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Old 01-27-2022, 04:07 AM   #101 (permalink)
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I watched the Eric the Car Guy video and he seemed to be fixing a different problem in the same area.

South Main fixed the problem the Odyssey I saw today allegedly had, but also the owner cut the cable, so hopefully if anyone fixes this Honda they don't need to do everything Eric O did.

Eric O tried to open the door halfway, but it tried to close.

Eric TCG opened the window and then the door only opened halfway.

Eric TCG broke the taillight plastic that goes under the liftgate.

Eric O used plastic pry tools and removed it safely.

I thought that Eric TCG did something smarter than Eric O, but I couldn't remember, so I started watching it again, but Eric O removed the back seat, disconnected the seatbelts on the passenger side, and then pried off the panel to fix components behind it.

Eric TCG didn't do any of that, so I am going to bed.

Maybe it was just opening the window so the door only slides halfway.

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Old 01-27-2022, 04:13 AM   #102 (permalink)
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All of that is besides the point, because presumably you don't need a high mileage minivan to haul yourself around to the nearest mechanic when it inevitably has problems.

Why does mom think you need a high-mileage minivan is the elephant in the room question. The headlight isn't restored on the Camry, so you need less problems, not more.
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Old 01-27-2022, 04:15 AM   #103 (permalink)
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Nobody wakes up one day and thinks "I wonder what would happen if I changed my Craigslist password"
Hackers do. Xist is learning the mindset. He came up against a website that doles out 3 articles a week.

Your parents now know that their Craigslist password is connected at the hip to at least one other online entity.

You're correct that our affairs are out of our hands -- to a greater or lesser extent.
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Old 01-27-2022, 04:24 AM   #104 (permalink)
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Hackers do.

Your parents now know that their Craigslist password is connected at the hip to at least one other online entity.

You're correct that our affairs are out of our hands -- to a greater or lesser extent.
That's what I was getting at, that nobody unprompted just decides to change a long held and obscure password, but mom claims she did. I said to never click a link asking for information or to update anything, and she says she didn't. I guess she's doubling down on the "wanted to see what happens" explanation, which makes no sense in any number of infinite universes.

I believe we're free to make the decisions we were destined to. Also, paradox is a term to describe incomplete understanding. In other words; I know nothing.
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I dunno, my mom in law changes stuff all the time because she wants a better default font size or volume, but ends up over in the configuration files changing globals. She THINKS she's a geek and always denies poking around. Her Roku is a case in point: it randomly eats remote batteries and she'll fiddle with everything else for 3 days before she calls in a very agitated state. Then I come over to reset stuff and change batteries. Could she just change the batteries first? Apparently not.

set up two step verification on critical accounts which slows down the un notified random changes, but doubles your interactions. In our case they can hack the credit union, but it's swept clean pretty often to keep the vulnerable funds low, everything else is squirreled away and notifies US of transactions.
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I got a notice that my parent's google password changed and the account was "recovered". Asked mom why she changed the password, and she said she didn't. Later I get a story that she changed her Craigslist password. I asked why, and she said "I wanted to see what would happen". That's not a human response to the question. Nobody wakes up one day and thinks "I wonder what would happen if I changed my Craigslist password". Too irritated to participate in insanity at the moment. It's difficult enough to manage one's own affairs to any degree resembling acceptable.
My mother does. She will call me and say she can't get into an account. It goes like this every time:
  1. I look up her password in my spreadsheet and try it - and it fails.
  2. I ask if she changed her password and she says yes - someone told me (the news, a friend, readers digest, etc) that I should change password frequently.
  3. I say "OK, did you write down the password in your book?"
  4. She says "yes", looks at the book, no password
  5. I recover her password, tell her to write it in her book and enter it in my spreadsheet.

A few months later (whenever it stops auto-entering on here iPad) she calls again. She does write down the password - but never in her book. She writes it down on some random slip of paper intending to write it in the book later but loses the random paper.
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Old 01-27-2022, 01:02 PM   #107 (permalink)
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Another part of the problem is they use a password manager, which is just a tool that helps you forget what your passwords are.

I have 3 basic passwords. One is used for unimportant things like forum logins, and I wouldn't care if someone got that and then posted something using my account, or watched a Netflix show.

Then I have 2 more complex passwords used for medium and high importance things. 2 factor authentication and recovery avenues are critical for these accounts.

None of those 3 passwords are written down anywhere. I'll write down special case or frequently changing passwords, but that's about it.
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Well, how hard can it be to replace the motor?
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Well the stoopid part of the story is the people put a brand new battery in it without fixing the problem that killed the previous one, so now they've killed another battery.

Like having a flat tire and continuing to drive on it until the rim is destroyed, then buying a new rim and putting the old flat tire back on, as if that fixes everything.
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Headlight restored, buying the Odyssey

It isn't 100% or even equal to the $60 aftermarket one, but i have greater foes to vanquish!

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