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.
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.
Captcha is that technology used when you are logging in to a website that requires you to type in obscured letters or words to make sure you aren’t a computer robot trying to break in. I came across a different take on this technology which I think is awesome. You just have to assemble a very easy puzzle. Here is a screenshot:
Scott encourages folks to start their own blog, especially developers:
“You are not blogging enough. You are pouring your words into increasingly closed and often walled gardens. You are giving control – and sometimes ownership – of your content to social media companies that will SURELY fail. These companies are profoundly overvalued, don’t care about permalinks, don’t make your content portable, and have terms of service that are so complex and obtuse that there are entire websites dedicate to explaining them.”
It’s true that the world today is about social networks such as Twitter (ugh) and Facebook so to reach more folks, I simply post to my blog and then link to it on my Facebook wall. Best of both worlds!
I’ve been working at home with my new company DigitalHarmonyGames. I picked up a 2nd 23in monitor adding to my work Macbook Pro 17in I now have a triple monitor setup. I have Unity3d running on one external, MonoDevelop on the other external and I do mail, skype and web surfing on the Laptop screen. The 2nd external monitor was made possible by the $50 Cirago USB Display Adapter. The USB adapter works great. As long as I don’t run full-screen video or run anything that is too demanding on the usb connected monitor the setup works perfectly.
My browser of choice is Google Chrome. I like the bookmark syncing so no matter where I use it my bookmarks are there. I like the support for multiple users which allows me to login to different Google Accounts.
Use the built in PDF reader. You can make sure it is enabled by typing chrome://plugins in the addressbar
I have never taken a job at a place that included tests during the interview process. The last time I interviewed someone I did it through Skype and they shared their desktop, brought up their development environment and explained some code they wrote.
There are only 3 true job interview questions
Why we don’t hire programmers based on puzzles, API quizzes, math riddles, or other parlor tricks
I participate in a few sites that exist to help people find answers to questions. Some software developers that I follow started a site called StackOverflow for programmers which is perhaps the #1 source of useful information for programmers. You earn points on the site for asking good questions and providing useful answers. People vote for questions and answers and you are awarded badges like in Call of Duty! They made the technology used on the site available for others to start their own Q&A areas for various topics. Only those topics that can prove themselves as legit are accepted at StackExchange.
I participate in the following sites:
StackOverflow – Programming questions
AskDifferent – For Apple/Mac questions
Web Applications – Gmail, Facebook, etc
Pro Webmasters – Website managers
The awarding of badges on these sites is a great idea and one that my new company Qliq uses for their Couponing/Social Networking smartphone app.
There are some PowerToys or registry settings you can make to add a context menu in Windows Explorer to open up a command window for the selected folder. Two built in methods in Windows 7 are:
1. <Shift>Right-click to bring up a more detailed context menu containing “open command window here”
2. Edit the address path in a Windows Explorer window and enter “cmd”