The folks that live next door to me are as nice as they come. They watch our house while we’re gone, bring over cookies and holiday gifts and even bought a bucket of toys for our new puppy. I figure that they are representative of most of the people that everyone knows. At least I hope so. Continue reading “The Package Nobody Ordered”
If you shop at the Amazon web site, this Amazon horror story will – and should – shock you. With a simple online chat this user’s account was hacked, his personal information was revealed and his life turned upside-down. What’s even more gut-wrenching is that the victim here is no slouch … this guy is a website developer, took extreme precautions to protect his identity and was generally smarter about cybersecurity matters than 99.999% of us. Continue reading “Amazon Horror Story Prompts Email Address Action”
Any economist will tell you that motivation to do – or not to do – things is based on a simple theory: incentives. Give someone enough money or enough alternate incentive and they’ll be motivated to do something (or not). It’s simple.
Odysseus, you see, had the idea to build a wooden horse. The horse, a symbol of the city of Troy, was left outside of the city’s impenetrable gates. The same gates which had kept the Greeks at bay for ten years. The people of Troy – Trojans – seeing it and thinking it a gift of conciliation from the Greeks, couldn’t resist bringing it inside the gates as a trophy. Continue reading “The Trojan Horse In Your Pocket”
Most times I’m asleep before takeoff. The routine, honed after 20+ years of heavy traveling and more than two million miles in the air, is more a result of muscle memory than thought. Backpack stored in overhead – check. Newspaper and reading materials folder in seat-back pocket – check. Earbuds firmly inserted to block noise and memorized announcements – check. Turn off phone – check. Wake-up when drink cart rolls down the aisle – check. Continue reading “Sky High Wifi”