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March 18, 2007

Newsletter – 3-18-07

Filed under: newsletter — seniorgeek @ 7:42 pm

During WW2, that’s world war 2 for you younger readers, many of the bombers had some great nose and tail art on the airplanes. This site has a good selection of the pictures from those planes plus some history on how the practice of painting names on the planes got started. A piece of US history that I am glad some one preserved.

Curious about a web site’s technical info? How about what it might be worth on the open market?
At this site there are many domain tools wrapped into one convenient package. A domain traffic tool, a domain whois tool, a domain history, a domain popularity, domain appraisal (site value report), a link value appraisal (link value report), page rank check, an inbound links count, an indexed pages check and more.

Would like to try some type of programming? Well Microsoft wants to help. They actually have a very good beginners programming site with a lot of help files, tutorials, plus free downloads. You’ll find a rich array of learning content that starts with the very basics, and guides you through step-by-step to becoming a fully-fledged developer! No experience or programming knowledge required – so dive right in!

The US Mint has a new $1 coin with Washington on it with the words “In God we trust” missing. Many email have been sent to the US Mint, congressmen, senators, etc asking to remove these from circulation. Please do you part and contact any government official you know and request that these be removed from circulation. A good place to start is:

Right now is the time for student to be looking for summer jobs.
If you know of high school or college/university students looking for summer jobs, point them to the link below. Share this information with your family, friends, neighbors. Contacts are listed for each program.

I don’t like to pass on what might be considered junk mail, but identity theft happens too often and makes life really miserable if it ever happens to you. All suggestions listed below are very worth while. Cut and save this for your records.

A corporate attorney sent the following out to the employees in his company.
1. The next time you order checks have only your initials (instead of first name) and last name put on them. If someone takes your checkbook, they will not know if you sign your checks with just your initials or your first name, but your bank will know how you sign your checks.
2. Do not sign the back of your credit cards. Instead, put “PHOTO ID REQUIRED”.

3. When you are writing checks to pay on your credit card accounts, DO NOT put the complete account number on the “For” line. Instead, just put the last four numbers. The credit card company knows the rest of the numbers, and anyone who might be handling your check as it passes through all the check processing channels won’t have access to it

4. Put your work phone # on your checks instead of your home phone. If you have a P.O Box, use that instead of your home address. If you do not have a P.O. Box, use your work address. Never have your SS# printed on your checks. (DUH!) You can add it if it is necessary. But if you have it printed, anyone can get it.

5. Place the contents of your wallet on a photocopy machine. Do both sides of each license, credit card, etc. You will know what you had in your wallet and all of the account numbers and phone numbers to call and cancel Keep the photocopy in a safe place. I also carry a photocopy of my passport when travel either here or abroad. We’ve all heard horror stories about fraud that’s committed on us in stealing a name, address, Social Security number, credit cards.

6. We have been told we should cancel our credit cards immediately. But the key is having the toll free numbers and your card numbers handy so you know whom to call. Keep those where you can find them.

7. File a police report immediately in the jurisdiction where your credit cards, etc., were stolen. This proves to credit providers you were diligent, and this is a first step toward an investigation (if there ever is one).

8. Call the 3 national credit reporting organizations immediately to place a fraud alert on your name and Social Security number. I had never heard of doing that until advised by a bank that called to tell me an application for credit was made over the Internet in my name. The alert means any company that checks your credit knows your information was stolen, and they have to contact you by phone to authorize new credit.

Now, here are the numbers you always need to contact about your wallet, etc., has been stolen:
1.) Equifax: 1-800-525-6285
2.) Experian (formerly TRW): 1-888-397-3742
3.) Trans Union : 1-800-680-7289
4.) Social Security Administration (fraud line): 1-800-269-0271

“Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves; ensure justice for those being crushed.”


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