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RING Issues

Ring Pro Confidence

At first, the RING doorbell looked like it would do exactly what I expected. Be there to monitor activity at my front door. But it has fallen seriously short of expectation in only the first week since installation.

The hardware is fine. It works. The problem is the Internet servers used by RING to process and store the video. On the afternoon of October 31 (Halloween eve) the servers quit working. The error messages made it look like it was my hardware. I checked with my son who has a RING installation miles away and his system was off-line also. It was not my hardware.

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Facebook Does It Again

Built on the Love Canal

I just quit Facebook for the third time. Maybe the charm? Possibly forever.

I was browsing some pictures in the main column of Facebook.

A full screen computer takeover warning popped up with loud audio voice over. “Don’t try to quit!” “Don’t shut down your computer.” “You will lose all your personal files if you do.” We have taken control of everything.” Listen to the following to unlock your… “

I killed everything and rebooted the computer. Then I forced WIN10 to do a security scan. Nothing found. I am hoping it was a fake alarm, but no way do I know that. I […] Continue reading » Facebook Does It Again

Hurricane Irma

How much can you say about a natural phenomenon like weather? Not enough it seems if you are a news channel. It certainly gives the media something to do when it is bad weather. It’s good they are doing their duty. It IS important.

However, weather prediction is not an accurate science. It’s an educated guess, mostly. That’s why there are dozens of “tracks” where a storm like Irma MAY be going to travel. But the storm is not paying attention to those predictions.

When there is a dangerous situation, people must make decisions. In the case of Irma, it is a stay or flee choice. It is still […] Continue reading » Hurricane Irma

Can I Write?

I have a couple of old co-worker friends who have taken to writing books. I’ll call them Wayne and Joe. I have recently read their new books. These are people into their 60’s. Younger than I, now pushing past seven decades. None of them are trained English writing majors. Neither am I. It has me wondering if there is anything I am missing here…

I can’t say they are on the top ten best sellers list. I am sure they are not. But I think the reasons for publishing are similar to why I post on so many blogs. I can see the hits and tell what is being […] Continue reading » Can I Write?

Phony Marketing

The sad part of all my residential phone line hassle is that I have almost no personal need to use it. It has become entirely a direct marketing communication resource for solicitors to harass people (me) to purchase things not needed or wanted. A cell phone now fulfills my meager personal communication needs.

There will never be a viable phone industry “no solicitors” list on residential phone calls because there is no outside way to enforce it. Cell phones were once a sacred “no solicitation” refuge but that has been broken too. Personal attention to Caller ID is the only viable remedy.

I had an unlisted (private) residential land […] Continue reading » Phony Marketing