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Scammers Are Driving Me Nuts Lately, Okay Perhaps More Like Providing Me A Humor Break At Work!

Trust No One…unless you can look them in the eye.

I know, this is not exactly the normal info you may see on this site, but it is important from a security point of view. The advantage of having a website is that you can post info that might help 1 or even 100 people. Since we strive to provide information, then I guess this post qualifies!

The last week or so has been very interesting phone wise. I have received an average of 1-2 calls per day from a variety of scammers. Now as a prelude here, I do not usually give out my number except to folks I know and people I trust.

So a few questions need answering here and then we will move on to what you should do when getting a call from a scammer. As far as I can tell the scam calls usually pickup after I post an item for sale on Craigslist. I will point out that this is not their fault, it is simply what happens when you tell folks to send a text when interested. Therefore scammers can scan through Craigslist, harvest phone numbers and go to work.

So what does a call from a scammer sound like? That depends, if they say they are from the IRS, they will invariably have a non-local number and an Indian or Pakistani, etc, accent. Now if they are North American based they will generally be belligerent, not answer your questions and generally try to bully you as they follow their script.

First rule of thumb, the IRS will never ask you for your social security number. Think about it, if you owe them, they already have that number, don’t they? So ask the caller why they need that number and then depending on how much of their time you want to waste, listen to the response. The voice will get louder, they will speak in a non-professional manner and they will tell you all about the officers coming to arrest you. Or you can simply hang up. Never call them back, because that may provide them your name through caller ID.

The next level of scammer is like the call I got the other day from a gent who accused me of stealing his WiFi. I was like wow, that is amazing where do you live. He became angry, called me names and then I simply hung up. I traced the number to someone local and they live roughly 3.5 miles away. I guess I must have a super great WiFi router? Nope…scammer.

Today I got two hilarious ones. One was from a guy named Jerome, who gave me a case number and had insisted I had not showed up in small claims court. So after interrupting him roughly 5 times and finally asking him to tell me where the court was located, as in what state and county he said of few expletives and hung up. Another bad income day for him!

The funniest one today was from a guy calling to ask me if I was the guy who hit his car this morning. So while trying to hold back my laughter, since my car is in the shop and I walked to work, I explained that I had no knee or toe damage and perhaps he was mistaken. However he insisted I had left my number on the note I had left on his car. So I asked what the number was and where this event had occurred. He then proceeded to get verbally abusive and I simply kept repeating the question until the jack-wad hung up.

Don’t fall for scammers. No professional will ever get angry, curse you or threaten you. Another good idea is to immediately ask if it is okay to record the conversation. After all, professionals in call centers record them all the time and they warn you up front.

Of course you can simply play along and then give them a ton of false info and then when they are starting to lay the trap, say excuse me, I will call you back, the “Price is Right is On!”, then hang up. Don’t call them back, ever!

That is about all I have at this time,

Tim

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Primary Server Upgrade almost done! Only a few glitches to iron out.

Originally posted 2015-12-08 12:05:54.

VMWare_PlayerSo last night I upgraded the aging Dell PC that hosts all my other sites to 7 gb RAM. That increased performance by a factor of about 20%, since I allocated an additional 800mb of ram to the virtual machine.

I am happy to report that the new Debian 8.1 server is running flawlessly although it is not the active server just yet. I was supposed to be adding a total of 3 gb RAM to the box, but alas one of the 2 gb modules was defective. Stuff happens, but eventually the primary server will be running on 5gb RAM.

As usual stay tuned to the little tablet server here for the latest news!

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What To Say When a Close Friend Passes Away?

The bottom line is there is not a damned thing to say except the usual condolences  to family, etc. oi I just thought on behalf of my friend Roger who passed just a few hours ago that I would post some music….not sure how folks hereabouts will accept it, but nonetheless it is appropriate….

Goodbye Roger, you shall be missed by all who knew you,

Tim

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My apologies to all the folks who visit my servers. The idiot cable company had a 14 hr outage today!

Originally posted 2016-03-15 01:47:34.

Yeah, the cable company sucks!
Yeah, the cable company sucks!

Yeah, we are not talking a few hrs of downtime here, we are talking the bulk of the day from at 10am thru 1:30 am today…exact times I am not sure of but I do know that for a minimum of almost 14 hrs Mediacom cable Internet was 100% dead.

That of course killed access to this server and about 6 others I have running. There really is no excuse for ANY internet provider to be down for that long. I can see a few hrs, but more than 50% of the day? Uh, no, that simply isn’t acceptable unless you live here in crackerland, also known as Kentucky where apparently low-quality service is the rule of thumb, not the exception.

Just thought I would post an explanation…

Tim

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A Look Back at 2016 From a Mobile/Server Perspective…Or How We Ended Up With HiBook Labs!

Originally posted 2017-01-04 21:33:29.

So here at HiBook Labs we test tablets. Uh, we also run servers off of tablets and notebooks and anything else I can lay my hands on that is web server capable, and yes I have even run a web site off of a smartphone.

So the year started with the Dragon Touch X10 being the primary server for this site, which was yet to move to the tabletserver.com domain. That was really an eye opener for me as far as inexpensive tablets went. The DT X10 performed rather well as an Android based server and even better as a little notebook when running along with my K480 Logitech Bluetooth keyboard and a wireless mouse, of which I tried 2 and settled upon a Logitech, because it just plain worked.

Of course we also had the Asus X553SA,(this post is being written on the Asus notebook server), running part time as the web server also and it is still here and doing daily duty about 50% of the time as my work laptop.

Lastly we had the Asus Z580CA which was incredibly fast, super efficient and all I could want from a high-end tablet that beat the hell out of any Apple or Samsung product at twice the price. The downside to the Asus was their failure to update Android until roughly a month after I sold it. That of course set me to looking for a replacement for both the Asus and the Dragon Touch X10. The result ended up being the Chuwi HiBook 10.1 inch tablet, which I still have and intend to keep for a bit.

The HiBook is usually the server platform for this domain, hence the references to “HiBook Labs”. For what I paid for it, which was about $184 it has been the best tablet I have ever owned!

Of course I am looking at a 12 inch class replacement for the HiBook, but as usual I have yet to pull the trigger and decide on one and so for the immediate future we shall continue to see articles with the HiBook Labs image at the top.

At this time we are also running a Zotac ZBox Mini PC which is super fast, was dirt cheap and has replaced my primary PC, a Dell Optiplex 745.

Hopefully a few folks will click the ads I run here and buy a few products so that we can buy and test more cool stuff.

That being said, I can totally recommend a few products based on over a year of testing.

  • The Dragon Touch X10, 10.6 inch tablet
  • The Asus Z580CA, if you can find one
  • The Asus X553SA notebook
  • The Logitech K480 keyboard

That’s all for now,

Tim

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