WARNING: Software can trigger a bank account lock-out.

It can happen seemingly out of nowhere: ATM access denied. Card deactivated. A call in line rep “cannot confirm, nor deny, anything at this time.” A personal visit to the bank is required. I now know the cause and the solution.

First – it happened to me; I am writing this from direct, personal experience.
For the ‘pics or it didn’t happen’ crowd – here’s your receipt, below:

LOCKED OUT and DEACTIVATED over an Android emulator!

What happened is this: I use an OS other than Android, I wanted to play my favorite games while working, and so I turned around and downloaded NoxPlayer. Screenshot below:

Without a second thought, I also downloaded my bank’s handy little app and started logging in to see my account. And here is where it got interesting…

Bank security, a day later, locked down my ATM and app access, and deactivated my debit card. They told me that someone out of California had gained access to my account. I’ve never been in California, so of course I agreed to get a new username and password for online access.

A few days later, I noticed that Arcade City had announced an app update. One quick glance showed me the answer I needed: the Android emulator had a static location declared, and it was coordinated somewhere in California. Screenshot below:

IF you are using Android emulators, please double-check the location service setting, as this could cause huge problems with apps like Maps, banking, etc.

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PHOTOS: MARTA has the answer to “everything.”

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The answer to “everything” was right in front of my face all along… PHOTOS. Continue reading

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Pics: Baby Cactus leaves are adorable!

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They are sharp, spiny, and painful: cacti have pad-shaped leaves that have long, thin, razor-sharp spikes. But did you know that they start out so adorably cute? Here are some cool pics: Photo credit: Amy Barnes, The Retail Detail USA … Continue reading

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Ad-free Solitaire for Windows 10 – for FREE!

I stopped playing all of the Windows 10 games because of the ads; they’re downright annoying and the ads are very jarring to people (like me) who play these games to relax.

And to have an ad-free experience? It’s a SUBSCRIPTION service – $10/year per game.

There are a few very quick, easy, and free ways to obtain ad-free games – both involve downloading and installing programs – and the main difference between the two are this: the look and feel of the games.

1 — Portable Apps – the Portable Apps site (https://portableapps.com) — this site has *the most* comprehensive stash of free and ad-free games I have ever seen. Some of these games are NOT lightweight, either – there is one RPG that is equivalent to any one of the adventure games that were commercially-sold in the 1990s / early 2000s.

** BONUS ** Portable Apps is a LOT more than games – there are fascinating educational and Good for Work type apps – and you can run them from a flash drive if the computer you’re using allows executables to run off flash drives.

2 — Winaero blog page (https://winaero.com/download.php?view.1836) — this page has true-form Windows 7 games that have been modded to block version checking, and there are no ads; this blog page is totally worth visiting if you want true classic Win7 games.

***CAVEAT*** – there are misleading ads all over the page – do NOT click ANY of the greem buttons! The download link is found immediately above the PayPal donation button.

Aaaand there ya have it – two FREE methods of not paying to have zero ads for games!

NOTE: The software developer in me pleads for you to consider a donation to any site’s author that provides solutions like these – if you’ve used the software and enjoy it – please consider donating something like $10 so that brilliant people do not have to go schlep at some minimum-wage jerb, and are granted the financial leeway to be able to continue making this world a lil’bit better, one cool app / solution each time.

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How to find a notary during non-business hours.

While the supply of notaries seems to be non-existent outside of the standard 9 to 5, notaries can be found during all the other hours – here are seven ways you can find a notary:

  1. Social Media – particularly NextDoor – is the easiest route to getting a helpful hand. Most people do have notaries living nearby and do not realize it. NextDoor limits access to its users to where they reside, so this platform is limited to residential community and immediately-surrounding areas.
  2. Shipping/Mailing – FedEx / UPS / etc – they usually tack on a house fee, and may be open for extended hours. FedEx has a few locations that are open 24 hours; regardless of time, always call to ask because notaries are not always available.
  3. Bail Bonding – these businesses require the use of notaries, so it’s likely they have one on-hand, at least during daylight hours.
  4. Car Dealerships – likely to be open during weekends.
  5. Hospitals – some might have a notary on-hand, but at the least they have referrals to mobile notaries.
  6. Google Maps listings – many of these are for mobile services, so this one is a route of almost-last resort.
  7. Mobile / 24-hours notaries – avoid mobile notaries unless you are in dire need; mobile notaries charge travel fees that range anywhere from a reasonable $30 to an iniquitous $75/$100… or more.
  8. BONUS: There are several notary associations that operate at national and/or state level – these typically allow you to search for a notary near you. Also, your superior court clerk might allow online searches of their database.

Source: I am a notary myself, and have had to find notaries for my own use, as notaries are not allowed to notarize for their own signatures due to a conflict of interest.

~ This 19th of January, 2019.

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