Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Facebooks "Most Used Words" And Other Apps Are Privacy Nightmares

Facebook Apps Are Privacy Nightmares

When you see a cool, new feature, function of toy on Facebook pop up, do you head right on over and try it? Have you given it any thought as to why they make apps for you on FB? Or why they want access to your account?  Have you wondered what happens when you give those apps permissions to access your account, what really happens?

Maybe you should.

Every time you give an app permission to access your account, you are also giving permission for that app to not only peruse your account, but they also ping off your account into your friends accounts, regardless of their own set of permissions.

And now there's news on the street that the "Most used Words" Facebook app is causing what is called a "privacy nightmare."

17 million users have started the app and and folks are realizing as they take these dumb ass tests that they are so inclined to enjoy, that they are giving up a ton of personal information to an unknown third party, like their name, sex, friends list, and everything you have ever liked on Facebook. And don't forget, with you having given them permission, they can also access your photos.

Monday, November 23, 2015

Turning Off "Your Memories on Facebook"

Turning Off "Your Memories on Facebook"

See update below:

In this post I tackle the issue of "turning off" my Facebook Memory reminders that we keep getting shoved in our faces. Whether we want them to or not. It's not so much a 'turn off' as it is a filter the hell out of my feed mode. You'll see. If you want to read my total experience, keep reading, so see how I got to turning off Facebook Memories fix. If you don't have a ton of time, skip past the page break to the headline in mid-secion....


A while ago I started getting these bullshit messages that "We care about you" from Facebook showing me images from the past. At first, since they were showing up every few days at best, I didn't care.

But I made the fatal mistake of clicking in the upper right corner of one of them and chose "Show me fewer of these posts." Now I'm getting them every day.

Other reports say when you click the 'X' a new one replaces it.

WTF Facebook?

Then I went in and turned off "On This Day," and by all reviews of my account, it is off. But my reminders keep coming.

To be honest Facebook, if you CARED, you would actually turn this shit off instead of showing us outdated crap we already forgot about. My favorite is having my memorial to my dead dog getting shoved in my face.

Friday, November 20, 2015

Recalls From "Family Dollar,' GE, PNY, 'Shark Ninja' and more

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Family Dollar Recalls Wax Warmers Due to Fire and Burn Hazards

The wax warmers can produce high flames, posing fire and burn hazards to consumers.

Contact: Family Dollar stores at 800-547-0359 from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday or online at, then click on Product Recalls in the Help section at the bottom of the page.

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Fireworks Over America Recalls Space Monkey Multi-effect Fireworks Due to Burn, Fire, Impact Hazards

Contact: Fireworks Over America at 800-345-3957 Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. CT or online at and click on Important Safety Recall for more information.

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GE Recalls 'GE Zoneline® Air Conditioners and Heating Units' Due to Risk of Fire

Contact:  GE toll free at 866-723-2697 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, online at or and click the Recall Information tab for more information.

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Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Samsung GALAXY S6: I Figured Out How To Turn Off Select Blinking LED Indicators

SAMSUNG Galazy S6 - figured out the LEDs

I have had my Samsung Galaxy S6 for a few weeks now, after having divested myself of a huge POS Motorola phone. But as I became acclimated with my Galaxy S6, I started wanting to customize it to my own liking. In this case, I wanted to kill the flashing LED lights. I don't need them.

But as I cruised the web it seemed that everyone was saying that you can either turn all the LED lights off or none, and that there was no selective service to pick and choose which LED notification to smite on the S6.

But I think I figured out how to block certain LEDs from winking at me.

I went to

'Settings,' then

'Sound and notification.'

Under there, I opened up 'App notifications.'

Monday, November 16, 2015

15 Things I Hate About My 'Ford F-150'

Last year, after driving the same truck for 20 years, I bought a new Ford F-150. Boy have things changed over the years. And some of those are fairly frustrating.

DISCLAIMER: I love my Ford F-150. Always will. But here are some constructive observations to be aware of if you're going to find yourself buying a new vehicle, for whatever reason.

SO remember, these observations are from a base-package truck.

#1: When going to buy a vehicle from a dealership be prepared ahead of time in knowing exactly what you want and what you don't need or want. It's too easy to get talked into wanting more stuff on the list of things you're getting. But one thing leads to another and another... etc. 

#2: When you buy the minimum package, it almost feels like some of the products in the truck, radio, dash, other functions, HAD to have cost more to dumb down than to leave them with all the bells and whistles. Sheesh. 

#3: The '911 Assist' annoyance: When I first had my truck, I'd turn it on and then the radio. About 15 to 30 seconds later whatever was playing on the radio would get interrupted with my truck telling me I have not set up the '911 assist' yet. Would you like to do it now? Apparently it can't read my middle finger.

But then I figured out how to disable this alert. But my definition of disable is VERY different from Ford's.

Using GOOGLE MAPS To Check Tomorrow's Traffic Conditions

I don't know if you knew this but you can check on Google Maps (on the desktop) to predict the traffic of where ever you are going for the next day and what time on that day.

TO be honest, I don't use this feature that often, but here's what I do if I happen to need to know what the traffic might be like on a Monday morning, at 7am, from where I live to a destination:

Google Maps directions for Next Day

-Bring up Google Maps (On the desktop);

-Type in your destination in the standard search window;

-Click on 'Directions;'

-Put in your starting location in the ensuing search window;

-Hit enter and you'll see the present driving time.

Sunday, November 15, 2015

Recalls: Dishwashers, Build A Bear, Cribs, High Chairs, Riding Toys and more

Today's recalls involve Deadly Bed Handles, Cribs, Tree Stands, Dishwashers, Build a Bear, High Chairs, Adhesive Removers, & Ride-On Toys.


Bed Handles Inc. Reannounces Recall of Adult Portable Bed Handles Following Report of Fourth Entrapment Death; Less Than 1% Response Rate to Recall

Name of Product: Portable bed handles

When attached to an adult’s bed without the use of safety retention straps, the handle can shift out of place, creating a dangerous gap between the bed handle and the side of the mattress. This poses a serious risk of entrapment, strangulation and death.

Contact: Bed Handles Inc. at 800-725-6903 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. CT Monday through Friday, or online at and click on Recall Information at the bottom of the page for more information.

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Bexco Expands Recall of DaVinci Brand Cribs Due to Entrapment, Fall and Laceration Hazards

{A metal bracket that connects the mattress support to the crib can break, creating an uneven sleeping surface or a gap. If this occurs, a baby can become entrapped in the crib, fall or suffer lacerations from the broken metal bracket.

Consumer Contact: DaVinci toll-free at 888-673-6652 from 8:30 a.m. to 5:15 p.m. PT Monday through Friday. Consumers can also visit or and click on “Safety Recall” for more information.}

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Veteran's Day 2015 Freebies and Discounts

Check out what military veterans can look forward to on Veteran's Day.  Some offers include active, retired and families of, so make sure your about the details of the offer at your local location: - 20% off of select apparel (Amazon's Home Page )



Bed, Bath & Beyond - 20% off

California Pizza Kitchen

Chili’s Free Meal

Claim Jumper Free Meal

Cracker Barrel Old Country Store

Dell - 15% off

Denny’s All You Can Eat Pancakes

Golden Corral

Great Clips Free Haircut

Thursday, November 5, 2015

Recalls: Ikea, Pacifiers, Rite Aid, Merck, Philips Halogen Bulbs and More...

Here's a shocking recall:

IKEA Recalls Children’s Nightlight Due to Electrical Shock Hazard

PATRULL Nightlight

Hazard: The nightlight’s plastic covering can detach and expose electrical components, posing an electrical shock hazard.

Remedy: Refund

Consumers should immediately stop using and unplug the recalled product and contact IKEA for a full refund.

Consumer Contact: IKEA toll-free at 888-966-4532 anytime or online at and click on Press Room at the bottom of the page then Product Recalls at the top of the page for more information.

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This sucks:

Chewbeads Recalls Pacifier Clips Due to Choking Hazard

The “D” ring on the pacifier clip can break, allowing beads to detach, posing a choking hazard.

Remedy: Replace, Refund

Consumers should immediately take these recalled pacifier clips away from young children and contact Chewbeads for a free replacement pacifier clip or a refund of the purchase price.

Contact Chewbeads Inc. toll-free at 888-786-7790 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, email at or online at and click on the Product Recall link at the bottom of the page for more information. 

Friday, October 2, 2015

PEEPLE Isn't A Bad Idea, But It Will Have Horrible Implications

What do you think of this new PEEPLE review app?

This PEEPLE app is getting a lot of attention even though it is not due out for another month. Folks are freaking out that it's bad enough how you get treated in real life, but to suddenly find yourself reduced to a mere five-star scale entity seems heartless.

But hey, either the creators are heartless or think they have a great idea. Though I'm not sure how being rated by an app can outdo a resume and great references.

But here is what I see, will be the flaws of this priceless app:


For one, any website that has a rating system will always be plagued by shills and trolls who have nothing better to do with their sorry-ass lives than bash and down-vote things on the slightest whim.

I've seen websites kill their rating systems just because of that. One website I used to visit even had vanity-laced admins who would down-vote your posts if you came anywhere near close to criticizing them or their own posts.

So ratings are at the whim of the users moods.



Speaking of "ratings at the whim," how do you think this will go for people when they are part of a group that has its distinct clicks. And if one click has a powerful influence, how these reviews or ratings will go?