Posted on October 14th, 2013 No comments
I have been a victim of cramming which is a term I was not familiar with until today. I discovered a $6.99 charge my T-mobile cell phone bill and traced it back 4 months. A reoccurring charge of $6.99 was added without my knowledge and T-mobile said it was from PlayPlanet. Did you now that virtually anyone can cause a charge to be added to your phone bill? If you have not blocked Third-Party charges on your cell phone you should do it now!
Fortunately, T-Mobile valued my business and they refunded me the amount of the unexpected charges. They also turned on the free service to block any future 3rd party charges on all 4 of the lines we have. You can read about the T-mobile policy on third-party charges HERE.
Though I appreciate the corrective steps taken by T-Mobile, I resent that I even had to ask for them. This should be an OPT-IN policy where I should have to REQUEST allowing third party charges, not an OPT-OUT where they enable it by default.
Posted on September 20th, 2013 No comments
Besides my primary Google/Gmail account, I also have a throw-away account I use for work to test with.
This morning I received an alert from Google that someone tried logging in to this account using an “untrusted” machine in Florida. Google recommended changing my password which I did. I also read in detail their recommendation to use a 2-step login procedure which I also setup.
If you have a Google or Gmail account I recommend doing this. Click HERE for details about this security measure.
In addition, in your security settings (Go to google.com, click on your picture in upper right corner, select Account, select Security along the left side), scroll to the bottom and review “Connected applications and sites”. Delete any websites or applications you don’t recognize or use any more.
I went ahead and added 2-step verification for my primary Google/Gmail account as well. The 2-step process requires you login using your normal password and also using a verification code that is sent to your mobile phone. As part of that process, I had to reset my password on my Android phone. Unfortunately, it is running an older version of the Android OS (2.3.4) and it isn’t able to prompt me for a verification code. Instead Google asks you to use a special Application-specific password for apps that are not able to prompt for the verification code. Details on this are HERE.
On my phone, I went to Settings…Accounts & Sync.. and tried to change the password for my GMail account but was not able to. Apparently you have to reset your phone to factory settings to change anything about your primary Gmail account on the phone. That’s crazy. I would lose all data, all my files and all downloaded programs! Fortunately, I found a workaround. Instead, I went to Settings…Applications…Manage Applications…All…GMail…Clear Data. That allowed me to re-enter not my normal password but the special password Google provided as explained HERE. This happened the next time I launched GMail.
I feel much safer now.
Posted on September 10th, 2013 No comments
LTYA 2013 12u Baseball All-Stars
Posted on July 14th, 2013 No comments
This coach’s commentary of a select lacrosse team he observed could apply to any sport.
Posted on May 29th, 2013 No comments
Kristen hit her first home run at the LTYA 12U Drysdale field. A towering shot over the left field fence with two runners on.
From GameChanger game summary:
The Lake Travis Rangers shut the door early on the Lake Travis Yankees, capturing an 11-0 victory on Tuesday.
With seven runs in the first three innings, the Lake Travis Rangers left no doubt about the eventual outcome.
A three-run home run by Kristen …fueled the Lake Travis Rangers’ offense early.
Kristen racked up five RBIs on two hits for the Lake Travis Rangers.
Kristen got the win for the Lake Travis Rangers. He pitched two shutout innings. He struck out five, walked one and surrendered one hit.
Obviously, GameChanger, with it’s lack of recognition of gender, doesn’t think girls play baseball; but we know different.
Posted on May 27th, 2013 No comments
No, she is not left handed.
Posted on May 17th, 2013 No comments
I created a highlight video with cool music of David’s freshman lacrosse season.
Google stripped out half the music, left half, and posted ads for the music they left!
So I decided to post the video myself with all music intact.
The video plays back in the default video player of your browser.
Depending on what you are running it may or may not play well.
Here are two links you can try in your browser:
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Kristen’s first basketball tournament trophy. The 6th grade team went undefeated in the Four Points Winter tournament at Vandergift High School with a draw of 6 teams to win 1st place.