Dec 04

Problems Sending Emails With Suddenlink Wireless!

Suddenlink Logo

I recently moved to Arizona and had to give up some of the goodies I had grown accustom to living in California.  One of those things was really fast internet.  Moving to a small city in Arizona, Bullhead City, to be exact, has been interesting to say the least.  But, those are rants for later time.  This my friends is a helpful post!

Suddenlink Email Problems, I’ve only had one.  Since having Suddenlink I have not been able to send emails using my laptop.  I had no idea why and since I rarely use my laptop it wasn’t a huge concern.  I use my desktop PC and that is hardwired to the internet.  No problems sending or receiving while hardwired to the internet.

I tried looking at Suddenlink’s website and couldn’t find an answer to my problem when I first encountered the problem.  Didn’t quickly find a solution and gave up for the moment.  Today I had a few extra minutes from ranting on Facebook and telling everyone how stupid and unenlightened they are and decided to call Suddenlink and figure this wireless problem out.  I spoke to Rose, no last name, I have no real idea why customer service people don’t have last names but I am guessing it makes it harder to call back and complain.

Rose and I chat about the problem for a bit.  I explain how I can send and receive email emails just find on my PC that is hardwired to the internet.  However, my laptop that is using the wireless cannot send emails, it only receives them.  Very quickly she learns that it’s a port issue.  Something I suspected as I couldn’t imagine after all my previous testing.  She gave me a couple of port options and the problem was solved.

So if you’re using something like Outlook to send and receive your email, you visit Suddenlink’s help page by Clicking Here.  Or simply just edit your outgoing mail ports to either 587 or 465 of SSL.

Here’s a quick screen grab I took to point out where should be looking within Outlook to change your outgoing mail port.

Ok, first thing, go to your account settings.  This should normally be under “Tools”  Select the account you want to change.  Normally you can just double click that email account and it will open up the “Internet E-mail Settings dialog box.  Then click the “More Settings” button or tab.  In the next dialog box look for the “Advanced” tab and then change the Outgoing SMTP port from the probably 25 that it’s at to either:

Outgoing mail port: 25 or 587
Outgoing mail port (SSL): 465

outlook-port-settings

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Oct 25

Stephanie Hayden: Sons Of Guns Stars Arrested For Abusing A Child!

Stephanie Hayden and Kris Ford ArrestedWow, does that family have some issues or what?  I do know that Will Hayden was arrested for being a pedophile.  I know Stephanie first claimed the accusations against her father were false and now claims that he did, in fact, molest her as a child.  Now Stephanie Hayden and her husband, Kris Ford have been arrested for spanking a kid so hard it left marks.  This rant isn’t going to be about Will Hayden and his pedophile issues or Stephanie’s child abuse excuses.  What this rant will be about are all the sick, moronic people supporting the abuse of children.

I am not saying for a second that I think spanking a kid is child abuse.  I am saying that there is difference between a simple spanking and beating your kid so hard that it leaves scars or marks that are visible hours later, you know, like when the cops arrive.

I read a comment by some dumbass who was supporting the abuse Stephanie and Kris committed against their child.  Or rather allegedly committed.  This moron said that spanking is how we learned right from wrong.  Wow, this is how stupid people are.  This is the violent place we live in.  We do not learn right from wrong by spanking our children.  What spanking teaches them is to not do somethings out of a fear of punishment.  That isn’t learning right from wrong.  That is teaching fear and nothing else.

It is the responsibility of our parents to teach our children right from wrong and if necessary to punish them.  What most parents do wrong is to skip the teaching part and go straight to punishment.  Our child screws up and what do we do? We tell them they did wrong and we punish them.  We go straight from the child’s mistake to punishment.  The kid learns real quick that being honest with their parents will get them in trouble and that some things will get them hurt.  What they haven’t learned is why they got in trouble.  Kids don’t know why what they did is wrong, they only know now that their parents say what they did is wrong.  So, chances are they are going to continue do it and just not tell their parents about it.

For example, let’s say two different kids steal money from their mothers purse.  The first kid is spanked, told stealing is wrong is spanked.  The second kid is told that stealing is also wrong but the parent takes the time to explain why stealing is wrong.  Which kid do you think really learned a lesson?  The kid that was just spanked, only knows that stealing is wrong.  But, has no idea why.  Kid’s don’t inherently know why something is wrong.  They need to be taught this.  Show a kid why their behavior is bad and it will change them.  They will grow and learn and be respectful human beings.

People for some reason think that teaching kids right from is like how they learn not to touch the stove top when it’s on.  They touch it, they get burned, end of story.  Even that doesn’t really work because sooner or later they are going to burn their hand when they stove top is off and have no clue why.  However, had you taught them that the stove was hot because fire creates heat and what it heats can take a long time to cool down.  Now they know.  Now they learned something about fire.  Now you they won’t get burned again.  And, if they do burn themselves again, you know your kid is stupid and needs extra attention, so please get him the attention he needs.

Teach kids, they learn by example and education and not through violence.

*You can get the details of Stephanie Hayden and Kris Ford’s arrest at TMZ.

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Oct 04

The Best Of The Fall Season!

I haven’t seen every show this fall.  But, I have broken my rule this fall TV season and started watching some TV shows before the season has ended.  I normally won’t watch a new show until it’s first season is over because too many times I get hooked on a show and then some dumbass executive cancels it.  Some good example of this are, Surface, Invasion, Firefly, and the one that killed me.  The one that bothered me the most was Miracles.

MiraclesMiracles (Available on DVD thankfully) was one of the best TV shows ever.  It got cancelled because the executives at ABC at the time were complete morons.  The was  preempted almost every week it was supposed to air.  ABC had breaking news all the time over the Iraq war so anytime someone farted in Iraq ABC went live.  These idiots even preempted the show for a special about Michael Jackson.  This was long before he had died, he was just crazy MJ back then and ABC decided yet again to air Miracles at a later date.  Show could gain an audience and they cancelled it.  The irony is that it’s final airing, over 5 million viewers.  ABC still cancels it.

So, I don’t watch TV shows in their first season.  I am not going to get hooked and left hanging because some idiots that believe if a show isn’t an immediate hit, it must be cancelled.  If that were true some of most beloved shows would have never maid it, little shows, like Cheers and Night Court to name a few.

However I have been a little lax this year and last.  This year I have decided to rant about the new shows I really like or that I think have some potential.  My hope is that the 2.5 people that actually read this article will give these shows a try and maybe tell their friends about them.  TV Shows don’t have long, some shows after their first airing are already on the bubble for not getting high enough ratings.

So here’s some new shows worth look.


Forever Season 1Forever

It airs Tuesday nights on ABC.  It’s about a guy that for some unknown reason has been alive for over 200 years.  He can die but he comes back immediately and always in water for some reason.  Now he is a medical examiner for the city of New York and helps a detective solve crimes.  It’s Castle if Castle was more serious, never died and wasn’t as goofy.  And, I mean goofy in a good way, Castle is one of my most favorite shows EVER!

I really love this show so far.  It’s got smart characters, good stories and good mysteries.  It would be shame is this show got cancelled.

How to get away with Murder
How to get away with Murder

It airs Thursdays on ABC.  It’s about a college professor who is also a high price defense attorney.  The acting is great, the stories are a little hard to follow at least the first episode was.  It goes from present time to future time or maybe the future flashes are current time and the present time is the past, I don’t know?  As I said, it’s a little confusing and you have to really pay attention or you won’t even get what’s going on.  I was glued to my TV watching it on my DVR and shit happened a couple of times and I had to think, “Wait, who was that again?”  But, still the show has some potential.  I love the main character, she’s flawed and some of those flaws aren’t really good flaws.  Another good show you should check out.

Bad Judge
Bad Judge

Just watched the show last night and I have to say I was at first disappointed when I realized it was only a half hour show.  That worries me and I will tell you why.  The idea is too good for a half hour show.  This happened to me last year when I saw the first episode of The Crazy Ones.  I knew it was going to get cancelled.  The shows concepts need a full hour, you can’t pack it all into 22 minutes and the heart of the show gets lost.  I even said so on their Facebook page after watching it the first time.  Sure enough, cancelled.  This show, same thing.  It’s a good show, worth watching, funny, witty but the themes need an hour.  If NBC doesn’t change it, it’s going to get cancelled.  But, we’re talking about NBC here, the once great network is run by complete morons so I am positive they will do everything possible to make sure all their good shows are cancelled.  It airs Thursday nights.


Scorpion
Scorpion

I watched the first two episodes and loved it.  It was action packed, entertaining and both episodes had me shaking my head wonder how they were over so soon?  The show just flies by.  It’s about a group of 20 somethings who are off the charts smart.  They are hired by Homeland Security to help solve problems.  The action can be over the top sometimes but you can’t help but suspend disbelief and just go along for the ride. Fun, show with heart.  Highly recommend.  It airs Tuesdays on CBS.

These are just the ones that I have seen so far.  I am looking forward to seeing The Mysteries of Laura, Houdini, Black-ish, Stalker, Madam Secretary, NCIS: New Orleans, and Z Nation.  However, I will probably just wait and download the whole seasons when they are over or wait for the DVD’s

If there’s a show you like, talk about it, tell people.  Specially if it’s a new show.  If you don’t talk about it or don’t hear others talking about it, it will be cancelled.  So even if you don’t like the shows I mentioned, there must be some new shows you do like, talk about them.  Set your DVR’s even if you don’t watch them.  How to get away with Murder was the most DVR’d show this fall season.  They actually track that stuff, creepy, I know.  But, what’s on your DVR matters.

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Aug 26

Finally Watched Season 4 of The Walking Dead!

The Walking Dead Season 4

So with all the traveling I did over the past I finally got to watch season 4 of The Walking Dead. It started off good then they brought the Gov back and he was just nothing but annoying. Then I got pissed off that after all that time in Prison they didn’t have a better plan for an attack and they had the shittiest escape plan. The writing couldn’t have been any worse. It turns out that I was wrong, the writing did get worse.

They went and split everyone up! I get it, it’s a drama, if you don’t have drama, then you don’t have drama. But, you can have drama without having stupid.

It was just about this time when I had given up on the season. I was a little more than halfway through the season. I don’t know if to say “It got good” is the way to say it. But, I got hooked. The storyline with Carol, Tyreese and the girls. So heart breaking. What she does, wow! It was so good!

Emily Kinney "Beth Green" on The Walking DeadWhen I copied the episodes on to my flash drive for travel, for some reason episode 13 didn’t transfer over. If you skip that episode then are you left with the impression that Beth was killed. I was heart broken!

It was kinda funny, I had developed a little crush on her. But, I had been feeling guilty about it because this is the little girl that was in some of the Harry Potter movies. On TWD she’s the younger daughter of Maggie, she’s just a kid. I decided to look her up online. I just don’t really remember much of her character from previous seasons and how did I not really notice her. I discover, she’s not a little girl, I am thankfully not the pervert I had been feeling like I was. She isn’t a teen at all. She hasn’t been one for a while. She’s 29 years old! I had been feeling guilty that she was like 17 or 18. I felt so much better about my crush after learning she’s almost 30.

I finally watch episode 13 and to my relief, unless I missed something, Beth is not dead! She’s been kidnapped! I can live with that. That means she’ll be back!

Oh and on side note, I can’t believe they killed the old man! WTF was that all about!? Who didn’t love Hershel?!  After that, they couldn’t kill The Governor enough! His death should have been more violent and painful.

All in all it turned out to be a great season.

Season 5 starts on AMC Sunday October 12th according to their website.

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Aug 07

Some Basic Shark Facts!

San Antonio Douche Bag Catches 800 Tiger SharkLast night in my Facebook news feed I came across a story that ABC 7’s news feed put out about an idiot fisherman from San Antonio.  He spent 8 hours killing an 800 pound Tiger shark off the coast.  I tried to not rage about it and failed miserably.  My anger and frustration was put forth in mini-rant left in the comments section.  It was than followed by a smaller rant when I shared ABC 7’s post on my timeline.

This morning I noticed a response from one of my Facebook friends asking some very good questions.  I spent about 30 minutes trying to answer them the best I could.  I am not a shark expert.  Although, maybe I am?  I seem to know more about sharks than anyone I know.  I’ve have been watch Shark Week from the very beginning.  But honestly, I don’t really consider myself to be an expert.  Just educated on the topic is all.

So, I thought that I would put together some basic information here.  Information that answers very basic questions people might have as well as some links to where I got the information. These are just basic questions about populations, fatal attacks and a few things along those lines.  Now, I would never expect anyone to just believe me.  You should always fact check your information by checking at least two different legitimate sites.  I don’t have time to list to a bunch of sites but I will try to list at least one reputable site when I post things as facts.  If you want to question what I say beyond what I say and the links provided, please do so.

How many people do sharks kill on average per year?

On average about 4.2 but it really does vary I’ve seen years where the numbers have been between 11 and 15.  But the average is still about 4.2 a year worldwide.
http://oceana.org/en/our-work/protect-marine-wildlife/sharks/learn-act/shark-attack-statistics

 How many sharks do we kill per year?

About 100,000,000!  That’s right, 100 million!
http://newswatch.nationalgeographic.com/2013/03/01/100-million-sharks-killed-every-year-study-shows-on-eve-of-international-conference-on-shark-protection/

How many sharks are there?

There are an estimated 1,000,000,000 that’s 1 billion for the numerically impaired out there.  However, this is just an estimate.  No one knows for sure.
http://wonderopolis.org/wonder/how-many-sharks-are-in-the-ocean/

How many kinds of sharks are there?

There are at least 440 species of sharks.  Most of them are completely harmless.
http://www.worldwildlife.org/species/shark
Some Different Shark Species

 If there are so many sharks, how can they considered to be endangered?

I know how to answer this but I am not sure how to link to just one or two sites to show where I got my facts my from.  I will post some links of course but they won’t give you the full story so I suggest you do your own research or just take my word for it.  Though I am not going to lie to you, it’s always best to do your own research.

Not all sharks are considered to be endangered.  As I mentioned earlier there are well over 400 species of sharks and most of them go unnoticed by society as they aren’t threatening to us.  It’s the large sharks mostly that are endangered.

I think the first thing to understand is the world’s oceans take up most of the Earth’s surface.  About 70% of the earths surface is covered by water.  That’s a lot of water.  Now consider that the larger, endangered sharks are the ocean’s top predator.  They are the top of the food chain.  When their numbers decline it effects everything else in the ocean straight down to plankton.  That also means that they effect the whales and even coral reefs.

Another way to look at is to consider the world’s population is 7 billion.  It sounds like a lot doesn’t it.  But, in reality, if you placed a two foot by two foot square on the ground and then placed them side by side, the worlds population could fit in LA County.  Now we’re talking about maybe just a billion sharks world wide.  So we’ve got 7 billion people living in 30% of the world that consists of land.  The remaining 70% is filled by just 1 billion sharks.  Now when you consider that it’s mainly just the large sharks, the ones we consider to be the top predators, the numbers are so much smaller.  Yet, they are completely responsible for the ocean’s food chain.  The more we kill, the more damage we do to the world’s oceans.
http://oceana.org/en/eu/our-work/marine-wildlife/sharks/learn-more/the-importance-of-sharks
http://www.theguardian.com/science/2009/jun/25/sharks-extinction-iucn-red-list
http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2011/10/111031-population-7-billion-earth-world-un-seven/
(See question number two and then scroll down to see the answer.)

How do we kill so many sharks?

We are fishing them into extinction.  Many places around the world there is a thing called Shark Fin Soup.  Sharks are killed by the thousands every hour by these fisherman.  It is a brutal, horrific and cruel death for these sharks.  These inhumane bastards catch the sharks an then cut off all their fins while the shark is still alive.  They are then just tossed off the ship, again, still alive as they spiral down to the bottom of the ocean where they suffocate and die or are killed by the enormous pressure along the way.

Then there’s the idiots that just kill sharks for the fun of it.  The typical moronic actions of sports hunters.  A perfect example of this type of moron is Ryan Spring from San Antonio. The guy spent 8 hours killing a Tiger shark for no reason.  Or if there was a reason, he isn’t saying.  He did say that he is going to donate the meat to charity.  But, that’s a lot like killing someone for fun and then saying, “It’s okay, I plan to do some community service so it’s all good.”
http://ocean.si.edu/ocean-news/shark-finning-sharks-turned-prey
http://abcnews.go.com/Weird/wireStory/texas-fisherman-catches-809-pound-tiger-shark-24856106

Shark Fins by Getty Images

Shark Fins by Getty Images

I hope this answer some questions.  I enjoyed writing about it and I think if I get some more time I will try to write another shark themed article on the best ways to avoid getting attacked or killed by sharks. Sure you could just stay out of the worlds oceans and rivers but what kinda fun is that?  Yes, I did just say “rivers”.   If you didn’t know, there are some species of sharks that can swim in fresh water.  Sorry to ruin your next trip to the river…

 

 

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