Posts By Russ

Airdog auto-follow drone, if only it were real

Written by on 1st January 2018 in Uncategorized with 0 Comments

A few years ago (back in 2014 I believe), I read about a new drone that could follow you while you wear a transponder. It was called AirDog. It seems to be vaporware (not real yet).

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Why Zillow mortgage reviews are crap

Written by on 28th October 2017 in review with 0 Comments

I have been trying to post a negative review on Zillow about my experience with a mortgage broker, and the broker objected to my review to zillow because it was such a bad experience, and now Zillow keeps rejecting it. Which makes me wonder how many other times people have tried to post negative reviews and been denied. Since I am not sure zillow will keep the review, I am posting my own review here of Thomas Bepko and Total Mortgage.

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Who is Nicholas Stonob and why doesn’t he pay his bills?

Written by on 1st August 2017 in spam with 1 Comment

For years now, I have been receiving robo-calls for someone I’ve never heard of, with seemingly no way to make it stop. I get an operator, explain that I’m not him and they claim they take me off the list. Only for the calls to start again from a different collections agency!

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Enable SNMP on Extreme Networks Switch

Written by on 3rd November 2016 in technology with 0 Comments

The newer Extreme Networks XOS has a nice auto-secure sort of feature when you first set them up that locks down several things, one of them being SNMP. I was trying to add some X440G2 switches to Cacti and was having trouble enabling SNMP. These are the commands that seemed to work.

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Automatic Ticketing Parking Meter

Written by on 26th May 2016 in raspberry pi with 0 Comments

One of my hobbies is embedded electronics. I was thinking of how cities/municipalities/etc pay a lot of “meter maids” to go around and ticket parking offenses, and how it really should be automated. This way you could eliminate most of them (but not all) and increase revenue at the same time. Of course if you park at meters you probably won’t like this prototype I’ve made.

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Laundromat Watcher

Written by on 25th May 2016 in laundromat with 0 Comments

Back in 2009, I used to own a laundromat. It was a self-service unattended laundromat that was still coin-op, no card system. I wanted to know how much traffic my laundromat was getting, to see busy times of day and get some metrics without having to be there. Thus spawned a little invention of mine, the laundromat watcher.

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Verizon Wireless Arena spam

Written by on 1st December 2015 in spam with 0 Comments

I have unsubscribed many times over the past 2 years, and they keep sending me more junk. I got tired of the junk mail they kept sending so I set a rule to forward it to their abuse department. It has been a few months, and now their abuse mailbox is invalid.

Guess they don’t care about spamming people, I’ll never go there again!

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Written by on 13th November 2015 in review with 0 Comments

Just a quick note about my experience with Orbitz. I booked a flight/hotel combo, and then had to cancel it that same day and paid approx $25 cancellation fee. A few days later I re-booked the same flight/hotel, but then had to cancel a day later. I spent over an hour on the phone with an Orbitz representative waiting for their computer system to cancel the flight and hotel, and was told it was all cancelled and things were fine. So I thought.

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Written by on 28th July 2015 in spam with 0 Comments

When you are thinking about renting out your home, you want to list it on the websites that generate the most traffic and inquiries. Currently VRBO/Homeaway and AirBNB are the most popular listing websites. Most everyone else doesn’t get much traffic at all and in my opinion are not worth your time. But it seems there is a new player in town that wants to upset things,

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Cherry Framework Exploit

Written by on 27th July 2015 in security with 0 Comments

It seems there is an easy exploit in the popular Cherry Framework plugin for WordPress. It allows someone to easily upload or replace files on your website. Since it is in the “admin” section, I just created a simple Directory rule in my httpd.conf file:

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