A Warning To The Wise . . .

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Our grandson Landon starts 2nd grade this coming Wednesday, the 16th of August. Here he is meeting his new teacher for the first time.

Landon in 2nd Grade

It’s amazing how early they start school now. When I was growing up it was usually the Wednesday after Labor Day, not 3 weeks earlier like now. Gave everyone time to rest up from the holiday.

Regular readers will remember the saga of Landon’s missing teeth, when he lost two to hitting Miss Kitty’s hard head, Miss Kitty being their 120# Black Lab. Then a few months later he hit his father’s knee and lost the third one.


Well, they’re coming back in.

Landon's New Teeth

Just hope he doesn’t manage to knock out these permanent ones

This past week I was called back in to an old client’s office down in the Clear Lake area. The client had replaced me a couple of years ago with a new IT guy, someone who said he could do the job better, cheaper, faster, whatever. And the client fell for it.

So now the IT guy, who’s I think in his late 30’s, is dying in a nursing home. And the client has NO passwords for ANYTHING. Not for Godaddy, not for the office network, not for PayPal, not for the websites, not even for the office Wi-Fi. Nothing.

So I have spent the last 3 days ‘hacking’ into things. I have started the procedures with Godaddy and PayPal to reclaim control of those accounts, and I reset and reprogrammed the Wi-Fi router so that’s working now.

Now when he took over from me, he had no problems like this. I immediately sent him a copy of a file I keep with all the necessary codes and passwords. The client had a copy of this himself, but couldn’t find it right then.

I actually talked to the guy on Wednesday, but he was so high on drugs that when I asked him about passwords, all he kept saying was ‘69raccoon’, 69raccoon’. But I don’t have any idea what it’s the password to, or if it really is a password, and not a hallucination. It certainly hasn’t worked anywhere I’ve tried it yet.

So the moral of all this is that if someone has almost complete control of your livelihood, be sure you have an up-to-date copy of all the passwords and codes. And check a few out now and then just to be sure they’re correct.

Thought for the Day:

“Sometimes when you innovate, you make mistakes. It is best to admit them quickly, and get on with improving your other innovations.” – Steve Jobs


One Response to A Warning To The Wise . . .

  1. Janna says:

    Or in the case of my Mom and her husband who was unable to make any decision last summer after his massive heart attack–spouses need to know how to access everything and know where passwords are stored.  AND–if you change  your checking account password make sure you change it on the list–ask me how I know this!!!

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