Sunday, December 19, 2004

PrintMe internet printing..can anyone do anyone?

So I found this site about internet printing called PrintMe. Apparently, if you have your printer set up on the internet with PrintMe, you can send documents directly to it and then walk up to the printer later and just enter the code it gives you to print that particular document. I was browsing printers when it gave me this option:

If someone goes to this printer and types in the code 304711 he/she should get a printout of a picture of an F-4 Corsair I took at an airshow earlier this year. I wonder if I really sent a document to this printer. If I did, what's to stop someone from overloading it with huge files or porn?

Check it out.

Tuesday, December 14, 2004


"Hey Mr. Rifleman. I've got your wood."

Friday, December 10, 2004

Christopher Swain

This is some serious dedication:

While other people bike, ride and run for causes they care about, Swain has
already swum down the Hudson River (315 miles), across Lake Champlain (129
miles) and through all 1,200 miles of the Columbia River, which rises in British
Columbia and spills into the Pacific Ocean on the coast of Washington.
Because of the polluted waterways, Swain is risking his health to further
his cause.

"The most contaminated piece of land for instance in the entire Western Hemisphere is the Hanford Nuclear Reservation in southeastern Washington," Swain said. "The Columbia River flows right through it, and I swam right through there, not because I'm totally insane, but because I wanted to say, 'We should do something here.' I had seven ear infections, four bad respiratory infections. Three different times I had infections in my lymph system, lymph nodes that swelled up to golf ball size."

To prevent parasites and bacteria from making him sick, he takes a break every 600 strokes — he actually keeps count — to gargle with hydrogen peroxide.

Wednesday, December 08, 2004

Bank bounce check fees

Maybe it has been asked before on the internet :), but wht's the deal with bank overdraft fees? My bank told me in no uncertain terms that it is ILLEGAL to bounce a check, i.e. to write a check for which you do not have sufficient funds to honor. If this is the case, what is the legal precedent for the $25 fee imposed by the bank which can trigger a cascade of fees as other checks may or may hit my account during the shakeup?

Example #1:
Balance: $300

Check #1: $301
Result: BOUNCE ($25)
Balance: $275

Check #2: $276
Result: BOUNCE ($25)
Balance: $251 + ($576) debt

Net result: ($325)


Example #2:
Balance: $301

Check #1: $276
Result: Paid ($276)
Balance: $24

Check #2: $301
Result: BOUNCE ($25)
Balance: ($1) + ($300) debt (provide the fee doesn't trigger another round of fees)

Net result: ($301)

What gives the bank the right to fine me privately when I have broken a federal or state law? I have not bounced a check in a few years and I have overdraft protection now, which is free, but this issue has always been nagging at me. If someone comes and burglarizes my home and I catch them, can I just fine them, say $6000, and then let them go?

Monday, December 06, 2004