Jul 302018

At 3:49 AM, I received the following e-mail from AT&T.  These “Your bill is ready” e-mails from service providers are one of my favorite kinds of SPAM.  This is just branding, and they can get away with not having an unsubscribe link in the email since it’s transaction related.  I get them from Verizon, eBay, Delmarva, etc.  Most of them go to a junk mailbox except this one got through.


Immediately after, I receive an e-mail from “Microsoft Outlook Calendar” notifying me that “Outlook will now automatically add your flights and other events from your email to your calendar so you don’t forget them”.

Here’s how this tag team of SPAM looked in my Inbox:

Really?  You opted me in and are now parsing my e-mail without permission?  You’re going to take this piece of SPAM from AT&T and add it to my Calendar?  No thanks!  I’m really surprised Microsoft made this an opt-out feature for Office 365.  The screen shot below is what they set-up automatically.  Log in to the web interface and navigate here to turn it off.



 Posted by at 10:35 am
Jun 252018

It’s no secret that the Verizon supplied router and wireless access point has limited capabilities.  When I first got Verizon Fios at home, the router was free.  Now they make you pay for it.

Even if you put your own router at the head of your network, you still need the Verizon router around to provide network services for the Set-top Boxes (STBs) via the Coax interface.  Without it, you will not be able to access the channel guide and On-Demand.  The best way to accomplish this is described in a previous post VLAN your Verizon FiOS Actiontec Router with OpenWRT,

Still, I’ve always wanted to get rid of the Verizon router completely.  Over this past weekend, my Verizon Fios ONT died and was replaced.  During this process, we ended up using a MoCA Network Adapter (ECB5240M) and was able to remove the Verizon router.  Via Ethernet, I connected it to a switch port on the router configured with its own DHCP enabled VLAN.  Plug in the Coax, and the STBs get an IP address, access to the internet, and both On-Demand and the channel guide work fine.  Goodbye Verizon Fios router.

If you go this route, don’t throw out your old Verizon router.  If you have issues and call Verizon support, they may complain that you’re using your own router.  If so, just pull it out of the junk bin and hook it back up for them.

 Posted by at 12:08 pm