Month: January 2009

Bell is dumb

A few years ago I made a purchase in the US, over the net, of a few toys. I think the total was a couple of hundred dollars.
That day, that DAY, Mastercard called and just wanted to confirm that the payment was in fact made by me.
Told them it was and went on with my day.
I did feel good that they were looking out for me.

In November, two companies(one a law office no less) had their Bell Canada voicemail systems hacked and rang up a total of $300,000 worth of fraudulent phone charges.
All over two days.

This is now coming to light and Bell says the companies are on the hook to pay the cost.

The question I have is; if MC worries about $200 and notifies me, what the hell was Bell doing when they allowed $300,000 worth of charges to rack up over two days?
Did they not think that this was a tad suspicious?
And now they’re not going to do anything about it?

Good god are they really that stupid?

I’m really glad I ditched them when I did…honestly.


The only real disadvantage of working from home is the jehovah witness (which will now be abreviated to JoWi) dudes that come to the door.
He’s a nice enough guy that doesn’t want to talk for too long, but now he’s got a partner and that worries me(two against one as it were) and I’m afraid of being converted.
So, when the bell rings, and there’s no car in the driveway(the office overlooks the driveway) then I don’t go downstairs.
If it’s worth my time, there’s gonna be a car.


Right, blogging, I like to do that from time to time.

Guess I just haven’t been inspired to do so lately, which is a shame, because as I mentioned I do like doing it.

But, since it’s been a little while(wow, the 8th) let’s sum up shall we?

  • I’m not laid off, but I wonder if anyone is laid off as I haven’t seen anything in the news about it
  • Tara and I are looking to consiolidate our debt into one massive loan, and it’s going about as well as expected, which doesn’t say much
  • Wedding plans are still go, but that’s not really news
  • Still haven’t tried Windows 7 even though I have three keys and two downloads
  • Left 4 Dead is awesome, but again, not news
  • Started exercising and I like it, mostly because I’m exercising with Tara and that’s cool
  • The credit card fraud is being all sorted out nicely
  • Started to cancel services to save money. The sat TV will be interesting
  • Changing cell phones again but keeping the same number. I’ll post my full contact details later

Guess that’s it for now. Can’t remember why I wanted to post all of a sudden, but I did.

With any luck I’ll post more often, and about fun things, but I wouldn’t hold your breath -_^


Having a hard time getting going this morning, so I’ll continue this post that I started on Friday…

I suppose this is the post where I lay out my goals(not resolutions) for 2009 and then promptly forget about them in a month.

This time around I think I’ll try the S.M.A.R.T method which I gleamed from Goal Setting Guide.
Here’s how it breaks down:

S = Specific
M = Measurable
A = Attainable
R = Realistic
T = Timely

So I just won’t say I’ll loose weight, but loose 40 lbs by the end of the year by following my doctors diet suggestions and exercising more. I suppose I can say “exercising more” either, but say exercise by walking the dog daily, badminton at least once a week, lifting weights twice a week and biking with Tara(in the basement) twice a week.

And so on.

So, here’s what I have in store for myself this year, and no, it’s not a full list(yet) and it’s not fully fleshed out:
1. Be more organized.
-This is geared towards work but also in my own life. The plan is to log everything that I do(work wise) and carry around paper and pens in my own life. Right now I have a blog setup where I’ll try to organize work life and keep track of tasks. I know I can do that in Lotus Notes, but it sucks and blogging is still fun. I decided to go the Hipster PDA route for my personal life with some extra templates to keep it fun and interesting. The advantage of the hipster is that I can put it in my back pocket and it doesn’t run out of power. Don’t know how I’m going to measure the end goal on either of these though.
2. Read more.
-I think what I’ll do here is get a list of books that I want to read and tell myself that I’ll read them by the end of the year. Audio books don’t count but are nice when podcasts are sparse.
3. Loose weight and exercise more.
-This is covered above.
4. Stay in touch with friends more.
-This is mostly for the ones that live far away from me, but even those close I would like to see more often. Again, not really sure how I’m going to do this or how I can tell if I’ve succeeded, but there you go.

Think that’s it for now. For my next trick I’ll post the highlights of 2008….