Category: Tech

Rogers Motorola Surfmodem Screencaps

Today my internet connection went down. So, as per usual, I went to my soekris machine, running m0n0wall and located the external interface, and went to renew/release. Upon releasing and renewing, It seemed the cable modem was given the IP of So, I quickly thought “hmm” and opened up a browser. Then I tried to access but I was prompted with a username/password box, which I was not able to guess with about 5 attempts so I quickly gave up.

Then came the interesting part. I decided to try in my browser-bar to see what happened. Low and behold, I was given an interface that required no logins or anything and seems to be an interface to my cable modem. What lies at is still a mystery.

Check the screenshots for what I saw. Interesting to note the cable modem can’t get the date right.

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Covert Persuasion Tips and Tricks

Today I finally finished this great book that I’m reading called “Covert Persuasion : Psychological Tactics and Tricks to Win the Game” by Kevin Hogan and James Speakman.

This book is pretty hardcore sales material, but if you run and operate your own business I’d say it’s pretty much required reading. Getting into people’s heads is very hard to do if you don’t have multi-million-dollar budgets like the large companies. You have to rely solely on yourself. People will not buy your product or service, without buying you first. This book gives one all the tactics, tricks, tips, and anecdotes needed to make the most of your personal and business meetings. While it may seem a bit selfish, and self absorbed to focus on the selfish goals, ultimately what does sales come down to? Exactly that. You must convince the client or prospect that what you are giving them is the best and there is no other product or service that matches what you are selling. I don’t mean lying, that would be wrong and unethical, I mean spinning the truth so it is always in your favor (or, in your clients favor).

I won’t go into much detail about this book, because I think you should go out and get a copy of it to read yourself to learn all the points included. I’m not saying this is the be-all-and-end-all of sales tactics books, but it’s definitely worth the addition to your current library.

In the back of the book they include 5 charts they allow to be printed and reprinted for use, and I’ve saved them to PDF and uploaded them here in case anyone wants to download them to use them. Very good stuff in these sheets.

Covert Tips Sheet 1
Covert Tips Sheet 2
Covert Tips Sheet 3
Covert Tips Sheet 4
Covert Tips Sheet 5

Note these were reprinted from the permission in the book and I express no warranty or anything on these PDF’s. There may be spelling mistakes etc, and you will not get rich by simply reading these! Go buy the book already!

LifePlanner Screenshot Review

I decided that it was time to actually put a plan to my life. After a number of hours of searching the web trying to find that perfect application, I think I found something that will work well for putting together a life plan. I found this program called “Life Plan Writer“, which is currently at Version 5. Note, that no, I do not work for these people, I just thought I would write down my experience with their software.

Lately I’ve been thinking I want to know where I am now, and where I want to be in 5 years, along with my super cool girlfriend too. I wanted something a little more sophisticated than this software (multiple users, the ability to compare and contrast goals so we can plan things as a couple), but this software has the best bang for the buck and at 69$ USD, it’s pretty affordable.

So, here’s the story of aquiring the software, installing and using it.

First I went to the website and cliked on the buy link, and then I received an email about 10 minutes later (mostly due to my anal spam filtering comprised of amavais, clam, spamassassin, dspam, domainkeys, greylisting and rbl) that included a download link for the software. There wasn’t a KEY or anything included, so I assume this software either phones home, or is totally un-protected.

Being the cautious windows user I am, I’m running under a limited user account. After downloading the software, I went to my downloads directory and double clicked the executable. Then I accepted their license terms after briefly scanning over them.

Next, because I am a limited user, I changed the installation path to something I have permission to use. In my case I chose.


The program installed without any problems and I was presented with a nice little completed box, with the option to run the program now. I chose to run it.

I went through the software and input some basic values and then took a screenshot of all the dialogue boxes to see what we can do with this program. You’ll notice that we can export to outlook to import all our tasks and organize everything completely which is a nice bonus.

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Well, As one can plainly see from all of the screenshots this program pretty much has anything anyone would want for managing their future plans for up to 5 years.

The one drawback, as I mentioned previously is no support for multiple users and combining plans as a “couple”. But other than that, I think considering all the math this thing does for you, and the pretty reports it generates it’s worth the 70$ if you’re serious about planning your life and where you want to go. I would recommend it for anyone interested in this type of personal development.