Motivation

I need to write more and more often. Less TV time, more blog time. This is my motivation, my accountability, my desire.

“Make it so.”

-Captain Jean-Luc Picard

Silly Adulting, New Year’s Resolutions Are For Kids

New Year’s Resolutions Are For Kids

I don’t like making New Year’s Resolutions because like everyone else they usually don’t happen. I jokingly did make a resolution last year on NYE. After spending the whole night playing 7th wheel, I decided that sucked so I wasn’t going to do that again this year. I did have someone to kiss on NYE. I was happy! I had my brother and his girlfriend in town from California (no, they weren’t the ones I kissed).

Better Adulting…

I work a lot and try to stay off the computer when I am home but that has only forced me to spend too much time in front of the TV. I am seriously debating cancelling my TV service. I didn’t have TV for years. I would just pay for internet and that was it. I added AT&T U-verse when I moved to this new apartment because it was actually cheaper to get TV, Internet, and my mobile phone bundled than the previous Time Warner Internet and AT&T Phone. Believe me, I did the math several times to get the best deal. Because of this, I stopped streaming TV to my computer and started recording on my DVR.

Side note, I am not really sure sometimes when to include a comma so I think I put too many in my sentences. If that is grammatically incorrect then please feel free to tell me. I know I have some Grammar Nazi friends who will gladly point out my flaws.

I have always been a fan of Security Now podcast by Steve Gibson and Leo Laporte on Twit.TV but wanted to try some additional car listening stuff. I love music but I love learning more. I started listening to Joe Rogan Experience and while he throws plenty of F bombs around he has some really interesting guests. The one thing I recently heard him say was that to change things you need to change your focus. My focus has been on working, coming home, feeding and letting out the dog, and then sitting down in front of the TV. I keep my weekdays busy with a small group, trivia, volleyball, and of course my son. But, I have been spending way too much time on the couch. I pay for a gym membership that I haven’t stepped foot in for about 7 months. It kills me that I don’t go back. I hope that by writing more on here that I can redirect my focus effectively and get back into a healthier routine and not so many hours in front of the tube. For those who are too young to remember ‘the tube’ does not reference YouTube. (shameless plug for my own YouTube channel) I just got distracted by several videos on this channel.

Before I forget, I would like to give a shout out to my fellow IT comrade and friend Messy. I am not sure if he wants hit full name shared because I don’t see it on his blog. His blog is 1amm3.com which stands for I AM ME. He writes about his thoughts as I do on here. I helped him get his blog started and he has encouraged me to put more time into mine. I have been doing my own website since December 2004 but this last year I have been encouraged to write more on here and I attribute that to Mr. Messy. Go read his stuff, very interesting.

I just realized it is 12:30 and I need to go to bed. I have been writing this blog and migrating files all night since I got home. I did stop to eat so that’s good.

The last thing I wanted to say is that while I hate New Year’s Resolutions, I did tell myself I wanted to write on this blog daily. So far there have been two blog entries in 17 days so maybe my daily will turn into weekly, but I do want to get my thoughts down on here to keep myself accountable to doing better things. I want to have a better life style over all and that means starting with keeping track of my thoughts on my blog. I don’t even care if any one reads.

And since it is 12:30am, I am not going to take the extra time to add pictures to this one, sorry.

 

Facebook makes it easier to find people…

    

So a while ago I posted this short article about how easy it was to find someone on Facebook using just their cell phone number. Facebook recently rolled out some updates over that recent past that makes it quite trivial to find people. You can now narrow down your people search by knowing a few public details about them. You should also check out my online dating philosophy posting.

I am not a stalker. I am a great “Googler”. The internet makes it very easy to find people. There is too much public information about you that makes it very easy. There are plenty paid services out there but I have never paid anyone a dime.

How did I stumble upon this?

I am single. I have several profiles on different online dating sites that I use as tools to hopefully find that next last relationship. I am a romantic at heart and believe that there is that special someone out there for me. I have had a few really good relationships but for one reason or another it didn’t last. I am 33 and know my search is not over. I just don’t have that high school sweet heart story. My story will most likely end in a few years when I find that special girl who I end up spending the rest of my life with and we met when I was mid-30’s. I feel, at this point in time, I don’t have a lot of time to waste on someone who is not legit. If you are honestly looking for a real relationship like I am then that is where I start. I am not on any dating app to mess around. I also have a very proud career in IT and love what I do. I know how to use a computer and the internet more than most and am not ashamed to say that. It is literally what I get paid to do. I get paid to know more than you. I love learning new things and this is the perfect ever-changing industry that never fails to teach me something new. I am also  very visual person. I want to know who I am talking to on the phone, so if I am able I will probably plug your name into Facebook to see your face while I am chatting with you. Sue me! The resources are there and I will use them.

People might call that stalking but that is silly. I wouldn’t call you a professional race car driver because you have a car, or an electrician because you turned on the light bulb. Those are both horrible analogies but for now that is the best I can think of.

How does that all fit together?

Before I would match a girl and hopefully exchange phone numbers. This served two points. The first was that texting is a ton easier than having to open an app that constantly wants your money. Texting on my phone doesn’t annoy me and short of calling is probably the easiest form of communication. Chatting through the app, depending on the app, can be quite annoying. I already have enough notifications on my phone. I don’t need another app going off like crazy when I am trying to have a meaningful conversation. The second point is that about 60-70% of the time I could see your profile on Facebook and tell if you are a real person, and if you are trying to catfish me by what is on your dating profile. People put their very best pictures on dating sites because they are trying to impress. Even if that means a picture that is several years old and maybe many pounds lighter. Most people update their Facebook profile much more often and your profile picture is one of many things that is public by default.

What has Facebook changed?

Everyone knows that for the most part your profile is private so that you have to be connected as “friends” to see what is shared. Yes, I know you are able to share things publicly and could have a very open profile. Facebook would love that! More data for them to mine about you and sell to advertisers to generate revenue. Now you can type a name into the search bar and Facebook will give you some options to narrow down your search like city, employer, school, and degree of separation from you (friend, friend of friend, mutual friend, anyone). You can’t have a Tinder account unless you connect it to Facebook. Bumble links to Facebook as well to pull initial information. POF (Plenty of Fish) has text blocks for location and profession.  CMB (Coffee Meets Bagel) has the same but ask for ‘Employer.’ The main difference is that POF doesn’t share your name (first name only) unless you tell it to. CMB doesn’t share your name (first name only) until you match with someone.

With a name, city, I can narrow down a Facebook search pretty well. Tag on an employer and almost 100% positive match.

The different dating apps/sites have different amount of pictures you can upload for free, ranging from 6 to 9. Quite often someone will share a picture on their dating app that they have also had as a current or previous Facebook profile picture.

One more method of matching a dating profile to a Facebook profile. Instead of showing your name it shows your screen name. Guess what other sites have screen names searchable? Almost every single online profile out there, including Facebook. If your screen name is “Jason13115” and I plug it into Facebook or even just facebook.com/jason13115 it will show your public profile because Facebook makes your profile URL the same as your profile name. Remember back when Facebook asked you to setup a custom username instead of ‘Profile ID 23324621’?

Side note: Jason13115 was my first ever username/screen name/handle on AOL when I was 13 (or better – ASL 13/m/IN)

Side note, you can log into Facebook with either your email, screen name, or phone number with the same password. You have to allow this and authenticate your phone number but it will work. It also helps to be able to reset a password if you have multiple verification methods.

In conclusion:

Do you think I am a stalker or do you think I am just a smart guy sharing some information that is helpful. If you were smart you would update your Facebook profile and change your privacy settings. Anything you have set to public is pretty much searchable on the world wide web. Your Facebook profile is cached in Google and they would love to know as much about you as they can.

Examples of two recent proof of concepts:

  

I love this site – http://bit.ly/2qVI92R – especially when I am wanting to be facetious (/fəˈsēSHəs/).

Love and Relationships

Turning over a new leaf is an odd saying. I feel like being single sucks. Anyone who says they like it is just lying to theirself. God put us here to be with somebody and we were never meant to be alone. While I don’t believe that means that we have to be with someone every second of the day it does mean that we are meant to enjoy this life with someone else. It means we are meant to care for another more than we care for ourselves. The Greeks had several words for Love and one of those is the love you have for your partner. We all ‘love’ our family, we ‘love’ our friends, we are supposed to ‘love’ our neighbors; but these don’t compare to the love that we have for that special someone. I am fairly certain I have felt this love for a couple people in my life. I can’t reminisce on those because for one reason or another they are not in my life. I was married once and would like to think it was happy and loving at some point or else why did I say, “I do”? For now and probably until Kingdom comes I will not have happy thoughts because of how it ended; not that it ended but, but how it ended. I have also loved others who eventually felt I was not right for them. Rarely have I loved someone who I decided not to be with. Isn’t that odd.

I would LOVE to find a beautiful woman who I enjoy being around and can get to know just as I know myself. I am confident she is out there but for now I haven’t found her yet. I am only 33 and know I have plenty of life left on this earth, but would like to spend the majority of it not alone. This is not a plea for someone to pick me up off my feet. It is a desire, not a need. I don’t ‘need’ to be in a relationship. I feel if you ever think you ‘need to’ be in a relationship, then you ‘need to’ be single for a while until you figure out why you think that is a need.

Morning 5-minute Random Babble

Side note: In prison, the worst punishment they can give someone is solitary confinement. That should tell you that we as humans are social creatures meant to be around other people. That means in a group as a whole, and in our private lives as well.

Social Experiment

I created this image above as a pure social experiment. I am not going to post anything with it. I am just going to post it to Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Snapchat. I will also probably post it to Youtube. Here, my website is the only place that I will report the findings. I am curious how many people will like, friend, follow me based on this image. This should be fun!

Update 1: I don’t know why I haven’t changed my twitter handle to the same as the rest. When I created it I wanted to create a common name with my first website, “icwnow.” Now since all of my other screen names and handles are “jasrasr” I think after this fun I will switch it too. I wonder if twitter gives you a time delay where you can still be reached by the old handle as well as the new one or does the old one become obsolete once you change it?

Update 2: I have changed my Twitter handle to @jasrasr (twitter.com/jasrasr)

Do you think I am an idiot? Who uses those passwords?

I use a plugin on this site that tracks hack attempts and I just checked it and there were some odd attempts.

Attempted Usernames: admin, jasonlamb, jasonlamb.me, test, username

Attempted Passwords: 12345, 112233, 123456, 147852, 445566, 778899, 123456789, 123456jasonlamb, 123jasonlamb, 1q2w3e, 1q2w3e4r, 1q2w3e4r5t, a1234456, adi, admadm, admin123, Admin321, admin333, adminadmin, administrator, asdasd, batman, easytocrack1, freedom, genius, jasonlamb, jasonlamb.me, jasonlamb1, jasonlamb123, jasonlamb1234, jasonlamb123456, jasonlamb-2014, jasonlamb321, parola, pass, password, password123456, Q12345, qazxsw2, qwertyuiop, test, yankees, zasxdc, zasxdcfv, zxcvbnm

I laugh at these people and their lame attempts at hacking my site. Here is an example of a password that I use: G8!5TB2Kdbnru3n##Avx@pHA
That is 24 characters using CAPS, lowercase, numbers, and symbols.

howsecureismypasswordFrom howsecureismypassword.net you can see it would take 14 OCTILLION YEARS to crack at 4 million per second!


 

passwordmeter

The Password Meter has it at “very strong.”


 

passwordstrengthtestrumkin.com says, “This password is typically good enough to safely guard sensitive information like financial records. Well, yeah…duh!

 

I started using LastPass a while ago and it has changed how I now use passwords. I am constantly auditing myself on what passwords I use and often change from an older password to one as seen above. I just think it’s funny what people try as possibly passwords for my site. I also work in IT so I know how silly and too often simple passwords are, for most people. It’s no wonder the amount of data that stolen just by simple passwords.

I know it is sometimes a pain to have a difficult password but it could be the difference between thinking you have information store safe and secure and identity theft. Think about it, and take note. The best thing you can do is NOT use the same password for two different sites. Yes, I know it’s easier. But so is it for the bad guys. If they get an email and password for one account you better believe they will try it on another account.

Stay safe friends.

Cedar Point GIFs

Technically the file type is pronounced “jiffs” like “jello” but I prefer a hard G like “gifts”. Here are a couple I made from my lovely iPhone 6 multi-shoot camera. I then converted them to gif format with the help of photoshop and a website.

thomas-punch

Thomas PUNCH

thomas walk punch

Thomas – walk, PUNCH, repeat

dori hand gif

No photos of DORI!

Internet Usage

I was curios how much of the lovely internet I was using in a given time. The report I was able to pull up was quite revealing. I have Time Warner and my speeds are 20mbps download and 2mbps upload. I was curious how much do I use given a certain amount of time. I was able to see usage starting from May 4th, 2014. I guess Time Warner doesn’t allow the user to see any usage longer than 5 months or maybe they just don’t keep track.87-3

Over the course of this time I used 1093 GB (gigabytes) of data. That is 1.07 TB (terabytes)! I have my TV hooked as my monitor to my computer and I do not pay for cable TV so everything I watch comes from the internet via streaming or other methods. Also, as soon as I get to my house my two iPhones (one for work and one for personal), and one iPad connects to my Wi-Fi. Between my work laptop, home desktop, 2 iPhones, and an ipad I have 5 devices that are always connected to my internet connection when I am home. When I am away from home my desktop is always on. All that being said I am going to get deep with some of these numbers because I love math and, well, let’s face it, I am a nerd.

I have figured out that I use 87.3 kb per second. That is like downloading this picture (my face) every second of every day for 5 months. Yes, this image file is 87.3 kb in size. I actually took the time in photoshop carefully sized it down to that size. eye100-5If you take in consideration that I had my internet shut off for 20 days while I was on vacation. Then you take the original 152 days from May 4th to Oct 3rd;and get 132 days. If you take the 1093 GB divided by the 132 days you get 100.5kb per second. That is like downloading this image of my eye every second for 132 days. Bored yet? As you can see below the amount of data in GB, MB, KB per DAY, HOUR, MIN, SEC.

data

To sum it all up, I was kind of impressed with how much data I used and the fact that I could see that data usage in a nice little chart. Below are the actual screenshots from the data charts from Time Warner’s website. If you have Time Warner you can see your data by logging into your MyServices section. UPDATE: They have moved this function to a mobile app.

Usage by DAY from 5/4/14 to 10/3/14
[This chart is best viewed when clicked and once it loads clicking it again to expand to full size.]full history

Usage by MONTH (May to Oct)
monthly usage

Usage by DAY (September)
daily usage
Usage by HOUR (Sept. 17th)
hourly usage

I hope you enjoyed this very nerdy look into my internet usage data. Let me know what you think below in the comments section.

It’s Blogging Time

I am trying to make this site and also blog on it at the same time. They are both not working very well. I still don’t have it it the way I want, but this is my intention for the site. I want a place that I can say and post things and then use it as a jumping platform for other sites like facebook, twitter, and instagram. Well the exception is instagram. I cannot post to instagram (as of yet), but my instgram pictures will post here.

I have a coworker and friend who blogs at 1amm3.com and he coined the term #beersandblogs and I thought it was good in principle. He wanted to have a place to be able to let loose his creative mind. He is currently limiting his blogging to his typing but I think that will soon change. The main principle is letting your mind work through your fingers and be able to share freely what is up there. I have many ideas I would like to get down on the screen and I plan on making this the place to do it.

I have been doing web design for 10 years and my creative mind has been many places and I have yet to combine those ideas into one consolidated place. This will be it. I jumped on the domain when the .me became available and I will NOT give it up. I am this domain and this domain is me. When I first was interested in web design I wanted a place to be able to reach out to my friends and now this has morphed into more of a place for me make my own place on the web.

Please be patient as I get things the way I want it. I do have big plans. I will have a photoshop/graphic design section and other webpages I have created over the years. You can go to icwnow.com to see my other site. If you want to find something just type it in the search and it will search the whole site. You can also go to https://www.google.com/?gws_rd=ssl#q=site:icwnow.com to see what google has stored from my old site (about 974 results as of this posting).

More to come…

AT&T gets rid of Contracts

att-logo-526pxI just had an in depth and detailed conversation with an AT&T rep, Diana and this is what I learned.

First some history: I had an iPhone 4 as of July 2012. It got a little wet in a hot tub in NY. I bought the iPhone iphone44s on a two year contract price of $199. A couple months ago I got a $30 discount on my AT&T monthly bill for no reason and no strings attached
. Two years later (today), I called AT&T and asked what my options were because I got a notification about AT&T Next program.

They told me told I had two options:

1. Go on the Nextatt-next program in which I pay nothing for the phone up front, no contract; and the full price of the phone is distributed along a 24 months period. At 12 months you can trade up your phone at no additional cost.

2. Sign a new 24 month contract and pay $199 up front for new phone, plus upgrade fee of $40, plus I LOSE my $30 discount.

So either way my bill goes up $30, it just matters whether I pay for the phone upfront or over the course of time. They really want people off contracts and the Next program will end up saving you about $75 over the course of a two year perdiod.

I just thought I would share what I learned because I know many of my family and friends have AT&T. I really like AT&T and have have been with them since Feb 2006 and they have really bent over backwards to keep my business with very little complaint and problems overall. I can’t speak about U-Verse, DSL, or land-line (POTS) phone or any other AT&T department, just the wireless guys.

iPhone 1-6If you have any questions I will be happy to answer what I know. I plan on checking this out further before it’s time to get my iPhone 6!

More info about AT&T Next Program:
http://www.att.com/shop/wireless/next.html