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My Twitter account was apparently hacked by a Russian - at least, they posted a bunch of things in Russian to my Twitter account. Those tweets were mirrored to LiveJournal (but not Dreamwidth) automatically. I've deleted the original tweets and the LJ mirror-post. I've also taken a number of enhanced security steps to resecure my Twitter account.

It's almost not worth it. I don't really USE Twitter. It just grabs some of the stuff I post elsewhere. If something like this happens again, I'll just delete my Twitter account.

As far as I can tell, nothing else has been compromised. What I don't understand is how my Twitter account got compromised in the first place!

G+ Link

Oct. 29th, 2013 08:13 pm
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Google just sent me a custom URL for my G+ account. It's google.com/+PeterMaranci. Handy!
bobquasit: (Sebastian Riding)
It wasn't easy, but tonight I finally managed to hook up the Roku Netflix player that my dad had given me a while ago. Let me tell you: it's a HELL of a lot easier to get Netflix to work with a Wii than with the Roku player! But eventually I got everything to work, so we can watch Netflix on the upstairs TV. All in all, I think we're all pleased with Netflix.

My parents got us a family membership to the Roger Williams Zoo the last time they visited us, so we used it by going to the zoo today. We also invited one of Sebastian's friends from school to join us on an impromptu play date. We all had a lot of fun, though neither Teri nor I was feeling our best. One odd thing: the zoo closes at 4PM! On a beautiful early-fall Saturday, that makes no sense at all.

We spent around three hours at the zoo, and only got to see about half of it. We told the boys that we could come back and see the rest of it soon.

I really need to unload the pictures and video from my phone and camera!
bobquasit: (Ordinary)
Google recently added the option for voice calling to my Gmail and Google Voice. I can call anywhere in the US for free. But what's really exciting is the sound quality of the calls.

It's been frustrating to use cell phones, for me. My hearing isn't great in the human voice range, and cell phone sound quality usually sucks, to put it mildly. When I call my parents, we sometimes have trouble communicating (no jokes, please ). And when I talk to some of my friends on the cell, it's extremely frustrating; I listen as best as I can, but often miss part of what they're saying.

In addition to the sound quality problem, there's the...I forget what it's called, but basically the problem is that when you speak on a cell phone, the incoming voice signal is suppressed - and contrariwise, when someone is talking to you, they can't hear you. The old land-line connections weren't like that. And they're still not, but it sticks in my craw to pay to call my parents or friends for a land-line call when the same call would be free on my cell phone.

Google's new voice option solves both problems, at least for now. Until the end of this year, domestic calls are free and international calls are 2¢ per minute. They aren't saying what the cost will be after the end of the year, but in the meantime I can make free calls with my headset that actually sound clearer even than a land line call!

Some of you are going to be hearing from me before too long.

Netflix

Aug. 23rd, 2010 10:44 pm
bobquasit: (Laszlo Late)
So we signed up for Netflix a few days ago. I hadn't realized that we could stream movies to the Wii and my computer! Pretty cool...

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