Unplugged

Tonight I did something I haven’t done in years.

I unplugged the phone.

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Why backups are important…

and I am not just talking about backing up your data.  I am talking about having backup plans for emergencies.  And now that some time has passed I can talk about Hurricane Sandy and some of the terrible things that went wrong in New York and New Jersey.

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Election season is almost over (hopefully)

Kelly and I have been getting phone calls from different pollsters and phone banks and so we are just avoiding them as much as possible.  Thank God for caller ID.  I love the people who block their number so “000-000-0000” shows up.  Who in their right mind would answer that?

Anyway, here’s a public service announcement from Chris Rock that is geared towards undecided white voters.

-Geoff

Some good old fashioned Phone Phreaking

Those of you who call our home number (not the numbers on our resume and not one I will post here) may notice something different about our voice mail.  We’ve changed the message to make it a deterrent to auto-dialers and telemarketers.

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Looks like I will have no phone for a while

Well, as Kelly mentioned yesterday, I lost my phone.  I am still not entirely sure if it was accidentally dropped and some random person picked it up or if it was actually stolen, but I did file a report with the Boston Police Department.  The security software I installed was working properly, as we were able to keep the person who got it from using it.  Plus we were able to track it, which was somewhat helpful but also a little annoying.   Tracking does not help if the updates are only every five minutes (or otherwise intermittent) and if you are in a very crowded area (which I was).  So even though there were times I was literally within 25 yards of it, maybe 10 yards, I could not find it or the person who had it.  And the BPD were just not that interested in helping me recover it, which is just annoying.  At any rate the battery is probably run down now and I doubt I am getting it back.  So until I can get a new phone for next to nothing (June 9th at the earliest) I will have no cell phone.  So please don’t call it. 

– Geoff