San Diego British Car Day October 2015

Sunday, October 11, 2015 was San Diego British Car Day so we decided to brave the 100 degree heat and head over to the Embarcadero Marina Park North adjacent to Seaport Village to check out my friend Aaron’s Austin-Healey Sprite and take a few snapshots of the other British car classics.

For this round of photos I experimented with several filters and custom actions in Photoshop just for fun. Check ’em out!

U.S. Sand Sculpting San Diego 2015

The U.S. Sand Sculpting competition exhibited Sep 4 – Sep 7, 2015 at the “B” Street Pier in San Diego. Here are the pics!

Orioles in San Diego

I’m not usually a bird person but I thought these shots of local orioles in San Diego feeding from our hummingbird feeder were worthy of posting. Enjoy!

7 Tips to Get the Most Out of Coworking Week

August 3rd through August 7th, 2015 is San Diego Coworking Week where local San Diego Coworking Spaces open their doors to the public and allow non-members to work from their space for the day. This is a great opportunity to check out their spaces and meet others.

Here are several ideas you can implement to make the most of each day:

  1. The obvious one is to simply attend. Historically, I don’t think enough people have taken advantage of coworking week. It’s free, get out and experience something new.
  2. Ask for the grand tour. If it’s your first time at the space, make sure someone shows you the space. Maybe the space would be a good fit for you or someone you know. Help out the coworking space and help your friends get out and take the next step with their business endeavors.
  3. Being Mr. Networker, make sure to bring business cards and introduce yourself to non-members and members alike. The day isn’t just about checking out the space. It’s about finding new connections. Share what you’re doing but more importantly, listen and understand what others are doing. Be helpful. Can you collaborate on a project? Can you help them? Can you connect them to someone that will make a difference? What are they looking for or what is their next step?
  4. Grab a lunch some place new with your new found connection(s). Get to know one another and start building rapport.
  5. Be memorable. What can you do to stick out from the rest of the crowd? Make an impression.
  6. Follow up. Send your new connections an email follow up. Connect on LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter and whatever your favorite social network is. Do this sooner than later.
  7. Set up a one on one meeting. We tend to forget who we met if we aren’t in constant contact. Our inboxes get filled and that next shiny object distracts us from our latest connections. Make a deeper connection and they won’t forget you the next time you come across them at an event.

Remember, it’s not necessarily who you meet, it may be who they know. They may just make that friendly introduction to your next important contact. We all know at least 100 people. They do too.

Rinse and repeat each day and cross pollinate from each location and the connections you’ve met.

And hey, if you’re just not into this sorta thing, then bring your headphones. It’s the unwritten coworking rule – don’t talk to me, I’m busy.

Here’s San Diego Coworking Week’s 2015 schedule:

Monday, Aug 3rd – Cyber Hive, Downtown
Tuesday, Aug 4th – DeskHub, Little Italy
Wednesday, Aug 5th – Co-Merge, Downtown
Thursday, Aug 6th – Hera Hub, all locations
Friday, Aug 7th – 3rdSpace, University Heights and Ansir Innovation Center, Kearny Mesa

Looking for more coworking spaces? Check out the full list of San Diego Coworking spaces on SDTechScene.org.

Opt Out from Time Warner Mailers

I’ve cut the cord for years. Netflix, Redbox, Amazon and the Internet have replaced traditional cable. But Time Warner has been relentless in sending their advertisements to sign up for their cable TV. Last time I watched a movie on cable from our hotel, it was just weird. The movie was filled with interrupting commercials. Who does that? Cable TV. They charge to watch then force you to watch ads. No thanks.

Cut your cord. Leave cable behind.

Here’s the link to opt out. Simple, 30 second form and you’re done. No more annoying ads. http://www.timewarnercable.com/en/our-company/legal/privacy-policy/cpni-opt-out-form.html

Time Warner CPNI Opt Out Form

How to stop AT&T from sending mailers and advertisements

AT&T has been sending me relentless amounts of AT&T U-verse letters in the mail without any opt-out addresses to respond to. After a quick search on the Interwebs, I found this post on how to opt out of AT&T’s mailers.

Although the post had some great information I still don’t think it should be this hard to opt-out.

Please comment below if you know a better way to opt out. In the meantime here’s a few different methods from their post if you are a current AT&T customer:

  • Contact Information to address concerns- clicked on contact us- NO PHONE NUMBER. -but buried in text is a list of phone numbers –Contact
  • Email-Please e-mail us at  privacypolicy@ATT.com or write to AT&T Privacy Policy Manager, 208 South Akard, 27th Floor, Room 2750.04, Dallas, TX 75202 to address any concerns you may have about our privacy practices and policies.

If you are a not a AT&T customer:

Determined to be opt out, I emailed AT&T at their privacy policy email asking them how would be the best way to remove an address from their ad campaign. Surprisingly, I received a quick response from them in about 25 minutes. Their email said:

Thank you for writing the AT&T Privacy Policy Mailbox. Please provide your wireless telephone number and mailing address and we will process your request.

While we will strive to honor your request, you may receive an occasional mailing. To the extent that you receive unwanted U.S. Mail from any source, it is hoped you can make it available to a paper recycling program.

Sincerely,

AT&T Privacy Policy Inbox Manager

I promptly replied back with the respective information and received another email the next day confirming the removal:

Thank you for providing the requested information. Your request for Do-Not-Mail has been submitted for AT&T. Please allow up to 30 business days for the process to complete.

Sincerely,

AT&T Privacy Policy Inbox Manager

Kudos to AT&T for having a process to get names and addresses removed from their mail list, but seriously it shouldn’t be this difficult. In this day and age of automation this process should be much much easier.

Gawker hack and Hint.io?

As most people already know, Gawker’s commenting accounts were compromised recently resulting in some Twitter accounts to be hacked with tweets to acai spam websites. Fun times for those that got hacked, the developers who get to work overtime fixing everything and everyone else that has to deal with changing their passwords and the rest of the hassle.

In addition to all this, I received an email from hint.io with a similar message. Not knowing if I even have a gawker account or for that matter now, a hint.io account I had to search for what the heck hint.io is too. Fortunately, Ruth Suehle did the legwork and posted her thoughts on hint.io’s email blast.

Although hint.io’s email may be legit, it’s definitely not cool to be opportunistic in light of such events. Here’s two things I would have done differently:
1) Don’t use tracking links in your email for this purpose. I can’t tell what the true link is and looks very spammy.
2) Explain yourself better. We get enough phishers and spammers in addition to all the other emails we get everyday. You only compound the issue.

Hopefully they’ll get it right next time (by not emailing).

Outlook Calendar Recurrence Problem

Creating events in Outlook calendar works fine on my Dell laptop. Editing the event after posting it the first time creates a huge bug which I blamed MS Outlook for the last couple of years. Basically Outlook automatically posts the same event recurring every day for an infinite amount of time. THIS DROVE ME NUTS! But apparently not enough to simply Google it and find the solution. I finally found it and apparently it was Dell all along to blame. Grrrr…

Here’s the solution posted on Egghead Cafe. If you own a Dell and have Outlook 2003, you probably have this problem. Simply uninstall “outlookaddinsetup” from your programs list and you’re good to go.  Special thanks to Google Suggest which provides key terms you may not ordinarily think of and Graeme who took the time and found a fix for Outlook’s recurrence problem.