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My housemates Patrick’s cat darby, has/had feline urinary tract obstruction.

He came tumbling down the stairs the other night, like he was chasing a moth or lizard, he stopped and just sat there with his head down, we thought he had caught something, we looked and he just toppled over and started making noises, bad noises like the im about to lose my kitty noises, he seemed to be having a seizure or was he poisoned….. Read the rest of the story at http://swashmanor.com/

 

 

Things to see and do on a Day trip to charleston from Myrtle Beach

IMAG5839_1 Sunday we rode to Charleston with a friend “Scott from NC” we stopped at Hampton Plantation, and had lunch at Jacks Cosmic Dogs, then watched the sunset from the battery,  IMAG5854 when i got home i was craving Chex snack mix….

Local Oysters can be found here….

Below are great links to find stuff going on near you in the South Carolina Low Country

 

 

My main inspiration came from a recipe from Here #GIMMESOMEOVEN for Chex style snack mix made in a slow cooker, or crock pot! With that as my guide i came up with the following. Here is how i made mine. IMAG5863

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

its #frontporchapproved

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Perfect day trip from Myrtle Beach to Charleston SC

 

Dijon & Maple Chicken Breast , Brown Rice Mushroom Casserole, & Wesley’s baked Cauliflower is what’s for dinner…..

So i had 2 breast thawed need inspiration i found it on the web, “see http://howtocooksouthern.com/

I remember as a child, we went to a ladies house for dinner, she made a Brown Rice Mushroom dish, my mom and i loved it, i can remember Mom making it later. i think its a Brown Rice Mushroom Casserole, i found 2 online and i used those as the base for mine.  See entire recipies here  http://howtocooksouthern.com/

How i made My first batch of Homemade wine from Carolina Muscadines & Scuppernong grapes,

How i made My first batch of Homemade wine from Carolina Muscadines & Scuppernong grapes, head on over to our sister site http://swashmanor.com/wine-beer-making/homemade-wine-from-carolina-muscadines-scuppernong-grapes/

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Americans are exposed to an untold a number of chemicals every day, and almost none of them have ever been adequately tested for safety. Our primary chemical safety law, the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), is badly broken and hasn’t been updated since 1976—almost 40 years. We need to be working with key policymakers and stakeholders to make a smarter, stronger law that better protects you and your family, until then i can show you how! 

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Fred Phelps, Sr., pastor of the “God Hates Fags” Westboro Baptist Church, was ex-communicated from the “church” back in August of 2013

yup, According to his son Nathan Phelps, Fred Phelps, Sr., pastor of the “God Hates Fags” Westboro Baptist Church, was ex-communicated from the “church” back in August of 2013…………..

This from son’s Nathan Phelps Facebook Page
“I’ve learned that my father, Fred Phelps, Sr., pastor of the “God Hates Fags” Westboro Baptist Church, was ex-communicated from the “church” back in August of 2013. He is now on the edge of death at Midland Hospice house in Topeka, Kansas.

I’m not sure how I feel about this. Terribly ironic that his devotion to his god ends this way. Destroyed by the monster he made.



I feel sad for all the hurt he’s caused so many. I feel sad for those who will lose the grandfather and father they loved. And I’m bitterly angry that my family is blocking the family members who left from seeing him, and saying their good-byes.”

Lauren Drain is a former member of controversial Westboro Baptist Church of Topeka, Kan. She tells us about her life in the church and how she was banished from both the church and her family.  http://www.cbsnews.com/videos/banished-from-extreme-church/

35 Times The Westboro Baptist Church Lost Badly  http://www.buzzfeed.com/mjs538/times-we-beat-the-westboro-baptist-church

 Shirley Phelps-Roper    https://vimeo.com/17423892


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The end of XP & The risk this creates

Microsoft Says anyone still using Windows XP operating system come April 8 will no longer receive technical support or security updates, and not having these security updates will expose the computer and data to security breaches, and theft.
For Business’s processing credit cards on these, “old” PC’s, the cost in Upgrading systems can run hundreds to thousands of dollars, but if you get  hacked it can cost hundreds of thousands of dollars, and you could lose the privilege of taking any Credit Cards, possibly forever, and the law suits can last years.
http://www.kshb.com/money/consumer/microsoft-operating-system-change-could-put-businesses-consumers-at-risk

“We estimate that on 9 April we will see 20-25% of all enterprise PCs running XP,” said Michael Silver, a research vice-president at consultancy Gartner.

The software is still popular in many government departments and some studies suggest the majority of the world’s cash machines still run it.
One of the reasons that Microsoft is keen to stop people using XP is because it is feared that once the security updates stop, anyone still using XP will be a tempting target for hi-tech thieves.
Cyber-criminals keen to steal data or compromise machines often get a foothold by exploiting a problem in an application such as a web browser. Then they piggyback on the access that application has to a PC’s memory to burrow their way in deeper.
The good news is that many anti-virus companies are planning to keep on updating their products to spot malware aimed at XP. Most are keeping an eye on XP for at least a year and some will keep providing updates for much longer.

“Those upgrade and update projects can take 12-18 months to roll out,” said Mr Steer. “They are going to have to mitigate that risk in other ways.”
   http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-26432473

Bitdefender, ESET, G Data and Norman have all announced that they will continue to provide their security software with updates until the year 2016. These manufacturers have also refused to completely exclude the possibility of an extension of this support as long as it is still both technically possible and in demand among users.
Most manufacturers of anti-virus products have not yet specified a fixed date on which they will stop providing product support and regular updates, with all manufacturers planning to keep providing support for at least two more years. The companies have informed us that they will announce specific dates during the course of the year at the earliest and we will update the information provided in this article on a regular basis as soon as we receive any new details. Trend Micro, for example, has already confirmed that it will keep its products up to date until at least 2017, while Webroot even plans to delay the cancellation of updates for its products on Windows XP systems until at least April 2019.http://www.av-test.org/en/news/news-single-view/artikel/the-end-is-nigh-for-windows-xp-these-anti-virus-software-products-will-continue-to-protect-xp-after/

 Over a 3 year timespan, organizations that make the move to Windows 7 will see a 137% return on investment.
When taking account the time needed to manage XP systems relating to items such as downtime, malware, and other maintenance, Windows 7 increases productivity by up to 7.8 additional hours per year per worker.
Annual costs on maintenance for systems running Windows 7 compared to XP drop by a massive $700/year.

Windows 7 came out called Windows XP Mode. This allows customers to run a fully legal virtual copy of XP within Windows 7 that seamlessly integrates with the native OS for running XP-needy programs. This mode doesn’t work in all cases, as some online users state issues with it on particular custom programs,
   http://www.technibble.com/windows-xp-support-ends-in-april-2014-what-technicians-need-to-know/

Check here to see if you are running Windows xp  http://amirunningxp.com/  

What Windows has to say about all of this http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/enterprise/endofsupport.aspx

http://www.fbi.gov/scams-safety/computer_protect

How to reduce risk, & prevent loss

I recommend the use of an alternative browser such as Google Chrome or Firefox, which will continue to be kept up to date with the best possible security, if the announcements made by their developers are anything to go by. The Internet Explorer browser for XP, on the other hand, will meet the same fate as the XP system and no longer receive any updates, thus causing it to become more and more vulnerable.

Business and Technical Level

  • Security updates from your Software and Hardware vendors. 
  • Create a security policy, computer security training manuals.
  • Develop a total recovery plan.
  • Hardware Firewall.
  • Anti Virus http://www.av-test.org/
  • Have a secure/strong password.
  • know location of all confidential files, discs, memory sticks, and all related confidential information actually is. Store everything securely.
  • Back up your computer data, with several sources of back-up

Personal level

  • Most banks and Cards allow you to go online and set up alerts for any unusual transactions, or activity. 
  • Set up All your accounts to require a pin number for all purchases.
  • Never give out your private information, social security number, mother’s maiden name or date of birth over the telephone unless you have initiated the call.
  • Software or Hardware Firewall
  • Anti Virus 
  • Do not use Outlook Express.
  • Have a secure/strong password.
  • Back up your computer data, with several sources of back-up.

Software links (Protect Yourself)

Hardware Links

  • Hard drive duplicator Cavalry Retriever Series EN-CAHDD2BU3C-ZB   2.5 to 3.5 adapter 
  • Cable Matters SuperSpeed USB 3.0/2.0 to HDMI/DVI Adapter  
  • USB to VGA 
  • Top desktop threats 3/6/14


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    Can a retailer ask for my ID when i use my credit card?


    As a POS Expert, CISP, PCI DSS Compliance advisor, Visa ACS/AVP, i get ask by friends and family, “Can a retailer ask for my ID when i use my credit card? “, and i get ask for my ID when i use my credit card?  simple answer is NO!  for a more detailed look at the ins and outs..see below.

     

    . If your credit card is signed on the back, then there is no requirement for you to show an ID but if is not signed on the back, then yes, the merchant may request to see some other form of ID,”
    All the networks allow a merchant to ask for identification. MasterCard and Visa, however, explicitly prohibit retailers from requiring an ID to accept a properly signed card. “They can ask for that ID, but you can refuse to show the ID and they still must take the card,” says Paul Stephens, director of policy and advocacy at the Privacy Rights Clearinghouse, a nonprofit that advocates for consumer privacy rights.
    Visa and MasterCard rules prohibit the acceptance of unsigned cards. If you present one, the merchant must ask you to sign the card and supply an ID. Visa guidelines specify that it must be an official government ID.

    Discover’s policies are more intrusive. They state that a store employee who has doubts about the validity of a card should “request and review additional identification” from the customer. And for an unsigned card, the company requires two pieces of identification, including one government-issued photo ID.
    American Express is more vague. It requires merchants to “verify that the customer is the card member,” but its rules make no direct mention of requiring an ID. “American Express doesn’t really have a policy on it,” says Linda Sherry, director of national priorities for Consumer Action. “If the merchant wants to ask for an ID, that’s fine.”
     

    Some customers write “See ID” or “Ask for ID” in the signature panel, thinking
    that this is a deterrent against fraud or forgery; that is, if their signature is not on
    the card, a fraudster will not be able to forge it. In reality, criminals often don’t
    take the time to practice signatures. They use cards as quickly as possible after a
    theft and prior to the accounts being blocked. They are actually counting on you
    not to look at the back of the card and compare signatures; they may even have
    access to counterfeit identification with a signature in their own handwriting.
    In this situation, follow recommended steps listed above under Unsigned Cards

    When should you ask a cardholder for an official government ID? Although Visa
    rules do not preclude merchants from asking for cardholder ID except in the
    specific circumstances discussed in this guide, merchants cannot make an ID
    a condition of acceptance. Therefore, merchants cannot as part of their regular
    card acceptance procedures refuse to complete a purchase transaction because
    a cardholder refuses to provide ID. It is important that merchants understand
    that the requesting of a cardholder ID does not change the merchant’s liability
    for chargebacks. However, it can slow down a sale and annoy the customer. In
    some cases, it may even deter the use of the Visa card and result in the loss of
    a potential sale. Visa believes merchants should not ask for ID as part of their
    regular card acceptance procedures. Laws in several countries also make it
    illegal for merchants to write a cardholder’s personal information, such as an
    address or phone number, on a sales receipt.
    If you are suspicious about the transaction or feel you need additional
    information to ensure the identity of the cardholder, make a Code 10 call.

    some states have laws against a cashier from saving your ID information, the card networks — Visa, MasterCard etc. —  say  whether merchants can ask for identification. The agreements that merchants must sign when they agree to accept cards include rules that govern card verification procedures.
    http://usa.visa.com/download/merchants/card-acceptance-guidelines-for-visa-merchants.pdf
    your next card will look like this 

     

     

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