I almost just got scammed hard: a cautionary tale. So, I got a call from the 1-800 number on the back of my ATM Card: Wells Fargo. I answered, and a Fraud Department agent said my ATM card had just been used at a Target in Minnesota, was I on vacation? Ugh.
So the card-replacement dance began. “Is the card in your possession?” It was. The agent asked for the CVV code to verify i had it. After verifying, he offered to expedite a replacement. First he had to read some disclosures. Then he asked me to key in a new PIN.
I picked a random PIN and entered it. Verified it again. Then he asked me to key in my current PIN.
“Don’t you… know my PIN?”
“It’s just to confirm the change. I can’t see what you enter.”
“But… you’re the bank. You have my PIN, and you CAN see what I enter…”
A story. When I was 13 years old (pictured), my family planned a road trip to Seattle. And all I wanted to do, more than anything else in the universe, was visit Nintendo in nearby Redmond.
Nintendo was everything to me as a kid. Their games changed the way I looked at the world — they’re why I open every door and press every button and spot every detail. I couldn’t eat without having a Nintendo magazine to read while eating. And…… heck yes I was a Fun Club member
I also called Nintendo Customer Service… a lot. (1-800-422-2602. Still memorized, and still works.) So before our trip, I called them up to make sure they gave tours. "Uh, I'm sure someone can show you around!" the guy said. Awesome!
When we checked into our Airbnb, the lights were all dead. Like, pitch black. They‘re all controlled by these overcooked touchscreen panels in every room, and “one guy” in London knows how to fix them. So, they moved us to another unit for the night. The next day…
...they moved us back, and began unpacking a ton of IKEA floor lights to solve the problem. (To their credit, a quality workaround!) But at this point my nerd brain had enough and I started opening cabinets!!!
* note: Nicole bought the flowers. One weird Airbnb improvement trick
Bingo! Hell. First weird thing: NOTHING was plugged into the Ethernet hub?!? No relays, no controllers. Also noticed the “master controller” had an RS232 output that ALSO wasn’t plugged in to the adapter. So I plugged it all in! Now the controllers worked! But no lights…
A quick thread. This article has been freaking people — vice.com/en_au/article/… — and I understand why, because in 2018 it seems any horrible thing is possible. But I'm going to officially call bullhonkey on the basics, and here's why.
The author confirmed to me via DM that he was doing his test on an iPhone. He'd talk towards the phone, without launching any app, and saw his ads change. BUT: on iOS, any app recording you in the background triggers a giant red symbol to appear in the upper-left corner!
In other words, if you're using iOS, YOU WILL KNOW if an app is recording your audio secretly on your phone. If Facebook was doing this, the corner of your phone would be red 24/7. There's no way around it. (Except maybe if your phone is jailbroken.)
Apple Park Visitor Center is a detail fanatic’s dream. From the curved glass, to the super clean perimeter fence (no cross braces), to the world’s nicest fire extinguisher cabinet, to the tiny tiny perforations in the wood ceiling to eliminate room reverb.
Everything was the fanciest version of everything. The elevators were the good ones from Japan — Mitsubishi I think, but unbranded of course. That means they were fast, the door close button actually worked, and you could double tap an accidental floor button press to cancel it.
I peeked under a real nice chair in the visitor center out of curiosity. (I can’t help it!) This ain’t IKEA. More on the chair:
I found a higher-res version of that photo of coolest-person @SusanKare, and I wish I could zoom and enhance on every single toy, note, and scrap of paper. I can only make out the "1983-84 Texaco-Metropolitain Opera Radio Broadcast Schedule". imagazin.mk/wp-content/upl…
Super eagle-eyed @davehayden recognized the paper pinned up on the left — it's an illustration from the original MacPaint manual! How have I never seen these incredible robots before!
And here's one more figured out! I'd love to see close-up of that billboard. (Chris, just in case you didn't know, was Apple employee #8!) The answer: