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Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Little Swing Back

I've now made 4 return visits to the Crime Scene Game, and booked 4 winning sessions. This is a pleasant change of affairs for me. My last session was a monster, and more than made up for the rather unfortunate series of bust-outs in higher-buy-in tournaments of late. I flopped a couple of huge hands, made a couple of sensible laydowns, and used my Miss Tighty image to take a few pots I had no right to. I played well, and I ran better than average. What's more, I didn't get coolered or bad-beated once, which was refreshing.

On the negative side of the equation: someone stole my phone, with all my data in a freely accessible state, and Apple's wipe mechanism didn't work in a timely-enough manner. I spent most of today on the phone with ATT and Apple getting my old phone up and running, and then the REST of the day changing passwords everywhere I could think of.

I hope to god the evildoers just jailbreak it and wipe it clean. Needless to say it's been a stressful and highly unpleasant experience.

Word to the wise: PUT A PASSWORD ON YOUR PHONE RIGHT NOW. (Yes, it's a tad inconvenient. But what I've been through in the last 24 hours is a whole lot more inconvenient.) And if you have an iPhone, DO NOT SUSPEND SERVICE ON YOUR ACCOUNT UNTIL YOUR WIPE COMMAND GOES THROUGH OR YOU ARE PRETTY SURE IT IS NEVER GOING TO. (I didn't do that, and the net effect is that the wipe command went through all right, but to my newly reinstated original iPhone, which resulted in a marathon support call to fix.

Apple/ATT want $400 to replace my 3GS. That ain't happening. I'll limp along with my OG iPhone until either Apple comes out with a newer model that I find irresistible or until next December, when I once again become eligible for the lower (i.e. within reason) pricing.

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Blogger Crash said...

1. I am going the opposite route to you, play very loose and see what develops. Maybe 70% of hands. Talking mostly tourney here, but seems to work at cash, too. Get in cheap and see what develops. Fold fast. They never know what you have. Throw in an all-in now and then just to tick them off. Works so far at low levels. A Gus Hanson wannabe.
2. The iPhone sounds like misery. DW and I have the original version and will probably get the new one this summer.

2/25/10 12:13 AM  
Blogger Jennifer said...

Sorry about your phone experience! My Blackberry was stolen at the Venetian in Vegas yesterday, and I was immediately able to restrict all access to it via Sprint. But that didn't help spending hours on it, rebuilding all of my contacts and other lists, and spending $400 on a new phone this morning. UGH. I feel your pain!

2/25/10 3:31 AM  
Anonymous Ben said...

Thanks for the advice.
I put a password on now.
I guess it had to take this experience, to teach us all a lesson.
Hope it all sorts itself out quickly.
Gotta love how the cellphone companies get us!

2/27/10 5:55 PM  
Anonymous joxum said...

Of course, there's always Android.

Not that people don't steal them, but there are several models that are cheaper than an iPhone.


2/27/10 6:36 PM  
Blogger Crash said...

I read your post again for some reason and was just about to put a passcode on my iPhone. Then I did a single search on the subject and found several ways to remove the code. Even though some of these methods sound quite involved, at least to me, the passcode is far from secure.

3/2/10 4:07 PM  
Blogger Cardgrrl said...

A passcode won't protect you from a well-informed evil-doer, but it will buy you enough time to send a wipe command if you are lucky enough to be dealing with a garden-variety thief.

3/2/10 4:46 PM  
Blogger Crash said...

You convinced me. Am putting one on. DW is going to gamble, lazy thing. She looked thru her phone and gmail and didn't find anything too sensitive, such as passwords. Just contacts. Now I will research how to send a wipe command. Thanks.

3/2/10 5:05 PM  
Blogger Cardgrrl said...

If they can get into your email (because your email password is stored on your phone), then can hijack your mail account and use it to obtain the passwords to all the OTHER sites you have with your email as your username, or as the place to send an updated password if you 'forget' your original one.

Then they can reset all your email passwords and you're really hosed.

3/2/10 5:13 PM  
Blogger Crash said...

Probably showing my ignorance here, but on my iPhone, the gmail password is just shown as black dots. Also, it looks like the wipe command needs a mobilme account? Don't have one of those. But I am still following your advice and putting a code on. DW is on her own!

3/2/10 5:23 PM  
Blogger Cardgrrl said...

The point is: the password is stored in the phone, which means they can receive and read all your email, send email through your account, and change the passwrod (like a Google one) whenever they want and thus lock you out of your own mail.

3/2/10 5:27 PM  

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