Sep 17

RIP Kevin Fulton

kevinPeriodically, you meet people in your life and you immediately become fast friends. The person “gets” you and you automatically find yourself relating to them on a lot things.

That’s what happened to me when I came to work at KUSI and met Kevin Fulton. Kevin was the Senior Booking Producer for Good Morning San Diego and the first day I walked in the door, he greeted me with a big smile, handshake and pretty much all the information I needed to know about the show and the station.
As I mentioned, he and I became more than just co-workers and I am happy I am able to call him a friend. Kevin had a spirit about him that just made you smile and feel good about yourself. He and I had very similar careers in both radio and TV and we had many a great stories to tell. He had many, many more than me.

Kevin was an extremely hard worker and dedicated to his job. He was the guy that you had to say “GO HOME!” because he was such a hard worker. Always with a great story, he actually gave me some solid life advice and no matter what we talked about, especially in my career, I knew that he believed in me. He was just that kind of human.

Kevin passed away last night after a hard fight against cancer. While I’ve only known Kevin a short period of time, his persona and attitude impacted me enough for the rest of my life. I am certain that I am not the only one in the world that feels this way. This was one of the qualities Kevin had that made him such a great booker when inviting guests on to our show.

Kevin once gave me some poignant advice during one of our lunches together. I knew he really believed in what he was saying. I am more than inspired to honor him by following that advice.

You da man Kevin. I going to miss you man.

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Sep 12

Does size matter? Just look at what’s in my hands.

Having a hard time figuring out which new iPhone to get?

Jeremy Anticouni created this handyPDF, which when printed on standard 8.5″ x 11″ printer paper at 100% scale will display the footprint of Apple’s current iPhone 5S alongside that of the larger 4.7″ iPhone 6 and the 5.5″ iPhone 6 Plus.

I printed it out and cut them out. the iPhone 6 Plus is comparable to the Samsung Note 3. I measured them up and its pretty close in size. My friend that has the Note 3 says its never a problem putting it in his pocket, which already is what most complaints are that I am hearing.

Even once I scrape together my pennies to get a new Apple product, it will more than likely be the Apple Watch. I am the guy that buys the new phone every time they come out. This time around I think I am going to wait.

What about you? Which version will you get? Do you have a “Phablet”? Do you like it? Let me know!


To print out your own template: CLICK HERE

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Sep 10

Are you about to get sick?

This is kind of cool…  Sickweather, a Baltimore-based company, provides online reports and an iPhone app that scans social networks for indicators of illness, and maps real time data on more than 23 different symptoms and illnesses. Sickweather launched their beta website in November 2011, and now qualifies over 600,000 reports of illness each month.

With the recent news of Neurovirus 68 spreading, this is a great application that can let you know if you need to take extra precautions to stay healthy.  Check it out below.

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Sep 03

500 Passwords You Should Never Use

hacked_by_xxdigipxx-d4ozzcoBy now you heard about the iCloud hack and celebrities having their nekkid pix leaked.  I could go on a rant about taking naked pictures and saving them, but today we’re talking passwords.  It seems that the celebrities that were hacked had pretty easy passwords and hackers were able to get in just by doing what hackers do.  This is what Apple said about that.

There are tools that hackers use a tool called iBruteaccording to The Daily Dot was used to get into said accounts.  Apple has since fixed that exploitation.  The tool trolls through common passwords people use and applies them to gain access. I have a list of iBrute’s most used 500 common passwords.  It was leaked from a service called RockYou.  That’s the service that leaked out 32 million usernames and passwords back in 2009

Here’s a list of those 500 most common passwords.  If yours is on the list CHANGE IT NOW.   Its just one service the ol’ Mitchster does for his followers.

449 Password1
225 Princess1
218 P@ssw0rd
207 Passw0rd
173 Michael1
144 Blink182
129 !QAZ2wsx
126 Charlie1
111 Anthony1
103 1qaz!QAZ
102 Brandon1
100 Jordan23
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Sep 01

The IRS Scam

irsIt’s the three letters you never want calling you… I-R-S. Scammers know this so that’s why there’s a big phone scam going around of someone claiming to be from the Internal Revenue Service.

If someone claiming to represent the IRS calls and threatens you with imprisonment unless you pay back taxes immediately,
call the agency’s main offices in Washington. They use the Internet to find names, addresses and phone numbers of would-be victims. Then they call them and tell them they are going to jail unless they pay the back-taxes. They’ll even send emails to make the job look even more valid.

This hasn’t happened once or twice. As of mid-August, some 90,000 people had called a government hotline to notify authorities of the bogus calls. It makes you wonder how many people have already been scammed. Oh, that’s right… I have the figures… it’s taken in about 1,100 victims who have lost an estimated $5 million.

So, just to be safe… if someone claiming to from the IRS calls and claims you owe back taxes, call the agency’s main offices in Washington. The IRS is not going to call and demand credit or debit card payment over the telephone. The number to call is 1-800-829-1040. Then report the incident to the Treasury Department at 1-800-366-4484.

The more you know…

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Aug 22

Simple ways to save your phone’s battery

batteryHi there! It’s a problem that we all have to deal with.  It seems that when we need our phone the most is when we don’t have the juice to use it.

Most blog posts about how to save your cell phones battery are generally filled with great ideas, all drawn-out in a complicated manner. You’re not going to get that here. I bought a Mophie backup battery for my iPhone 5S and so far, I like it. It does, however, triple the weight of my phone. Ok, I don’t have EXACT measures but it does make it quite bulky. Nevertheless, there are some things you and I can do that will save some of the juice on your phone.

Do this:

  • Change your display brightness.
  • Turn off cellular service if you’re on wifi and don’t want to be bothered.
  • Don’t streaming videos or play games.
  • Turn off GPS and location services.
  • Turn off geotagging features.
  • Change your mail’s fetching service to refresh over Wi-Fi, or not at all.
  • Don’t do drugs.
  • Stay in school.

Ok, those last two are just good ideas no matter what. The biggest silent battery killer is what is happening in the background of your phone. Here’s how to change those settings on OS:

For iOS, go into Settings, select General, followed by Background App Refresh. Disable.

On Android, go to Settings, select Data usage, click on an app, scroll to the bottom, and check the box that reads “Restrict background data.”

On those kooky Windows Phone 8.1 phones, go to restrict background app data in the Data Sense app.

And for the BlackBerry 10 users, enter Settings, select Security and Privacy, followed by Application Permission, and change it.

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Aug 07

Protect yourself before you wreck yourself

passwordOne billion passwords and usernames. Yeah, it’s a big deal. Today on Good Morning San Diego, we had Daniel A. Libby on the show. He’s the Director and Chief Examiner for Digital Forensics. He’s also a former NSA guy.  Cool.

In the wake of the news of a Russian gang, calling themselves “CyberVor”, or cyber-thief in Russian, that stole 1.2 billion passwords, he stressed to get past laziness and change your password today… like NOW. Web browser Mozilla admits the developer password breach. Daniel suggested not even using a Mozilla browser until the problem has been fixed. The biggest problem with this issue will be email harvesting. That means you and millions of people will be getting spam sent to them, probably from your email address. That sucks!

This net breach is an opportunity to improve your password practices. Change your password. Don’t use the same password on the same websites. Don’t use obvious numbers for a password.

You know the deal.

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Aug 06

Apple sets Sept. 9 for new iPhone release

iphoneThey’re not going to tell us much, but they are telling us when they are going to tell us.

Apple has written down plans for a media event on September 9th. More than likely that’s when they will launch the iPhone 6. Our friends over at Recode are the ones doling out that info and they are pretty good at getting the right information out. There’s a new iPhone every year since 2007. They haven’t released one yet, so one would gather that they will use this event to make it happen.

Apple ain’t talking.

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