I.T. Blog: Speak Softly and Carry a Big Mouse

The I.T. world is facing a revolutionizing shift.  The power is being given to the end user.  With the advent of mobile devices running rampant from 3 different vendors (Microsoft, Google, and Apple).  The three tech giants are competing over 1 thing!  Giving the users what they want!   However, who is left to protect them…from themselves???   is it I.T.?

Do you recall the adage “give them enough rope and let them hang themselves”?  Well!  This is very true in our current technology realm.  I must warn you that there are many miscreants waiting on the sidelines waiting for you to make a mistake with your technology device.

Yesterday, I seen a post on a Facebook group I am a member of “Redkey Resale”.  This post (from an attractive young lady) had posted adult novelties for sale under a rouge account (it was deleted after about an hour).  However, I trolled the site and watched more than 20 people complain to the poster about the vulgarity of their post.  Not a person realized that the account on Facebook was fictitious and that it was probably conjured by a person that wasn’t even the same country!  Time and time again there were posts that said if you click on the link it makes you log in to Facebook again.  Which means they were sending their log on credentials to the person who owned the account, who setup a page to look like a Facebook log in page.  It was like watching a train wreck.  The ‘trusting’ residents in the group were blindly walking into a sand-trap.  I felt powerless to protect them.  If I posted on the forum there was so many people flaming the vulgarity of the post that my threads were immediately sent into a place where nobody could see them.  So my question….Who’s job is it to protect them?

Another scenario:  Twice this month I have been called for ‘after hours’ consulting, where users were allegedly “Called by Microsoft” and told they have vulnerabilities.  I know, This sounds ridiculous if you are under 30 years old, but the two elderly people that fell for this were from a generation where this type of service was not unusual.

I’m pretty sure Deb wanted coupons from a coupon site, and she filled out her personal information (including phone number) to become a member of this coupon site.  She then received a call from a rouge agent (pretending to by Microsoft) and thereafter let them remote into her computer by coaching her to go to their website.  She gave the gentleman caller (for lack of a better term) full access to her computer.  He then installed a program that showed her that she had issues and then she paid him nearly $300!!  If this isn’t bad enough the ‘gentleman caller’ left her computer with a keyboard logger.  So all passwords and social security numbers typed on her computer were sent to via email to him on a weekly basis!!  My question is… How could I protect her?

It’s a perplexing question that I’m struggling with.  I.T. folks are becoming a large source of responsibility, but we are losing a large portion of our power.  The power is transferring to the users.  The device makers are forced to give them the flexibility they demand.

Cocoa the Wonder Puppy

There is a new sound (and smell ) around the Weaver house.  We have adopted a new puppy!

There isn't anything wrong with his eye.  The camera just happened to catch him winking.

There isn’t anything wrong with his eye. The camera just happened to catch him winking.

On New Year’s day we did our yearly goal planning as a family and we determined that we wanted to get a puppy this summer to train while the kids were out on summer break.  We also determined in February that we wanted to try to get a chocolate lab.

I was out in the country working in my boat this Saturday, and this adorable brown blur was jumping on my leg.  It was love at first sight.  I immediately told Bill (home owner) that this was a beautiful dog, and he immediately replied “take him home with you, he showed up 2 weeks ago on my front porch.  Someone must’ve dropped him off.  I get dogs all the time, but eventually they get out on the road and they get killed.”

I knew right away I had to take pictures and show the family.  After about an hour of deliberation (including a visit from my mom and dad).  We had made a decision.  Kaelyn, Bud-Dude, and I went out to pick up the puppy on one condition.  We needed to make sure he didn’t get car sick.  So we drove around for an hour, and he traveled perfectly.

So now my house is riddled with ‘squeak’ toys, bones, and ropes.  He is a fun loving dog, without a hint of aggressiveness.  Kismet hasn’t taken to him yet, but she is old (12) and set in her ways.  He’s just a little high strung for her taste.

We have a lot of work in front of us.  The current training goals are:

  1. Potty training (he currently is getting an ‘F’)
  2. Teach him not to jump up on people (also in the ‘F’ category)

Cocao_Front

Cocoa_Jeff

I think Cocos is mostly a lab with a bit of blue tick in him, does anybody notice in other breeds?  My father is happy we rescued a dog rather than purchasing one from a puppy farm.  I had planned on purchasing one, but that was before a seen Cocoa, the wonder puppy!

My Christmas List

Matt’s X-mas List

  1. Ties – must be extra long
  2. Cologne – spray – (Very Sexy, Nautica Blue, CoolWater)
  3. Call of Duty – Black Ops 2
  4. Gift certificate to Marshall’s / TJ Max
  5. Lounge pants : XXLT  (for running around the house)
  6. License plate for the front of my car (Black with white lettering)
  7. Tokens for SuperWash
  8. Dress Shirts size neck 20 length 38/39  (they are hard to find – 20 37/38 does not work)
  9. Sweatpants or jogging pants size XXLT
  10. Rechargeable packs for xbox 360 controllers (so we don’t have to use batteries)
    1. http://www.amazon.com/WOWparts-Xbox-360-Rechargeable-Battery-Charging/dp/B007MJSZDQ
    2. charging
  11. Weekend at Bernie’s – the movie
  12. Turkey jerky @ Duane ;-)
  13. House slippers (size 14)
  14. New pillows (memory foam would be awesome)

Steed’s Heating & Cooling – Thank you

I would like to publicly thank Mathias Steed for rescuing my family on a Saturday morning, from freezing to death!

Ok, so not really!  We woke up a little chilly on Saturday morning, and our heater wasn’t working well.  I called up Mathias and less than an hour later, our heater had never worked better…. Thank you!

Steeds Heating and Cooling
121 East Center Street
Dunkirk, Indiana 47336

Phone number : (260)251-1511
email address   : steed1021@gmail.com

The middle class war — health insurance

This is not a political rant!

Yes / No  (circle one) :  Is your spouse able to receive health insurance coverage through his/her employer?

In the past year many insurance companies are forcing the covered employees to have their spouses covered by their own employer’s health insurance offerings, regardless of which one is better.  This policy is the single most counter productive policy that insurance companies have put into place since the infamous “pre-existing condition” clause.

First let us analyze what this does to working class families.  It more than doubles the amount of health care premiums a family has been paying in years prior to the policy, but it also doubles the amount of the deductible and ‘out of pocket’ expenses on a single family.

This policy alone is targeting the middle class families with hard working parents.  Let me explain in detail.  The upper class (executive) families typically have a stay-at-home mother who doesn’t have this option available since she is not employed (I don’t want to misconstrue the facts, stay-at-home mothers work very hard).

What this policy would do for my family: We would be forced to have my wife quit her job and stay at home.  She currently works for medical coverage and her take-home pay hardly covers the cost of childcare and gas.  So if her company opts to take this policy she would have to resign her post and I would be forced to take the family health insurance policy from my employer.

I don’t understand why this policy is legal!  Also, I don’t understand why the middle class is not fighting it!  They will fight for a  tax reduction, but they won’t fight for a 100% healthcare increase, in which the average american household (/w 2 children) pays over $2500 per year on healthcare premiums /w deductible.

Families that have been forced to have “dual-spouse” healthcare are paying nearly $5,000 per year to accommodate for this policy.  Conversely, the tax reduction currently on the table only affects the average american by costing the American family $1300 per year.

Attention middle class families with two working parents!  If your family is not affected yet…. just wait…. it’s coming!

We really need to figure out how to come together and make a difference. I’m growing weary of the middle class always holding up the tent.  Just for once I want to sit and watch the circus myself :-) .

WJCC — Volleyball Schedule

Overdue items error in Sharepoint 2007 budgeting and tracking multiple projects template

Caution: Humblebrag below!

Project dashboard error in Sharepoint 2007 budget and project tracking module.  The overdue tasks are coded incorrectly in the web part.

There wasn’t any overdue tasks in the Overdue Items list, but when you looked on the dashboard the projects were critical and showing overdue tasks.

Bad Microsoft!!!  Bad!

I went into the web part editor (XSL code) and I found innapropriate logic!

(substring-before(@DueDate,’-’) < substring-before(ddwrt:TodayIso(),’-’)
or
substring(@DueDate,6,2) < substring(ddwrt:TodayIso(),6,2)
or
substring(@DueDate,9,2) < substring(ddwrt:TodayIso(),9,2))]) < 5″>

This logic divides the DateTime (e.g.: “2012-6-27T12:00:000”) into Year (2012), Month (6) and Day (27)

then it compares with today’s Year, Month and Day separately.

Which means if either condition is true, the task is overdue.

Bad Microsoft.

Here is how I fixed it:

Replace all instances of the following code:

(substring-before(@DueDate,’-’) < substring-before(ddwrt:TodayIso(),’-’)
                                                   or
                                                   substring(@DueDate,6,2) < substring(ddwrt:TodayIso(),6,2)
                                                   or
                                                   substring(@DueDate,9,2) < substring(ddwrt:TodayIso(),9,2))]

with

number(translate(substring-before(@DueDate,’T’), ‘-’, ”)) < number(translate(substring-before(ddwrt:TodayIso(), ‘T’), ‘-’, ”))]

I have to finish by saying that it feels really good to fix Microsoft code!  Hope this helps

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