To do list

Recently my TODO list has been getting out of control. This is perhaps partially due to work situations [like my boss being out on vacation last week, and in the hospital the week before], but I finally got a few things accomplished. Here are some of the things that I got done recently:

    [X] Buy Motorcycle (aka get loan)
    [X] Pay for Motorcycle
    [X] Get insurance for Motorcycle
    [X] Register Motorcycle and get Vanity Plates
    [X] Study for written Motorcycle test for permit
    [X] Get Learners Permit
    [X] Setup Realmsboard.net
    [X] Create new version of maps.realmsboard.net
    [X] Invite EH’s to preview both
    [X] Register a new domain name blackwolfgaming.com and .info
    [X] registrar transfer ishnr.org and nhrdwidowers.org.
    [X] Disassemble my office for Seamus to move into
    [X] Organize the totes in the nook
    [X] Get over ear infection
    [X] Quit smoking (again)

Now if only I could pick the motorcycle up soon… Once I do I will of course post some pics. 🙂

Saving Money Quest: Light bulbs

Last year was a hard year for my employer. As a result it was a hard year for my wife and I also, as I lost 16 hours a week. While I quickly found a part time job to cover some of the lost wages it meant tightening the proverbial belt a little and reducing our expenses. So I’ve tried my best to reduce my bills doing things like: downsizing my Cable package and getting rid of the house phone; clipping coupons; signing up for a cash back credit card; doing some comparison shopping; etc. I’ve also kept my eyes open for and actively looking for bargains and today I found something worth sharing with everyone.

It seems that some electric company’s give rebates for updating your house or work with more energy efficient devices and lights. If you live in NH you should really take a look at:

NHSaves

Now while the LED light blubs are still very pricey the cost of the squiggly bulbs is incredible. Especially check out the prices on the TCP 14w SpringLamp and the 19w and 23w SpringLights.

If you don’t live in NH you should check out your local power provider they chances are they have an energy saving programs or rebates.

Weekend in Review

This weekend was pretty busy. Saturday Irate and I went out to Derry for Timbywaffles “surprise” birthday party. It was nice to see some people that I haven’t seen in a while and hang out with Tom. Happy birthday bro.

Sunday was the annual Blackwood Season kick off cookout and barbeque. It was nice to see everyone even if it was rainy. Congrats Nos on making Champion again this year.

Not just PSN also SOE!

I received this email a little while ago. If you played EQ or EQ2 etc the recent Sony Data breach also pertains to you.

    Customer Service Notification May 2, 2011

    Dear Valued Sony Online Entertainment Customer:

    Our ongoing investigation of illegal intrusions into Sony Online Entertainment systems has discovered that hackers may have obtained personal customer information from SOE systems. We are today advising you that the personal information you provided us in connection with your SOE account may have been stolen in a cyber-attack. Stolen information includes, to the extent you provided it to us, the following: name, address (city, state, zip, country), email address, gender, birthdate, phone number, login name and hashed password.

    Customers outside the United States should be advised that we further discovered evidence that information from an outdated database from 2007 containing approximately 12,700 non-US customer credit or debit card numbers and expiration dates (but not credit card security codes) and about 10,700 direct debit records listing bank account numbers of certain customers in Germany, Austria, Netherlands and Spain may have also been obtained and we will be notifying each of those customers promptly.

    There is no evidence that our main credit card database was compromised. It is in a completely separate and secured environment.

    We had previously believed that SOE customer data had not been obtained in the cyber-attacks on the company, but on May 1st we concluded that SOE account information may have been stolen and we are notifying you as soon as possible.

    We apologize for the inconvenience caused by the attack and as a result, we have:
    1. Temporarily turned off all SOE game services;
    2. Engaged an outside, recognized security firm to conduct a full and complete investigation into what happened; and
    3. Quickly taken steps to enhance security and strengthen our network infrastructure to provide you with greater protection of your personal information.

    We greatly appreciate your patience, understanding and goodwill as we do whatever it takes to resolve these issues as quickly and efficiently as practicable.

    For your security, we encourage you to be especially aware of email, telephone, and postal mail scams that ask for personal or sensitive information. Sony will not contact you in any way, including by email, asking for your credit card number, social security number or other personally identifiable information. If you are asked for this information, you can be confident Sony is not the entity asking. When SOE™’s services are fully restored, we strongly recommend that you log on and change your password. Additionally, if you use your Station or SOE game account name or password for other unrelated services or accounts, we strongly recommend that you change them, as well.

    To protect against possible identity theft or other financial loss, we encourage you to remain vigilant, to review your account statements and to monitor your credit reports. We are providing the following information for those who wish to consider it:

  • U.S. residents are entitled under U.S. law to one free credit report annually from each of the three major credit bureaus. To order your free credit report, visit www.annualcreditreport.com or call toll-free (877) 322-8228.
  • We have also provided names and contact information for the three major U.S. credit bureaus below. At no charge, U.S. residents can have these credit bureaus place a “fraud alert” on your file that alerts creditors to take additional steps to verify your identity prior to granting credit in your name. This service can make it more difficult for someone to get credit in your name. Note, however, that because it tells creditors to follow certain procedures to protect you, it also may delay your ability to obtain credit while the agency verifies your identity. As soon as one credit bureau confirms your fraud alert, the others are notified to place fraud alerts on your file. Should you wish to place a fraud alert, or should you have any questions regarding your credit report, please contact any one of the agencies listed below.
    Experian: 888-397-3742; www.experian.com; P.O. Box 9532, Allen, TX 75013
    Equifax: 800-525-6285; www.equifax.com; P.O. Box 740241, Atlanta, GA 30374-0241
    TransUnion: 800-680-7289; www.transunion.com; Fraud Victim Assistance Division, P.O. Box 6790, Fullerton, CA 92834-6790

  • You may wish to visit the web site of the U.S. Federal Trade Commission at www.consumer.gov/idtheft or reach the FTC at (877) 382-4357 or 600 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20580 for further information about how to protect yourself from identity theft. Your state Attorney General may also have advice on preventing identity theft, and you should report instances of known or suspected identity theft to law enforcement, your State Attorney General, and the FTC. For North Carolina residents, the Attorney General can be contacted at 9001 Mail Service Center, Raleigh, NC 27699-9001; telephone (877) 566-7226; or www.ncdoj.gov. For Maryland residents, the Attorney General can be contacted at 200 St. Paul Place, 16th Floor, Baltimore, MD 21202; telephone: (888) 743-0023; or www.oag.state.md.us.

    We are committed to helping our customers protect their personal data and we will provide a complimentary offering to assist users in enrolling in identity theft protection services and/or similar programs. The implementation will be at a local level and further details will be made available shortly in regions in which such programs are commonly utilized.

    We thank you for your patience as we complete our investigation of this incident, and we regret any inconvenience. Our teams are working around the clock on this, and services will be restored as soon as possible. Sony takes information protection very seriously and will continue to work to ensure that additional measures are taken to protect personally identifiable information. Providing quality and secure entertainment services to our customers is our utmost priority. Please contact us at (866) 436-6698 should you have any additional questions.

    Sincerely,
    Sony Online Entertainment LLC

Fantastic, just fantastic. /sigh

Recycling: Businesses

Today I went outside here at work, and the bar next door has about six large trash bags tucked behind their dumpster, and I got to thinking. NH seems to be a little behind the times on recycling laws. How many resources are dumped into land fills that we could easily recycle? Things like cans, bottles, papers. What businesses are the largest producers of this type of waste? Bars and restaurants. How could we incentivize (is that a word?) these companies to recycle?

So that lead me to think that perhaps we should make recycling of most (say 75%) of such waste mandatory. We already do state health inspections of facilities. How hard would it be to have them check to make sure that most of a businesses waste in these areas is put into a separate bin for recycling? Seems pretty trivial to me. Alternatively the towns and/or state could provide pick up services (like they to do residential) and it could be tracked that way. I understand that businesses would need to pay for the receptacles, and the service, but that could then be tied into a tax break for them. (ie Cost of doing business.) Or an additional reward of an additional tax break.

Just some random thoughts…