Orbitz.com sucks

Orbitz.com sucks

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….

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HomeEscape.com texting spam

HomeEscape.com texting spam

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, HomeEscape.com.

Cherry Framework Exploit

Cherry Framework Exploit

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:

So you’ve locked yourself out of your Sonicwall NSA

So you’ve locked yourself out of your Sonicwall NSA

I had a funny experience where I had accidentally locked myself out of a Sonicwall NSA series firewall. I was replacing the login page with a custom one, and I had accidentally clicked OK before pasting the full HTML code. So now the login page was broken!

Tips on securing and monitoring your vacation home

Tips on securing and monitoring your vacation home

So you’ve finally done it, you’ve gone and bought a vacation home! Now your next thoughts are on keeping it secured, since it is so far away and probably vacant most of the time. Be it on the side of a mountain, a tropical island, at the beach, or just in your favorite city, there are some steps you can take to secure it. This is how I secured and monitor my vacation home.

CT30 Thermostat Zwave trouble

CT30 Thermostat Zwave trouble

I bought several of these thermostats because they are cheap basic ZWave thermostats. Turns out, there is a very specific bug for some of these (including one that I received)! It makes all other zwave devices in your network go offline, because if floods the network with messages!

Google Maps is sleazy

Google Maps is sleazy

Earlier today, I was looking for a local ski shop because I wanted to buy some new boots tonight for this weekend. So I opened Google Maps, and it gave me results for several options. So I clicked on the first one and was checking out their website, they had good inventory and I opened the chat window to talk to someone there. I was asking about inventory, at which point I discovered they aren’t even in this state! Google…

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What I learned from owning a Laundromat

What I learned from owning a Laundromat

Back in 2009, I bought a laundromat… I thought it would be pretty easy: clean the place up, respond to voicemails from people that lost money, fix the machines that were broken, and collect the money for a low-stress passive and reliable income source.  So I thought at the time.

Raspberry Pi to open Garage Door

Raspberry Pi to open Garage Door

I came across a neat project that someone did where they wired up their garage door to be opened by their Raspberry Pi.  I thought I would give it a try and I had some issues.  I made this post in case someone else runs into the same problems.

No more motorcycle

No more motorcycle

My motorcycle was hit by a car a couple weeks ago. It was hit with such force that it was knocked over onto its side and the steering lock was broken off! I was able to drive it home, however it definitely had some problems. In the end my insurance company ended up writing it off completely, so I took the money and I’ll get a new one later. On the plus side, Progressive was a pleasure to deal with,…

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