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January 27, 2012 · 1 min · Fred Posner

Bank of America

For some mistaken reason, one of my business credit cards uses Bank of America. The twitter version? My card number is used fraudulently almost 4 times/year. Once a quarter I am forced to change my card, change my billing, etc. Either this is blatantly poor security or it’s a genius move to get me to use someone else’s bank.

January 27, 2012 · 1 min · Fred Posner

Another truck, another 100k miles

[][1]100k miles, again. I’ve owned a few Ford trucks. For a long time, I was very brand loyal to Ford– but that’s another story. This story is about my ass sitting behind the wheel for 100,000 miles, again. It may be the first time that this truck hit the 100k mark… but it’s not mine. 🙁 The first car I took past 100k was my 86′ Toyota Celica. Got that car used in 1990 (30k miles) and drove it until the axle disintegrated around 150k. I bought my Ford Ranger new off the lot in ’96. At 150k, I traded her in towards the Expedition I’m driving now. Bubba was a good ride… protected me when I got hit by a Greyhound bus, and Forrest just loved sticking his head out the rear window. ...

February 5, 2011 · 2 min · Fred Posner

Good, Fast, Cheap — Pick Two

[][1]Pick Any Two It’s not a phrase I invented… I wish I did, but it’s been around for ages. Engineers will tell you they invented the Good, Fast, Cheap ideology with their “project triangle.” Web designers say that that own the idea for their pricing. Whomever invented it, the bottom line remains that no matter what you’re paying for you can pick two of the three: Good, Fast, or Cheap. Fast and Cheap (aka Crap) Lo barato sale caro (The cheap becomes expensive). In the long run, it’s going to cost you more. We have clichés for a reason– there’s a good amount of truth there. You can pay less now, but choosing that unlicensed roofer to save a few bucks will probably end up being a nightmare. If you’re lucky, you’ll only pay for the roof twice. ...

December 25, 2010 · 2 min · Fred Posner

Why I am Boycotting Amazon.com

Recently, I wrote on VoIP Tech Chat about a SIP Attack one of my servers received from Amazon’s Cloud service. First, Don’t Panic. This is not about anything Tech/Geek/Nerd related. It’s all good… Let me quickly sum up the incident for the non-geeks (like my wife) who may be reading. Amazon sells everything. In your shopping cart you can buy a robot, a book, a DVD, and almost anything else you can think of. You can also buy Internet service for your business. This “cloud” service is called EC2, and it’s a little technical; so I’ll just say… you can place some of your business computing needs with Amazon. ...

April 18, 2010 · 3 min · Fred Posner