Archive for February, 2013

I recently used a Tuple, which is a newish .NET compound key structure. Need to look up something in a data set using 4 keys? You can use a Dictionary with a Tuple key. What if you want to be able to return more than one row for each key? Use a Lookup with a Tuple key.

My Android phone came with a tiny amount of memory and my phone company filled most of that with useless, undeletable apps.  I finally had it and unlocked my phone, installing a custom firmware.  It took me back to the days when I did it on my PSP.  It’s still the same environment…bad instructions in forums assuming you know way more arbitrary details than you actually do.  (What?  You weren’t born knowing what BackSideUpdater is?  It’s so obvious!)  All files are obtained via questionable links in forums.  The best instructions I found were on some kid’s youtube video.    Anyway, it’s done and I actually have some space to install some apps now.  We’ll see how this goes.

I was reading about some hackery trickery involving Amazon accounts. The bad guy needs to know your name, mailing address, and email address. They do an online chat with Amazon and pretend to be you to get an order number from something you bought recently. Then they ask Amazon for a free replacement of that order. As it’s being shipped, they ask them to change the receiving address to another US address. The US address turns out to be a company that forwards packages to other countries. So if you get a mysterious email from Amazon about a replacement order that you never asked for, this might have happened to you. This guy has more.

We went to the zoo yesterday.  I had no idea apes were so gross.  Both the gorillas and the chimps were…well…what’s the grossest thing you could think of them doing?  Yeah, that’s what they were doing.

Vanessa and I ate at Namaste in Rio Rancho.  Along with the Indian food, we got some veggie momo.  (Excellent name for a band.)  It’s basically dumplings.  For dessert, we got some rasmalai, a cream cheese-based dessert that reminded me of cheesecake.

If you ever get an odd email from someone, contact them about it through other channels.  Don’t just reply to the email.  Hackers may have taken control of the account for the purpose of sending emails out to people saying “Help, I lost my wallet as I’m travelling here in Nigeria and need you to wire money.”  If the hackers are watching the account, they’ll just delete any warning emails from anyone, which is why you need to warn the person through other channels.