Archive for the ‘Insane’ Category

More than meets the eye

Posted: August 9, 2007 in Insane, Internet, Technology

Ok this is easily on of the coolest things that I have seen in a while. Imagine that you are going to LAN party. You walk through the door with your $3,000 AlienWare rig thinking that YOU ARE the MAN!

BOOM!

You see a 6’6 foot Optimus Prime mod computer that everyone is huddled around.

Read more about it here

http://www.engadget.com/2007/08/08/optimus-prime-pc-case-mod-stands-nearly-seven-feet-tall/

Watch what you say

Posted: August 7, 2007 in humor, Insane, Internet

Just give a little and get a lot. Most people want this to be how life is for them, but there is one man in Waco, Texas may beg to differ. After giving his opinion in a political flame war on the internet, a Virginia man drove 1300 miles to Waco, Texas and burned down his rival’s home. You can read more about it here:

Thinking a day after tragedy

Posted: April 17, 2007 in FSU, Insane

Hokies

Well I don’t know exactly what to say about yesterday’s shooting at Virginia Tech. I know that my heart heavy with sorrow.

I can not fathom the loss that has taken place. I have friends that are in Graduate school at VT. They are safe. I pray for all the families and friends of this tragedy that they may find some kind of peace within all this chaos.

Have you ever wanted to get back at someone or do something to people you don’t like? Well you might not want to make a false MySpace page because you may get sued. Techdirt.com is reporting that a high school principal in Pennsylvania sued four students for creating a false MySpace profile.

Now I am not a revengeful person, but I do see the humor and the repercussions this little stunt can produce. If you are worth your salt the first thing you do when faced with any question you don’t know, like a principle’s phone number, is to Google it! Well this can really cause some potential problems if you Google the Principle’s name and you see that he has a Myspace page proclaiming that he is a pot smoker. I am sure that any parent that would see this would be calling the School Superintendent wanting an explanation.

This is not a new occurrence in our schools systems it just a new media. Everyone remember all the horrible things that were written on your school’s bathroom walls. Now with the Internet and social networking sites like MySpace.com and Facebook.com you can pull together mass resources and use all the creativity of today’s youth to make beauty or destruction. 

Of course this not the first time I seen this trick. I remember a movie names Hackers where the teen stars posted the name and phone number of a FBI agent in a seedy online dating service. The agent was getting crazy phone calls left and right.

The saddest thing is not that principle is being defamed, but like every other red blooded American he decided to sue!

I just read an article at TechDirt.com about businesses placing devices that monitor your pulse while you or at work. Now I am not a conspiracy theorist and I know the government is not controlling my thoughts through microwaves, but this sounds way too “Orwellian” for me.

Could you image going to work, placing a wrist strap on you arm and having some computer monitor your vitals for variations in your normally heart rate? That seems extreme. When I first read the article I thought the technology would be used to monitor employees sleeping on the job, but it sounds like the companies looking to this for increased heart rate for things like stealing or being robbed. The only place I think that should be is in fields like Law Enforcement, Corrections, and Military. This seems like a logical fit for this technology. If a persons vital were to get erratic for an unknown reason then this could signal an issue that the may need immediate attention.

I can not stand Comcast Cable!

I recently got digital cable with the idea that I would only be paying $5 dollars more a month. I am now paying $40 dollars more and can not get a straight answer why. I do understand that the service costs five more dollars and that I have to pay $15 extra dollars for two digital boxes (1 DVR $10 and 1 normal $5). That means that I should be paying $20 dollars more a month plus the Taxes on that $20 dollars. Yet I find my bill to be $40 dollars higher. What I can not stand more is that there is no competition with Comcast here in Tallahassee. I could go with Direct TV, but I am being told that I have to have a phone line installed in my house. I currently rely on my cell phone as my home phone because I got feed up with the customer service that I received from Sprint. The only reason I tolerate Comcast is because of the high speed internet. I do a lot of gaming and downloading and find that Comcast’s speeds are great for those things. I believe that Congress or the State Government is trying to pass a bill that will allow others companies to compete against each other within the same region. I truly hope this happens. Honestly I do not a problem with Comcast’s services it is their terrible customer service. If they would just tell me in laymen’s terms what I have to pay every month then I would be happy. As it turns out I have not had the same payment on a bill yet.

Rant Over!!!!

Resume your everyday 

Credit Card Signatures are a joke

Posted: February 25, 2007 in Fraud, humor, Insane, Random

So I decided to do an experiment 2 weeks ago to find out do stores really pay attentions to what is written on the back of a credit card. I received a new credit card and thought it would be fun to write something eye catching on the signature area on the back of the card. Below you can see that I have written that I stole this credit card on the back.

Credit card

I thought that when I wrote this on my card that I would see more times when people would asked to see my photo ID. Over the course 2 weeks I used my card 20 times for $173.24.

I used the card at all types of places everywhere from Starbucks, gas stations, Walmart, and AMC movies. Out of the 20 times I used my card I was only asked to see my ID twice!!!! I am not sure what to think about this idea now that it over. I will tell you that I was very sad after the 2 days of this experiment, because I could see the writing on the wall. The first week was when I received my two ID checks and none the second week. I was checked at the Starbucks on Thomasville Rd. and the other at the AMC movies located in the Tallahassee mall. The funny thing about the AMC was that I was not checked when I bought the tickets to the movie, but when I was in the theater and purchased popcorn at the concession stand.

It is amazing to me the utter lack of responsibility or lack of training that we see in today’s market places. I am not saying that it is totally the responsibility of the merchant to catch people who could be using stolen credit cards, but I would like to think that there would be a little more that 2 people out of 20 that would think to look at the back of a card and see that I have written, “I stole this card check ID!!”.

I believe that this go to show why ID theft is such an easy thing to get away with in America today. I never carry cash on me so I totally rely on my credit card. If it was to go missing I would realize it very soon. There are people who are not as reliant as me on the plastic and I think that they are the ones who should feel more outraged by this experiment. If by some chance their card was to get stolen how long do you think it would take to have someone questions them about. Well if you like math then about 5% of the time.

I am a betting man and I would never bet on a 5% chance.