Clever Wifi Names

Yeah, you’ve heard them all before… “FBI Surveillance Van”, etc., etc… I just thought this list contained some pretty funny names, so I’m posting it here for easy reference:

1. Hide Yo Kids, Hide Yo Wi-Fi
2. It Hurts When IP
3. The Triwizard Internet
4. Silence Of The LAN
5. Wifi Art Thou Romeo
6. Dunder MiffLAN
7. For Porn Use Only
8. Bill Wi, The Science Fi
9. Everyday I’m Buffering
10. Slow Internet Slow Fap
11. A Song Of Ice And Firewall
12. Luke, I Am Your Wifi
13. Girls Gone Wireless
14. Hilary Clinternet
15. Friendly Neighborhood Spider-LAN
16. Don’t You Wish Your Wifi Was Hot Like Me
17. New England Clam Router
18. One Does Not Simply Log Into Mordor
19. Dora The Internet Explorer
20. 99 Problems But WiFi Ain’t One
21. No Wi-Fi For You
22. Wi Believe I Can Fi
23. Covet Not Thy Neighbor’s WiFi
24. Titanic Syncing
25. Mom, Click Here For Internet
26. It’s a Small World Wide Web
27. Virus Distribution Center
28. John Wilkes Bluetooth
29. Wifi For Blowjobs
30. The Wireless-G Spot
31. House LANister
32. It’s The Wifi Network Morty
33. WIFIght The Inevitable?
34. Watching Porn Constantly
35. Unprotected CeX
36. Benjamin FrankLAN
37. Slytherin Common Room Wifi
38. IS THIS THE KRUSTY KRAB
39. My Neighbors Suck
40. You Load Nothing, Jon Snow
41. No Pants No Problems
42. Winternet Is Coming
43. Connect And Die
44. Avengers – Wifi Wars
45. Area 51
46. Guardians Of The Gateway
47. Watch Porn At 4G Speed
48. We Can Hear You Having Sex
49. Not Free So Get Stuffed
50. Ermahgerd, Wi-Fi!
51. Not In Range
52. Don’t Watch Porn On My Wifi
53. WI-FIght The Inevitable?
54. Occam’s Router
55. Not The Droids You’re Looking For
56. I Have Wifi And You Don’t
57. The Creep Next Door
58. I’m Under Your Bed
59. Loading…
60. Enter The Dragon’s Network
61. Tell My Wifi Love Her
62. Access Denied
63. Drop It Like It’s Hotspot
64. DHARMA Initiative – Station 4
65. LANDown Under
66. Your Wifi Is Sleeping With My Wifi
67. Babe Cave
68. Keep It On The Download
69. Look Ma No Wires
70. Help, I’m Trapped In A Router!
71. Life In The Fast LAN
72. 404 Wi-Fi Unavailable
73. Free Wifi For One Night Stand
74. Click Here For Viruses
75. LANdo Calrissian
76. Penny Get Your Own Wifi
77. Your Wifi Is Sleeping Over
78. Martin Router King
79. The LAN Before Time
80. We Are Watching You
81. Ye Olde Internet
82. Your Dog Shits In My Yard
83. A LANnister Always Surfs The Net
84. 2 Girls, 1 Router
85. Abraham Linksys
86. Troy And Abed In The Modem
87. Wu-Tang LAN
88. Router, I Hardly Know Her
89. Only For Zombies
90. I’ve Seen You Naked
91. Suck On My Secure Connection
92. Here’s The Password Clue Read Again
93. Very Slow Internet
94. I Pronounce You Man And WiFi
95. LAN Of Milk And Honey
96. Stiffler’s Mom
97. Skynet Global Defense Network
98. Yell “Doggy” To Know Password
99. Quit Using My Wi-Fi
100. My Own Damn Internet
101. Pretty Fly for a Wi-Fi
102. Network Name? Why Not Zoidberg?
103. Thrust Master
104. Not A Meth Lab
105. Routers Of Rohan
106. Bob’s Unsecured House of Wifi
107. Nacho WiFi
108. Hack If You Can
109. Stealing Wifi Is A Crime
110. How Is The Signal There?
111. Josh BroLAN
112. Ex-Wifi
113. Lord Of The Pings
114. Go Away You Muggle

Slideshow articles

I don’t know about you, but I’m sick of “slideshow” articles everywhere these days.  Just trying to get through one you can see the benefits for the site owners–a 20-page slideshow allows them to show 20 times more ads on the page, giving them that much more ad revenue, even though the percentage of people actually stopping to read or click on an ad on those pages is probably very very small.  And if you’re not careful, some of those “ads” will only get you into yet another slideshow “article!”  Madness.  A recent South Park episode I watched explained it perfectly, though the episode was about something else entirely.

I dislike these slideshow articles so much now that I am more likely to immediately close my browser window than continue through each “slide” once it first opens.  And what if you want to PRINT an article? Not a chance.  They’ve basically become as annoying as the ads themselves!  In some cases, however, there may be something you can do.  Check out this article for the scoop.  I know I’m not alone.  Read on.

Great Ingress article…including nostalgic photo

gamers-on-couchCheck out this very good article on Ingress.  After I viewed the big photo at the top, however, I noticed it’s just a “little” outdated.  It brought back a ton of memories though–check it out–the gamers on an Atari 2600 playing Pac-Man.  There are also a bunch of full-sized 33 RPM LPs stacked on top of the (probably 300-lb.) dinosaur console television.  You can even see the slow refresh-rate of the TV screen captured in mid-refresh in the photo.  Ah, the memories!  I just can’t quite make out exactly what product is on those blue and white shopping bags everyone is carrying in the background though… any idea?

Amazon MP3 ROCKS!

Wow, Amazon MP3 just blew my mind!  When their service started, I was pretty disappointed that they didn’t grandfather in all of my old MP3 purchases.  Instead, from the day their cloud player went live and forward, it would store your music.  Bummer for me, since I had spent hundreds of dollars on music on Amazon since they first started selling MP3’s.  I didn’t lose any music though, I still had it stored on my own drives.  Well, today they’ve finally included all of my previous MP3 purchases into my Amazon Cloud collection!  I had just under 100 albums on my cloud drive before, and now, as Amazon continues to scan my old purchases, it is importing 1,936 previously-purchased albums!  Wow.  Luckily, NONE of these albums go against my GB storage limit, since they were purchased from Amazon!  So now this gives me another streaming option in addition to Audiogalaxy and Subsonic.

Up until now, Audiogalaxy has been my preferred streamer.  It’s completely free, streams much smoother than any of other option I’ve tried, and it even works great at work.  Subsonic has the added benefit of downloading as standard MP3’s so I can use standard media players on my devices to play the music, but it doesn’t want to play at work.  I’ll have to see how Cloud Player stacks up, now that I have all my music back on it.

PC Support Scam hits close to home

A good friend of mine was scammed yesterday.  Fortunately, she didn’t allow it to go far enough to give them any money, but they did have some access to her computer.  Someone cold-called her and explained that he is calling everyone using Windows, and said her computer may be infected with viruses.  She asked several more questions, thinking it was someone from Microsoft Windows at first, then eventually found out it was a company called “PC MARV”, a computer support company.  The person identified himself as “Kevin” , and they offered to help her by walking her through executing a few commands which would show her that she has infections, then, as a further step, he gave her a code and had her go to a website, which turned out to be a LogMeIn remote support site, where they took control of her computer to “assist” her in fixing her “problems”.  She was reluctant, but did feel her computer might be infected with something, since it’s been slow lately, and acting erratic, with some things not working right, so she let them look at it after realizing they had taken control of her computer.  (YIKES! ** red flag **)

“Kevin” did several things on her computer to show her the infections.  He brought up dozens of “WARNING!” messages from Windows 7’s event viewer (this is actually nothing unusual, and these occur all the time in the logs–you’ll get them even for even the slightest things, like a website that isn’t accessible) and told her these were all infections that needed to be cleaned up and removed.  He ended up scaring her quite a bit about this, which, I’m sure, was his intention.  The last thing he did was bring up a Command Prompt, enter a command to display hundreds of processes running on her computer, and then he scrolled to the bottom of the page and show her this:
She said it was at the bottom of the page instantly and didn’t appear letter-by-letter as if typed.  I explained to her that the C:\> prompt is just that–a PROMPT.  After that is typed text, and the message “software protection expired..” was pasted into the line by the tech.  He probably copied it from his computer and just pasted it into the command line window.  I explained to her that this text didn’t come from any application or system alert, they just typed the text in to convince her she was infected.   ** another red flag **
She said her neighbor, who is very knowledgeable avbout computers, came over at that point, and she gave the phone to him.  He talked to them, or listened to them a little, then explained that he doesn’t know who they are, and he’s hanging up, then hung up the phone.
I gathered as much information from her as I could at that point.  The person she talked to was “Kevin”, and the tech who remoted to her was “Donnie Adams”, she said.  The company was “PC MARV”, and they gave her their phone number.  “Kevin” had a foreign accent, probably Indian.  I googled “PC MARV” and there definitely is a website which advertises the phone # she had for them.  Based on the details on the site, it sounded like a real PC Tech company that does remote support.  It was well after normal business hours, but I figured I’d call them anyway, and see what happens.  I called and immediately got a live human ( ** yet another red flag **)!
I asked if they had called a friend of mine, <first name omitted>, today, and remoted to her computer to help her.  They said they were having a hard time understanding me every time I asked them a direct question, like “Does your company make it a habit of cold calling people to tell them their computer is infected?” or “How did you get her phone number?”  They asked who we spoke to earlier today when they called.  I said “His name was Kevin”, and the guy said, “ah, yes, Kevin Smith, I’ll get him…” and there’s some muffled rustling and background talking, then “Kevin Smith” comes on the line and explains that they “remoted to our computer, because we are infected with viruses and they need to be cleaned out and removed.”  I asked again, “But how did you get her phone number?”  Then, suddenly he was having a hard time understanding me again.  Go figure.
After being handed back to the guy who answered my call, he asked who remoted to my computer.  I said it was “Donnie Adams”.  So there’s more muffled noise, then I’m talking to Donnie Adams, who basically repeats the same things the other two guys said about her having a virus and they need to clean up her computer.  I told him “Don’t worry about it, we’ll take care of it from here, DON’T CALL HER AGAIN.”  He started arguing again about not understanding (of course) and I hung up on him at that point.
So, it seems this company, which has a full website for their PC tech services, is most likely India-based, or from somewhere outside the US, I’m sure, and routinely calls people, scamming and scaring them into support contracts or supposed one-time fees for their PC cleanup services.  I’m sure they are able to make a lot of money off of people using these techniques.  Pretty much every Windows computer is always going to have “infections” and “vulnerabilities” at any given point in time, that’s just the nature of the beast.  Whether it’s just a bad link that redirects you to an infected website, or a piece of spyware that gathers your browsing preferences, they’re all considered “infections” and “vulnerabilities”.  Her antivirus is always up-to-date, and she scans for malware regularly.  She’s fine.  But I guess, since “technically”, she is “infected”, they can get away with claiming that, but they should absolutely NOT be allowed to continue preying on innocent people like this, with these totally deceptive scare tactics!  What if they had frightened her to the point of having a heart attack??  They don’t know the state of health of the people they’re calling!  Something should definitely be done about them, this just isn’t right.
A quick check of the domain showed the small block of details in this posting (click on it to see it full-sized).   My hunch was correct, it’s based in India… She should have asked if they provide any ON-SITE support!
The big block of details at the end of this posting are the supposed paid services they provide, as listed on their website… Wow, for $50 they’ll basically do nothing for you… How nice of them.  The other big text image shown in this article is the domain registration information for pcmarv.com, found in the public WHOIS database… if it’s even accurate.
Finally, here’s a posting on Microsoft Answers regarding someone else’s experience with the same scammers.  And then there’s this YouTube video from Symantec, when they actually had someone pose as an unsuspecting user who called the scammers for help with her computer.
As a final side note, I’m sure the names they used were fake… Kevin Smith is an American screenwriter, actor, film producer, and director, as well as a popular comic book writer, author, comedian/raconteur, and internet radio personality best recognized by viewers as Silent Bob–though the first and last name is very popular…in the US.  “Donnie Adams” aka Don Adams was an American actor, comedian and director famous for his sitcom “Get Smart” in the late 60’s. –but, again, another popular first and last name in our country… But, then again, if they had identified themselves as “Apu”, “Amir” or “Ahmad”, I’m sure it would raise another red flag more quickly.  I also think, just maybe, as I supposedly spoke to three different people at “PC Marv” who sounded very much alike, maybe I was talking to the same person all three times… I know it sounds a bit far-fetched, but now I’m wondering… If I called them back and asked to speak to “Kevin Johnson” , who remoted to my PC today, would they put Kevin Johnson on the phone?  Since this never happened, and Kevin Johnson is a name I made up, what are the odds that he magically works at PC Marv??

Flickr Backup

This morning I decided I wanted a create a few photo collages for my website’s header using all of the photos from a specific photo set I have in Flickr–“Swimming at Rosemary’s”.  Since all of these photos were taken on all different dates and years, I didn’t have a single “local” copy of them all in one place, like they are on Flickr–all of my local photos are organized by date taken, and also include all of my “garbage” photos (bad takes, out of focus, etc.)–which are kept for use in photo mosaics when I need them (they make great fillers).  So I set out to find a way to download an entire set of photos from Flickr.  Flickr itself has a lot of options, but this isn’t one of them.

Most utilities of this sort that I found are apps–they’re for Android, iOS, and Windows Phone.  After some searching, I found what I was looking for: FlickrEdit for the PC.  I downloaded it, and it’s not even an installer, just an exe that runs immediately.  It’s very straightfoward and easy to use.  It even connected directly to my Flickr account, only asking for Authorization from Flickr to access my account, which I was already logged into.  Once I accepted, it started loading my thumbnails.  It displays 50 photos per page, so you don’t have to wait for entire sets to load, if you have more than 50 photos in a set.  You can simply select the photos you want to download, or select an entire set, then download it to a specific folder.  It’s pretty quick too–it downloaded my entire “Swimming at Rosemary’s” set (302 photos) all at their original sizes, in about 20 minutes.

FlickrEdit is a really nice app, and it’s a relief to know I now have it available for those times when I need a complete set of photos from my Flickr account, and just knowing there’s a simple method available if I need some disaster recovery of all of my photos some day.  I added a couple new photo collages to my website header, so you’ll probably see them up there once in awhile.  For a few days though, while it’s still super-hot and dry around here, I’m going to leave it on one of them as a static header, just to chill.

PicPlz and Meebo are closing up shop. Who’s next?

It’s so sad to see some of my favorite apps going away.  PicPlz – Android’s competitor to Instagram – is going away.  I got the notice to download my photos last week.  I only had a few dozen pics on it, so I’m now in the process of moving them to my Flickr account.  This week it’s Meebo.  Meebo was an IM service, but it was unique in that it also logged you into most other popular IM services and combined their features into a single app, so you only had to login to Meebo to connect to all of your messenger apps.  Needing only one messenger login but having accounts on many of them was pretty sweet.

I think SMS is getting to so popular now, it’s starting to take over as the messenger of choice.   Especially now that you can send pictures through it.  Meebo and PicPlz had another major thing in common though:  They both required some processing and storage, yet they were completely free services.  Whether this factor had anything to do with their demise, I don’t know, but I think it’s an interesting coincidence.

Keep that in mind whenever you start relying heavily on a particular app or service… Do you pay for the service?  If not, be warned.  The service may not be around in the future, if they don’t have a continuous profitable channel of funding.  As for Facebook, it’s not free.  As they say, “If you’re not paying for a product, YOU are the product.”  Facebook is selling you to its advertisers.  Advertisers pay good money to make sure you see the specific ads that appear on the Facebook pages you visit.  And when you start playing one of their games…JACKPOT!  The advertiser and Facebook both make a bundle!

Don’t worry though, Facebook will probably be around for years.  As long as their “products” continue to earn them a lot of money.  But as soon as enough people get smart enough to “do their own thing”, get their own blog or find a better service to connect with their friends and family, then Facebook will have some tough decisions to make.  It’s public now though, which means it’s owned by more that just one or a few people, so does that make it better or worse?  Less likely to fold, or more likely?  I don’t know.  I just wish I could pay a few bucks a month for an ad-free, game-free version of Facebook.  I’d sure feel more comfortable with that than I do with what they have now.

Facebook redeems itself

I just discovered an awesome option on Facebook that just prevented me from totally quitting the whole thing! I was getting so fed up of everyone’s dozens of “Mafia Wars” and “Farmville” status updates scrolling everything actually POSTED off of my Facebook page, and last night I was ready to just quit Facebook altogether because of it. Then, this morning I did some looking around and found that if you hover in the upper right corner of one of those Farmville postings there’s a big X. Click it and you get several options. The first two are “Hide ‘John Doe’ and Hide ‘Application Name’, where ‘John Doe’ and the ‘Application Name’ are the actual names of the respective user and application you’re viewing. Click “Hide Farmville” and you no longer see Farmville updates on your page!! Whoohoo! It’s such a relief that I don’t have to quit altogether!

Now, another complaint I have with Facebook is that I was unable to post the above paragraph to Facebook.  Why?  Because it was twice as long as a Facebook posting can be.  I just found out the hard way that Facebook postings are limited to just over 400 characters.  The paragraph above is over 800.  Just another plus for having your own blog.  Now I just need to get my blog to auto-post my entries to Facebook for me… I know it’s possible, I just need to find the right plugin…