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Louis Gray
Happy Birthday to both Stephen Mack and Tudor Bosman today! Both great guys and good dads too!
I'll let you guess who is who. Photo 1 I took and Photo 2 is courtesy Thomas Hawk. - Louis Gray
Happy birthday Stephen and Tudor! - Georgia
Happy birthday Stephen and Tudor. - Jim is digging out.
Happy Birthday! - Kevin Johnson
Happy B-days! - Ken Gidley
Happy Happy - Rodfather
Happy Birthday, gentlemen. - Monique the crochet freak
Happy Birthday! - Not Me
I know who is who but I'm not gonna' tell... HAPPY BIRTHDAY, BOYS!!! - Lisa L. Seifert
Thanks Louis and all! But don't forget it's also Kelly's ( birthday today too! - Stephen Mack
Happy birthdays! - LB: Ratchet Bear
Happy Birthday, Tudor and Stephen! It's a great day for birthdays! - Anne Bouey from iPhone
Happy Bday! - Heather, 30k Camper
Happy Bday guys! - Dough Balls
Happy birthday great guys and dads! :) - Zulema ❧ spicy cocoa tart
Happy birthday to you both! - Jenny
Thank you! - Tudor Bosman
Whose code are you looking at in that picture? :-) - Bruce Lewis
Happy Birthday Stephen! - AJ Batac
Happy Birthday Tudor! - AJ Batac
Thank you! - Tudor Bosman
Happy Birthday, Stephen and Tudor! :-) - vicster: full-bodied
I will reshare this every year. - Louis Gray
I will comment on this every year, provided Louis finds it and bumps it first, of course. - Lisa L. Seifert from iPhone
Louis Gray
Why Nest Protect Reporting an Emergency Filled Me With Comfort -
Why Nest Protect Reporting an Emergency Filled Me With Comfort
"This morning, my Nexus 5 chirped with a notification I hadn't seen before. While I was at the office, my Nest application was telling me, in no uncertain terms, that there was an Emergency in the kitchen at home. There was smoke, and the alarm from our Nest Protect smoke alarm was sounding. I called home quickly, and my wife told me, embarrassed, there was simply a small issue with the microwave, and all was fine." - Louis Gray from Bookmarklet
I really did tweet first and then call home. :) - Louis Gray
Ah, Louis. - WoH: Professor MOTHRA
I figured my wife had it under control and didn't want to answer the phone while waving her hands at the device. :) - Louis Gray
So, you get notified every time someone makes the toast a little too dark? As paranoid as I am about fire, I'm not sure I'd like that. It would drive me bonkers to be carrying around a device that notifies me every time my hubby cooks something, without telling me what he is actually cooking. - April Russo
April, it's the first time I've ever been notified. As my home is appropriately smokey, it was a good call. - Louis Gray
Louis, I think you might have miss the humor in my statement. - April Russo
Oh yeah. I have zero sense of humor. Zero. :) - Louis Gray
Why do you have a smoke detector in your kitchen? - Brian Johns
In the event of smoke? It's actually in our dining area to be more precise. But it's by the kitchen. - Louis Gray
How long did you give her to answer the tweet before you called? - Bruce Lewis
There's so much not-buring-the-house-down smoke in the kitchen that most fire peeps recommend NOT putting a smoke detector in the kitchen, exactly because of the false-positive situation you are encountering. - Brian Johns
This wasn't a false positive. My house still smells like smoke. The smoke detector is in the dining area next to the kitchen. You'd approve of its placement, even if not its name. - Louis Gray
Jenny H.
I'm a little confused because Eivind and I went on the same hike today and his Fitbit registered 200 floors while mine only registered 150. Weird.
It's measuring changes in barometric pressure accompanied by continuous motion. Were you going faster than he was and pausing occasionally for him to catch up? That would make his motion more continuous than yours. - Bruce Lewis
No, that's not it! - Eivind from Android
Do you both have the same Fitbit model? - Stephen Mack
American floors versus European floors? (Yeah, I have no idea.) - Betsy
Todd Hoff
Open Source is a process for overcoming the traditional weakness of the commons. Clearly did not work for OpenSsl. The shallow bug conjecture is more of a statistical notion, not something to bet your security on.
I think it depends on your perspective, though. If OpenSSL *wasn't* open source, we probably wouldn't know about this vulnerability until a massive exploit was actually deployed that screwed millions and millions of people the world over. - Victor Ganata
Um, how do you know one hasn't been deployed? - Todd Hoff
"It is surprising that a project that is quite mission critical is completely at the bottom of the scale when it comes to how much the development process is oriented toward reliability. There are no systematic unit tests, no systematic documentation, the best you get is a bunch of disorganized integration tests, so it is not even at the level you would expect for a decently maintained business project" - Todd Hoff
Fair enough, maybe something has already been deployed, but no one has reported losing billions of dollars to OpenSSL exploits yet. - Victor Ganata
OpenSSL 1.0.1 (which I think is the first release that has this vulnerability) was released in March 2012, so I imagine two years is probably enough time for someone to have crafted an exploit that would've wreaked massive havoc by now. - Victor Ganata
And they will never admit to anything like that. Keep in mind these libraries are used in gazillions of routers, firewalls, proxies, and other appliances. Updating those is non-trivial. - Todd Hoff
Certain bugs are more likely to be found if you have a large number of users doing diverse things with your software. Security vulnerabilities have never worked like that. It's not statistics, it's the nature of this bug. - Bruce Lewis
The notion is that with so many eyes on code that bugs will be more quickly found and fixed, it's not just a use argument. - Todd Hoff
Yeah, but if the argument is that closed source software is inherently safer, the millions of pwned zombie Windows machines that are part of malicious botnets seems to contradict that conclusion. Nobody's development process is perfect. - Victor Ganata
I don't recall making that argument. - Todd Hoff
Not saying you did, but closed source is the only alternative to open source. - Victor Ganata
Bugs happen. All you can do it mitigate the risk. It still seems that open source is less risky than closed source, even given all its flaws. - Victor Ganata
Heartbleed does put the Apple SSL goto fail bug in perspective, though :D - Victor Ganata
Bugs don't just happen. People write them. Processes help prevent them. When they aren't prevented you look to your people and to your process. That's what good groups do. Every bug is tracked back to see how it could have been prevented and the process is changed to make sure that happens. What is clear is that relying on the shallow conjecture doesn't work on core critical... more... - Todd Hoff
Sure, the "many eyes" idea vastly overestimates the number of people who will actually bother combing through the source code, and sure, you can implement processes that minimize the risk of people introducing devastating bugs, but it's always a cost vs. benefit argument. And people are gonna f- up. I guess the question is, ultimately, who pays? - Victor Ganata
Todd, you're right that the shallow bug conjecture is not just a use argument. If it were just a use argument it would be more accurate. If I were Linus Torvald's I'd be really annoyed that ESR named his inaccurate conjecture after me - - Bruce Lewis
Interesting: BTW, all these issues are trappable by tests. - Todd Hoff
It does make me wonder how everyone came to rely on something that seems to have been written in such a slipshod fashion. Who's more irresponsible, the OpenSSL developers, or the people who put together the distros that include it? - Victor Ganata
"was added to the open-source OpenSSL protocol on New Year's Eve 2011" - Todd Hoff
Bruce Lewis
Qualys SSL Labs - Projects / SSL Server Test / -
Qualys SSL Labs - Projects / SSL Server Test /
FriendFeed is not vulnerable to the Heartbleed attack because it's still using TLS 1.0. - Bruce Lewis from Bookmarklet
Good to know - Stephen Mack from iPhone
Y-EA-H *spikes in the endzone* - Micah
Kevin Fox
I have a foolproof method of diagnosing compulsive-obsessive disorder.
It took me a minute to get it, so I guess I'm ok. - Bruce Lewis
Bruce Lewis
Signs of Spring in Boston -
Some of the trees have a tiny bit of green on them. - Bruce Lewis
t-ra: lose,find,repeat
I guess some people don't know that waving your arms to get a server's attention is bad form. And rude. And makes you look like an asshat.
Dude's an Army Ranger. I guess that explains it. - t-ra: lose,find,repeat from Android
Arm-y Ranger. :) - Spidra Webster
Good one! - t-ra: lose,find,repeat from Android
My bad. - Bruce Lewis
Glen Campbell
Is FriendFeed still down?
let me check ... - MoTO ChilliSauce
There's this really cool web site that tells you. No, wait, that says if it's dead, not if it's down. - Bruce Lewis says....friendfeed is up, though I may be wrong. I may be dreaming. - Steel Penguin Slippy
Yes, which is why you didn't post this and I'm not responding. Oh, wait... - Walt Crawford sleeping is unproductive and a waste of time - Amit Patel
Fitbit Fans
Fitbit users with friends tend to be 27% more active. Who's helping to push you further? #fitspiration
THIS is why FriendFeed needs to stay up. - Bruce Lewis
Jason P
Just for fun, I have experimentally attached my Fitbit to a watch fob. #fancy
Tory Burch competition! - Bruce Lewis
I suppose that's better than perched on my bathroom sink. - Derrick
*discreetly checks undergarments* Yep, got mine. - RepoRat
Steven Perez
My inner pedant is 65% under control. I'm fairly tollerant. How about you?
My inner pedant is 65% under control. I'm fairly tollerant. How about you?
91%, but I'm ok with that. - Kevin Johnson
35% - Melly
23%... My favorite word is ...aaactuuuallllyyy... ;) - Lisa L. Seifert from iPhone
54% - Betsy
54% (hi Betsy!) - Stephen Mack
My twin! - Betsy
Actually, Steven, you're fairly tolerant. :p - Lisa L. Seifert from iPhone
I've always thought so. :) - Steven Perez
28% - Pixie
46% - April Russo
"To boldly go where no-one has gone before" isn't wrong at all and complaining about split infinitives is ridiculous and it's a made-up rule that something somebody pulled out of their ass. But 47%. - Victor Ganata
How do I answer "me and my friends"? I'm OK with it in places where technically it should be "my friends and me" and not OK with it in places where technically it should be "my friends and I" - Bruce Lewis
I went with OK and got a final score of 43%. - Bruce Lewis
37% - Iván Abrego from Android
Stephan Planken
No kidding, Sherlock.
"Boeing 777 will struggle to maintain altitude once fuel tanks are empty." - Stephan Planken
"Idiots will struggle to maintain air of intelligence when brains are empty." - Not Me
CNN reporters wouldn't know embarrassment if it hit them like a 777. - Stephan Planken
That's obvious as a general statement. I'd like to assume they're recounting the story of a particular 777 and saying what's about to happen. - Bruce Lewis
Amit Patel
Seattle's new waterfront looks cool. They're tearing down the ugly double decker highway and replacing it with pedestrian walkways and greenery. - Amit Patel from Bookmarklet
Heh, this made me look up whether the tunneling machine (Big Bertha) that they're using for the replacement road had finally got past the 'mystery object' which halted progress. Yep. It was a tiny steel pipe where it had no business being: - Jennifer Dittrich
I am waiting for the day when tunnel-boring machines become cheap and ubiquitous so that we can move a lot more streets underground and reclaim the surface for pedestrians and greenery :) #scifi - Amit Patel
Right? Although, if a tiny steel pipe can derail the most advanced one around, that might be a ways away. - Jennifer Dittrich
True, although … nanobots. yeah, that's the answer to everything ;) - Amit Patel
Sounds like Boston's Big Dig - - Bruce Lewis
Looks like vancouver - clara glass from iPhone
Looking like vancouver seems like a good thing ;) - Amit Patel
It is amazing how agonizing writing a two-minute speech can be!
Doing the same thing. Been working on it for days. - Anika
Yes. Shorter is much, much harder. I have a 10-minute one to give before long. *dread* - lris
oh boy, i'm glad that is over. i now have a shiny award in my office. #dustmagnet - Marie
See the Woodrow Wilson quote here: - Bruce Lewis
^ NICE - Marie
Glen Campbell
New pet peeve: websites that prevent you from looking at them by showing a popup asking you to subscribe to their newsletter.
Or take a survey on their website. That you've just now visited for the first time. - Jennifer Dittrich
I envy you if this pet peeve is truly new. - Bruce Lewis
Anyone else having issues with their fitbit today? Mine won't sync to my phone or computer and has disconnected from Facebook and twitter. It's still reading my steps though. I've tried resetting it and nothing.
fixed! don't know how but it's working now - Elena
I don't know -- they mention slowness March 21 on but there's nothing for yesterday. - Bruce Lewis
AJ Batac
This. - Mike Nayyar
Please can anyone tell me what 'Team Frank' is all about? intrigued..cheers - Jason
Thanks, Bruce. I was having trouble with FF search in trying to find the thread! - LB: Ratchet Bear
Thank you, Bruce - Jason
Happy to help. - Bruce Lewis
This was the first thing I saw when I logged in :) - Ashish
This is gorgeous. The result of a tatted up cow:) - Liza + = ?
Mee toooooo! - Mary B: #TeamMonique
me Three, - Roberto Bonini
Me too! - Halil
FriendFeed forever! - Barbara R. S.
Yup. - Steven Perez
AFFirmative. - Kevin Johnson
Hooray! - Fleagle
Hear hear! - Franc, a rememberer
Oh. - sofarsoShawn
Right now, Mark Zuckerberg is sitting in a dark room, looking at monitors on the screen. A big red button marked "Kill Friendfeed" sits on the armchair to his right. As he giggles menacingly under his breath, his finger hovers ever-so-gently over the button... - Fleagle
pleather <3 - CarlC
yep! - ·❂·
++ Fleagle. "And suddenly, a question pops his head. How come, why not here on my own developed turf? He sips the last of his milk glass, raising the finger off the button, and decided to give them another day." -The book of SocNet, 12:10 - Zu from AOD
♥ ♥ ♥ - Ali Yolcu
Bu yazı fontu kim de var acaba. - Tesbih
Haha, always fun to stumble on an old post and see how you reacted at the time. #SomeFFLove - Zu from AOD
AJ BATAC Git burdan. O.O - Tarık
LB: Ratchet Bear
Happy birthday, Julian!
Happy birthday :) - Pete
Happy birthday! - Stephen Mack from iPhone
Happy birthday! - John (bird whisperer)
Happiest of days! Do you have a special brew planned? - maʀtha from Android
Happy Birthday! - Jennifer Dittrich
YAY JULIAN! - MoTO ChilliSauce
happy birthday, Julian!! - Stephan!e•CogSc!L!brar!an
Many happy returns, Julian! - Catherine Pellegrino
Happy birthday Julian! - Bruce Lewis
Happy birthday! - Jenny H.
Happy Bithday! - Katy S from iPhone
Happy birthday hugs to Julian! - Steele Lawman
Happy Birthday, Julian! - vicster: full-bodied
Happy Birthday FF superstar - Dough Balls
Happy Birthday!!!! - lris
Happy day!! - YvonneM
Happy birthday! - Corinne L
Where is the birthday lad? The candles on the cake are burning low - maʀtha
Happy Belated Birthday, Julian! - Jkram|ɯɐɹʞſ
Happy Birthday, Julian :o) - Melly
Happy Birthday, Julian :) - Jen
Louis Gray If You Took a Photo, You're Sharing it, Right? - If You Took a Photo, You're Sharing it, Right? If You Took a Photo, You're Sharing it, Right?
"As technology advances forward, the way we share changes. We've moved from slide carousels of vacations and Walgreen's photo labs to online photo book replicas, and in-stream editing. We're not backing up our photos to CDs and DVDs, and I don't see a future where I'll hand my kids a microscopic Flash drive upon graduation. They'll just know. Any photo that's ever been taken that I want them to have will be available - and I shouldn't have to do anything." - Louis Gray from Bookmarklet
Great post, Louis. - Stephen Mack from iPhone
Thanks, Stephen! - Louis Gray
With all the work that's gone into surfacing good content, it's sad that this is still true: "Or worse, we'll just delete the ones that make us look bad, and post the entire glob of photos as a collection - a digital slide show that hopes our friends will care enough to find their favorite, and leave us a comment, Like or +1 in return to give a head nod of agreement." - Bruce Lewis
Jenny H.
Fitbit woes: went on a walk along the river today and chalked up over 9K steps. Went to sync my Fitbit and now it says 0 steps. :(((((
That motherfitbit! - Eivind
:( But you can enter it manually! - Stephen Mack from iPhone
It said 9K steps on the walk and now says 0 steps? Could it have started a new day? What time zone is it in? - Bruce Lewis
Yes; I don't think it started a new day. It was something like 3:50 pm when it zeroed out. I had the steps on the One, synced it to my computer, checked again and it was zero. I am in GMT+1. On my dashboard, there are no steps for the previous day or today. Very strange. I hope it isn't dying on me. - Jenny H.
That's a puzzler to me. I wonder if somebody at could figure it out. - Bruce Lewis
I'll contact them to see if this is a known issue. - Jenny H.
Stephen Mack
Good work, Bruce!
Step contest this month. - Bruce Lewis
Mary Carmen
Where do you wear your Fitbit? ETA: I wear mine on my bra.
Clipped to my pants pocket. - Betsy
Center of my bra - Hedgehog
Levi's coin pocket - Nils Sandin
Middle inner edge of left bra cup. - Katie
in the mixed nut bowl - VALZ SCARLETTS MAMA
coin pocket of my jeans, pocket of my dress pants or clipped to the waistband of my underwear - ~Courtney F
pocket or clipped to waistband - holly #ravingfangirl
Clipped to pants pocket (facing inward, now that I've lost one already) or attached to keychain. - Jason P
Right (non-dominant) wrist! (Force.) - Stephen Mack from iPhone
Inside front left belt loop of pants. Big loops, small belt. - Neal Krummell
Left (non-dominant) wrist - Bruce Lewis
Bra, one side near the top where the strap joins. Sometimes it does create a bump under what I'm wearing but whatevs. - Zulema ❧ spicy cocoa tart
Clipped to my pocket. - Steven Perez
Mostly in my pocket, unless I don't have a pocket (like the skirt I'm wearing today). Then it gets clipped to my bra. - vicster: full-bodied
Usually in my pocket, but when I'm at home and in my pj pants (which lack pockets), I clip it on my bra. - Katy S
left wrist (Flex) - Bash
Center of my bra. - Louis Gray
On the waistband of my underoos. - Jenny H. from Android
Left bra cup too. - Janet
Coin pocket unless I'm not wearing jeans, and then the front center of my bra. - Holly's favorite Anna
Usually in my pocket. - Laura
Dominant wrist (right). I tried my bra, but everyone laughed at me. - LB's Bubba. The other 1
Usually clipped to my waist - Elena
Desk drawer. - Amit Patel
Bra. - Jenny
:-( Almost 3 months - Bruce Lewis
Yeah :( - Stephen Mack from iPhone
Stephen Mack
Moov fitness tracker actually tells us how to fix ourselves [CNET] -
Moov fitness tracker actually tells us how to fix ourselves [CNET]
Moov fitness tracker actually tells us how to fix ourselves [CNET]
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A lot of interesting competition for Fitbit coming up. From the CNET article: "The team behind Moov [is] offering a device that they say is not only as well-designed as competing gadgets, but also one that can tell us what we're doing wrong -- and how to fix it -- in real time by identifying and then 3D mapping the object it's attached to." - Stephen Mack from Bookmarklet
The article also describes these forthcoming or recently released tracking devices: Samsung Gear Fit, Atlas, Amiigo, and Flyfit. Some of these are more expensive but include heart-rate monitoring. - Stephen Mack
This will be interesting, assuming they raise the funding they need and are able to hit their goal for an initial release in July. - Bruce Lewis
I don't need any devices telling me all the things I'm doing wrong. There are already plenty of people in my life who fill that role, thankyouverymuch. - vicster: full-bodied
Bruce Lewis
Awesome Netflix/Fitbit Hack Detects When You’ve Fallen Asleep, Auto-Pauses Your Movie | TechCrunch -
Awesome Netflix/Fitbit Hack Detects When You’ve Fallen Asleep, Auto-Pauses Your Movie | TechCrunch
Stephen Mack, do you participate in these hackathons? - Bruce Lewis
I think Jimminy would be interested in this. - WoH: Professor MOTHRA
I haven't participated in the past, but that looks like an awesome hack. - Stephen Mack
Stephen Mack
Damn. Someone broke into my car between 5 and 7 at work tonight. Smashed the driver side window. Stole some random crazy stuff like headphones and toiletries -- but left my wallet and its cash alone. Uh, what? (EDIT: All fixed now, see
Oh, wow, I am so sorry :( - Jennifer Dittrich
This sucks mate. - Mo Kargas
What a crapper. I'm glad they didn't take your wallet. - Anika
It could have been so much worse! Why steal my expired Zoo membership cards but leave my wallet behind? They ransacked through the glove compartment and various other compartments, saw the wallet, but didn't take a thing out of it. - Stephen Mack from iPhone
oh noes!!!! - Mary Carmen
That really sucks. As for the smalltime stuff, I've had that happen to my car before. I think it's homeless folks looking for things they find useful but so small that if they get caught it's clear they weren't after money. The odds are they won't get caught so it's worth taking the risk for them. My car was broken into and a flashlight and travel alarm clock were taken. Nothing else. - Spidra Webster
Oh geez. :-( - John (bird whisperer)
GAH! People suck. - Melly
:( - Micah
man, that sucks! Did you report it yet? - imabonehead
That is terrible. - Eric - Watch Me Now from iPhone
Oh no! :(((( So sorry, Stephen! - Tamara J. B.
Dang - Marie
:( - Not Me
Duuuude. I'm sorry. :( Also, why do you leave your wallet in your car?!?! - Lisa L. Seifert from iPhone
Damn, Stephen, that sucks thoroughly. - Akiva
Aw, Stephen, I'm sorry. - Anne Bouey
:-( - Betsy
:-( I'm sorry, Stephen. - vicster: full-bodied
Ugh, that sucks. - Kristin
Sorry to hear that Stephen. :-( - Stephan Planken
Ugh :-( - Amit Patel
Dang - Josh Haley from Android
BOOOOOO!! That sucks. Happy 15th anniversary! - Louis Gray
Do not like. :(. Where were you parked? Out by TiVo Central? Rain damage? - Ken Gidley from iPhone
:( - Eivind
Oh no! - Katy S
Sorry to hear. This happened to me once. Whoever it was didn't take my wallet that was left in prominent display, but did take the few pennies in change that were rolling around, and my sweaty gym clothes. Weird. - Uli
Ima: I did report it through our on-site security guards. Police declined to investigate in person. - Stephen Mack from iPhone
Lisa: Good question with no good answer. I normally wouldn't but I didn't need it on me today, so left it there (hidden from view) because I didn't feel like carrying it around. - Stephen Mack from iPhone
Ken: Yeah, boonies by TiVo Central where I normally park. Probably a bit of rain damage -- hard to tell with all the glass everywhere. - Stephen Mack from iPhone
Louis: Thanks but not for a few more days. - Stephen Mack from iPhone
Spidra and Uli: It is so weird. There must be a logic they're following but I cannot fathom it. - Stephen Mack from iPhone
Thanks for the support and kind words, all. I feel fortunate to still have my wallet. The window can be easily replaced and nothing of great value was taken. Just inconvenient. It did make me late for a date, but she was very flexible about changing plans and helping me out. We had a good time. - Stephen Mack from iPhone
Boooo. At least you're safe. It's just a drag. - Gabrielle from FFHound(roid)!
bastards :( - Jonathan Disher
:( - chaz2b
:( - Pixie
:( :( - DigitalAptech
I am so sorry Stephen. :( - Janet
That sucks. Sorry to hear. - LB's Bubba. The other 1
They didn't take your garage door opener, did they? - COMPLICATED MR. NOODLE
Dude that sucks. =( - Yvonne from FFHound!
That's awful...I'm so sorry Stephen.... - furrworld
Sorry to hear this. :-( - YvonneM
:( that sucks - Sir Shuping is just sir
Curtis, nah, I don't have a garage or an opener. - Stephen Mack from iPhone
Jerks! I'm sorry this happened to you, Stephen. I know how it feels. :( - Jenny H. from Android
Damn :((( - Iain Baker
Whut. Not cool. - Steven Perez
I'd be extra vigilant around the house. If you think they looked at your wallet at all, they might have your address. - vicster: full-bodied
Good grief! :/ - Zulema ❧ spicy cocoa tart from Android
bogus... though now I'm hella curious what lucky lady scored a date with The Mack. - t-ra: lose,find,repeat
Noooo! :( - Ross Miller
Argh, bad, bad :) - ҀҾѦ
That blows!! Sorry!! - Georgia
Not cool, though I'm glad your wallet was left intact. I'm intrigued as to why someone wouldn't steal cash. Spidra's insights are fascinating. - Corinne L
Vicster, good thinking and I had the same worry. Fortunately my brother-in-law is living with me and is there during the hours I'm not there, so I'm not too worried. - Stephen Mack
T-Ra: :)))) - Stephen Mack
Just got off the phone with my Farmers agent (my friend Al, a great guy and long-time family friend), who arranged for a glass company to come out today at noon to TiVo to clean out the glass and replace the window. I do have a small deductible, but he arranged a discount, so my out-of-pocket cost will be under $100 to get this taken care of. Could be worse! - Stephen Mack
Corinne and Spidra: The hard part for me to understand still is when someone causes hundreds of dollars of damage (like when they smashed Spidra's radio) but only pockets items worth $20 or less. I guess that's why New Yorkers in the '80s and '90s would leave their cars unlocked and/or post "no radio in car" signs. - Stephen Mack
I love the collective wisdom here, things I never knew nor considered. Most of our smash and grab car events are not homeless but those needing things to sell for drug money. - Janet from FFHound!
Perhaps they were looking for drugs? - Todd Hoff
ouch ,.. they must be just vandels.. if they had taken Wallet and cash.. then thats a bigger felony - Peter Dawson
They must have been high....and missed the wallet - ابوتایغر الزندیقی
What a lousy thing to happen! Sorry to hear it. - Son of Groucho
:-( - Bruce Lewis
Damn. Maybe when they realized who they were stealing from they fled in terror. - Jim is digging out. from iPhone
It's true I know martial arts. - Stephen Mack from iPhone
Now I'm hearing Keanu Reeves saying "I know kung fu." hee hee - Corinne L
حاجی ینی شما هم تایید میکنید خبرهای صدا و سیمای حاجی ضرغامی مبنی بر نبود امنیت در غرب وحشی؟ این حقیر به نمایندگی از کاربران فارسی زبان تارنمای وزین خوراک دوست از شما دعوت میکنم تا چند صباحی را به ایران آمده و در زیر سایه امنیت رژیم عزیز زندگی کنید. بزرگوار دلهای ما با شماست. - تراکمه
Um, HELLO?!?! I'd like to hear more about this DATE you mentioned! :) - Lisa L. Seifert
and he thought he slipped that by everyone. - Greg GuitarBuster
That stinks, Stephen. Sorry it happened to you. It happened to me once in college, and to my spouse about 10 years ago. After she had been shopping in Target she deposited the couple of small bags of miscellany into the car, then walked next door to the supermarket (where she worked.) She came out 10 minutes later and the passenger window was shattered. $500 damage for about $20 worth... more... - Jkram|ɯɐɹʞſ
Greg, I noticed that T-Ra noticed. :) - Stephen Mack
Mark: Thanks, yeah, I took a close look at all my bank and credit card sites today. - Stephen Mack
Terakmeh, I think you invited me to try living in Iran for a while if I want to live with security? Very kind of you, thank you! - Stephen Mack
Stephen Mack
Some Fitbit Force Owners Complain Of Severe Skin Irritation [Huffington Post] -
Some Fitbit Force Owners Complain Of Severe Skin Irritation [Huffington Post]
From the article: "Some owners of the Fitbit Force, the company's latest wrist-worn activity tracker that measures steps, stairs climbed, calories burned and sleep, are reporting severe skin irritation, including rashes, blisters and peeling skin." - Stephen Mack from Bookmarklet
Sample forum post ( "My rash developed after wearing it about a week. I tried every OTC remedy....nothing would work. Finally the rash looked really ugly and I went for medical care. Doc who saw me said it was definitely a reaction.....and prescribed prednisone. I switched Force to other wrist for 2... more... - Stephen Mack
I haven't had any issues myself after using the Force since November 16. Anyone see any issues? - Stephen Mack
I've been wearing the Force since November without issues. But way back when I wore wristwatches I would sometimes get eczema from the watch band. Eczema can lead to bacterial infections, so you definitely want to clear it up early. - Bruce Lewis
Soothe the Force, Lube. Soothe the Force. (it works better if you hear it in Alec Guinness' voice) - Steel Penguin Slippy
My skin has been irritated by the Ultra, but not that severely. - ~Courtney F
Courtney, did you mean when you wear your Ultra in its sleep pouch at night? Or did you mean a Flex/Force? - Stephen Mack
Looks like nickel dermatitis to me. Unfortunately, once you develop contact dermatitis, you'll always be susceptible. There is a dermatologist who has developed a pill that has been successful in treating people with nickel dermatitis, but I don't think it's widely prescribed as of yet. I can't wear anything on my wrists that contains the slightest trace of nickel. Typically, that means I am limited to wood, plastic, and rubber. :| - Jenny H.
Jenny: Fascinating. Reading about allergic contact dermatitis now. Strange to read about chocolate and the 1 & 2 euro coins as triggers. Seems like the design of the Force (with a metal portion in constant contact with the skin) is problematic compared to the Flex. - Stephen Mack
It's one of the reasons I won't try the ones that are worn around the wrist. I have very sensitive skin and it doesn't take much for me to have a problem with contact dermatitis or eczema. - Katy S
Stephen - I have a One now, but I used to wear my Ultra in my waistband (day/night). I wear the One there now, too, but have seen less irritation from it. - ~Courtney F
Courtney, ah I see. Katy: The Force would be dangerous for you, but the Flex only has the rubber band touching skin. Might be ok? - Stephen Mack from iPhone
Katy, I'm another delicate-skinned one. Nickel dermatitis us awful - and the little bits of metal in the JavaOne wristband hasn't bothered me at all. It was kind of surprising. - ellbeecee
Jawbone, not JavaOne. Where did that autocorrect come from? - ellbeecee
ellbeecee is your Jawbone the same model as in this review or is there a newer one? The review mentions one person getting a rash. - Bruce Lewis
It's the one that i have (there is a newer model too). It might be, in part that I can adjust it so the metal in it almost never touches my skin, while the fitbit ones look (though I can't really tell from the images on the site) like metal would touch my skin by default. But, without looking at one in real life I can't be positive of that. - ellbeecee
The Fitbit Force would have metal touching your skin by default. The other Fitbit bracelet, the Flex, would not. And there are fitbits that aren't bracelets -- the Zip and the Fitbit One. The Jawbone rash mentioned in that review might not have been from metal. It also sounds like this Amazon reviewer's rash from a Nike Fuelband wasn't from the metal part: - Bruce Lewis
Official FAQ from Fitbit: - Stephen Mack
and now there's a recall notice: - ~Courtney F
I sometimes get irritated by the Flex if my skin gets damp underneath from handwashing, doing dishes, or sweat and I don't dry it well. But I'm prone to eczema and my skin is weird. - Melly
So I'm not sure if I should return my Force in the recall. I haven't had any issues. Am I likely to develop a rash eventually? - Stephen Mack from iPhone
Fitbit customer service probably knows the second-best answer to that question (second to talking to a dermatologist) - Bruce Lewis
LB's Bubba. The other 1
Fitbit doesn't show pictures of other people unless you're friends. Therefore, I had to take it on faith that MC had friended me...I couldn't see her face until I did.
The privacy settings are flexible. You can probably make your face public. - Bruce Lewis
lol...sorry to cause you stress ;-) - Mary Carmen
I AM VERY STRESSED. WHAT IF IT WAS MARY...CUNNINGHAM??? #nostresshere - LB's Bubba. The other 1
Bruce Lewis
My 7-year-old lost her Fitbit Zip in the snow for a few days. -
My 7-year-old lost her Fitbit Zip in the snow for a few days.
They're sending a new one. I'm going to make her write a thank-you note to reinforce that most companies won't just replace what you bought if you don't take care of it. Interestingly, I got an email today saying this thing's battery is running low. It's still syncing! I walked with it a little. It registered steps and uploaded them. - Bruce Lewis from Bookmarklet
Not your fault, but this is one reason why I won't go back to fitbit. How many folks in here have lost theirs and been sent another one while mine was breaking apart, within the warranty period (close to the end, but still within in it) and I got a "here's a code for 50% off a One". It just rubs me the wrong way and still does, almost a year out. (And I'm far less cranky about them replacing a 7 year old's who lost it in the snow than some of the other stories I've seen. ;) ) - ellbeecee
Sorry L.B. It sounds like someone in customer service didn't handle your case right. I don't speak for Fitbit and I don't work in customer service, but I might be able to straighten things out if you DM me with details -- especially if you still have a case number. - Bruce Lewis
It's ok - I've found happiness with my Jawbone Up, and like some of the features it has better, so there's a silver lining - it's not worth digging through my email for the exchange again. It's just always a hint of cranky for me toward them now. I am glad that they're replacing your daughter's AND that you're having her write that thank you note. That's good on both sides - and thank you for the offer. - ellbeecee
For my 7yo the killer feature is that now she has a game where she can meaningfully compete with her older siblings. I like the way it has given her lots more practice reading 4-digit numbers than she would normally have. She used to say "hundred" where she should say "thousand" and vice versa. - Bruce Lewis
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