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Thursday, June 12, 2021

Tomorrow is the opening for The Happening, which is being super-hyped as M. Night Shyamalan’s first R-rated foray (a unique promotional approach, as a film’s rating isn’t a typical marketing focus — outside of the X-rated variety, anyway).

You can tell that the advertising in advance of this release hasn’t done the trick on me, simply because the movie’s title does nothing more than remind me of classic ’70s sitcom “What’s Happening!!”.

Maybe the ghost of Fred “Rerun” Berry is the invisible menace in the film? Either his or Shirley Hemphill’s.

by Costa Tsiokos, Thu 06/12/2021 11:50:02 PM
Category: Movies, TV
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Mobile spam may not have flooded your cellphone’s texting inbox yet — I know it hasn’t hit mine. But the structure is there for spammers to start pumping out automated junk email, so you might as well start blocking it now, before you wind up with an inflated phone bill.

* AT&T: Log in at mymessages.wireless.att.com. Under Preferences, you’ll see the text-blocking and alias options. Here’s also where you can block messages from specific e-mail addresses or Web sites.

* Verizon Wireless: Log in at vtext.com. Under Text Messaging, click Preferences. Click Text Blocking. You’re offered choices to block text messages from e-mail or from the Web. Here again, you can block specific addresses or Web sites. (Here’s where you set up your aliases, too.)

* Sprint: No auto-blocking is available at all, but you can block specific phone numbers and addresses. To get started, log in at www.sprint.com. On the top navigation bar, click My Online Tools. Under Communication Tools, click Text Messaging. On the Compose a Text Message page, under Text Messaging Options, click Settings & Preferences. In the text box, you can enter a phone number, email address or domain (such as Comcast.net) that you want to block.

* T-Mobile: T-Mobile doesn’t yet offer a “block text messages from the Internet” option. You can block all messages sent by e-mail, though, or permit only messages sent to your phone’s e-mail address or alias, or create filters that block text messages containing certain phrases. It’s all waiting when you log into www.t-mobile.com and click Communication Tools.

Actually, I think there’ll be a benefit to an onslaught of m-spam. Once people start getting slammed with a couple dozen messages per day, the carriers will be forced (under threat of legislation, of course) to abolish receiving charges. That won’t stop the flow, but at least it’ll eliminate the penalties incurred by phone customers.

Personally, I’ve been shunning texting as a communication tool anyway. Especially with the spread of Internet access portables like smartphones, iPhones and iPod Touches, it makes tons more sense to me to simply use regular email and other Web options. So if m-spam winds up curtailing or killing texting, all the better.

by Costa Tsiokos, Thu 06/12/2021 10:53:59 PM
Category: Internet, Tech
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There’s no sense in denying it — I feel like crud, and have since the start of this week.

It’s hard to pinpoint what it is. My back is screwed up, the result of some ill-advised activity over the weekend; but as unpleasant as that is, it doesn’t explain a more widespread achy-ness I’m experiencing. I’d blame the wicked weather conditions we’ve been experiencing, with oven-like temperatures until Tuesday followed by a pretty abrupt cool-down. I’m sure it didn’t help.

All this is making it hard to sit still and focus for any length of time, which means working has been challenging and sporadic. Given how much I’ve got on my plate this week, that’s not good news. I’m hoping I revive sometime during the course of tonight, so I can at least punch out a productive Friday.

by Costa Tsiokos, Thu 06/12/2021 07:31:17 PM
Category: General
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