Blogger Warning: LLT Consulting Banner Ad Scam

I receive a lot of advertising and guest blogger solicitations on my site. To set the record straight, I don’t currently allow guest blogging and the advertisers I choose must be reputable, well-known, and/or part of a network. This morning I received an email via my contact form from a “Josephine Bergson” from "the LLT Consulting company” who said they wanted to place banner ads on my website, stating they could "pay up to $950.00/month.” Wow, I thought, that’s a pretty high rate. But… [more]

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The NETGEAR AC750 WiFi Range Extender Solved My Yosemite WiFi Problems

There is a little WiFi “bug” going around that is affecting some Mac OS 10.10 (Yosemite) users. It seems that some people’s machines (both old and new) who upgraded to Yosemite are having issues connecting to their WiFi environment. It turns out that I have one machine (one that I just repaired) that is affected by #WiFiGate where WiFi connections are being dropped or have incredibly slow (dial-up speed) connections. While I have been testing just about every “fix” that people are posting,… [more]

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How to Reset the TeamViewer ID After Cloning a Mac

Recently, I set up a new MacBook Pro for my step-mom where I used Apple’s Migration Assistant to easily copy over all of her data, applications and preferences. One of the applications that I actually use on her machine is TeamViewer which is fanstanstic if you need to provide remote assistance to a Mac or PC (you can actually set up a free account - I highly recommend this service). So one of the first things that I do is to configure TeamViewer on any machine that I may need to provide remote… [more]

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Kids on Cell Phones Too Much? “Lock” Them in a Book #LifeHack

As like many other parents out there, my wife and I constantly battle with our kids about their cell phones and when it is ok to use them. If left to roam freely, I’m sure our kids would be glued to the tiny glowing screens 24/7 with bits of their mushy brain running out of their ear as they turned into little zombies. While I think a little bit of screen time is ok, there are times when it is not. So, we needed a place to store them where they couldn’t get ahold of them.At home, we have… [more]

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How To Replace a MacBook Pro Keyboard after a Liquid Spill

Liquid and laptop keyboards are not a match made in heaven in any way. In fact, if you don’t act quickly, a liquid spill will fry out the circuitry in your laptop very quickly. I recently received a mid-2012 MacBook Pro (MBP) 15” with Retina display from a family member who spilled some coffee on it. A row of keys wasn’t working nor was the space bar. With some help from iFixIt.com (guides and parts), I was able to replace a MacBook Pro Keyboard. The process is NOT easy, in fact, I would… [more]

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I receive a lot of advertising and guest blogger solicitations on my site. To set the record straight, I don’t currently allow guest blogging and the advertisers I choose must be reputable, well-known, and/or part of a network. This morning I received an email via my contact form from a “Josephine Bergson” from “the LLT Consulting company” who said they wanted to place banner ads on my website, stating they could “pay up to $950.00/month.” Wow, I thought, that’s a pretty high rate. But when you get these types of “offers,” as a blogger, you need to be very careful about these things. So I decided to do some investigation.

Ltt Consulting Scam - email

Above is a screen grab of the actual email, with a couple of annotations that sent up warning flags. Below is the text of the email. (Note: I have unlinked the URL and added spaces – please don’t click through on it!).

Hello!
My name is Josephine Bergson representing the advertising department 
of the LLT Consulting company. We are interested to place ads 
(banners), of your choice, on your websites.
Design and sizes can be seen on our website at 
www. lltconsulting . net/id_kmptyvo/ 
Depending on the banner size you choose we can pay up to 
$950.00/month.
If you are interested to become an advertising partner please let me 
hear from you.
Kind Regards, 
Josephine Bergson 
josephine. bergson @ lltconsulting .net

The first thing that jumped out at me is the very high banner payment amount ($950 is a lot). As I was reading on an iPhone (which doesn’t support Java nor Flash), I decided it would be relatively safe to click through on the link. This is what I saw on my mobile browser.

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There is a little WiFi “bug” going around that is affecting some Mac OS 10.10 (Yosemite) users. It seems that some people’s machines (both old and new) who upgraded to Yosemite are having issues connecting to their WiFi environment. It turns out that I have one machine (one that I just repaired) that is affected by #WiFiGate where WiFi connections are being dropped or have incredibly slow (dial-up speed) connections. While I have been testing just about every “fix” that people are posting, I finally just wanted a reliable connection to the MacBook Pro. That’s where the NETGEAR AC750 WiFi Range Extender came into play and solve my Yosemite WiFi Problems.

Extender & Thunderbolt to Gigabit Ethernet Adapter - NETGEAR AC750 WiFi Range Extender

The Yosemite WiFi issue is extremely annoying and there is one thread on Apple Discussions that I have been following that is already over 140 pages long  The “fixes” differ widely and work for some people and don’t for others, or even worse, work for an hour or a day or so and then stop working. I won’t bore you with the details. But I realized that there are other ways to be “mobile” with a laptop and not use a wireless connection.

I knew that I wouldn’t have issues with a wired connection (e.g., using Ethernet). But the problem is, I didn’t have Ethernet jacks throughout my home. I wanted to be able to roam around, relatively untethered. I figured out an easy solution that involved 3 items:

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Recently, I set up a new MacBook Pro for my step-mom where I used Apple’s Migration Assistant to easily copy over all of her data, applications and preferences. One of the applications that I actually use on her machine is TeamViewer which is fanstanstic if you need to provide remote assistance to a Mac or PC (you can actually set up a free account – I highly recommend this service). So one of the first things that I do is to configure TeamViewer on any machine that I may need to provide remote assistance to. As part of the Migration Assistant process, TeamViewer was copied over to the new Mac so I didn’t need to reconfigure anything…or so I thought.

Reset TeamViewer ID - remote control panel

There was a problem though. As I was going to reconfigure the old Mac for my daughter, I was also going to set up TeamViewer on that Mac. Sounds great right? Wrong. When TeamViewer sets up the TeamViewer ID, it makes it so that you cannot easily change it. Unfortunately, that means that on cloned Mac systems, the TeamViewer ID will be the same on the old and the new Macs, pretty much rendering TeamViewer useless when both cloned and original Macs are running.

I had read some support posts and tested out some things (like changing the MAC address) to try to reset the TeamViewer ID but until I actually contacted TeamViewer support, none of the other fixes worked. So, instead of having to search for the solution, I figured I would write out the easy steps to reset the TeamViewer ID.

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As like many other parents out there, my wife and I constantly battle with our kids about their cell phones and when it is ok to use them. If left to roam freely, I’m sure our kids would be glued to the tiny glowing screens 24/7 with bits of their mushy brain running out of their ear as they turned into little zombies. While I think a little bit of screen time is ok, there are times when it is not. So, we needed a place to store them where they couldn’t get ahold of them.

HTD's Cell Phone Book Safe - lots of smartphones

At home, we have a policy of having all of our children’s cell phones charge in our bedroom at night time. This helps stop them from using their phones into the late hours. And, when they get home from school, they are “supposed” to plug them in so that they can do homework without them. This doesn’t work very well as they sneak in to get their phones when we are not looking.

So my wife bought a book safe at the local Target with the thought that we could lock the phones up during non-phone hours. It was a great idea but I decided to take it a bit further. I created a cell phone book safe with just a little bit of work. Now, we can lock away their cell phones (and even put an iPad Mini in) but still charge the phones while they are locked away.

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How To Replace a MacBook Pro Keyboard after a Liquid Spill

December 22, 2014
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Liquid and laptop keyboards are not a match made in heaven in any way. In fact, if you don’t act quickly, a liquid spill will fry out the circuitry in your laptop very quickly. I recently received a mid-2012 MacBook Pro (MBP) 15” with Retina display from a family member who spilled some coffee on […]

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I Hated Driving the 2015 BMW M3…Here’s Why!

December 21, 2014
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It’s not often that I really hate driving a car. But I just had to say it this time. I got to drive the 2015 BMW M3 for about ten days and I hated it. Honestly though, it really had nothing to do about the vehicle itself. I actually really loved the M3. It was the fact […]

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20 Things to “Jump” About DISH TV, Hoppers & Joeys

December 15, 2014
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Uh, this review is a bit overdue. Originally, I was going to write about DISH’s “new” Hopper and Joey hardware  I actually started this review back in September  2012. But for one reason or another, I kept holding off. Part of me wanted to really use this new hardware for a while in order to […]

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