Archive for February, 2009

Top February Droppers on Entrecard

Posted by Rob on Saturday, 28 February, 2009

60 Were Enough – 60 Were Enough blog about Music, Artists, Mp3 and 60 Were Enough News.

Politicus US – Politics, discussion, comments, opinions

Tech-Blog – My tech hobbies

sound of a soft breath – “Avoid silence, avoid solitude, avoid any train of thought that leads off the beaten track. Concentrate on money, sex, status, health, and (above all) on your own grievances. Keep the radio on. Live in a crowd. Use plenty of sedation…” Have you given this a try? Now …

Outlandish Observations – News, commentary, random musings, and occasional Deep Thoughts about Diana Gabaldon’s OUTLANDER and Lord John books.

Cinnamon Spice & Everything Nice
– Italian American comfort food using fresh ingredients.

The Way I See It – My thoughts, opinions and personal observations on a wide variety of subjects, sometimes mixed with humor and including travel, retirement, opinion, politics, child sponsorship with Children International and life experiences. News and views from my perspective.

Big Boys Have Toys Too – A sports minded father of 2 who loves to write about anything that interests men and women.

Entreblogger – MMO blog

Prove Me Wrong – Proving me wrong does not make me less intelligent or smart… But in so doing, my world will be a lot easier to understand and I’d be able to share to the rest of the world everyone’s wisdom… Please don’t hesitate to leave a comment.

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Intruder Whacked in the Head with a Sauce Pan

Posted by Rob on Friday, 27 February, 2009

The 70-year-old wife of an Elyria, Ohio judge was so angry at the intruders who tried to rob her, that she whacked one of them in the head with a pot. BAM!

Four boys pushed their way into her home while Ellen Basinski was on the phone with her husband, this past Tuesday.

The husband David Basinski, a Lorain County Judge overheard the comotion and rushed home. His wife grabbed her favorite “Emeril Lagasse” 5-quart sauce pan in an attempt to defend herself against the teenagers rifling through her purse and cabinets, and ended up smacking one of them upside the head.

One of the teens threw a bottle of whiskey towards Mrs. Basinski to distract her so one of the other boys could flee. They all ran from the scene but were later apprehended and charged with aggravated burglary.

The judge said his wife was rather upset that police had to take her pan as evidence. No sauce tonight!

To kick this story up another notch, it was later reported that Chef Emeril Lagasse heard of the incident and felt so bad that the woman lost one of his trademark pans while warding off home intruders that he’s sending her a whole new set of his signature cookware.

Double BAM!

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Recent Laptop Snatching Attempts in Florida

Posted by Rob on Tuesday, 24 February, 2009

We have two attempted laptop snatchings recently, one in Bradenton and one in Stuart, Florida.

The first one took place inside a Starbucks. Apparently, a social networking 19-year-old just had to check out what was going on Facebook this past Saturday.

He walked up to a customer using a laptop and asked if he could check his Facebook profile real quick. When the customer refused, the guy started to walk away, then made a grab and snatched the laptop and ran out of the coffee shop.

Two other customers in the parking lot tackled the thief and held him there until mall security arrived.

The victim got his laptop back and the guy was charged with felony robbery by sudden snatching.

Next, we have a 75-year-old man standing outside of a Best Buy in Stuart. He just bought a new laptop and printer, and was waiting for his wife to pull up to the door to load the car with his new tech gear.

A 29-year-old guy, thinking he saw an easy target, attempted to snatch and run with the Best Buy bags. Sadly for the 29-year-old thief, he didn’t even make it 10 feet when the old man caught up with the much younger assailant and grabbed him before he could get any farther.

An off-duty police officer was nearby and assisted the victim.

This guy was charged with robbery by sudden snatching and battery on a person over the age of 65.

Tips for Preventing Computer Laptop Theft

Why Do Thieves Target Laptops?

Computer Laptop are a target of choice all over the country.

Why? Because laptops are small, can be removed quickly, are easily hidden, and are quite valuable. There is a good market for them as a good laptop could be worth up to $5,000 or more.

Stolen laptops can easily be sold to an unsuspecting used computer store or pawnshop, and thieves may receive up to half its value in cash, just for the hardware.

The Real Cost of a Stolen Laptop

The actual cost of a stolen laptop is more than just its replacement cost, which can be hefty. Peripherals such as modems and network cards, all of the installed software, additional cost of configuring and reloading replacement software, and all the lost time for the owner while the laptop is being replaced is often overlooked.

An even greater cost is involved if your employer issued you the laptop. The potential exposure and liability that results from compromised confidential corporate and client information can be enormous.

How Can You Reduce the Risk of Laptop Theft?

* Never leave a laptop in an unlocked vehicle, even if it is in your driveway or garage. Do not leave laptops in plain sight, even if you vehicle is locked. You are just inviting trouble. If you must leave the laptop in a vehicle, lock it in the trunk. If you don’t have a trunk, at least cover it up and lock the doors.

* Parking garages are likely areas for vehicle burglaries, as they provide many prime targets and cover for thieves. Again, never leave a laptop in plain sight in your vehicle, cover it up or lock it in the trunk.

* Besides, try to avoid leaving your laptop in a vehicle anyways because of the damage extreme temperatures can cause to computers.

* Carry laptops in a nondescript carrying case, briefcase, or other bags. Using cases designed for laptop computers are dead giveaways to thieves that you have a laptop.

* Going to lunch, or taking a break? Don’t leave your laptop in meeting or conference rooms. Take it with you, or it may not be there when you return.

* Always lock the laptop up in your office during off-hours.

* Don’t have your own office? Use a specially designed cable lock and wrap it around your desk or chair leg. Alternately, you can lock the laptop in a closet or cabinet.

* Don’t let unaccompanied visitors wander around in your workplace. Offer assistance and accompany the visitors to their destinations. Make sure it is office policy.

* Apply distinctive paint markings or etch your name or other distinguishable marks on the bottom of the laptop to make it unique and easily identifiable. Record the serial numbers, make and model of your system.

* Consider purchasing a theft alarm systems specially made for laptops, either hardware or software.

* Be aware that if your computer is stolen, any automatic log-ins you have stored on the system can easily allow the thief to send inappropriate messages with your accounts or gain unauthorized accesses.

* Back up your important information on CDs or DVDs today, and safely store the disks at home or the office.

Tips For Flying With Your Laptop

Flying to a conference? Never check laptops as luggage at the airport because they can disappear or otherwise be damaged in transit.

The FAA has issued warnings about an increasingly common scam of stealing laptop computers from the conveyor belts of metal detectors.

At the X-ray scanner two thieves get in the line. The first one walks through the scanner quickly. The second person delays the rest of the line by emptying pockets full of change, keys, or other cumbersome items.

Meanwhile, the travelers stuck behind the slow thief may have already placed their belongings, including laptops, on the conveyor belt. The first thief can pick up a laptop case as if it were his own and walks away while the other accomplice continues to hold up the line.

Only put your laptop on the conveyor belt when you are the very next person to go through the metal detector. Keep your eye on your laptop the whole time as it comes off the conveyor belt. Alert the security personnel immediately if you think someone is attempting to steal your computer.

If a theft does occur:

Report it to the police department as soon as possible.

Users should have the make, model, and serial number available so authorities can file a complete report and enter the stolen laptop information to the National Crime Information Computer.

If you have backed up your data, all will not be lost. If you have sensitive and confidential information on your laptop, you should consider using encryption software to protect the data.

Be Safe, Be Prepared, Stay Aware.

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Another burglar drops his cell phone

Posted by Rob on Monday, 23 February, 2009

Similar to the other Lost Cell Phone story, this one out of New Castle, Delaware is also pretty funny.

Apparently we have this guy who breaks into this house.

The homeowner hears someone opening his basement door and is startled when a unknown guy walks into his den. The victim who was sitting on his couch, jumps up and starts yelling at the intruder.

The guy takes off through the house and escapes out the front door.

Can you guess what happened next?

Well the guy ended up dropping his cell phone in the victim’s front yard. Way to go buddy.

So the homeowner calls the police, who arrive to take the report. While the cops are looking around, the victim finds the cell phone on the ground and hands it over to the police.

Right there we are pretty good and should have no problem finding this guy. But, it gets better…

With the cell phone in the hands of the investigator, it starts to ring. And whose name do you suppose comes up on the display? Mom.

Of course the police answer and talk to the would-be burglar’s Mother, who confirms the identity of her son.

The police later found the 33-year-old guy walking along the highway. He was taken into custody without incident and charged with burglary related offenses.

So, if you have been following our burglary tips from the past few days, pull up your pants so you don’t trip or get a wedgie, don’t leave your getaway van running with the keys inside, eat the whole doughnut and leave the cell phone at home.

Be Safe, Be Prepared.

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Woman arrested for stun gun in baggage hold of airplane

Posted by Rob on Sunday, 22 February, 2009

I suppose I’m a little bit biased since I sell self-defense items, and I think the law banning stun guns in New York State is stupid anyways…

But a report just came out that a woman was arrested for having a stun gun in a baby stroller that was being put into the baggage hold on a Southwest Airline flight.

Apparently the atrocity occurred last Saturday when a woman, her infant and another male passenger attempted to board the airplane and a crew member noticed the item as he was about to load the stroller. Can you even access the baggage hold from the cabin of an airplane or isn’t that just liked the checked baggage?

I think TSA blew this out of proportion, making it seem like a terrorist threat. The entire plane was delayed and checked as a precaution after the weapon was found.

So now this woman is facing misdemeanor charges and has to appear in court because she wanted to defend herself if something bad happened. I think the bigger problem is now she doesn’t have anything.

The TSA officials used the incident as a retraining exercise because apparently the $8/hour security monitors didn’t know what a stun gun looked like the first time it went through. They brought back the stroller and stungun back through the security checkpoint so the screeners would know what it looked like if another one ever came across the screen.

A TSA spokesperson said that while there is “no silver bullet” in detecting threats like this, “we do have multiple layers of security,” that range from reinforced cockpit doors to trained air marshals aboard the aircraft.

“This article did not make it onto the aircraft,” she said.

Good job. I bet if the woman had more than 3 ounces of liquid baby formula she would have been busted for that also. I’m sure you guys are mighty proud of yourselves.

But alas, stun guns and tasers are illegal in states of Hawaii, Illinois, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Jersey, New York, Wisconsin or the city of Baltimore, MD, Philadelphia, PA. Shame on that mom!

I’m sure it’s nice to know that the criminals are better armed, seeing that they could care less if any law prohibited them from carrying a weapon. Hence why they are criminals, they don’t care.

I’m sure the criminals wander the streets feeling safer that the average citizens are unarmed and their illegal wills can go unopposed.

Is there a day that some sort of crime isn’t in the news?

Child abductions, rapes, robberies, assaults, car-jackings, break-ins and home invasions are headlines every day. Everyone can use a slight edge.

Shouldn’t you be protected?

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Thank You too… FORE!

Posted by Rob on Thursday, 19 February, 2009

Here is a story out of Falmouth, Massachusetts. Up here in New Hampshire, Massachusetts folks are already well known for their manners and courteous driving. Uh huh.

Apparently, a 50-year-old man held the door open for a 38-year-old guy leaving a gas station. Not surprising, the 38-year-old walked through without a word.

To that, the 50-year-old guy who couldn’t leave well enough alone, utter a sarcastic “Thank Yoooou.”

Now we already established that the 38-year-old wasn’t keen on thanking people for holding open a door. So one could assume that he would be less than thrilled to be called out on it.

So now, the two men start yelling at each other in the parking lot. After a heated exchange, the 38-year-old goes to his car and pulls out something he would normally use during his nice relaxing hobby. A golf club. Ah, golf… what a calm gentleman’s game…

Well so much for that, the 38-year-old preceded to tee off on the victim several times, hitting the 50-year-old in the stomach and legs.

Police reported the victim suffered minor injuries. I caught the local TV news report late last night. They interviewed the victim, who lifted up his shirt to reveal a huge, purple and black bruise on the side of his stomach. Luckily no ribs were broken.

The 38-year-old man pleaded not guilty to assault and battery with a dangerous weapon in the Falmouth District Court on Tuesday. He was also ordered to stay away from the other man.

Not that I condone taking whacks at someone with a golf club, but couldn’t the other guy have just let the lack of manners go? I’m sure there was at least 2 times where this escalation could have been prevented.

First at the door, just walk in and be done with it.

Then second chance was when the argument started, and before clubs were pulled, just walk away.

If it will help, let me offer my sincerest thank you to all those who open doors and hold it for people. Even if they don’t appreciate the gesture, let it be known that I appreciate it. And if this show of good manners in any way helps prevent the next case of manner rage, it will all be worth it.


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Pants fall down, trip burglary suspect

Posted by Rob on Thursday, 19 February, 2009

Note to Self: Pull up your pants when robbing a store.

I never quite understood the reasoning for the sagging pants craze. You know the style where the guys wear their pants pulled halfway down, secured (barely) by a belt so their boxers show?

Well here is a case where this fashion statement came back to bite the guy where his pants weren’t covering…

Apparently around midnight, a guy was caught leaving a Beer City store in Pensacola, Florida through a smashed front door. The guy triggered an alarm when he broke in and the police responded by the time he was coming out. Pretty good response time, I’d say.

The guy’s hands were full of stolen packs of cigarettes, so when he saw the cops and tried to run, he was unable to hold up his sagging trousers. So now his pants fall down.

Have you ever tried to run like that? Well ask this guy, it doesn’t work. He tripped and fell over in the parking lot as he attempted to flee the scene.

When the responding officer caught up to him, “he had cigarettes scattered all around him, and his pants were down by his ankles,” said the Sheriff’s Office spokesman.

The guy was charged with criminal mischief, burglary, theft and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Hopefully next time his Mom will yell at him to pull up his pants before going out. Even if he was 37-years-old.

Be Safe, Be Prepared, Pull up your pants.

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Latest Spy Gear and Hidden Cameras

Posted by Rob on Wednesday, 18 February, 2009

We just got a couple neat, new spy gadgets in stock, a Hidden Camera Watch, a DVR Stick Camera and a USB DVR hub.

Much like our Hidden Camera Pen, the Hidden Camera Watch is a state of the art body worn complete digital video surveillance system. This wire-free wristwatch contains some of the latest miniaturized video technology. We were able to squeeze a color camera, microphone, rechargeable power source (2 hours), and a 4 GB Digital Video Recorder (DVR) inside a fully functional stylish silver watch.

Stick Video Camera with Audio/Mini DVR isn’t exactly a “hidden” camera, but it is small enough to fit in a chewing gum pack or completely hidden in your hand. It can do still shots, video and audio without needing multiple devices. The pocket clip allows for hands free recording. Just turn it on and go.

The Surveillance stick comes complete with camera, 2 GB DVR, built-in lithium battery lasts up to 2 hours and is recharged when you connect it to your computer’s USB port.

Last, we have a new USB DVR hub, a piece of computer surveillance hardware that turns your home or office computer into a powerful, global-wide video surveillance system in 5 minutes or less. Connect this compact device to any desktop or laptop via USB port and you can record live video from up to 4 connected cameras connected to the PC’s hard drive.

Be your own 007 or keep an eye on things at home. It doesn’t get any easier than this, and you won’t believe how affordable they are.

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Wedgie used to subdue suspected burglar

Posted by Rob on Wednesday, 18 February, 2009

A woman noticed this guy breaking in to a co-worker’s car in Salt Lake City. She started to yell at the guy and chase him through the parking lot. After attempting to grasp the guy a couple times to stop him from escaping, she was able to reach down and grab on to the back of the burglar’s boxer shorts.

Yanking upwards, the wedgie startled the guy and slowed him down enough for Yvonne Morris to wrap a headlock around him. The Brickyard Animal Hospital technician wrestled him down long enough for others to arrive and help detain the man.

It was not reported if the guy also received a noogie, but that would be classic.

This guy may opt to go commando the next time he attempts to break into cars.

He was held at the Salt Lake County jail and booked on suspicion of vehicle burglary, possession of stolen property and outstanding warrants.

This will definitely be a story to tell the grandkids.

Be Safe, Be Prepared.

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Who Can It Be Now?

Posted by Rob on Tuesday, 17 February, 2009

Ron Strykert, former guitarist and co-founder of 80s rock band Men At Work did not keep to himself and was arrested late last week on a felony charge of making criminal threats.

“Who can it be knocking at my door. Go ‘way, Don’t come ’round here no more…”

The Police (LADP, not the band) reported Strykert, who comes from a land Down Under, Where women glow and men plunder, showed up at a Hollywood home where he used to live and caused a disturbance. The current homeowners met a strange man, who made them nervous, were forced to run and take cover, and call 911.

Unfortunately for Ron, the breakfast was served in LAPD lockup.

Ron, this is Hollywood, you can’t just go around plundering like in Australia.

It’s no mistake, They’ve gone and grabbed old Ronnie, and Strykert was given a time out in a Los Angeles jail where he can cool off and do the “Safety Dance” to his heart’s content… Oh, wait, that was Men Without Hats… He is of course expected to Be good be good be good be good (Ronnie).

I’m betting there will be no vegemite sandwiches in jail either.

Ok, I could probably throw some more Men At Work lyric references in there, but I think I’m done (12?). perhaps I’ll come back and edit in some more later. “People just love to play with words.”

“Can you hear, can you hear the thunder?”

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