PGE caller identification (ID) phone scams

if someone calls you and tells you your energy bill is overdue and says phrases like “account shutoff notification” and then tells you to call another number to pay your bill then be aware it is a scam

i was called today. the caller ID said PG&E. the number I was given was 844-756-2669

get the real number form their website

and read more here about PGE scams


Some of the fraudulent calls have included:

  • Telling customers they owe past-due balances or are eligible for a federal tax refund
  • Trying to sell a service such as a solar evaluation
  • Claiming to represent a PG&E initiative so they can sell a product or gain entrance to your home

Free offers that appear when you go to cancel your account

This is what I got when I went to cancel my account.

We’re listening.
We’d love to make Audible work for you. Would you be interested in any of the offers below?

  1. Get a Free ListenKeep your current membership and get an additional free credit.
  2. Switch to Silver for half price. You’ll get 1 credit every other month, 30% off all other titles and unlimited Channels listening. $14.98 billed every other month
  3. $20 Bonus: We’ll credit your account with $20. Buy yourself another book — it just might be THE listen you’ve been waiting for.


Download VCF files for California Senators

Hello Friends.
I have felt empowered by this daily action and I recommend signing up. You get one small task to do every day. Generally it’s about contacting your representative about the issue-of-the-moment.
…and i have a gift for you today – a zip file with 3 .VCF files – these will let add these congresspeople directly to your iPhone address book.
Dianne Feinstein.vcf
Kamala Harris.vcf
Nancy Pelosi.vcf
so if you are in CA and in district 8 you can add our representatives to your personal address book and feel comfortable calling them like the close buddies that we will become over the next 4 years of resisting the “Perpetrator in Chief”.


Now you can search in your Apple Address Book for “Congress” and get all 3 of them



iPhone address book search:


WPdev: WordPress Development services

Recommended: looking for WordPress experts and WordPress services in San Francisco?

WPdev / HelloARI provides WordPress development services in San Francisco and around the world.

SF Bay area custom WordPress based websites for leading companies and organizations in the Bay Area and around the world


WordPress is my content management platform of choice. It is open source with a large and active community. It is based on the open source industry standards: PHP & MySQL.

What I like about WordPress is that it offers developers tremendous flexibility to build highly dynamic, easy-to-maintain sites—with or without blogs. The depth of its plugin library and the elegance of its code reveal their usefulness over time.

WordPress has both inclusive core functionality and an extensive list of third-party plugins.

Industry Leader
There are many exciting sites using WordPress today. It’s hard to wrap one’s imagination around the millions of websites that have been built with WordPress. It’s hard to measure but about 21% of the top 10 million websites on the internet worldwide are built with WordPress.

Some high-profile sites include:

CMS market share:

  • WordPress has over 53%
  • Joomla has over 9%
  • Drupal has 6%
  • Others make up the remaining 30%

The plugins repository new active installs metric: there are 220 million active plugins installed on self-hosted websites. If there are @25 plugins, installed on average @18 of the plugins are active…. Based on stats released by Yoast and Lorelle VanFossen on Mid 2012, is hosting ~50% of the WordPress sites on the web. That equals @24 million active WordPress sites.

For the in depth calculations check out the full post:
540M Active Plugins Makes WordPress a Billion Dollar Market


WPdev specializes in WordPress including design, development and customization. The impressive scalability of WordPress make it an excellent CMS choice for a powerful and flexible website.



You dream it. We build it. Better yet, We can dream it for you. Custom theme development starts with raw HTML/CSS and the other front-end technologies to deliver elegant and modern UX/UI. We integrate our front end design into the WordPress platform to create a efficient and responsive theme for your project.


Google App password confusion for macOS


I enabled 2 step authentication (2FA) on my Google Apps/Gmail account.  I then added “App Passwords” to connect my iPhone and other devices.

One observation: When I enter the “app password” I get the message “please enter your google account password” but when i enter a random string I get “the email and password you entered don’t match”.

This is within both MacOS system preferences and on my iOS settings. The app password for Apple Mail didn’t seem to work either when i enter it under ‘accounts’ in apple mail.

This didn’t help: If your App Password is still not working, try going to on your phone’s browser. Enter your username and password, then type the letters on the screen. Then go back to the application you’re trying to access and enter your App Password.


So the solution was to enter my regular password first (not the “app password”) – and the next “page” of the authentication process would then ask me for the Google authenticator 6 digit code. It sounds so obvious but in the context of an “App” password it was confusing.

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External Battery Packs for MacBook


ChugPlug External Battery Pack for MacBook Air 11″ and 13″ and MacBook Pro 13″ Portable Charger (Works with 60 and 45 Watt MagSafe Adapters): Computers & Accessories

$200 on sale for $20 (as of 12/18/2015). Great price BUT this thing is a bit too big for me to really carry it around. 1.1 pounds (500 gram)


Lizone® Extra Pro 40000mAh External Battery Charger for Apple MacBook Pro Air…HP and Lenovo…USB Power Bank Charger for Apple iPad iPhone; Samsung MOTO LG HTC…Aluminum UniBody Black 40000mAh



BatteryBox 16000mAh (60Wh) High Capacity Portable External Battery Pack Charger for 2012 or later MacBook Pro Retina and Air laptops with USB output for iPhone, Galaxy, iPad and more


Overall the selection is not very impressive. What i really want is this device below – but with a battery component….


this one is not a battery – but a very compact charger for laptop and extra USB ports for smaller devices:

Length: 93mm / Diameter 34mm / 100g

SSL HTTPS errors in mac safari and chrome and iTunes

my problems were in safari and chrome – firefox was fine. i also started having problems with iTunes issuing lots of security warnings – this caused it to be unusable.

safari can’t load CSS
chrome also
safari+chrome cna’t load CSS
safari – give SSL security warning
chrome – blocked err_cert_authority_invalid

safari – NO PROBLEMS

chrome – blocked err_cert_authority_invalid


root for apple=verisign>verisign>apple
root for paypal = verisign>symantec>paypal


delete the Verisign certificates in my Keychain Access app

  1. “Keychain Access” app –  on the left side, click on  “login” keychain. Right Click on “Verisign Class 3 Public Primary Certification Authority – G5” and click delete. I also deleted other Verisign keys here, but not sure it is necessary. You can also select and delete – you dont have to right click.
  2. close your browser, open it. enjoy. no need to manually reinstall the certificates



problem is related to Apple Mavericks/ML Security Update 2015-004. see:

  1. pearing-as-an-invalid-authority