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Buy some Time With This Gadget

While traveling security in hotels is a big concern. There are heaps of fancy expensive gadgets that profess to keep you safe. Not the case.

Here is an item that costs next to nothing and seasoned travelers swear by to keep them safe. 

The simple humble ‘Door Stop’.

 

This rubber wedge is only $3 in most cases. This can be used while staying at any hotel room to stop those unwanted intruders from breaking and entering.

The toughest burglar would find trouble breaking into a hotel room with this wedge under the door where the security chain is just an easy pop of strength  to break.

If there was a lone gunman or terrorist  attack they typically go room to room and in an event of not being able to open the door they will move on to the rest of the rooms before returning to yours,  which will give you escape time and time to call for help

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Airport Security Logic

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DId You Know – 07/28/2014

 

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1. The average person walks close to 75,000 miles before reaching the age of 50.  The equivalent of five round trip flights from New York to London

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2. New Potatoes are low in starch so they are a good choice when steaming or boiling for dinner. Russet potatoes are high in starch and she fried they are less likely to absorb the cooking oil. So Russets for fries it is.

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3. In 1958 there was 41.7 million 50+ population. In 2014 it is now 108.7 million 50+ population.

Average monthly Social Security benefit  for the 50+- 1958 -$74 and in 2014 – $1,252

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An acre of hemp produces more paper than an acre of trees. Paper made from hemp lasts for centuries, compared to 25-80 years for paper made from wood pulp. The US Declaration of Independence was written on hemp paper.

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For thousands of years, until 1883, hemp was the world’s largest agricultural crop, from which the majority of fiber, fabric, soap, lighting oil, paper, incense, and medicines were produced. In addition, it was a primary source of essential food oil and protein for humans and animals. Hemp seeds contain all the essential amino acids necessary for health. The oil from hemp seeds has the highest percentage of essential fatty acids and the lowest percentage of saturated fats.

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5. Who drinks the most wine?

China produces the most grapes in the world but Spain, France and Italy produce the most wine. According to the International Organisations of Vine and Wine,  global wine consumption in 2012 was 6.4 billion gallons (243 million hectoliters), with the top ten consumer countries being –

France: 30.2 Mhl
USA: 29 Mhl
Italy: 22.6 Mhl
Germany: 20 Mhl
China: 17.8 Mhl
United Kingdom: 12.5 Mhl
Russia: 10.4 Mhl
Argentina: 10 Mhl
Spain: 9.3 Mhl
Australia: 5.4 Mhl

The most ardent wine drinkers hail from Luxembourg, at 13.2 gallons (50 litres) per capita per year. The French consume 12.7 gallons (48 litres) and the Portuguese 11.4 gallons (43 litres) per year.

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Airport Security Made Easy + Go Australia!!

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Bit hard to concentrate on this article at the moment as one eye is on the TV  ESPN as Australia is about to Play soccer against the Netherlands for the World Cup. There is probably not much of a chance beating Netherlands as they are an experienced team where I believe our Australian team is quite young.

I  spent 4 days in Dallas catching up with my niece and her partner who were on their way to the World Cup. I am expecting to see them on TV all dressed up in support of their respective team. There will be a conflict of interest here as Donna is an Australian and Franny is from the Netherlands.

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Anyway this is how the subject of Airport Security becomes an issue on my way back from Dallas. For the first time in all the traveling that I have done I got the green light and was given a PreCheck entry through security. Fantastic, I did not have to take my shoes off, no taking out iPad and laptop or bags of cosmetics out of my bag, remove belts and coats. The bag went through the X-ray machine and I just walked through the X-ray machine for body check and away I went. So quick so easy.

It just so happens I was reading in the AARP bulletin and there was an article about the fact that if you make an application to the TSA this can happen to you every time you travel.

TSA is expanding its time-saving Pre Check program. This allows certain airline passengers to use separate security lanes where they don’t need to take  all the stuff off and out of their bags.

 

Now available through nine major airlines and at nearly 120 U.S. Airports, PreCheck is being offered to people who apply as well as to randomly selected passengers ( They will have been checked when making a reservation against a terrorist watch list).

If you are in the randomly selected group there will be a PreCheck symbol on your boarding pass, which means you are heading to the fast lane.

Before December 2013 PreCheck was available only to certain folks including those wh had already been vetted trough an international program called Global Entry and frequent fliers whom airlines were allowed to invite.

 

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 Here is what you need to do to become PreChecked Airline passenger.

1. Apply online (tsa.gov). Pay an $85 fee for the vetting process

2. Make an appointment to get fingerprinted at one of the 300 enrollment centers around the States.

3. Wait eight to 11 days to receive an email with a known Traveler number that is good for  five years.

4. Include that number in your profile when you make a reservation. You will usually be flagged as a PreChecked passenger when you fly. You can then enjoy a hassle free security screening

 

I personally think that it is worth it especially if you travel often

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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5 ways hackers attack you (and how to counter them)

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I saw this article on Fox News this weekend and thought it very interesting and rather scary actually. The thing that amazed me most was that for $3,000 you are able to buy a fully operational kit to start your hacking career. unbelievable, well not really I suppose, nothing should surprise us these days.

1. Phishing scams
Received an email from the Queen of Nigeria or some official sounding lawyer offering you a million dollars to be transferred into your account once you send your details? I don’t think so. You are probably thinking who would fall for that. Well believe it thousands a year get sucked in.

2. Trojan horse
One of the most popular ways to deliver a Trojan is a variation of the phishing email scams.

An example of this(and I get one at least twice a week) is an email from a well-known shipping company saying you have a delivery (mine always seem to be DHL at the moment). Just click on the URL address and they have slipped their slimy little hands into your computer.
An alarm bell should go off if the company does not address the content of the email with your name. For example if they use Dear customer, or Dear resident. “DO NOT OPEN”. I often get one from the bank saying my ATM card is blocked. I rang the company the first time it happen just to make sure then forwarded it to their fraud department.
Similar scams appear on Facebook and Twitter. You think you’re going to watch a funny video your friend posted. Instead, a pop-up tells you to update your video player. The “update” file it provides is really a Trojan.

3. Drive-by downloads
Hackers set up websites with a virus attached. It can be found on popular search engines and look very genuine.
Hackers can also sneak on to anyones website after finding some security weakness on your site and embed their virus in your website. This then requires a very good security to detect this. You may need to contact the security software company for them to run through your site. Often you can be alerted by a person whose own website security has picked it up.
You should also be using the latest version of your programs. Anyone using Internet Explorer 6, 7 or 8 needs to update or switch browsers immediately.
All my computers are ‘Apple’ and although I do not have the same problems as a PC owner we apple owners are not impenetrable so we need to be careful.

4. Bypassing passwords
Hackers don’t waste time trying to guess your password these days.
They might get your password from a data breach at a company or website you use. That happens often as you hear on the news.
You need to change your password every now and then and also the security questions.
Give an answer to the security question that has nothing to do with the questions.
That would be confusing for them.

5. Using open Wi-fi
Just don’t do it.
Hackers or neighbors can hack your computer from outside your building or at Starbucks or wherever you are sitting innocently working on your computer.
I think most people know this now but just in case check your security system to make sure.

This is a very good article and worth reading in full
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Did You Know – These Five Things About Superman – 06/10/2013

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Superman made his comic debut 75 years ago this month – that being June 2013.  This is some of Supermans history as exposed by Larry Tye the author of Superman:  The High-Flying History of Americas’s Most Enduring Hero.

1. He has a Social Security number –In a 1966 issue of Action Comics, editors revealed that Clark Kent’s SSN is 092-09-6616

That number actually belonged to a flesh and blood New Yorker, Giobatta Baiocchi, who had died a year earlier ( no one knows why his number was picked)

2. He does not just fight fictional villains like Lex Luthor and Mr. Mxyzptik. –  In a 1940 story commissioned for LOOK magazine, Superman hauled Hitler and Stalin before a league of Nations war crimes tribunal and battled white hooded Ku Klux Klansmen in a 1946 radio serial. Oddest of all in 1978 he boxed Muhammad Ali  – and lost.

3. He failed his Army physical during World War 11 – You may ask why? He inadvertently read an eye chart in the adjoining room with his X-Ray vision.

4. He’s probably Jewish. – Superman creators Joe Shuster and Jerry Siegel gave plenty of clues from Superman’s Kryptonian name Kal-El (Hebrew for “vessel of God”), to his origin story straight out of Exodus (as with Moses, his parent launched him to safety and adoption by gentiles, Martha and Jonathan Kent).

5. His middle name – Revealed in the comics in 1997 – is Joseph

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In A Perfect world

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I could add a few more on to this:

Movies were still 9c a ticket.
No Security checks at the Airports

Drive your bike past a fuel Station and it automatically filled the fuel tank without having to get off the bike.

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