October 20th, I got a text message from an unknown number.
Gene, this is Daniel Greenfield with Equitable Advisors. We are a small wealth management firm in SF, reaching out to Mozilla employees to schedule a 10-15 min virtual meeting sometime next week where we can introduce ourselves, and see if there is any value we can bring regarding individual wealth accumulation/ retirement/ or college savings plans/ tax efficient saving/ or just overall financial planning. Please let me know if there is a date and time that works best for you! Have a great day
I felt like I was in Glengarry Glen Ross, it was exciting. At the same time I was bummed out that of the many channels for spam to reach me, text messages were now one (I previously have very rarely if ever gotten text message spam).
I searched for the guy's name and company and found that he was a newly minted stock broker as of October and was apparently cold calling (cold texting?) people, maybe everyone at Mozilla.
I went to his financial companies website and found that, now with the California Consumer Privacy Act in place, Equitable had to tell me where they got my information from, what they had, who they'd sold it to, etc.
I contacted their customer privacy department and asked for this information. I mentioned I was especially surprised to get a commercial cold call from a company I've never dealt with given that my number is on the National Do Not Call Registry and that sending this kind of text message violates the Do-Not-Call Implementation Act of 2003.
A few months later and after some back and forth I got this reply today
After analysis we determined the information was collected from a service called Zoom Info which is a data aggregator firm. You can send a request to them to delete your information from future use.
Data that we had about you:
- Phone Number
- Email Address
We have reviewed our processes and confirmed that the Financial Professional should not have texted you to the number you have listed on the Do Not Call Registry.
We have taken the following actions as a result:
- Removed your information from that Financial Professional
- Provided additional training to the Financial Professional to ensure no re-occurrence of this type of contact
- We are providing a communication to ALL Sales, Financial Professionals to ensure that they understand and adhere to the DNCR exclusion process
We apologize for any concerns or issues this may have caused you.
I went and had zoominfo remove my information and, assuming this works, am glad that the CCPA exists as without it I imagine this process would not have been as straight forward.
Here are the steps to take the AT&T U-Verse Pace 5168NV DSL Modem you just bought and get it working on Sonic.net VDSL2 internet service.
- Download the sonic.net firmware for the Pace 5168NV
- Plug your computer into one of the four yellow ethernet ports on the modem and power up the modem
- Once you get served an IP address in the 192.168.1.0 network browse to http://192.168.1.254/upgrade
- Enter the password. This can be found on the label on the modem listed as
Device Access Code. This is different from the
- Click Choose File and select the
pace-5168-10.1.3.500036_reinstall_signed.pkgstream you downloaded above
Upgrade. Wait for approximately 5 minutes while the modem installs the patch and reboots.
- When the power light goes back to solid green and your DSL/Internet lights come back on, you are ready. You can also tell that the upgrade is complete when your network connection drops then comes back up and you'll get a new IP in the 192.168.42.0 network
Optional additional steps
- In my case since I have my own router and don't want to use the router built into the modem first I go to
Link Configuration scroll to the bottom and uncheck
Routing, then click
Save. The password is still the same. When I do this the page then shows and error but it accepts the settings change, not sure why this is.
- Next I go to
DHCP and uncheck
DHCP Server Enabled theh click
Save. This time I get a green
Configuration Successful response
- Since I've set the modem to
Bridged mode by disabling
Routing I don't need to disable the Firewall in
Firewall as it's not in play
- Because I have my own wireless access point I then go to
Wireless and uncheck
Enable Wireless Interface then lick
Save, just above where it says
It seems like an odd game. Galena runs around, down below on the beach, squealing in joy like only little girls can. She keeps tripping and falling in the sand because she refuses to look in front of her, staring up in the sky at the sea gulls floating above her. I don't think she actually knows what the game is, if it's to be under the gull when it comes down or to be anywhere but under the gull when it comes down.
I flip the switch as the gulls lateral movement relative to my little setup up on the bluff comes to a momentary standstill in the ocean wind. The grainy picture on the beatup laptop is hard to see in the bright California sun, but it doesn't really matter. The script watches the image coming in from the webcam, duct taped to a C-stand. As the gull moves in its view the script tells the reappropriated old Brother inkjet printer stepper motors to turn one way or the other, aiming the laser pointer by minute movements, at the gull. You can actually see the dim green dot on the gull in the image on the screen. The switch contacts close and the image on the screen goes white as the coffee can sized car audio capacitor drops into the circuit. This is when Galena's giddy silliness goes into overdrive as the gull, now with a small half centimeter wide hole burnt through it's skull, sails towards the ground, leaving behind a small puff of black smoke high in the air. She runs away squealing with glee, then runs back once the gulls body hits the sand to collect it and take it over to the cooler sitting next to her mom, sunning herself in her purple bikini.
I open the switch and reconnect the big shiny blue cap to the solar panels laying around my picnic blanket. I remember when I found this capacitor. It was out in Pacheco; I was coming back from Graybar. Nothing reminds you of how much the world has changed as walking through a deserted Graybar with a Remington Model 870 strapped to your back. I've still got most of the solder and the breadboards I looted that day, now 2 years later. I'm riding my bicycle back from Graybar and I see this lowered Honda Accura that's crashed into a pylon holding up state route 4. The owner was long gone but a very nice stereo system was intact. I threw the amp and the big capacitor into my dirty bicycle trailer and rode home.
We've got six gulls in the cooler at this point which is probably good. It's like a modern day Fulmar hunt like they used to do in the Faroe Islands, except using a laser pointer instead of a net.
(Written Jan 23, 2015)
I started the 30 day process of deleting my Facebook account yesterday. I think I've weaned myself from the platform (I was mainly a lurker in the past) but we'll see, maybe I'll go crawling back. Google Plus goes away next month. I haven't really posted to either platform in a long time. I suspect the idea of creating content for those ecosystems was part of the disincentive.
I've causally looked at Mastodon and Diaspora over the years but never very seriously.
Maybe I'll get back into writing every once and again on my blog. The WordPress editing UI is pretty good these days. We'll see, maybe this'll be one of those posts followed by nothing for years, hopefully not.