Equitable Partners and the CCPA

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:

  • Identifiers
  • Name
  • Address
  • 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.

IO Cooperative Hardware Sale

Lot of Nema 5-15 C13 power cables

These are a bunch of NEMA 5-15 to C13 cables of varying lengths.

power cables

Avocent Cyclades ACS 32 Console Server

Cyclades ACS 32

APC Switched PDU AP7930

Rack PDU, Switched, Zero U, 20A (16A @ 80%), 120V, (24)5-20

Raritan PDU PX-5802T

  • 20A (16A @ 80%), 120V, (24)5-20
  • Model: PX (PX-5802T)
  • Serial # : PW81100002
  • Control Board Serial # : ADOC050879
  • Board ID : 0c43a701ae4a96e8
  • Input Plug: NEMA 5-20P
  • Input Voltage: 120 Volts
  • Line Current Rating: 16 Amps
  • PDU Power Rating: 1920 VA
  • Outlet Count: 24
  • Outlet Type: NEMA 5-20R (12 Amp Rating)
  • Outlet Voltage: 120 Volts
  • PX Series Version 1.0

3 Rack Shelves

3 rack shelves

Using an AT&T U-Verse Pace 5168NV DSL Modem with Sonic.net VDSL2 Service


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.

  1. Download the sonic.net firmware for the Pace 5168NV
  2. Plug your computer into one of the four yellow ethernet ports on the modem and power up the modem
  3. Once you get served an IP address in the network browse to
  4. Click Upgrade
  5. Enter the password. This can be found on the label on the modem listed as Device Access Code. This is different from the Wi-Fi Password
  6. Click Choose File and select the pace-5168- you downloaded above
  7. Click Upgrade. Wait for approximately 5 minutes while the modem installs the patch and reboots.
  8. 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 network

Optional additional steps

  1. 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 Settings... Broadband... 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.
  2. Next I go to Settings... LAN... DHCP and uncheck DHCP Server Enabled theh click Save. This time I get a green Configuration Successful response
  3. Since I've set the modem to Bridged mode by disabling Routing I don't need to disable the Firewall in Settings... Firewall as it's not in play
  4. Because I have my own wireless access point I then go to Settings... LAN... Wireless and uncheck Enable Wireless Interface then lick Save, just above where it says Wireless Channel