A New Way to Trick You

Be careful, be aware.  There’s a new device out there to trap you into purchasing something you don’t want and didn’t authorize.  The telemarketers are using a  new system to get you.  It’s the simple word, “yes”.  If, during the call, you say “yes” at any time, answering yes, even acknowledging your name, the word is captured and can be used to make a purchase of an item you probably don’t want.

It works so simply, it’s amazing and so easy to trap you into buying something you probably wouldn’t want.  It starts as soon as you pick up the phone to answer the call.  The caller says, “Is this Mrs., or Mr. Jones?”, using your name.  If the caller has your name you naturally say, “Yes.”  That’s the normal response.  And they’ve got you!  With your recorded “Yes” they can copy that word and apply it to the product they are promoting.  You have now accepted the purchase of the item they are selling and will be charged.  You don’t even know it’s happened.

So, be aware.  When the phone rings, let it ring a couple of times, prepare yourself for the possibility that it may not be one of your family or friends. It may be a telemarketer.  Be prepared to pause if they ask “Is this Mrs. or Mr. Jones,” (using your name), do not reply immediately.  If it isn’t someone you know, just hang up. Do not answerJust hang up.  This is a call you don’t want and should not be concerned about being abrupt or discourteous.  You are being careful and smart.

Pass this on to your family and friends.  I heard it on Ch, 7 last night.

Make sure your card gets to your hospitalized friend

Here’s a hint that I never would have thought to do. If you send a get well card to a friend who is in the hospital it might not get to him or her if they are released before the card arrives. In order to make sure the card gets to your friend print their name and home address on the return address space on the envelope. The hospital will send it back to the Post Office who will return it to your friend’s address. Neat idea! Right?

Do You Like Maxine?

This is interesting. I never knew who the creator of Maxine was! This is a summary on how she was created.  And you finally get to meet her creator.

 John Wagner, Hallmark artist since 1970, says Maxine was inspired by his mother, his maiden aunts and his grandmother, the woman who bought him art lessons when ‘fill in the pumpkins’ was about the extent of his art classes at St. John’s Catholic School in Leonia, N.J. 

John remembers doodling as a preschooler and says both his grandmother and his mother encouraged his artistic interests. He eventually attended the Vesper George School of Art in Boston and landed at Hallmark as part of a new artists group. But it was the birth of the humorous Shoebox Greetings (a tiny little division of Hallmark) in 1986 that added a new dimension to John’s professional life. The Shoebox way of seeing the world unleashed his talents and he created Maxine.

Why the name ‘Maxine’? ‘People at Shoebox started referring to the character as ‘John Wagner’s old lady,’ and I knew that would get me into trouble with my wife,’ John says. The Shoebox team had a contest among themselves to name the character and three of the approximately 30 entries suggested ‘Maxine’. John says the name is perfect.

John, who says he’s humbled by such acceptance of Maxine, admits he’s proud of her.

Now you know the story of how Maxine came to be.

 

The Derby

Last year one of my postings was about my oldest daughter, Circe.  She has since enrolled in a writing class.  I am very proud of her and want to share with you her latest timely article.

Sabado © May 2012 Circe Denyer

Holá Mama!

“Mario …”

“Did you get the flowers I sent, Mama?”

“Oh, Sí, Mario. Qué boñita! They are beautiful!”

“I am riding tomorrow, Mama, in the Kentucky Derby.”

“Oh, Mario. On a Sunday… the Sabbath.”

“It is in the evening, Mama. It will not cause me to miss mass.”

“OK, Mario. I will pray for you. Who is this horse you will ride?”

“The horse’s name is “I’ll Have Another”. He is brown and very beautiful. You would like him Mama. He is smart. When I ride him he seems to know exactly what to do.”

“I would like to see this horse win for you Mario.”

“Mama, if it is meant to be…”

“Mario, here is your dad.”

Mario talked with his father about the race tomorrow. As always, he got fatherly advice and a little coaching. After Mario hung up the phone, he remembered the times his father would work with him to teach him to ride. His father used to be a jockey in Veracruz, Mexico. It was there Mario learned to love being a jockey. It was never a momentary ride for Mario. It was a man and an animal becoming one. He felt the horse’s eagerness to run and his readiness to compete. For Mario, it was “vida amorosa”.

His father was farming in Mexico now. Mario would miss him and think of him as he rode tomorrow. He wanted to bring respect and honor to his familia.

Mario remembered how I’ll Have Another moved beneath him in the workouts. He thought about the horse as the sun started to set in his room. He would imagine the ride, the wind and the feeling of crossing the finish line a winner as he closed his eyes to sleep. But what made Mario smile was the reason the horse had that name. “I’ll Have Another” is what owner J. Paul Reddam would say when his wife put away the evening’s cookies. Mario would long for his mother’s baking as he drifted off to sleep.

As the Derby field turns for home and out in front it is Bodemeister. Bodemeister is clear by three lengths now.  Inside the final furlong it is Bodemeister and Mike Smith out in front, I’ll Have Another and Mario Gutierrez now come along side… I’ll Have Another takes the lead in the Derby and up the line and I’ll Have Another wins the derby. The first winning ride for Mario Gutierrez. It was I’ll Have Another for Trainer Doug O’Neill and 25 year old Mario Gutierrez who took Derby 138. –Kentucky Derby May 5, 2012

Two blogs you should read

I love to browse the web.  I will read something and wonder what it means or where to find something I want to buy and get the best deal, or sometimes something just pops into my head and I want to know all there is to know about it.  So I spend some of my valuable time doing unnecessary research, but always find something or someone who intrigues me.   This morning I found two.

 

If you have read my blog you know that my oldest daughter with the ancient name of Circe is a computer genius.  I know about most of her activities but until this morning I didn’t know she had a blog.  I found it and read it.  I highly recommend that you read it too.  She willingly offers free advice on computer problems such as “Why didn’t the person get the email I sent?”  Or, the best way to set up a domain name, and many other problems people have with their computer.  You can read her blog at pctechsonline.com/blog/

 

The other person I found is Neil Patel.  He too is a computer guru and has 140,000 followers, probably because he addresses blogging problems of every nature.  I found his web page very informative and I believe he has a large following because he is a professional and his advice can be trusted.  He taught himself through his many failures how to succeed.  He offers advice and solutions freely.  You’ll find him at quicksprout.com.

 

I think you’ll find that these two professionals have the answer to any problem you may have with your computer.

What is the Source of Your First Name?

Your parents may have given you a name that belonged to another family member, or someone they admired, an unusual name, a combination of other names, or maybe just something they liked.  Now you might be able to find out more information about the name they gave you.

 

I just found a great site I didn’t know about.  It is www.behindthename.com and contains information on the origin of first names, thousands of them.  You click on the first letter of your name and it brings up a list of names.  Scroll down to your name and click on it.  You will see the origin of the name, the various versions of it, the history of the name and sometimes the ranking of the name in the United States and other countries.  Be sure to click on the “Family Tree” and “See All Relations”.  They show fascinating information.

 

My oldest daughter has a name of Greek origin, Circe, and I already knew the history of her name before we gave it to her, but her father’s name, James, came up with a huge amount of history, not unexpected.  I am going to check out the rest of my family and suggest that they research their own name and that of their friends.  It makes for very interesting reading.

I don’t think my daughter would object to the information on her name below.

I would love to hear your comment on this.

 

 

GENDER: FeminineUSAGE: Greek Mythology (Latinized)

OTHER SCRIPTS: Κιρκη (Ancient Greek)

PRONOUNCED: SUR-see (English)   [key]

Meaning & History

Latinized form of Greek Κιρκη (Kirke), which possibly meant “bird”. In Greek mythology Circe was a sorceress who changed Odysseus‘s crew into hogs but was forced by him to change them back.

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Important Genealogy tip

Today’s message is for those of you who are beginning the search for your ancestors.

 

One important thing you must not forget to do.  When you find information or are listing what you know, make a note of where it came from.  If it’s from a book copy the title page, from a film enter the film #, from a relative, make note of the name, from an online reference, note the source.  And include the date that you got the info.  I didn’t do this when I started and later on had to try to find the source, and sometimes couldn’t.   Trust me, sometime down the road you will have to prove your information, so the source becomes important.  It only takes a second or two and you will be glad you did it.

 

I want everyone to enjoy the satisfaction, wonder, delight, frustration and addiction that I have.  So get started and join the addicts.

 

Don’t hesitate to ask me any questions.  If I don’t know the answer, I will do my best to find it for you.  Everyone helps everyone else.  So, don’t be shy.  And check out my CD for beginning genealogists.  It has valuable information you won’t find elsewhere.

Happy hunting.

 

 

HOW TO SECURE YOUR PASSWORD

HOW TO SECURE YOUR PASSWORD

Most of us do some kind of business on the internet. We buy things, we try to find information, we contact others, we do all sorts of things that can endanger our password and allow hackers to find us and thereby destroy our computer with a virus. Why they do this is incomprehensible, but it’s being done constantly. It is unfortunate that we must do whatever we can to prevent their access to our private information. You should change your password often and there are some things you can do to make it more secure.

When people are asked to provide a password for a new account they are usually in the middle of a complex set of questions and just automatically enter the first thing that comes to mind. That might be a pet’s name, a nickname, birthdate or something that they can easily bring back to mind when it’s called for the next time they use that web site.

You can avoid that sort of action by compiling a set of passwords ahead of time that can be used when required. Keep this list in a safe place. Memorizing it is better. The best passwords contain both words and numbers. Do not use a phrase, such as “bemyfriend”. Try to find words that have meaning for you, but do not become a string of words. For instance, dimplebluedinner. They have no connection to each other but may mean something to you. Or change the order, dinnerbluedimple, or misspell any or all of the words. You get the idea. Then add some numbers. The site you are joining will let you know what they require. Some want both upper and lower case letters, numbers and symbols. Try putting a number or punctuation mark between the words. Use a capital letter that is no part of any of the words.

Do not use the same password for every site you join. That’s one of the reasons for the list you create.

The experienced hacker has the tools to find your password and may begin by offering a service or product of some sort. There are tools you can use to avoid opening these offers, but you should just delete those you don’t recognize. If you think you might like the product, go to the company’s web site directly. A reputable company will have a web site.

A hacker will guess some aspect of your life, such as your birthdate. If you google your own name or your spouse’s you may be surprised at what you find. Whatever you have done online in the past is there forever. Any personal information such as relatives found in a death certificate gives the hacker a clue.

Some hackers attempt to sign into your computer using a variety of common words. Every word found is helpful to him. Other more professional hackers have a dictionary of words to try and access your account. They continue to try words and numbers at the rate of 100 per second until they get a hit.

You can prevent this type of search by adding a 5 second delay between each attempt. You can also add a penalty if a person has typed a wrong password more than a certain number of times you choose such as 3.

A hacker who can attack your server 100 times per second is quite persistant so anything you do to prevent this will make it harder for him. Another little hint I suggest is to add one CAPITAL letter and one punctuation mark such as an asterisk in between words or letters. That helps a lot!