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Bill Hely

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  1. It's not the "disagreement" that annoyed me - it was the condescending "Oh, please", as if I'm some dope who is missing the blatantly obvious. As to your own method, if it works for you, fine. But as someone who "knows computers", you must surely be aware of the myriad weaknesses in your method. Just for the record, I no longer consider myself to be an expert in any aspect of computing. I built my first computer around a Z80 chip, audio tape storage, long before there was any such thing as desktop PCs. I made my living as an IT consultant for around 20 years, the last half of that time self-employed and specialising in security issues. A long illness forced me to find others to support my client list and to quit the industry. It's been quite a long time since I had anything to do with computer technologies other than as an end user, and I haven't even tried to keep up-to-date. So I repeat: I no longer consider myself to be an expert in any aspect of computing, but hopefully common sense still prevails. Even forgetting for a moment about the security or otherwise of written lists, there is the matter of efficiency and convenience. It is an irrefutable fact that a good password manager offers a level of convenience and infallibility that can't even be approached by any manual method. I choose RoboForm and it has never let me down over a couple of decades of use. But as I said, there are others, and anyone is free to do their own research and choose any application they please. But to choose a written list instead is the result either of not knowing any better, or pigheaded refusal to change. And your claim that some elderly people just can't handle a password manager is quite contrary to my experience, which includes many computer users of advanced age, including one of 99 years only recently deceased. A GOOD password manager doesn't need any management or knowledge. Once installed it just quietly does its job, automatically recording usernames and passwords, and automatically providing them again when a login form appears. But ultimately the method used by any reader is immaterial to me. Anyone can be guided to consider other solutions, or ignore all advice that comes their way. All I care about is that incorrect information isn't passed on to others who don't know any better. That sort of thing does tend to get me going.
  2. Well, since every single computer security consultant and expert on the planet, without exception, would agree with the principle that you should "never ever ever keep a written record of passwords", there's no need for me to argue with you. The position you put yourself in by virtue of claiming the contrary speaks for itself. The greatest protection you've got going for you is that you are irrelevant. That applies to most of us. It's very unlikely that anyone capable of doing so would be bothered with you. Of course if you make it too easy, that's another story... But you clearly have no idea of the complexity and capability of programs that are available to online criminals. To someone intent on cracking your systems, a written list of passwords, encrypted or not, is just another key for them to work with, no matter how clever you think you've been in compiling it. My point to you, and you can rabbit on all you like without invalidating that point, is that written lists of passwords are primitive, completely unnecessary, and far short of a really practical and convenient way to score passwords. Do as you wish, I can only advise as to the best solutions. The topic came up, I can contribute, I have done so, and your agreement is not necessary.
  3. There is no need for you to know where the data is kept, and even knowing that wouldn't help you. RoboForm has encountered these sorts of questions many times and published answers to them, such as: "If you password-protect all sensitive Passcards and Identities then it will be nearly impossible to get an access to them without the password. Specifically, all password-protected Passcards and Identities are stored in files that are encrypted by your Master Password using AES, BlowFish or 3DES. So a person who theoretically steals your computer or files, will have to break these encryption algorithms in order to get your passwords from Passcards." The main thing with your Master Password, as with any password, is not to use a word or phrase that can be defeated by a simple dictionary attack. And you don't lose your passwords along with your computer if it is stolen or destroyed. Reinstall RoboForm on your new computer, provide the necessary credentials, and it will start recovering your encrypted passwords from RoboForm's master storage.
  4. Cardinal Rule #1 Of Computer Security NEVER EVER EVER keep a written record of passwords. An allowable exception would be if you encrypt what you write down, but even that is not a really good solution. And what if you lose your Little Black Book – theft, flood, fire, whatever – what then? One aspect of the weakness of written passwords that's not often considered is that writing them down encourages short passwords that make sense. You aren't likely to use a long, nonsense, secure password like &45#grLKB3u447 (I just asked RoboForm to create that) if you have to type it in manually every time. My router is protected by a password just like that but that is 63 characters long. I also have that one particular password memorised, but I couldn't do that with the many dozens of User IDs and passwords I need regularly. And quite apart from the security aspects, there is the matter of convenience. It's very convenient to call up a password protected web page and have your User ID and password automatically entered for you. And when you change the password (either voluntarily or because the site forces you to) RoboForm automatically notes the change and remembers it for next time. There is no getting around it, there is no better way to manage passwords than with a good password manager.
  5. And then, so you never have to face this sort of problem again: Roboform Password Manager I have been using RoboForm for many years – 10 years would not be an exaggeration - and I could not live without it. There are others, and imitators, and I have tried several of them, but I have always ended up sticking with RoboForm. I cannot understand why anyone would NOT be using a good password manager!
  6. This may be irrelevant to your situation, but possibly worth mentioning anyway... Several years ago I had what appeared to be nerve damage in my right wrist and forearm. Writing was difficult and pretty much illegible. My GP had me consult a psychologist first to determine that it wasn't psychological in nature. The psychologist said it was physical and something she'd seen fairly frequently. It was something akin to RSI. The psychologist referred me to a doctor at one of the major hospitals here in Brisbane who specialised in treating this condition by injecting Botox into the afflicted area. I can't tell you whether it's a successful treatment or not, because before the appointment with Dr Botox came up, I was struck down with a debilitating autoimmune disease that hospitalised me for a month and put me on all sorts of nasty medications for about a year. Somewhere along the line in that year the effect of the nerve damage began to fade and is now so slight that it's no longer a problem. Maybe the cocktail of drugs I was on for so long had something to do with it. Corticosteroids are very nasty but used to treat all sorts of things. Who knows?
  7. Coming from Australia of course I would be arriving without a car. Yes, I'm aware many expats get by just fine without one, but I would feel more comfortable having one, even if it doesn't get used very much. Secondhand cars in the USA are dirt cheap compared to Australia; Mexico situation unknown. So are there any thoughts on buying a 2nd hand car in the US and driving down to the Lake area, versus buying a 2nd hand car in Mexico. Any tax/levy/duty penalties involved? I have a weakness for old, big-iron V8 "muscle cars", but I should imagine it would not be advisable to be driving around Mexico in anything "fancy"?
  8. Depends on the circumstances. The cheek-turners love to advocate the "walk away" solution, which is not always an option, or at least not always the safe option. And by walking away yourself, are you leaving someone else in danger? And if so, are you comfortable with that? Advice to simply "walk away" may be sensible or stupid, depending on the circumstances. Anyway, I wasn't seeking a debate. I have enough faith in my own experience to be confident that I will choose the right option for the circumstances. I was asking about the legalities and the attitude of Mexican police. Such things differ from one country to another, and things aren't necessarily "better" or "worse" in a Third World country (and yes, "Third World" is an outdated concept). For example... It is my understanding that in many jurisdictions in the USA, if you kill someone in the defense of another, there's a good chance you won't even be charged with anything. In Australia you'll probably end up walking free also, but unless you start out very rich, you'll probably end up having to sell your home to finance your defense, and end up penniless as the cost of "justice". So getting back to the point: In the event that you take physical action, what are the legalities in Mexico and what is most likely the attitude of Mexican police. Yes I know, this could be a complex question requiring a complex answer. All I'm asking for is some informed opinions.
  9. A question for SmartTraveller (or any other Australians in the area)... I'm wondering about the usefulness of my existing ATM cards, and since you may be familiar with Australian banks... I have Visa Debit cards from Heritage Bank and Suncorp, and a Coles MasterCard (credit card). Should I make other arrangements before coming over?
  10. What is the source of the water your bottles are being filled with? Any problems with the water not being clean for drinking?
  11. So what would be the legal situation in Mexico if you got physical with them? Or should I say, got physical with any males involved? Getting heavy with females is not my style, so they pose more of a problem. But I won't tolerate being threatened or extorted.
  12. Well, I'm fairly flexible, so I'm not looking for anything "exactly". I have black belts in Aikido (1st Dan) and Kyusho Jitsu (2nd Dan), but I started with karate in my youth, and have cross-trained in a number of different disciplines over the years. I have tapered off substantially due to hip and knee problems which intensify with age, but I still maintain an interest, even in things I can no longer do. I'd be surprised, but very pleased, to find a well-qualified Kyusho instructor in the area, as that's something I can continue to develop in without concern for my injuries. Although it is a completely separate discipline altogether, Kyusho has spread mainly through American Kenpo clubs, but not all American Kenpo clubs teach more than a very limited application of Kyusho within their own techniques. So in summary, a Kyusho club would be great, but as a lifelong martial artist I'm interested in just about everything. One can extract useful information just sitting and watching some completely unfamiliar discipline. PS Thanks RyanV, but I'm not in the least bit interested in MMA.
  13. Are there any martial arts related activities in any of the Lakeside communities?
  14. Just curious: What do you mean by "foot doctor"? What do they treat? Are they in fact podiatrists?
  15. S'ok. If you pay attention to your elders you'll get wiser with each passing year. By the time you get to my age you'll know everything.
  16. Just as a matter of interest, this article made it as far as the main daily newspaper in Brisbane Australia this morning:
  17. Well then your experience is apparently quite limited and poorly informed. For a number of years I have had to have my left ear de-waxed 2 or 3 times a year, but the right one never - there's just some imbalance in the left. In the time I have experienced this I have probably lived in 4 or 5 different towns/cities and been to at least 4 different doctors for treatment. Depending on the state of the wax, a frequent request from the doctor is that I use a softener for a couple of days beforehand to make the removal via syringe easier. NOT AS A REPLACEMENT FOR SYRINGING. Every single time I have had the treatment the procedure has been performed by the clinic's nurse, not by the doctor, and whether you have or haven't used a softener beforehand will usually be detected by the nurse. You need to try a decent doctor-recommended softener, as opposed to a pick off the pharmacy shelf. Some softeners do work quite well. No doubt some don't, or don't work as well.
  18. 100% agreement on that. It's a job usually done by the clinic's nurse with nothing more than a syringe and warm water. To facilitate the process it is recommended that you apply a wax softener to your ear for a couple of days beforehand.
  19. As far as general usage of the term is concerned I'd have to agree with Ned Small on this one, but it does get somewhat pedantic. To the best of my knowledge nowhere in the western world is a GP generally referred to as a specialist. The "G" in GP stands for GENERAL practitioner. When the medical problem it is too intricate the GP refers the patient onto a SPECIALIST. But as I said, that's general usage. But it does seem that the medical bureaucracy recognises a "Specialist General Practitioner". Check out the PDF pointed to in this URL: http://www.medicalboard.gov.au/Registration/Types/Specialist-Registration/Medical-Specialties-and-Specialty-Fields.aspx That's from an Australian Government website but I doubt you'll find much difference in the USA or the UK or any other significantly Western country. But after looking at the results of several Google searches it is apparent that for every argument supporting one definition, you can find an equally convincing argument supporting the opposition. Try this on for size: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1495225/ Personally I'll stick to the position that, in general usage, a GENERAL Practitioner is not a SPECIALIST.
  20. When I did my first airfare search – and it was a very quick and cursory one – I was quoting travel times in what would be the peak period down here, as that's about when I'll be free to take off. Once I can be more specific with my travel times I can take more care.
  21. Great info SmartTraveller, and of particular interest as we have similar backgrounds. Thanks for taking the trouble. I've spent a bit of time in various parts of Southeast Asia, so people often ask me why I'm not heading over there instead of to a completely different culture on the other side of the planet. Places like Vietnam, Cambodia and Thailand are cheap and very popular with Australian expats. Fact is, while there is very little that I specifically dislike about the Asian lifestyle, there are a few things that would make it difficult for me in the long term. Silly things like smell, that others might not even notice, but to me most of Asia has a very distinctive odour – not necessarily unpleasant, but just distinctive. I could list several other rather trivial little things like that, and they mean nothing to thousands of expats, but combined they get to me after a while and I look forward to getting out for a spell. I think you've gotta take notice of your individual foibles. My house is on Brisbane's near north side. It's completely unencumbered – no mortgage – but it's very old and not in a great state of repair, so it's not terribly attractive for anyone looking for a house to live in. However, this is an area that developers are always interested in, so here's hoping. Anyway, none of your minor downsides turn me off. I can't say that I eat much lamb now, so I'm unlikely to miss it. Not a fussy eater and got no allergies so I can pretty much get by anywhere foodwise. To be honest, the quicker I can get out from under the nanny state the better. I didn't realise about the cold in January/February. I thought the Lake area was pretty much steady temperatures all year round. I'm a product of the tropics – don't like the cold too much at all. Again, thanks for your valuable input.
  22. Yeah, I wonder what that little fiasco will cost Samsung all up. In his book "A Better Life for Half the Price", Tim Leffel gives South Korea a very big rap. He lived there and taught English As a Second Language for quite some time. He currently lives in Guanajuato and has this to say about Ajijic: "On Lake Chapala near Guadalajara, another mild climate place where you seem to see as many gringos as locals. Good for those who want American style homes with garages and don't mind depending on a car for shopping and social life." Note: I bought the book after I heard about and began looking into the Lake Chapala area.
  23. A couple of interesting tables I just came across: Cost of Living Index: https://www.numbeo.com/cost-of-living/rankings_by_country.jsp Quality of Life Index: https://www.numbeo.com/quality-of-life/rankings_by_country.jsp
  24. Every time I try to reply to someone, I get an editing box that says I'm replying to barcelonaman !!! Have restarted browser, logged out/in, etc. Wazzup? Anyone else seen weird behaviour like this?
  25. After reading a few AirB&B related posts on various forums, a question occurred to me: Is not uncommon for Lake area residents to supplement their income by being AirB&B hosts in their purchased or rented home at the Lake?
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