phone (or Internet) problem. I got a call today (another robot) asking me for feedback on the resolution of my phone problem, but all they wanted to know was how the TECHNICIAN did. Well, he did fine (and I said so). It was their robotic answering service that I hated, but I had only 30 seconds to describe that, and then “click,”my response opportunity was ended.

Oh, for the good old days!

Thursday, October 9, 2014

The News v Channel 63

If the news is overwhelming :-( 
try Channel 63 at 7:30 am 
for a laugh and a smile :-) 

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Resident Clubhouse Pool

What is behind the fence?

Tree Huggers

This looks like a good effort to protect our trees from the worst drivers. Corners are hazardous. Perhaps there is an opportunity for artistic endeavours as well.

Monday, October 6, 2014

Comcast XFINITY WiFi: Just say No

from Michael Horowitz at COMPUTER WORLD, an educational blog, heavy on facts.

"Here I will cover the obvious downsides to the service ...

Focused on Defensive Computing as I am, XFINITY WiFi seems like a bad idea for Comcast customers, both those offering the free Wi-Fi on their routers and those using the system away from home. If you read this entire article to the end (warning: it's long), I am sure you will agree."

I found it scary in many ways. Comcast is already publishing the addresses of CV wifi spots.  It is easy for bad guys to get automatically signed in, do something illegal, and an innocent Comcast customer is in for all kinds of hell.  
Note: I would trust Michael H. far more than a salesman.

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Dressing Well, for Men Only

Try  recommendations of wardrobe items specific for your lifestyle.  Note: sometimes you have to scroll down to see results and entire list of clothes, rather than store sales pitches.
Get your guayabera on!

Saturday, October 4, 2014

Yard Sale Tiara

Look what'all I got at the Sussex B yard sale this morning.  
I always wanted a crown, sorry granddaughter.

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Chili Cookoff and Country Music

Thursdays, 6:00-9:00 pm
West Palm Beach Waterfront
               featuring CADILLAC BLUE/Country
               (special hours: 6:00-10:00 pm)
OCT 23    SPRED THE DUB/Reggae
               featuring RIVERDOWN/Rock
               with costume contests, trick-or-treating, hayrides & more!
               (special hours: 6:00-10:00 pm)
Thursdays, 6:00-9:00 p.m. 
on the Waterfront Commons
Downtown West Palm Beach

For more information:  561/822.1515