Tuesday, June 27, 2006

Carolina First Bank Counterfeit Checks in Circulation

An alert released last week from the FDIC:
FDIC: SA-168-2006: Counterfeit Checks Bearing the Name Carolina First Bank, Greenville, South Carolina, are Reportedly in Circulation

"Carolina First Bank, Greenville, South Carolina, has contacted the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) to report that counterfeit checks bearing the bank's name are in circulation. The counterfeit items are associated with a lottery scam and are accompanied by a letter purportedly sent by the 'Bonanza 2000 Australian International Lotto,' which is being mailed from Canada.

The counterfeit items include the routing number 053902197, which is assigned to Carolina First Bank, and are similar to authentic checks. On the counterfeit items, 'THE SOUTH | FINANCIAL GROUP' is displayed on two lines in the top-left corner and is followed by 'CAROLINA FIRST BANK, A Subsidiary of The SouthFinancial Group,' which has no space between the words 'South' and 'Financial.' A toll-free telephone number, which is not associated with the bank, is shown beneath the bank address."

Even with the easy access of the internet, it looks like old-fashioned paper based frauds are still being perpetrated.

Tuesday, June 20, 2006

Police getting phone data from brokers

The incredible availability of our personal information turns even the good guys into lawbreakers.

AP: Police got phone data from brokers - Yahoo! News

Monday, June 19, 2006

Reduviidae Nymph

Reduviidae Nymph 4594
Originally uploaded by Yanov.

On Sunday the most bizarre little bug landed on my hand. It made me think of a spiny lobster. It was very tiny, less than half an inch long. It was spiky and menacing looking despite it's very tiny size. I am sure that on it's home planet it is a great warrior. I took quite a few pictures of it, mostly because I was unsure as to whether I had got it in sharp focus. Bug pictures can be difficult especially when the bug is small and fast. Thank goodness it couldn't fly or I would have had no pictures at all.

Based on the very valuable web resource, www.bugguide.net, I have tentatively identified this as an assassin bug nymph.

Sunday, June 18, 2006

First Father's Day Cards

I got my first Father's Day cards ever!

Friday, June 16, 2006

Google wants to be your (pay) Pal

According to Wired:
Internet search leader Google is testing a system that aims to speed purchases online...

Sources claim that Google it isn't aiming at PayPal, but that it is an online purchase system. My bet is that the guessing game will be over in the next two weeks.

via: Wired

Smack a new screen onto your Mac

A very clever person has put together some software to allow you to smack the screen around on your mac. It looks useful.

Hmmm..... Can I do this with my Toshiba?

qv: blog.medallia.com

Thursday, June 15, 2006

Podcast: Google Spreadsheets and your calls on Your Day

Miss June's live call in show? No problem! It's podcast right here. We started this episode off with a bit of talk about Google Spreadsheets.

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Tuesday, June 13, 2006

I voted today...

I was a little bummed out because they didn't have any of the "I voted" stickers. I decided to post one here instead.

Thursday, June 08, 2006

We're LIVE on Your Day today!

Don't miss 12:30 - 1:00: A live call-in segment on blogging, online news media, and other internet technologies. Eric Rodgers hosts Phil Yanov, Director of Business Development at Acentron Technologies, and founder and Executive Director of the GSA Technology Council. Members of the radio audience are invited to ask about computer technology and related topics during the second half of Your Day.

Listeners may call in with questions via the toll-free number: 888-539-8859.

Where to listen?
# 89.3 Charleston
# 90.1 Greenville / Spartanburg
# 91.3 Columbia
# 88.1 Sumter / Columbia
# 89.1 Aiken /Augusta
# 89.9 Beaufort / Hilton Head
# 90.1 Conway / Myrtle Beach

(all numbers in MHz.)

qv: Your Day
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Writely gets number crunching sibling...

Every time Google releases a new product the entire news and blogosphere is set aflame. This time Google is testing a limited release, limited function, limited size spreadsheet which everyone seems determined to compare to Excel.

qv: InformationWeek | Review: Google Spreadsheet

Wednesday, June 07, 2006

Video: More fun with Mentos

The stuff people will do for attention. It's marvelous.

UPDATE: This video has now moved to www.eepybird.com.

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Podcast: Your Day Technology - Cell Phones Hazardous to your Health

Miss May's live call in show? No problem! It's podcast here. This podcast version even includes calls we took "off the air" after the show was over.

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Aggressive Spam Filter costs Cobb County Taxpayers $250,000

From NPR's Day to Day
A Georgia school, eager to avoid a large volume of junk e-mail, recently installed an aggressive anti-spam system. Unfortunately, the filter stopped a message from a contractor who was submitting a low bid to do work for the school, and the spam filter error may have cost the school thousands of dollars.
Once again, we should probably apply the cockroach theory to this news item. My guess is that the problem is exceedingly widespread. I find myself almost daily calling people to see if they are able to find my email which has been trapped in my correspondent's soup nazi of a spam filter. No email for you!

Listen: NPR: Spam Filter Costly to Georgia School

Tuesday, June 06, 2006

APRS Presentation to Blue Ridge Amateur Radio Society

Last night I spoke to the Blue Ridge Amateur Radio Society on the topic of APRS, the Automatic Position Reporting System developed by Bob Bruninga. I have been using the system for a number of years to let me track my vehicle so that it is visible to other amateur radio operators as well as via the internet. I used a PowerPoint presentation provided on the APRS-IS website by Peter Loveall (AE5PL).

qv: APRS Presentations at www.aprs-is.net

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It just gets worse -- 2.2M active troops have their identity stolen

From Forbes:
Personal data on about 2.2 million active-duty military, Guard and Reserve personnel - not just 50,000 as initially believed - were among those stolen from a Veterans Affairs employee last month, the government said Tuesday.
via: Forbes.com

If you believe in the Cockroach Theory then you know that many more reports of the mass misappropriation of previously private personal information are sure to follow.

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Monday, June 05, 2006

Phil Yanov to speak at Small Business Start-Up Advisory Forum

In case you have missed me lately, here is a chance to see me in public:

Date: 6/12/2006
Time: 4:00 PM TO 5:30 PM
Where: Greenville Chamber

Event Description:
Mine for ideas with successful business owners who are passionate about helping start-up entrepreneurs achieve the American Dream. Phil Yanov of ThinkHammer Communications will address attendees.

The Small Business Start-Up Advisory Forum holds benchmarking sessions each month for newly owned businesses that are members of the Greenville Chamber. For more information, contact Timika Nesbit at 864-239-3748.

qv: Event Details / Sign up form