technology, telephone

Fake Caller ID

www.CallerIDFaker.com. Now that’s a new one to me, a good one and it sounds kind of funny, the description for it, unless it can happen to you, the idea that you can find out if someone may think you are someone else by changing the caller ID. What an interesting twist of that now age old classic of hiding out from Caller ID. And if you happen to be looking for this fake caller ID, you can find it at www.CallerIDFaker.com. Have a great fake caller ID day.

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The Ching Chings

Hey Bloggers, or anyone who may be reading this blah blog. And even when it seems as if the world is falling down all around me, I still find myself blah blogging sometimes. And this post that comes to mind happens to be about the phrase “The ching chings.” As in those iPod radios that are so loud when one is going their way on that New York City subway train or bus that one can hear the noise from someone elses headphones sitting right next to them that manifests itself as a loud ching ching. And these ching ching beats, the noise of a music beat can even be heard seemingly from a mile away on that subway bus, car or other mode of transportation as one is going their way. And this newest, most recent phenomenon of those high tech gadgets seems as if it wants to turn humanity into robots, a robot nation of texting, gaming, fidgeting and gadgeting away in a trance in transit robots nation on the streets of New York and beyond in this world we live in in these days and times. Have a great radio headphone listening going my way day.

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Kids

Hey Bloggers, or at least whoever may be reading this blog post. And I am not exactly sure how I came across this one in my internet travels in internetland, though it seems to be from that publication WIRED, and I sure seem to find it sitting in my email inbox as if it could be waiting for me to post it on this blog or something. And the following is one of those postings I find myself posting that I thought was interesting to repost, and besides, hey it’s less writing sometimes… Have a great 100 things your kids may never know about day.

Audio-Visual Entertainment

1. Inserting a VHS tape into a VCR to watch a movie or to record something.
2. Super-8 movies and cine film of all kinds.
3. Playing music on an audio tape using a personal stereo. See what happens when you give a Walkman to todays teenager.
4. The number of TV channels being a single digit. I remember it being a massive event when Britain got its fourth channel.
5. Standard-definition, CRT TVs filling up half your living room.
6. Rotary dial televisions with no remote control. You know, the ones where the kids were the remote control.
7. High-speed dubbing.
8. 8-track cartridges.
9. Vinyl records. Even today’s DJs are going laptop or CD.
10. Betamax tapes.
11. MiniDisc.
12. Laserdisc: the LP of DVD.
13. Scanning the radio dial and hearing static between stations. (Digital tuners + HD radio bork this concept.)
14. Shortwave radio.
15. 3-D movies meaning red-and-green glasses.
16. Watching TV when the networks say you should. Tivo and Sky+ are slowing killing this one.
17. That there was a time before ‘reality TV.’

Computers and Videogaming
18. Wires. OK, so they’re not gone yet, but it won’t be long
19. The scream of a modem connecting.
20. The buzz of a dot-matrix printer
21. 5- and 3-inch floppies, Zip Discs and countless other forms of data storage.
22. Using jumpers to set IRQs.
23. DOS.
24. Terminals accessing the mainframe.
25. Screens being just green (or orange) on black.
26. Tweaking the volume setting on your tape deck to get a computer game to load, and waiting ages for it to actually do it.
27. Daisy chaining your SCSI devices and making sure they’ve all got a different ID.
28. Counting in kilobytes.
29. Wondering if you can afford to buy a RAM upgrade.
30. Blowing the dust out of a NES cartridge in the hopes that it’ll load this time.
31. Turning a PlayStation on its end to try and get a game to load.
32. Joysticks.
33. Having to delete something to make room on your hard drive.
34. Booting your computer off of a floppy disk.
35. Recording a song in a studio.

The Internet
36. NCSA Mosaic.
37. Finding out information from an encyclopedia.
38. Using a road atlas to get from A to B.
39. Doing bank business only when the bank is open.
40. Shopping only during the day, Monday to Saturday.
41. Phone books and Yellow Pages.
42. Newspapers and magazines made from dead trees.
43. Actually being able to get a domain name consisting of real words.
44. Filling out an order form by hand, putting it in an envelope and posting it.
45. Not knowing exactly what all of your friends are doing and thinking at every moment.
46. Carrying on a correspondence with real letters, especially the handwritten kind.
47. Archie searches.
48. Gopher searches.
49. Concatenating and UUDecoding binaries from Usenet.
50. Privacy.
51. The fact that words generally don’t have num8er5 in them.
52. Correct spelling of phrases, rather than TLAs.
53. Waiting several minutes (or even hours!) to download something.
54. The time before botnets/security vulnerabilities due to always-on and always-connected PCs
55. The time before PC networks.
56. When Spam was just a meat product — or even a Monty Python sketch.

Gadgets
57. Typewriters.
58. Putting film in your camera: 35mm may have some life still, but what about APS or disk?
59. Sending that film away to be processed.
60. Having physical prints of photographs come back to you.
61. CB radios.
62. Getting lost. With GPS coming to more and more phones, your location is only a click away.
63. Rotary-dial telephones.
64. Answering machines.
65. Using a stick to point at information on a wallchart
66. Pay phones.
67. Phones with actual bells in them.
68. Fax machines.
69. Vacuum cleaners with bags in them.

Everything Else
70. Taking turns picking a radio station, or selecting a tape, for everyone to listen to during a long drive.
71. Remembering someone’s phone number.
72. Not knowing who was calling you on the phone.
73. Actually going down to a Blockbuster store to rent a movie.
74. Toys actually being suitable for the under-3s.
75. LEGO just being square blocks of various sizes, with the odd wheel, window or door.
76. Waiting for the television-network premiere to watch a movie after its run at the theater.
77. Relying on the 5-minute sport segment on the nightly news for baseball highlights.
78. Neat handwriting.
79. The days before the nanny state.
80. Starbuck being a man.
81. Han shoots first.
82. “Obi-Wan never told you what happened to your father.” But they’ve already seen episode III, so it’s no big surprise.
83. Kentucky Fried Chicken, as opposed to KFC.
84. Trig tables and log tables.
85. “Don’t know what a slide rule is for …”
86. Finding books in a card catalog at the library.
87. Swimming pools with diving boards.
88. Hershey bars in silver wrappers.
89. Sliding the paper outer wrapper off a Kit-Kat, placing it on the palm of your hand and clapping to make it bang loudly. Then sliding your finger down the silver foil of break off the first finger
90. A Marathon bar (what a Snickers used to be called in Britain).
91. Having to manually unlock a car door.
92. Writing a check.
93. Looking out the window during a long drive.
94. Roller skates, as opposed to blades.
95. Cash.
96. Libraries as a place to get books rather than a place to use the internet.
97. Spending your entire allowance at the arcade in the mall.
98. Omni Magazine
99. A physical dictionary — either for spelling or definitions.
100. When a ‘geek’ and a ‘nerd’ were one and the same.

My thanks go out to all of my fellow GeekDads for their contributions to this list.

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Communications

Hey bloggers, and with the invention of technology it seems as if it is no longer the stone age anymore with all of those high tech gadgets that are to be found everywhere these days and times. And it’s the age of technology, the internet and computers these days also. And then there’s communications, the telephone, internet and tv. And what are the best services out there for getting all of these services together. Well, if you happen to be looking for a cable company to deliver you that telephone, internet and television service all in one, you can find that package deal at Charter. They offer Cable TV, high speed internet and telephone service with their service bundle builder. Their bundling services can get you the communications services you are looking for. And when you order services at their website you have a chance to win a grand prize package that includes an LCD flat screen HDTV, a Home Theater System, and one year of free Charter Digital Cable service with HD programming throughout the month of April. Now that’s cool. You can also read about the digital transition 2009 at their website as well and how Charter can help you before your tv goes dark. With Charter Communications finding those communication services has never been easier.

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Those Automobiles Again

And it is Sunday again, that supposed day of rest or is that Saturday the sabbath. And yet I find myself blah blogging away again on this blog. And those thoughts going on to me on this day are, am I still stuck in the 1800’s or something when I pass by those nightclubs with bouncer doormen velvet ropes in front of a doorway scanning photo I.D’s of customers with handheld machines that can take ones photo as if they are suspect for wanting to enter a venue. And how long have I been gone with Big Bother passing me by with this technology world. And in other thoughts again. Speaking of cars and automobiles again as in that previous post. Am I still stuck in the 1800’s of the stone age again or something as I look inside of cars and automobiles and see that there are little flat screen televisions in them on the dashboards. And every other one of those cars seems to have one of these televisions in them built in or sitting on their dashboards. What’s that all about? Isn’t it supposed to be distracting to be driving while watching television. And then there’s that UV ultraviolet light beaming tons of blue light out from them. And are those those GPS global positioning systems that have been in the news a lot lately. Those follow you where ever you are on planet earth tracking surveillance spy on you big brother devices, that can also help one find directions when they are lost somewhere on planet earth. And what’s the purpose of those devices again? And do those mini television screens talk to you, as I believe I heard someone say that they do. Maybe they have computer voices or advertising voices coming from them, I am not exactly sure. And whatever those mini automobile tv screens may be all about, have a great television watching day.
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A Sale For Shopping

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Attention holidays shoppers, if you happen to be one of them. Have you noticed that today is black friday, that shopping holiday that’s been advertised for quite some time now in anticipation of the holiday shopping season. Well that day is here today. And I know because all of those long lines around the block at what seems like every shopping outlet says so. And what better time of year to get that great gift of communications and the digital age of technology. Now you can order Charter’s Ultimate Bundle online or any of their services sold separately, you get a $250 gift card to go along with that cable TV, high speed internet and telephone service. Now that’s an interesting online holiday deal. With their ultimate service bundle, you can get digital cable with lots of different movie channels to keep you movie watching, unlimited calling for the telephone, and also a chance to win an X-Box 360 game console. This can be a great deal online for bundled services at great prices. And that free $250.00 gift card seems like it can be the shopping deal of the year. At Charter Communications, you can also customize the bundle that’s right for you. With Charter Communications, shopping for the ultimate television, telephone and internet service bundle has never been easier.

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A Luddite

A Luddite. What’s a Luddite. I just ran across that word in a newspaper article that was talking about technology. And I gather this word may have something to do with technology and the industrial revolution maybe. And what’s that industrial revolution all about anyway, is that when people protested the invention of the machine to replace human beings or something. And this is a historical word to me, someone who may be stuck in the stone age of the year 1400 and has not yet advanced to the twentieth century of superman and the Jetsons space age. And what was life before the invention of all of these high tech devices that surround humanity at the moment. What was life like before the invention of computers, the internet, social media, web 2.0, e mail, fax machines, cell phones, answering machine, compact disc, dvd’s, 8 track tapes, web cams, information overload, satellites, jets, airplanes, trains, television, radio, guns, firearms, telephones, caller i.d., call waiting, the upc bar code, scanner technology everything, you’re on candid camera everywhere you go on planet earth surveillance spy devices, gps global positioning system tracking devices, social security numbers, blackberry crackberries, laptops and a lot of other machinery and devices that passes me now. And has humanity become mechanical desensitized robots and slaves to the machine and the computer with the invention of these devices. What was life like to sit around the fire for conversation. Was life before the invention of technology and high tech devices a more simpler time. And what does that word Luddite mean again, does that internet bible dictionary Wikipedia have an entry for that? Luddite, that sounds like an historical, antique stone age word to me. Technology has changed the world.

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This Area Code

Looking for an Area Code Finder? Well you can find it at USA Area Codes. You can search for any area code and find information about that area code and a list of phone numbers within that area code. You can find exchanges currently active in each state of America at their website. Now that’s interesting in this age of computer technology.

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Who Just Called

Now that’s interesting in this age of technology and communications, now one can do that Reverse Phone Lookup and find out who just called without having to guess. Now the 50 State Phone Lookup takes out all of the guessing of who just called. Their directory lets you to look up unknown, unpublished and cell phone numbers to see who may have called you. And how interesting this reverse phone search is in the age of communication and technology these days.
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Follow Me

And so I asked this guy at this art opening the other day, “Hey, do you have a camera on your cell phone that you can take a picture of that cool art installation with?”, and his reply was “No, I don’t. All of those new cell phones have that GPS, Global Positioning System thing on them and the government, or Big Brother or someone can track you with it. They can actually turn on your cell phone and listen to your conversation. So I just have one of these older model cell phones without the camera.” Now that was a scary reply to me that I have never thought of or considered. The idea that Big Brother could be watching you and following your every move through your own cell phone, as if it could be some sort of scene from that Eagle Eye movie. And are those gps devices the new modern form of big brother spying on civilization and society. Is this the newest Jetsons space age version of George Orwell’s 1984 Winston Smith character and his telescreen that can talk to him. Are these global positioning system things that are to be found in just about every other electronic device these days really helpful for things other than getting lost and other reasons. And whatever happened to that good old fashioned road map. And maybe I am just still stuck in the stone age or something and have not yet advanced to Kali Yuga and her Iron Age. And what, if anything, does this have to do with a No Police State?

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