Companies do not value your private information!

It has become clear over the years that companies do not value your private information.  If I got one or two of these a year, it would be one thing, but I get multiple per day which means it is happening 10s of thousands of times per day.

Why is this a big deal? Companies do not treat your personal information with any care. Companies do not respond to people who try to inform them that they have the information incorrectly. So, the only alternative is to post (without individual’s personal information) the emails that they send.

The problems:

1. Companies do not verify that an email address is yours and so share your information with the world.

2. Companies do not give a method of reporting that they are sending email to the wrong address.

3. Companies state they have a privacy policy, but ignore it.

After spending an hour on the phone with ATT to let them know they were sending someone else’s account information to me and being told that “someone must have accessed [my] email account” in order to have it entered in the ATT database, talking with 7 people only to finally have someone understand the issue and disable that email, we’ll be posting a number of emails per day from companies that do not bother to care for your private information.

We’ll be posting examples daily.  I always try to email back or spend a minute or two contact them to fix their problems, but usually without success.  Since there is no way to contact the companies or the people, we’ll post it here in the hopes that both the people involved and companies will fix their problems.

Some suggestions for companies that want to earn the trust of consumers:
1. Before sending an important email to an address, email addresses should be confirmed.
2. Confirmation emails should include both a “confirmation” link and a link to indicate that the address is wrong.
3. Further emails should include a link to indicate that the address is not correct.

Companies that email us should be aware that doing so subjects them to our terms and conditions:
Remember that if you email us, you MUST accept our terms and conditions.

Any messages and any attachments (with this “message”) are intended solely for the
addressees (which obviously must include the email addresses that emails are addressed to)
and may contain confidential or privileged information. You acknowledge that we may try to attempt to contact you to notify you that you have sent us mail incorrectly, but that if you provide a fraudulently incorrect email address we can not do so.

If you address emails to us, you acknowledge that we are the intended recipients of the email by your own admission and that you grant us rights to publish the email in full or in part in order to bring attention to your inability to keep personal information private.

Update: after getting 10 in one day, I couldn’t keep up, so am rethinking how best to make companies aware that they are doing a poor job protecting privacy.

The BlackStreetBoyz have a great act (Alfred and Seymour)

I had the pleasure of seeing a comedy duo on board the Disney Magic in July (they are also on the Wonder and sometimes on NCL (Norwegian Cruise Line), The BlackStreetBoyz – Alfred and Seymour.  On any of these ships, if they are on board, make sure you go to their shows.  If you are looking for some funny comedy with a good message, these two guys are right on target.  Positive, high-energy, and funny too!  So if you are on the You can see a sample of their show below and check out the BlackStreetBoyz website.

They ended their shows with this message:

We love what we do. … The real reason people don’t have what they want in life is because of what you don’t know. See because when you don’t know nothing you don’t get nothing, that’s the bottom line.

So the next time you get ready to blame race, creed, gender or someone else for what you don’t have, what you do is take a couple of steps back and walk to a library which is free and check out as many books as you can on what it is you’re trying to [learn].

Read, read, read, r-e-e-e-d.

You are all on this planet for one reason.  You know what that reason is?  How many people have you helped along the journey before it is time for you to leave this planet, what we call Earth. Because when you’ve understood there’s one race, it’s called the human race, trust me, your life will be just as cool as ours.

The BlackStreetBoyz, July 12 and July 22, 2009

A clip from one of their shows (not these in July 2009), but very similar to what we saw:

iPhone 3.0 T-Mobile internet settings and T-Mobile mms settings

As with iPhone 2.x settings, the T-Mobile internet settings are in General -> Network -> Cellular Data Network.  For Cellular Data:

APN: wap.voicestream.com

Username or Password are blank.

If wap.voicestream.com does not work, you can try internet2.voicestream.com

The following settings seem to work for MMS messages with T-Mobile USA (I’ve been testing them for more than a week) and they are listed below the Cellular Data settings under MMS:

MMSC: 216.155.174.84/servlets/mms
Proxy: 216.155.165.50:8080
MMS-APN: wap.voicestream.com
User: empty
Pass: empty

You may have to restart the phone for the MMS settings to take effect.  You will see a little camera icon below the text field in the “Messages” application.

Have any more tips?

Next up, tethering your computer via your iPhone on T-Mobile.  😉

It looks like you can do it with the instructions here for not just T-Mobile USA, but other carriers:

http://richardlai.xanga.com/704930537/enable-tethering-on-iphone-30—too-easy-worldwide-carriers/

The World’s Smallest Frog

A U.S. penny is 19 mm across. Various websites claim the Southern Hemisphere’s smallest frog is about 9.8 millimeters, Brazilian Gold Frog (Brachycephalus didactylus). This frog beats the Brazilian Gold Frog by about 5 mm – this frog is only approximately 5 mm.   The (previously????) smallest frogs of the Northern Hemisphere is the Cuban Eleutherodactylus iberia, which can be two-tenths of a millimeter smaller, and Eleutherodactylus limbatus, of which fully mature adults as small as 8.5 mm have been found.

Alas, it seems this frog beats those by half.  I’ll post some more pictures and video eventually, but it is here in Florida in the United States and is much smaller.  A record?  I don’t know.  (Found by Lexi Riley, Maddie Johnston and me).

(see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brachycephalus_didactylus)

Every Google Search result indicates “This Site May Harm your Computer”

For much of this morning (January 31, 2009) every Google Search result indicates “This Site May Harm your Computer.” Google’s Safe browsing tool seems to be having serious issues today.

Screen shots follow, from the DNC to Wikipedia, to gmail, to AdSense, they all are showing as having malware. Google has not yet acknowledged the issue. It appears that every site on every search result is impacted

Update: Some time between 10:10am and 10:20am Continue reading Every Google Search result indicates “This Site May Harm your Computer”