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Someone in our building

Thief in the building!

At a few minutes  before 3:00 PM on Thursday, November 30, 2017 this man entered our building and even our office.  He appears to be looking for something.  

What he found and took from another office in our building is a laptop computer.  See the green bag he is holding as he exits the building.

We are sorting out what to do about this but we are certain the Campbell Police would like to speak with him.

Perspective on rocks

Perspectives on life

As I work with people I see perspectives others often miss.  What is a perspective?  Consider this is your view from your vantage point.  Your perspective is impacted or filtered through your life and your life events.

Look at these four pictures – how would you define or describe these images?

Perspective A

Perspective B

Perspective C

Perspective D

It's a rock?

This is clearly a ROCK!  What is all of this about “perspective”?

The exercise is more about beginning to notice you have a view.  Other people have a view too.  This one rock is many things based on each other’s perspectives.

I use this as a door stop (perspective D).  Some folks see this as a decorative rock (perspective B).  Clearly this is a paperweight (perspective C) and lastly this is simply a rock (perspective A).

What else is this?  When I had this experience a group of teens had determined these to be toys.  Toys that they used to throw at rocks on a freeway, which ultimately became a murder weapon.

In life, your perspectives are what can get in the way of effective communication.

Factors of velocity

ON REASONABLENESS AND TIME — FACTORS OF VELOCITY

Your power is a function of velocity, that is to say, your power is a function of the rate at which you translate intention into reality. Most of us disempower ourselves by finding a way to slow, impede, or make more complex than necessary the process of translating intention into reality.

There are two factors worth examining in our impairing velocity, in our disempowering ourselves.

The first is the domain of reasonableness. When we deal with our intentions or act to realize our intentions from reasonableness, we are in the realm of slow, impede and complicate. When we are oriented around the story or the narrative, the explanations, the justifications, we are oriented around that in which there is no velocity, no power.

Results are black and white. In life, one either has results (one’s intentions realized) or one has the reason, story, explanations, and justifications. The person of power does not deal in explanations. This way of being might be termed management by results (not management for results but management by results). The person of power manages him or herself by results and creates a space or mood of results in which to interact with others.

The other factor to be addressed is time. Now never seems to be the right time to act. The right time is always in the future. Usually this appears in the guise of “after I (or we) do so and so, then it will be the right time to act”; or “after so and so occurs, then it will be the right time to act”; or “when so and so occurs, then it will be the right time to act.” The guise includes “gathering all the facts,” “getting the plan down,” “figuring out ‘X’,” “getting ready,” etc.

Since now is the only time you have in reality and now will never seem to be the right time to act, one may as well act now. Even though “it isn’t the right time,” given that the “right time” will never come, acting now is, at the least, powerful (even if you don’t get to be right). Most people wait for the decisive moment, whereas people of power are decisive in the moment.

— Werner Erhard

HostGator – worthless, caught on chat

Host Gator - pretty worthless for service

Chat ID: 44997240 Initial Question: Shared – Tech Support – Website Issues
1:22:12 PMSystem Adebayo A has joined the chat!
1:22:51 PMRick Loek Hello Adebayo – I have a challenging issue I am sure you can solve quickly
1:23:06 PMAdebayo A Welcome to LiveChat Rick! I’d be glad to assist you today!
1:23:44 PMRick Loek Something is adding spurious malicious files to my websites
1:24:30 PMRick Loek wp-includes/random_compat/axnixviw.php Thursday July 13th, 2017 at 5:17 am UTC cb1260292e177c921cc2508c0226b6c5 wp-includes/Text/Diff/Engine/gbxndbwl.php Thursday July 13th, 2017 at 5:17 am UTC 37a390d109f3f7ec5452b0dbe47e251a wp-content/plugins/elementor/aqjtmwex.php Thursday July 13th, 2017 at 5:17 am UTC fd130a961b3af0147d47f1f26e9a8002
1:24:46 PMRick Loek Under whyihatevariableannuities.com
1:25:11 PMRick Loek I suspect you have tools/logs that tell you how these were created
1:28:58 PMAdebayo A Unfortunately, we do not. We partner with a company called SiteLock that is a software tool for scanning and cleaning malware. Outside of this, you would have to consult with a web developer to look into that.
1:29:31 PMRick Loek do you have FTP logs?
1:30:05 PMRick Loek shell logs?
1:32:10 PMRick Loek I need some support from HostGator – what can HostGator do with this?
1:32:27 PMRick Loek I saw that SiteLock was to be included but I see no way to enable it
1:33:57 PMAdebayo A You would need a SiteLock agent to assist with this as they would be able to help with first cleaning the malware. The SiteLock software will not work on cleaning existing malware.
1:34:51 PMRick Loek Okay – so, Host Gator has zero support for this… that is what you are telling me.
1:35:34 PMRick Loek can you provide a new account as a courtesy that I can migrate my websites to?
Chat ID: 44997240 Initial Question: Shared – Tech Support – Website Issues
1:22:12 PMSystem Adebayo A has joined the chat!
1:22:51 PMRick Loek Hello Adebayo – I have a challenging issue I am sure you can solve quickly
1:23:06 PMAdebayo A Welcome to LiveChat Rick! I’d be glad to assist you today!
1:23:44 PMRick Loek Something is adding spurious malicious files to my websites
1:24:30 PMRick Loek wp-includes/random_compat/axnixviw.php Thursday July 13th, 2017 at 5:17 am UTC cb1260292e177c921cc2508c0226b6c5 wp-includes/Text/Diff/Engine/gbxndbwl.php Thursday July 13th, 2017 at 5:17 am UTC 37a390d109f3f7ec5452b0dbe47e251a wp-content/plugins/elementor/aqjtmwex.php Thursday July 13th, 2017 at 5:17 am UTC fd130a961b3af0147d47f1f26e9a8002
1:24:46 PMRick Loek Under whyihatevariableannuities.com
1:25:11 PMRick Loek I suspect you have tools/logs that tell you how these were created
1:28:58 PMAdebayo A Unfortunately, we do not. We partner with a company called SiteLock that is a software tool for scanning and cleaning malware. Outside of this, you would have to consult with a web developer to look into that.
1:29:31 PMRick Loek do you have FTP logs?
1:30:05 PMRick Loek shell logs?
1:32:10 PMRick Loek I need some support from HostGator – what can HostGator do with this?
1:32:27 PMRick Loek I saw that SiteLock was to be included but I see no way to enable it
1:33:57 PMAdebayo A You would need a SiteLock agent to assist with this as they would be able to help with first cleaning the malware. The SiteLock software will not work on cleaning existing malware.
1:34:51 PMRick Loek Okay – so, Host Gator has zero support for this… that is what you are telling me.
1:35:34 PMRick Loek can you provide a new account as a courtesy that I can migrate my websites to?
1:36:40 PMAdebayo A You would just purchase the new account if you need a new account. But this wouldn’t likely not resolve your potential malware issue it that is your goal.
1:37:38 PMRick Loek well, then you are saying I should find a new hosting provider. Not sure your management would like this message being shared all over the internet.
1:38:19 PMRick Loek by installing each website newly and installing each plug-in fresh it would certainly remove all malware that might be present.

His response – hang up the chat…

I had already saved the transcript, which his company won’t like.

Set your mind to it

I was a the 21st Century Democratic club meeting on Friday, November 13, 2015.  An amazing conversation about homelessness, the financial impact and what we can do to move about and beyond homelessness.  Jennifer Loving of Destination Home spoke.  Very engaging.  I spoke up that none of the solutions will take three years.  They can all be accomplished in 24 hours – Set your mind to it!

We can accomplish anything – Set your mind to it.

  • We can end homelessness – if we set our mind to it.
  • We can build shelters for people in record time – if we set our mind to it.
  • We can feed the world – if we set our mind to it.
  • We can cure diseases – if we set our mind to it.
  • We can end terrorism – if we set our mind to it.
  • We can build a house in under three hours – if we set our mind to it.

What would you make happen – if you set your mind to it?

Homeless and physically challenged
My Buddy, Phil – homeless

Put yourself on alert – what will you take on today?

ADHD – my life, my power

TedxCMU – Stephen Tonti. 2014-11-15 20.41.35

Hello, I’m Rick, Richard or Ricky.  I too have been known as ADHD.  ADHD – my life, my power!  This guy, Stephen Tonti, is able to articulate how wonderful life is when you have a higher ability to focus, rather hyper-focus, on many things at the same time.  However, the other side of it is when something is not exciting, it can be difficult to find the time to complete a task.

Most people would swear at this time in my life I don’t posses ADHD.  Well, guess again.  I simply manage it much better than most.  I embrace my hyper-focus and manage distractions.  I can corral a room full of squirrel chasers.  I can distract the shiny object folks and keep them on task. I can wonder about in a conversation, bring it to conclusion and powerfully make a point.

When I was in school the system drugged me.  Very interesting to hear how this medication was likely the cause of much of my challenges in childhood.  I certainly encourage people to find better ways to manage our ADHD people.  It is a gift – not a problem.

My mother was amazing and my father dealt with my challenges.  They were told by doctors that I’d never amount to much.  Guess the doctor was a fool!

To their surprise I turned my attention to programming computers in my early 20’s.  I used my hyper-focus to my benefit.

In my forties I learned to no longer be annoyed when I lose my train of thought.  At this time in my life I thrive on my 12-16 hour days – sleep is for woosies!  I also thrive on my down time.  Work hard, rest (recover) hard.

I often tell people my extreme nature.  Here is what I say, I can bend over to tie my shoes and forget why I bent over.  Really, pretty close to the reality.

I wonder who else was “labeled” and shelved.  Our school systems can raise us to be strong or stifle us – which do you want for you and your family?

As he mentions Robin Williams at the end of the video – I’m saddened.  Robin suffered without the proper support(s) to thrive.  May he finally rest in peace.

My life is amazing – I invite you to have the same amazing life, through your creation.

AARP

This is the placeholder for my AARP resources. Please use and share this information with others.

I realized after posting this I need to be transparent – AKA no hidden agenda.  I do not receive, nor want, any financial benefit from your checking out these links.  Even if you buy something.

Password Testing

As the sun sets over the Pacific Ocean
As the sun sets over the Pacific Ocean – view from San Francisco

How strong is your password – this will let you enter sample passwords to see how long it takes for a system to crack it.  Consider swapping alphabet characters for symbols.  For example iFlyComputers might look like 1Fl\/C@mput3r$!  Try it out on the tool.

Antivirus Software

Webroot – the tool I use to protect my computer

McAfee – a very good tool, trial version

Symantec – I avoid at all cost (no link provided) I’m sure it does the job.  In my experience it has slowed my computer(s) too much.  To make matters worse, it won’t let me uninstall it.  I had to use a special tool, which did not remove everything.  I then had to call Symantec or chat with them, turn over control of my computer to their support person – who wiped all of their code off of my computer.  Not what I want from a software company.  Keep in mind I used Norton Utilities in the 1980’s

Avg – free version

Other Resources

A useful product or service is LegalShield – again, I realize no revenue from people buying this product.  I will note that Jane Kenney is a friend of mine.

 

 

A quick update on my brother

You may have read my story about finding my brother.  I have not said much since then other than my visits to the homeless task force meetings.

My brother was able to stay at with my son for about 90 days and then he transitioned into a Transitional Housing Unit (THU).  He has been there a little over two weeks.  There is no click your heals option as there was in the Wizard of Oz.  He has a long road before him.  I’m most thankful that his daughter, Emily, has been available to support him along this journey.

I’ve been there when I can.

Imagine if you will, there is a line.  That line is between supporting and pushing.  It is my nature to appreciate someone’s support – well, when it is offered in a way that I can accept it.  Pushing simply does not work for me.

My brother, Randy, is much like me in that regard.  He appreciates the support but strongly resists pushing.

I intend to create time to visit with my brother as his mind and schedule start to allow.

As the county board of supervisors begins to review the options forwarded to it from the Task Force on Homelessness, I’ll be requesting that you email, write letters and make phone calls to your elected officials.  I will alert you that Mr. Wasserman is on the task force and he warned the public to be aware that money for these suggestions still needs to be located.  We, the community present, pointed to the article in the Mercury News stating the County is spending $500 MILLION dollars each year for services for the homeless.  Of course you can’t simply move money in its entirety that $500 MILLION to cover these newly suggested programs.  However, we know that funding these new programs will reduce the drag on $500 MILLION.

If you are interested on having your elected officials supporting these new programs, let me know and I’ll keep up to date.

That’s all for now.