Saturday, June 16, 2012

Mr. Cheng and the Insurance salesmen

Starting some time in the first week of June I began to receive calls every five minutes, during working hours, on my prepaid cellphone. These numbers where not in my phonebook. Sometimes when I would pick up the phone would simply be disconnected. Most of the time, however, the caller would ask for Mr. Cheng.

Upon asking I would be informed that a Mr. Cheng had filled out an online form for insurance information and they were calling back about that.

Of course a cynical guy like me thinks, that's a shady story. I highly doubt that a Mr. Cheng would fillout at least 20 online forms with my cellphone number for them to contact me.

I think it is more likely this is some kind of dodgy move to get around the do not call list legalities.

I have filed a complaint with the FTC, but here is a list of the shady phone numbers so you can add them to your blocklist if you so wish.

Calling these numbers goes straight to voicemail and they are all insurance companies whom I will not name and give free publicity for. I would not buy insurance from them either.

360 474 3298
954 332 1713
615 776 1490
866 329 3468
240 308 7005
831 515 8394
754 223 9752
954 623 6599
503 457 1826
925 627 8350
323 761 2612
347 756 5059



Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Get rid of blank page at end of document after a table (MS Word and Libreoffice)

From a hint here we see that when we get a mysterious blank page at the end of a document, after a table that fills a page we can get rid of it by moving the cursor to just after the table and then setting the font to as small as possible.

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Mount a file server on Linux (OpenSUSE)

First create a folder (say LabServer) where you have permissions.

Then do:

sudo mount -t cifs //xx.xxx.xx/ServerPath /home/kghose/LabServer -o username=user123

If you add the noperm option as

sudo mount -t cifs //xx.xxx.xx/ServerPath /home/kghose/LabServer -o username=user123,noperm

Then you don't have to deal with annoying permissions issues that might prevent you from writing to the disk