1…. I can’t believe the week I’ve had as far as high tech electronics and website maintenance goes! It’s been both good and bad.
2….Starting with the bad- I had my first bad comment on my site. Oh well, with all the great comments I’ve had so far one bad one doesn’t make one iota of difference to me.
3…. Sometime between the bad comment and the next not so good thing that happened to me techy wise my internet connection went down for several hours leaving me unable to post or answer mail for a good while.
4…. Then, on Monday afternoon, as I was checking stats for all of my websites on my hosting companies site I noticed that I was getting hits on a directory that I hadn’t added to one of my sites.
5…. It was a Ringtone directory with about 50 html pages listed in it. The pages were getting a lot of hits so I was losing bandwidth due to some hacker!
6…. My host wasn’t all that helpful in helping me figure out how I’d been hacked. The main thing that they told me to do was change my account password. Helpful but it doesn’t explain how someone must have gotten my password in the first place to be able to hack my site.
7…. At least it was only a directory that they added. They could have destroyed my whole site! Anyway, the point of this story is that if you host a domain somewhere check your stats regularly so you can notice any problems or hacks as they occur and change your password regularly too.
8…. The last bad thing happened at about 5 a.m. Wednesday morning. My husband has a very bad cold and he was having a lot of trouble getting to sleep last night so he got up and went to the living room to watch T.V.
9…. He turned it on and nothing much happened except all three lights in the front started flashing. The T.V. is one of those rear projection DLP T.V.’s and it needs a powerful light behind the screen to show the picture.
10…. We’re hoping that the problem is that the light burnt out after two years and three months of use. Unfortunately for us, the replacement bulb costs close to $300 and it might take up to two weeks to get a replacement.
11…. Geez, we could buy a new (smaller) T.V. for the cost of that darn lightbulb! I hope that after we wait for a replacement bulb that it doesn’t turn out that it’s a different problem that needs to be fixed after all. We haven’t had much luck with DLP T.V.s, in 2004 we bought our first one, an RCA scenium and it died after two days, then we got another one from the company and it died after about 6 days … finally they gave us a Samsung and that’s been working fine until now.
12…. This last bit is my good techy news. On Tuesday afternoon I heard back from a company that had contacted me the week before regarding Buzz marketing. I had qualified to receive a newish techy product that they were going to give away to 45 Toronto Area bloggers in the hopes that the bloggers would use the product and talk about it on their websites and with friends in order to create a buzz or marketplace interest about the product.
13…. I picked up my new ? yesterday afternoon and gave it a two hour workout while returning home with it. Yes it’s something that works right out of the box. I’m quite pleased with it so far. It came with a ton of accessories and many extra’s that don’t normally come with the product when someone purchases it. I figure with the three main extras that came with my new ? it’s worth about $500. Yeah- and it’s FREE! No obligations at all, I don’t even have to write about it if I don’t want to and it’s mine to keep. Of course its kind of neat and I can definitely use it with my blogs so I’m pretty sure you will get a peek at my new ? starting later this afternoon. Sorry for the tease but I want to show you what this product can do when I really am ready and I’m pretty sure it will be this afternoon.
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