Happier than a pumpkin that survived Halloween!

Great news!:

Subject: Robot Hacks – your package is on its way to you….

Thanks for signing up as a participating team in the Robot Hacks Maker Session.    We are pleased to inform you that a package of MAKE materials, components and parts has been shipped out to you and if you have not already received it, you should be receiving it any day now.

We kick off this series with a Google + Hangout on Air live from Olin College with Brian David Johnson, and more Maker Masters this Sunday, November 3rd, 2013 (from noon – 3pm ET).   We’ll be discussing his vision of the 21st Century Robot and talking to the makers behind Jimmy the Robot, and more…     We are also encouraging teams to get involved and create their own open source robots – and have set aside kits for teams that would like to get involved.

An overview on Maker Sessions, Robot Hacks can be found here:  http://makezine.com/robot-hacks/

If you would like to check it out online, Sunday, 11/3 from 1pm-2pm ET, please join us here: http://bit.ly/19THpub

And, be sure to sign up to become a part of the Make Robot Hacks community, by signing in here: http://bit.ly/robothacks     This is the perfect forum to ask questions, follow other #RobotHacks makers and post photos of your progress.   We will be hanging out here throughout this program.

The twitter hashtag for this program is #robothacks — share your progress via twitter!

Thanks in advance for being part of this program!   We very much appreciate your support.

Please feel free to let me know if you have any questions.




@make #robothacks



Wait less, time is here

The glow of smartphones, tablet PCs, computer monitors, TVs and car audio systems lit the eyes of billions.

“Hello, everyone!  Greetings from space!”

The craggly face and long blond hair familiar to mass media addicts filled the screen.

“This is Sir Richard Branson.  They say you can’t build castles in the sky but here I am, with my family and our wonderful pilot, living proof that if you dream it, the sky is not the limit.”

The handheld camera of a Google Glass swept around the cabin.  People floating weightlessly wore silly grins, their hair looking disheveled, some of them glued to viewing windows and the vast blackness of space burning images in their thoughts.

“Say hello, everyone!”

Various people yelled “Hello,” “Cheers,” “Hi” and “Hey there” at the same time.

“I can’t describe to you the feeling I have, knowing that I have joined, up to this point, only a few hundred lucky people who’ve called themselves by such names as astronauts, cosmonauts and taikonauts.  Today is truly historic.  No, it is, in fact, euphoric.  A simulator just can’t give you this feeling.  It’s tonnes better than floating in a swimming pool.  And the view!  Just look at this!”

He pointed his Google Glass camera at a viewing port.

The blackness of space.

The curvature of Earth.

It was all there, viewable from one window or another.

“Of course, being who I am, I won’t miss the opportunity to invite you to experience this once-in-a-lifetime ride for yourself.  Somewhere near you down on that big spaceship we call Earth is a salesperson willing to walk you through the process of qualifying for a trip aboard our SpaceShip fleet, maybe this one or perhaps one of the newer models because, as you know, demand is rising.

WOW!  WE ARE IN SPACE!  Sorry, I just had to scream that one out loud.  Anyway, because we’ve finally got the whole family on the ultimate family trip, I’m willing to say that once you’re up here, we’re not letting you back down until you take a trip through the gift shoppe.  A souvenir purchased in space is the most exclusive holiday or birthday present ever, eh?  The first 1000 people who’ve paid, passed the physical/medical examinations and taken this trip will get their very own Virgin Google Glass sets signed by me and the pilot of this virgin voyage.

“If anyone watching this broadcast right now orders while I’m up here, they will receive a replica copy of Google Glass sets and a miniature SpaceShipTwo signed by me and the pilot for a special low price only available during the next few minutes.  You should see the website address or phone number available in your country displayed on your screen right now.  Don’t delay.  I won’t make this offer again.  Or rather, not until my family and I are safely aboard the Virgin InterGalactic Bigelow Hotel orbiting Earth a decade or so from now!  But I can tell you more about that when my feet are planted on the ground after this voyage is complete.

“Pardon me while I stop to enjoy the rest of this adventure!  Whoopeee!!!”

Have you received a call from 600-233-1234?

Telephones — landline, mobile — are useful means of getting/receiving information.

Received a call from 600-233-1234, performed a quick Internet search and found the following interesting tidbits.  Useful?  You make the call:

27 Jan 2012
This telephone number is associated with http://www.creditcardsupport.net

Whois results indicate creditcardsupport.net was registered in Pakistan by the administrator of this email address: faraz@pakcct.com

Whois results for http://pakcct.com returned this information:
Administrative Contact:
Ali, Murad murad@dialer4rent.com
EDT Systems INC
3604 Flagstone Dr
Carrollton, Texas 75007
United States
(972) 394-1165 Fax — (972) 394-9128

The pakcct.com website also indicates that it was designed and operated by Umair Ali and links to his personal website: http://umairali.com

Whois results for http://umairali.com/ returned this information:
Administrative Contact:
Plasticwala, Murad murad@dialer4rent.com
EDT Systems INC
3604 Flagstone Dr
Carrollton, Texas 75007
United States
(972) 394-1165 Fax — (972) 394-9128

*Note: Same address

Umair Ali has listed his personal phone number on his website: (469) 892-8637. This phone number is a google voice account which links to his carrier phone number (New Cingular Wireless Pcs) which is (214) 738-6247.

*Note: The caller from 403-255-8807 had previously identified himself as ‘Umair’

We called (214) 738-6247 and the individual that answered the phone was the same caller that tried to steal our credit card information and while panicking accidentally divulged information regarding another scam involving some type of tickets.

*All this information is available publicly*

I’m not paranoid but entities are tracking me!

Finally, after all these years!

You know what they say, just because you don’t believe people are tracking you doesn’t me they aren’t.

Well, here’s the proof.  I read an article about Collusion and downloaded the app.  Attached below is a chart of the entities that’ve tracked me while I surfed the interwebs in firefox for a few minutes.  Imagine what yours will look like after a few weeks!