Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Recent Recalls To Know About 3-26-14, Canon, Walmart...

PowerShot SX50 camera recall

Of the more recent recalls I've seen in my inbox, I thought I'd pass along a few that seem more important than other, smaller recalls or critical to the safety of the children of our society.

Check out these recalls:

"Canon Recalls to Repair PowerShot SX50 HS Digital Cameras Due to Risk of Allergic Reaction"

The problem here is something about a chemical used on the rubber part of the viewfinders could cause skin or eye irritation.

Contact Canon Customer Support Center toll-free at (855) 226-3277 or visit online at and click on Recalled for Repair for more information.


'Design Ideas' Recalls Magnets Due to Risk of Ingestion

Design Idea  ГТ and Neatli  я Т Rubber Ducky Magnets, and Design Ide  я Т Blowfish and Splat Magnets have small magnets that can easily detach.  The issue is that if the magnets are swallowed by a child, the magnets can stick together inside a child's intestines and clamp onto body tissues, causing intestinal obstructions, perforations, sepsis and death. Internal injury from magnets can pose serious lifelong health effects.

"Contact Design Ideas at (800) 426-6394 or online at and click on АЬSafety Notices and Patents  Э for more information."

GOOGLE NOW New Feature, Helps You Break the Law!

Google Now new feature

I saw a curious piece about how in the next or latest update to Google Now, the android app will now automatically let you know what traffic conditions are like for your drive to work, or wherever you travel to regularly.

It used to be that users would have to manually query Google Now to determine what the traffic on their route it like.

But now, if the 'always-on and watching you' app thinks you're on your way to work, it will now apprise you of any traffic conditions you might want to avoid, hence, you get an early warning.


I Can't Help Myself:

In other news, now more people will be picking up their cell phones to read or hear alerts, while they're driving!

Heads up!  But this goes along the lines of various news and traffic services pitching their live Twitter and Facebook updates to keep you abreast of traffic conditions.  Um?

Where's the collision avoidance app?



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Tuesday, March 25, 2014

MICROSOFT Ditches XP Faithful Users After April 8th, 2014

MICROSOFT Will STOP supporting Windows XP After April 8th, 2014

Nothing says we don't give a s*** about you more than when a major software maker decides to stop supporting something you've become accustomed to.  And that software maker is Microsoft, and that something is Windows XP.

{DYK:  Did you know that XP is estimated to be on 30% of all desktops in the world? Or around 30 million U.S. computers. }

Beginning, well, ending on April 8th of this year, Microsoft will stop supporting the XP platform and will no longer continue to provide any kind of security patches for XP.

They feel that they've already overextended the life-cycle of the OS.

Now if you're a major employer, they're being forced to update or upgrade all their computers from XP to the latest Microsoft operating system product.  The reason they need to do this is because any XP based computer is "considered high risk for intrusion."

Which means larger targets for the aHoles that send out viruses, spyware and other malicious code.

And if you work in a moderately forward thinking or proactive organization, they'll be blocking or prohibiting XP machines from connecting to their networks.

But what does this mean for the little guy?  Much actually.

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Review: 2XU Run and HeadSweats Velocity Visors

Review: 2XU Run Visor

I just ordered a few visors for running, or so I thought. They finally arrived and I get to try them out.  One of the visors I had ordered was the 2XU Run Visor.  It's a one-size-fits-all hat.

I mainly sweat from my head, so it's pretty important that I have decent gear to catch what might drip down my face, over and into my eyes or dribble down the side of my head.


I've been a stalwart wearer of Headsweats Velocity Visors, because the one I have now presses/fits across my forehead and absorbs the sweat that comes out of my brain zone.

But the latest versions of the Velocity model that I've tried no longer touch my forehead.  The material over the bill now branches up and off my head, leaving very a very small contact patch for the hat material to do its job.

Plus, in some cases, pointing straight up, they look incredibly stupid.

Observation: I've noticed that HeadSweats now only offers them in three colors, which is sort of a clue to me (maybe) they're not supporting them as much as other hat models and I expect them to either discontinue making them or scale way, way back.  (I've put in an email to them and I'll update this post if I get an answer>)

Tuesday, March 18, 2014


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Friday, March 14, 2014

It's Tax Time, And It's Also PHONE SCAM Time

IRS tax scam warnings

Hey my faithful readers, um, all five of you... since most of you, whether you follow this site or get my email subscription, I know that you're all pretty smart folk, so I doubt I need to say this, but for the happenstance wayward web surfer who lands upon this post/page, well, I would be remiss if I did not toss out a warning about the phone scams going on.


Phone scams are the quickest way to get tricked by evildoers.

They call claiming to be the IRS and one of the issues they'll toss out is that you owe money.  They'll go so far as to threaten legal actions like arrest, license suspension, deportation and other seriously scary threats that are designed to prompt you to panic and take immediate and unthoughtful actionsThis is where you stay calm, very Jedi-like, and say to yourself, hey, I think Bruce's Consumer Bits mentioned something like this.

That's the trick... the emotional impact of the IRS making legal threats.

The well organized phone scam will have a second call come in to you claiming to be local law enforcement.

Or, on the other end of the emotional spectrum, is that call saying they have a huge refund waiting for you.  But first, all they need is pretty much all your financial information like ssn, bank account #'s, etc..

How To Beat These Phone Scams:

No matter how scared or how exciting a phone call can be, ask the person for their name and office location. NOT THEIR PHONE number.  Tell them you'll call them right back.

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Motorola Droid RAZR M : Pushing Me To The Dark Side

Motorola Droid RAZR M : Pushing Me To The Dark Side
As time goes on, my Motorola (spelled Google Owned) Droid RAZR M is testing me day and night.  When the phone came out of the box, as always, it was a sharp little phone.  But with each passing major update, something starts to go awry.  In my case, the capabilities of the on board camera ALWAYS start to degrade with updates.  (This isn't my first Motorola rodeo.)

And of late, the camera is getting slower and slower to respond to pressing the shutter button.

I've waited somewhere between 5 and 7 seconds for the camera to capture an image from the time I pressed the button.  By then, the grass is longer than it was when I wanted to take a picture.

My wife's Droid is starting to act the same way, and a few other folks I know are saying the same thing about their Motorola products.  I smell something here!

Now, the phone is getting slower to respond to waking up.  At this rate, I'm going to miss the tortoise race crossing my path!

And this week, my wireless connector is turning white once or twice a day, cutting me off from my wireless hub at home.  I have to jazz it up by re-syncing the connection, forgetting and reattaching to it, or what not.  But it's just one more in a long line of issues starting to crop up with my Motorola phone from Google.

The last time a product pissed me off, it was the Samsung Omnia "smart" phone.  It was such a horrible venture into the field of smartphones, that I swore of Samsung.  No, not just Samsung phones, but ALL Samsung products, period.

X-FILE Report? The Mystery of Malaysia Flight 370

This is crazy and it's most likely, going to be a sad explanation once the mystery of Malaysia Flight 370 is solved.

The first failure is when on the Thursday before, a man buys tickets for two men who who are getting on the plane with stolen passports.  No one is checking the active worldwide list of stolen passports.

This is like when the BART cop was shot, and when officials went to review everyone's personal video recorders they wear, it turns out they were all off and the process failed miserably due to lazy discomfort.


Then the flight leaves at 12:41am, from Kuala Lumpur, headed to Beijing.

45 minutes later, the transponder on the plane stopped.

You can conjecture that it stopped, was turned off, or this is when the plane slammed into the something, or evaporated into thin-air.


70 minutes later the missing plane is suspected to have been seen on Malaysian Air Force radar over the small island of Pulau Perak in the Strait of Malacca.

This is hundreds of miles off its preplanned course, on the wrong side of the Malay Peninsula and headed in what's referred to as "the opposite direction" of its intended destination.


That's it.

Basic educated guesses range from mechanical failure, hijacked by terrorists, or just a huge pilot error is involved to create this situation.

Monday, March 10, 2014

Recalls: Pacifiers, Teething Toys, Strollers, Garage Door Openers and more...

Remember, for more details, you can always go to,  and search their recalls there, or hit up the provided links for each product.

Today's product recall list includes


Fred and Friends Recalls Infant Pacifiers Due to Choking Hazard, where the beard on the Artiste and the knob on the Volume pacifiers can detach, posing a choking hazard.

For more info, contact: Fred & Friends toll-free at (855) 346-6372 or go online at and click on Pacifier Recall for more information.


Strollers Recalled by Britax Due to Partial Fingertip Amputation Hazard when you press the release button while pulling on the release strap.

You can Contact: Britax; toll-free at (866) 204-1665 or visit the company’s websites at  or and click on “Safety Notice” at the top right corner


Infantino Recalls Teething Toys Due to Choking Hazard; Sold Exclusively at Target.  The tail of the monkey could be a choking hazard.

For more info, contact Infantino at (888) 808-3111 or go online at and click on Recall Information on the home page.


Genie Recalls Garage Door Openers because the control board can overheat, posing a Fire Hazard.

Contact Genie at (800) 488-9918 or check out and click on “Recall Information” for more information.

How To Secure Your Linksys WRT54G Wireless Router

Securing a WRT54G Wireless Router, and Fixing A Bricked Router

The other day I found myself needing to tinker with my Cisco Linksys WRT54G Wireless Router.  It had gone belly up with delivering a signal and I had to delve into fixing it.

While getting it back up and running, I had encountered a few situations while setting it up.  But I digress.  Let's walk through a quick set up for securing our WRT54G Wireless Router.

And yes, you should secure your wireless point of access to your home network. There are too many folks out there willing to take advantage of people on so many levels these days, that the few minutes it takes to secure access to your wireless router, that it should more than pay for itself when it stops the happenstance intrusion.

And if that happenstance attempted intrusion comes and goes, you'll never know. But if you don't secure your network, you might have more issues than you might have hoped for.


How To Secure Our Linksys WRT54G Wireless Router

Make sure a machine (Desktop, Laptop) is connected to your router via a network cable.  Trust me, this comes in super handy in times of administrative troubles.  But if you don't have a cable, you could do this work wirelessly.  But most guides suggest connecting via a hard line.