All posts by Roger

Watch out for vehicle history report scams :(

So I’m selling my car, and have it listed on a local classifieds website that is really popular in my state.
I have gotten so many scammers contacting me about it using different methods to trick me like doing a password reset which sends a PIN to my phone and them trying to get me to send the temporary PIN back to them! I don’t think so!

The latest is that they ask me to do a vehicle history report (or RV report or VIN check) at a link that they send me.

Beware, it’s either a scam or a ruse to get your personal information and then sell it. The most recent scammer this evening gave me historycheckreports.com but if you check the registration on that domain it did not even exist until 2 months ago.

So maybe they’re new in business? But wait! Take 1 minute to read this: https://www.consumer.ftc.gov/blog/2018/10/steering-clear-vehicle-history-report-scams

And then notice that historycheckreports.com is NOT on the list of 8 approved providers:
https://vehiclehistory.bja.ojp.gov/nmvtis_vehiclehistory

Busted!

Choose something like a star

I love this poem by Robert Frost:

O Star (the fairest one in sight),
We grant your loftiness the right
To some obscurity of cloud—
It will not do to say of night,
Since dark is what brings out your light.

Some mystery becomes the proud.
But to be wholly taciturn
In your reserve is not allowed.

Say something to us we can learn
By heart and when alone repeat.
Say something! And it says, ‘I burn.’
But say with what degree of heat.
Talk Fahrenheit, talk Centigrade.
Use language we can comprehend.
Tell us what elements you blend.
It gives us strangely little aid,
But does tell something in the end.

And steadfast as Keats’ Eremite,
Not even stooping from its sphere,
It asks a little of us here.
It asks of us a certain height,

So when at times the mob is swayed
To carry praise or blame too far,
We may choose something like a star
To stay our minds on and be staid.

source: https://www.writersalmanac.org/index.html%3Fp=10541.html

And listen to this beautiful version put to music by Randall Thompson as sung by the Tabernacle Choir: https://youtu.be/Ylt7R6gfuoU

Upright Bikes for Ergonomics

Due to RSI i have to care about leaning over when riding a bike. Started shopping today by hitting up the local bike collective. They didn’t have any good upright bikes except for a one-speed cruiser that was a little small for me. I bet they’ll have a good one later. Am going to check back. They cycle through a lot of bikes.

Wanted to share that I found this cool article espousing the benefits of upright bikes vs. leaning over: https://momentummag.com/upright-bikes-sit-up-and-enjoy-the-ride/

P.S. While i was test riding the cruiser, a guy with an awesome upright commuter bike rode by. I u-turned and asked him what type it was. He said it was an “Amsterdam” bike but in searching i found that was too generic. Maybe more on that later.

Think of the people in China and Hong Kong, and …

If you haven’t heard of the Great Firewall of China then this is the latest news story on it.
Non-technical translation?!
It is now even crazy harder to look at sites outside of China. 🙁

So please send good thoughts the way of people in China. Citizens there suffer a lot. AND when they are here in the US you can tell them about the Tuidang movement where over 350 million former Chinese have made official declarations to quit the CCP (Chinese Communist Party). Check it out @ tuidang.org

P.S. You can also tell them about technology to bypass the Great Firewall of China if they can safely let others know about it — see en.greatfire.org

P.P.S. NOT a Chinese citizen but want to do something about the CCP? Sign the petition to reject the Chinese Communist Party @ https://rejectccp.com/ !!!

Apple makes me sad, again…

The maker of Macs and iPhones — Apple — is suing the little guy, a small company because their logo is a pear looking like it’s hanging or been picked off a tree. Really Apple? This is not the first time, is it?! See this news story about it.

Additionally, Apple has sold a piece of their soul and probably will continue to do so to the CCP (Chinese Communist Party) when they ask them to control what apps are in the app store like for Hong Kong residents. ‘Tis very sad.

I love their hardware and products but they are overpriced. I used to own a few Macs but ended up selling both of them. Will never buy one new again.

Lastly, it takes more mousing movement and keyboard strokes to get things done on macOS. Avoid Mac’s if you have carpal tunnel syndrome or another RSI(repetitive stress injury) in your wrists, hands, or arms. Will blog about it later showing a side by side table comparison of macOS vs Windows 10 vs XFCE or a similar Linux environment.

Tis a shame. Apple used to rock. Please stop it. Don’t sell your soul for a buck.

Stand with Hong Kong and Taiwan

We live in a time i think where we will look back and wonder what we did when Hong Kong was in it’s hour of need.

Check out this 5 minute piece on what happened this past week in Hong Kong:

Next watch this 10 minute one (and be lenient with the anchor’s sarcasm) — he and his team make some really important points:

So what can you do?

Contact your 2 Senators and your Representative and ask them to end our lenient economic policies with the CCP(Chinese Communist Party) :
https://www.congress.gov/members?q=%7B%22congress%22%3A116%7D

Lastly, track what they do about it @ https://www.govtrack.us

Cool? Let us know what you said when you emailed or called them. Thanks,

P.S. Here’s an article in memory of the last Nobel Laureate from China, Liu Xiaobo, who died just a few days after the CCP released him from political prison for continuing to speak out about the “incidents” that happened in and around Tiananmen Square years ago; also he was one of over 300 Chinese citizens who risked their lives to publish “Charter 08“:
https://www.ft.com/content/0123f17c-5ffc-11e7-8814-0ac7eb84e5f1
(Financial Times, 4 July 2017)

P.P.S. Why?
Because if we don’t speak up by asking our leaders to stand with Hong Kong, then they might the next “Tiananmen”.
May we speak up and may they be spared from further suffering. #prayer
https://congress.gov, do it today.

“Living Room Concert For America”


They’re accustomed to performing in front of thousands in packed arenas from city to city. But on Sunday, some of the world’s most popular musicians will perform in a new setting:

Their living rooms.

Elton John will host the concert with performances by Mariah Carey, Billie Eilish, Alicia Keys, Tim McGraw and Billie Joe Armstrong. The benefit concert is being dubbed as “Living Room Concert For America.”

The musicians are being forced away from touring as arenas and stadiums worldwide are being closed to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

The benefit concert will air Sunday at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT live on FOX. The concert will benefit Feeding America and First Responders Children’s Foundation.

Source: fox13now.com


Very nice; thought I would share this good cause.

P.S. Earlier today and last night was started a very special fasting from food for today and a day of prayer.  If you missed it please do see the very special message @ https://newsroom.churchofjesuschrist.org/article/president-nelson-fast-pray-relief-covid-19

inspiration/good thoughts

Creating is more about discovering than it is about inventing.  I would say it is almost impossible that others somewhere somehow have not thought of the same good idea. That is the nature of goodness.  That is the nature of light and inspiration.  #ibelieve

Question, Believe, and Find (this is a microblog/’tweet’)

#Question, and question, until you understand better. #Believe that you will find a good answer. Cynicism leads to lack of inquiry and lack of discovery. Believing that you can seek and find leads to truth.
–from #anonymous so to speak.

P.S. #questions can lead to #truth and #light, and then #hope. I do #believe.

p.p.s. side-note: twitter did not actually invent #microblogging. it’s only the most famous example of microblogging (which is really just a digital way of #microjournaling) Many people microblog via facebook or instagram.

How to Take a picture of what’s on your screen?!

Trying to show someone what’s on your screen?!  Frustrated because you don’t know how.  Well here you go:

  • Windows — use “Snipping Tool”;
    you can find it on your Start Menu, OR by pressing the ‘windows’ button towards the bottom left of your keyboard.
  • Mac laptop/desktop (MacOS) — use __ or the keyboard combos for it — Shift-Command-3 or Shift-Command-4;
    or search for it via Spotlight (little magnifying glass at top right) – search for “Screenshot.”1
  • Android — press the buttons for ‘down volume’ and ‘power’ at the same time.  Then let go.
  • iPhone/iPad’s (iOS) — press the ‘side button’ and ‘volume up’ buttons at the same time.  Then let go.
  • Linux/BSD/GNU — search for and/or install the “Screenshot” app.

There you go, now you can Save it and then Share it with yourself or friends!

#1 – Couldn’t remember the name of the Mac app but I found it at https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT201361