I WILL NEVER OWN ANOTHER APPLE PRODUCT AGAIN…EVER!! I have an iPad that had dozens of CDs of various artists we like. Today while on vacation, I wanted to play the music and it was GONE. DELETED by Apple because I DIDN’T BUY THE MUSIC FROM THEM!! Apparently in a recent OS update, the music was wiped out. THANKS FOR THE WARNING, APPLE!! YOU GUYS REALLY, REALLY SUCK!! Interestingly enough, there are a slew of threads with this very complaint. This is the same company that wouldn’t unlock a phone to catch a terrorist, but will just wipe out someone’s music with no warning whatsoever. EPIC FAIL!!!

SCAM ALERT!!

Posted: March 14, 2016 in Uncategorized

Note: this was also published today on my business website: FirstImpressionsVideo.com

They’re out there…we know they’re out there! We have to be vigilant 100% of the time; they only have to be lucky some of the time–and they are! So please indulge me–if you have time–and read the thread shown on the attached pdf below, starting at the end and working yourself back to page 1. You will see the story emerge as to what the scammer ultimately wanted me to do…needless to say, I didn’t take the bait.

There are a number of red flags in the perps initial message and subsequent replies, starting with a sudden change of her (we assume it’s a ‘she’) email address. She relentlessly refused to fill in my online form or provide any other concrete information about herself and the event she wanted videotaped. And although I didn’t fall for the scam, countless others have been victimized by approaches similar to this one. I suspect that “Kim” thought she had her “fish on the hook,” and moved in with her ask: that I carry out the entire transaction using her credit card, which included a generous overage to the bill, if I would only do her a ‘favor’ and send cash to the other participants in the deal. Well that just wasn’t gonna happen!!

You must protect yourself at all times, and if you get one of these BS inquiries, report it, as I did!

That is all. I will now go back to blog posts about videography and related subjects…things I would much rather write–and talk–about.

https://firstimpressionsvideo.files.wordpress.com/2016/03/subject-scam.pdf

I am extremely gratified that my business–First Impressions Video–has been acknowledged as one of Thumbtack’s “Best of 2015” award recipients in the videography category! Thanks to my loyal customers for your continued support. ‪#‎TTBestOf2015‬

Got Video? Give me a call or drop me a line…great video doesn’t have to break the bank! Check out my business website here.

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I had the privilege of growing up with parents who expected us to speak properly. They knew–even though neither finished college–that command of the language would be the key to our success. And they were right: all six of us have done well and we have Steve and Glenna to thank for it.

Yesterday, I got a WordPress ‘recommendation’ from another blogger who wrote an incredible essay on texting, asking the provocative question, “Is Texting Ruining our Language?” Well…let’s start with the observation that the word ‘texting’ didn’t even exist 10 years ago. We can thank smartphones, Twitter and other short-form messaging apps for that! But back to the essay, Kate Wiles wrote an awesome piece about it, which you can read here. It’s a bit long, but well worth the read.

Enjoy! At the end, you, too, may well be SMH!

I am SO GLAD I’m not in the airline business any more! Another merger about to be finalized…can someone PLEASE tell me how the CUSTOMER benefits from this? The customer?!? WHAT A CONCEPT!!!

http://bit.ly/1KOpDJ4

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Easily, about 4 or 5 times a month, I get an email from someone I “know.” “Know” is in quotation marks because the sender is actually someone other than the person I really do know, but their email address or account has been hijacked by a scammer. The suspect email usually has very little copy and always has a link in the body of the message. First, if you are the recipient of the message, don’t–repeat, DO NOT–click the link! Any one of a number of bad things can happen and it’s just not worth it. Second, look at the sender’s address. If it’s something other than the usual address, that’s the clue that the address has been ripped-off.

Here is an article that provides additional information: http://www.pcworld.com/article/2927993/what-to-do-when-your-email-address-sends-spam.html. Scammers have way too much time on their hands, and there are a bazillion of ’em out there. Our accounts have been ‘jacked, so even if you’re tech-savvy, it can happen to you. All you can do is guard against it and take the necessary remedies and precautions when it does.

Good luck!

Greetings, everyone crazy enough to read my blog! And for those that do–or have–I apologize that I haven’t posted in over a half year. My video business keeps me plenty busy these days and I write a blog there, too, so that’s where all my content’s been going.

That said, I want to acknowledge another accomplished writer in the household: my wife–also known as “The Fetching Mrs. Wall.” She just published a post on her blog, “The Feral Cat Blog” that really speaks to the madness that seems to permeate all of society right now–and it’s really both disgusting and disillusioning as to where we are as a country and where we might be heading. I invite you to have a read and if you like it, please comment either here or on her blog. If you disagree, please be civil…we have enough incivility to go around.

https://theferalcatblog.wordpress.com/2015/07/12/i-know-you-dont-like-this/

~TRW