Thoughts and Ramblings

General things I find of interest.

Mike's Old Car

“You should’ve received a notice in the mail about your car’s warranty.” We’ve all had the calls trying to sell us an “extended warranty” for our cars. They rank among everyone’s favorites right beside the scammers from India who try to steal credit card numbers. Most people hang up on these calls but for several years I didn’t. The Credit Card Scammers With many of the Credit Card scammers, I tended to answer a few questions seemingly reasonably (as far as they knew), and then I would ask, “do you feel good with what you do with your life?

Grace has $20 in Her Account

Grace has $20 in her bank account in Pittsburgh, PA as of 7AM this morning. I’ve never met Grace and yet I know this fact about her. I also know her phone number and when she met with people at this bank about her account. How do I know all of this? Grace gave her bank the wrong email address. This XKCD comic exemplifies it well: Over 40 different people have provided companies my email address instead of their own.

My Current Media Setup

After changing my blog over to Hugo, I had to go through many posts to clean up conversion issues and I noticed that I hadn’t mentioned anything about my media setup since 2018. I have since changed the hardware, OS, and softare I use for playback. Hardware For the hardware I bought a “Phantom Canyon” Intel NUC. This machine only needs to have RAM, SSD, and OS added to it and it is ready to go.

Switched to Hugo

You may have noticed that this blog looks a bit different. I’ve decided to ditch wordpress and switch the blog over to Hugo. The primary reason is the maintenance cost for a wordpress installation. This cost comes is two forms: Keeping wordpress up to date Moderating comments Keeping up to date I know that the first can be mitigated by moving over to wordpress’s hosting but I liked the advantages of my domain hosted on my server.

Using Netflix DVDs to Measure The Post Office Decline

I subscribe to Netflix’s DVD by mail service occasionally (yes they still have it). I subscribe until I’ve run through the queue of movies I’d like to see, cancel, and repeat a year later. I’ve done this for several years now and the for the past few years I’ve tracked when disks should arrive and when they actually do. It’s uncommon for a disk to be late but 2022 has seen a dramatic decline in the service the post office delivers.