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Friday, April 04, 2003

Career Column

Career-Op: Fear Factor
by Douglas E. Welch, ComputorEdge Magazine

Every day of your high-tech career, unless you are hopelessly embedded in a never-varying position, there will be a certain amount of fear involved. While it may not be as frightening as some of the other fears in your life, there can be the fear of failure; fear of losing your job; your livelihood; your career. Sometimes, fear such as this can be even more oppressive, as there is no definite end to the pressure. It simply ebbs and flows from day-to-day and week-to-week.


This scam appears to making the rounds again. I see it on a regular basis. If you receive a message similar to the one below, from any Internet Service Provider (ISP) you should ignore it.

No reputable ISP would ever ask you to verify your information in this way. Don't be sucked in by people trying to steal your information.


Original Text of Message:

Dear EarthLink User,

We regret to inform you, but due to a recent system flush, the billing/personal information for your account is temporaly unavailable, and we need to verify your identity.

In order to continue using your EarthLink account and keeping it active, you must provide us with your full information within 24 hours of recieving this e-mail.

To re-enter your account information and keep your account active,


Alfred Gregs
EarthLink Billing Department

Sunday, March 30, 2003


Fillmore Railfest 2003

We always head up to Fillmore, CA this time of year for the Railfest. It is a small festival, but quite entertaining. There are excursions trains, a steam engine you can drive (for a fee), live steamer model trains, gunfighters, food and more.

We had friends in town from Ohio, but thought they would like a touch of California small town life. They enjoyed themselves a lot. One highlight on the way home was a stop at the farm produce stands. They luxuriated in the fresh oranges and more, especially considering that Ohio was stall in the depths of Winter when they left.

Click on the link or photo above for a small gallery of pictures from our day.