Thursday, July 19, 2018

The LinkedIn data breach from 2012 lives on...

The scam email (below) that I just received this morning is a great reason to use LastPass or any other reputable password safe so you can have a unique password for each and every account. I have somewhere around 800 different online accounts.

The person behind this email is trying to blackmail me. helped me locate which accounts associated with "" username/email have had known hacks with the data sold.

"LinkedIn: In May 2016, LinkedIn had 164 million email addresses and passwords exposed. Originally hacked in 2012, the data remained out of sight until being offered for sale on a dark market site 4 years later. The passwords in the breach were stored as SHA1 hashes without salt, the vast majority of which were quickly cracked in the days following the release of the data." (information from )

Thanks to LastPass's password history I traced the old password they included in the subject line to one I used a long time ago with LinkedIn around 2012. Luckily I changed it shortly thereafter to a weird and unique one that LastPass generated.

Now all my passwords are 20-36+ in length and random characters including upper/lowercase, numbers, and special characters.

Stay safe out there. There are a lot of scammers. Please also practice safe-computing to keep your computer free of key loggers and other malware.

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Jules Denney
Date: Thu, Jul 19, 2018 at 6:01 AM
Subject: tim - xxxxOldPasswordxxxx
To: ""

Lets get directly to the purpose. Nobody has compensated me to check you. You don't know me and you're most likely thinking why you are getting this mail?

In fact, I placed a software on the X videos (porno) site and guess what, you visited this site to have fun (you know what I mean). While you were viewing videos, your internet browser started working as a Remote Desktop with a key logger which provided me access to your screen and also web cam. Immediately after that, my software program collected your entire contacts from your Messenger, social networks, and e-mailaccount. Next I created a double video. 1st part displays the video you were viewing (you've got a good taste lmao), and next part displays the recording of your webcam, yeah it is you.

There are a pair of solutions. Shall we go through the choices in aspects:

1st choice is to dismiss this message. Consequently, I am going to send your video clip to almost all of your contacts and just consider about the disgrace you will get. Not to mention should you be in a romantic relationship, how it would affect?

Number two alternative should be to give me $3000. We will think of it as a donation. As a result, I most certainly will right away discard your video footage. You could continue your daily life like this never happened and you are never going to hear back again from me.

You'll make the payment through Bitcoin (if you do not know this, search for "how to buy bitcoin" in Google).

BTC Address to send to: 1FPnorw1FMy3sMfuJ3gF3A4BVNTMjU47G8
[case-sensitive so copy and paste it]

Should you are planning on going to the police, anyway, this mail can not be traced back to me. I have dealt with my steps. I am also not attempting to ask you for money a huge amount, I simply prefer to be compensated. You now have one day in order to make the payment. I have a special pixel in this mail, and right now I know that you have read through this email. If I do not get the BitCoins, I will definately send out your video recording to all of your contacts including members of your family, co-workers, etc. Nevertheless, if I do get paid, I will destroy the video immidiately. This is the non-negotiable offer and so do not waste my time & yours by replying to this e-mail. If you need evidence, reply Yes! & I will certainly send your video to your 8 friends.

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

I Give A Crap :-)

I've tried many toilet paper options to minimize waste and harmful impacts to our environment and the best compromise I've found are the toilet papers from Who Gives A Crap - a good balance of quality, affordability, and environmental friendliness. 

Plus their toilet paper rolls are very entertaining! It's great to get a smile or a laugh or 2 in unexpected places.

If you would like to try them, here is a referral link

Thanks and enjoy!

Sunday, January 7, 2018

You Can Haul a Christmas Tree by Bike

This post is a bit late but better late than never. Yes you can haul a Christmas tree by bike although it helps to have a trailer when you do.

Dogs Welcome to Poop In Front of Our House

Yes dogs are welcome to poop in front of our house as long as the owner scoops the poop and leaves it at our dog poop station. No need to carry the smelly poop with you. :-)

We empty the scoop as needed into our zero waste dog poop handling facility as documented at:

Happy New Year!

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Zero Waste Halloween Treats


Halloween is quite a challenge for zero wasters with many unhealthy treats packaged in wrappers that are difficult to reuse or recycle. So instead our household prepares our own treats in compostable/recyclable food grade wax envelopes. We also staple a note to each one so the recipient knows exactly what they are getting, where it came from, and how to properly reuse/recycle the note and packaging. And we have a nonfood option as well for kids who have food allergies.

Here is the note we gave out this year with our treats:
Dear Trick-or-Treater,

Thanks for stopping at our house!

This year we are giving out non-food treats (worry stone and $1 for your college fund)  or organic food treats for you to savor (cashews, dark chocolate almonds, or raisins) all packaged in compostable wax paper bags.

Reduce, reuse, recycle!

Reduce -- We need to conserve our world’s limited resources. Treats are extra special when you get just a little. So take it slow and easy and savor every little bit.

Reuse -- Please reuse this printed paper and the waxed paper bag. Reuse conserves resources and minimizes trash. If you don’t want the treats we’ve given you, we’re sure your parents would love them!

Recycle -- If you cannot reuse this paper or plastic bag, please recycle / compost / food cycle them (paper into paper recycling bin, bag into compost / food cycle bin). Please dispose of everything in the proper place to keep our world safe and clean.

Trash Nothing -- Unfortunately most regular candy wrappers cannot be reused or recycled and just end up as trash. Much of this trash goes into our streams and ocean -- killing wildlife and eventually getting back into our own food -- yuck!

To learn a few simple ways to take better care of our world, see:

For more advanced tips on how to go zero waste, see:

Please take care of yourself and our world, you are precious and deserve the very best!


Tim & Pat Oey
Allison Way
Sunnyvale, CA 94087

Here is a picture of our sidewalk sign outside our house:

Our front porch:

The treats we purchased in bulk in our own packaging:

The note we printed and cut up (2 sided):

And the treats all ready to hand out:

In the past we have also given out mandarin oranges and homemade oatmeal chocolate chip cookies. For more about nonfood options, please see the Teal Pumpkin Project.

We hope you all had a great Halloween and will try zero waste options in the future!

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Great service and reducing plastic waste at Safeway!

This is the face of great "can do" customer service as well as sustainability. This is Vince the meat manager of the Safeway at 20620 W Homestead Rd, Cupertino, CA 95014. Vince can tare your container (so you only pay for the contents) and put any of their meats into it that otherwise would go into their store packaging. Please bring your own clean container and say hi to him at the butcher counter and thank him for reducing disposable plastic waste. Thanks!

BTW, ​in case you get someone not as experienced as Vince at the butcher counter, here is what they need to do to enter the tare for your container (the order here is important):

  1. Weigh container first to establish its weight
  2. Take container off scale
  3. Enter product code
  4. Hit tare button twice in upper left corner of keypad and then enter the tare weight obtained in step 1
  5. Put container on scale
  6. Notice correct tare and net total weight at or very near zero
  7. Put product in container
  8. Print label and apply to container
  9. Notice that correct tare is also printed on label

You can buy any of Safeway's meats this way.

BTW, at Zanotto's the process is simpler:

  1. Enter product code first
  2. Put empty container on scale
  3. Press tare button
  4. Add product to container
  5. Print label and apply to container.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Super Healthy and Sustainable Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

This is the new healthy and tasty chocolate chip cookie recipe I use. It is an updated Olive Oil version of the Canola oil version I did back in 2008. I've determined that olive oil is better than canola oil for a variety of reasons (local, sustainable, healthy). It now also includes making your own brown sugar instead of buying pre-made brown sugar.


1 cup - Organic Unrefined Sugar (instead of brown sugar)
1 tbsp - Organic Molasses (instead of brown sugar)

1 cup - Olive Oil (instead of butter, my current favorite is California Olive Ranch Extra Virgin)
2 tbsp -Water (instead of butter)
(Alternatively use 1 cup of softened organic butter)

2 tsp - Vanilla Extract (either natural or artificial)
2 - Large Organic Eggs

2 cups - Organic Rolled Oats
1 1/2 cups - Organic Whole Wheat Flour
1 tsp - Baking Powder, Double-acting, Sodium Aluminum Sulfate
1 tsp - Ground Cinnamon
1/2 tsp - Salt

12 ounces (0.75 lbs) - Organic Chocolate Chips, Semi-Sweet

Optional: Also add some pecans or walnuts, up to 1 cup.


Preheat oven to 350°F.

A stand or other electric mixer works best. Otherwise this is very, very good exercise for your arm. In a large bowl mix sugar and molasses until well blended (this turns it into brown sugar, it takes quite a lot of mixing to evenly distribute the molasses). Add oil and mix. Add water, vanilla, eggs and mix. Add flour, oats, baking powder, cinnamon, salt. Mix until well blended. Add chocolate chips (and optionally pecans) and mix until evenly distributed.

Drop tablespoons of cookie dough 1.5 inches apart onto baking sheets (greasing with a light coat of olive oil is optional). Bake for 10-12 minutes or until golden brown.

Let stand on baking sheets for ~2-4 minutes before scraping cookies off baking sheet with spatula. Put on racks or plates to cool if desired.

Makes about 48 cookies.


The sugar, flour, oats, chocolate chips, pecans, salt, and cinnamon can be purchased from Whole Foods and possibly other supermarkets in bulk (bring your own container if possible to eliminate disposable packaging -- alternatively flour and sugar are typically sold in recyclable paper). Whole Foods and some other supermarkets also sell molasses in glass containers and 3 liter California Olive Ranch Extra Virgin Olive Oil (or other olive oils) in metal containers. Even if you don't use organic ingredients for some or all of the above, it still is very healthy and minimizes trash. Double check to make sure the olive oil you are buying is really olive oil as many commercial brands have mixed in cheaper oils.

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