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The US Post Office Website SUCKS

I haven’t used the USPS.Com Click and ship for a while. I have a system that allows me to assign a unique password to each online site I use. However, the USPS idiot programmers decided that they would require at least one letter to be uppercase and one to be lower case. Somehow the password algo I use is not providing the correct password to access the site. Then I figured I would just reset the password.

OK..

Now I tried to get back into the site.  It has one of those asinine ‘secret questions’. ANY IDIOT WHO DESIGNS A SITE USING SECRET QUESTIONS SHOULD BE FIRED, TARRED, FEATHERED AND NEVER ALLOWED TO TOUCH A COMPUTER AGAIN. This is especially true when they refuse to give you the “Create your own question” option. Continue reading

Insanity – Philadelphia is requiring bloggers to have a license.

The Washington Examiner has an article about the City of Philadelphia requiring bloggers to have a $300 business license. This is absolutely insane. Supposedly the city is so cash strapped that it is imposing onerous and expensive business licensing requirements on someone who is making a couple of bucks a year with a blog running adsense.

The insanity of this is that Philadelphia is totally mismanaged. The Philadelphia Housing Director, Carl Greene is pulling in over 300K per year. Green has had NUMEROUS sexual harrasment charges levelled against him resulting in his losing two lawsuits and several out of court settlements. Yet the supposedly cash strapped city finds the money to pay this guy 300k per year. Perhaps they are trying to drive bloggers out of business to prevent them from airing the city’s filthy, disgusting dirty laundry.  HEY PHILADELPHIA – Fire Green and you can forget about harrassing bloggers. Continue reading

Can your car dealer remotely kill your car??

Apparently some car dealers install packages that allow them to remotely disable your car, honk the horn or do other mischief. A disgruntled employee hacked into the web based system that allows them to remotely disable a car’s ignition or cause the horn to continue honking.

http://www.wired.com/threatlevel/2010/03/hacker-bricks-cars/ Continue reading

Norton Internet Security now dies when your subscription ends

My Norton Internet Security has been bugging me to renew. I wasn’t worried because my past experience was that it would continue to run after the end of the subscription which gave me a couple of days leeway.

However, when I booted one of my machines today I noticed that Norton simply stops working when the subscription expires. In other words, you apparently lose all of your protection. Continue reading

Quickbooks Registration Process. What a pain

I purchased a copy of Quickbooks 2009. Intuit has changed the activation process. After you register the software, it comes up and tells you you have to call in for the activation code.

So, I called the 800 number. It’s a good thing I didn’t try to do this at night or on a weekend as they are not 24×7. When I called in I had to listed to some pre-recorded advertising for various quickbooks add ons. Continue reading

I heard a radio advertisor telling people to email their credit card info to him

I was listening to home improvement show on the radio today. The guest told customers that they could purchase his priducts by emailing their name address and complete credit card information including their ccv. He was using a verizon email address.

If this isn’t a disaster waiting to happen, I don’t know what is. I’m sure that the guest was legitimate and was not running a scam. However, email is horribly unsecure. Continue reading

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