One old age problem solved? How not to lose my cane.

I have more than one of the many problems of old age. I am forgetful and I often find a solution after I need it instead of before. Case in point:

Last week I had to get my hearing aids adjusted because I couldn’t hear any conversation across a table. The doctor’s office is several miles from my home. (She moved from a convenient office to one much further away.) Since I had to go right past two stores that I needed to visit I decided to stop on the way home.

The first one was JoAnn’s, where I bought some yarn for the afghans I am currently working on.
The second place was Farmer John’s to pick up some pastries for the group I was going to host the next day. It was my turn to have 9 ladies at my house to play cards. As it was late afternoon, the parking lot at Farmer John’s was filled. I had to park quite a ways from the store so I decided to take my cane for support. I got the goodies and checked out. But I didn’t have a bag so I took the cart back to my car, put the pastries in the trunk and drove off, leaving my cane hanging on the cart. I was almost home when I realized what I had done. Too late to go back and I was tired.  Anyway I thought someone might have just taken it.  So I thought it was probably lost.

Both of my daughters told me to call the store. Maybe they picked up the cane when they collected the carts from the parking lot. But I was busy with the card group and didn’t call them. I just felt stupid. But then I thought, why not? The worst news would be they don’t have it. So I called, and it was in their office.

I picked it up the next day and I now have a little sticky, “CANE”, on my dashboard. I cannot drive away unless my cane is on the front seat of my car and I can see it.

Why do I find a solution after I need it instead of before?

One Man’s Experience With Home Security

A very interesting informative article was just posted on Dick Eastman’s web site.  Eastman’s site is mainly devoted to genealogy information, but this article is about home security and how one man found the perfect solution for his home after a disastrous experience with an expensive system. The security system he now uses is much less expensive, more user friendly and much more effective.  It’s worth a look if you would like to equip your home with a security system that really works.

The URL for the article is log.eogn.com/eastmans_online_genealogy/2013/01/installing-a-do-it-yourself-home-security-system-1.html.

 

My Computer was Hacked!

My computer was hacked into the other day.  I was unable to open any of my normal web sites including my bank account, my credit card accounts, my Etsy site and my blog, Mizmlu’s Creatives.  I had no idea what had happened and did not know how to fix it.  So I called my computer expert, my daughter, Circe, who rescued me.  She was with a client and had me perform certain functions while she watched, to see what had happened and if I could fix it by following her instructions.  Turns out she confirmed that it was hacked into and the hacker had closed down all the relevant sites.  She was unable to do anything until she was finished with the client.  So then she logged into my computer from where she was, which I think is a magnificent option for her to be able to use.

 

It took her about 2 hours to complete the inspection and clean up all the garbage that the hacker had installed.  She then advised me to change all my passwords that related to any financial purpose.  That’s not as easy as it sounds.  Changing the one for the bank was the most difficult.  I had to identify myself in several ways so that they could be assured that I was who I said I was.  I approve of that even though it was time consuming.  I don’t want my password changed without my consent.

 

I rather liked my old password.  But now I had to come up with something I could remember and each one of the four I changed had different conditions.  Some needed a capital letter, others would not accept a punctuation mark or symbol.  I finally made up a password that consisted of 2 numbers, 6 letters and 2 more numbers.  Each time I entered the new password I was informed that it was a strong one.  That made me feel better.

 

There was an interesting article in the April issue of the AARP bulletin.  It dealt with the worst passwords people choose.  The most popular password is “password”.  No kidding.  It’s also the one most easily hacked.  Some suggestions were to use at least 12 keystrokes.  (I used only 10), use a combination of upper and lowercase letters, spaces, underscores and symbols.  Another tip is to pick a favorite TV show, movie, or a food you like, but with misspellings, symbols, or numbers.

 

The author suggested to gauge password protection, go to Microsoft.com/security and select “Create Strong Passwords.”  It’s worth taking the time to do this.  If you get hacked and want to reach my daughter at pctechsonline.com, or some other computer consultant, it will cost you at least $250.    Contact me if you have any questions.