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Katrina Update

I though of this the other day…

Last year I wrote an email to the US Postal Service to find out whether or not they delivered mail even during the days right after Hurricane Katrina struck the New Orleans area. (Unfortunately it was destroyed in my computer crash last winter…someone aka. me forgot to back up that night).

Anyway, here is the answer.

  • The USPS does not deliver under conditions that may endanger the life of a postal worker.
  • The USPS does NOT have a motto, although each branch may have an inscription – the most famous being the one found on the New York General Post Office
    • Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds.

There is a little bit of trivia for you. I wrote to the USPS last year and got a prompt response but if you have any questions for these types of organizations an email can usually answer your question. I do from time to time.

Are We Sickos?

L’avant Poste hasn’t had a poll up in a while and we were well overdue for one. It is sitting just to the right of this post.

I am fascinated with the Steve Irwin death tape – is anyone else? Click in a little vote, maybe there is still some decency afterall!

Cell Phones – Leaking Your Personal Information

Used cell phones are great, especially when you are traveling overseas. It is much cheaper to buy a used cell phone in the US and then go travel abroad. Cell phones are much more expensive in Europe (and the rest of the world).

Many of our overseas buddies probably have sold their used cell phones many times over – it is a practice that is catching on in North America as well.

Before you make your $50 on E-Bay for that old Nokia, beware. Your cell phone might not be as clean as you think as this Aussie article points out.

A company, Trust Digital of McLean, Va., bought 10 phones on eBay this summer to test phone-security tools it sells for businesses. The phones all were fairly sophisticated models capable of working with corporate e-mail systems.

Curious software experts at Trust Digital resurrected information on nearly all the used phones.

Some of the information that these hackers..uh, I mean, engineers to get off of the phones:

  • One company’s plans to win a multimillion-dollar federal transportation contract.
  • Bank accounts and passwords.

Not to mention…text messages as well!

So how do you get all of that juicy information completely cleaned before you sell it to someone else?

Some phone have a “zero-out reset” but those are only the higher-up Treo-ish types of cells. Business people with fancy pocket phones can attempt to put in the wrond password 10+ times. After the 11th attempt on many phones, it will give you a mind message telling you everything has been wiped.

Other regular people out there with Nokias and Motorolla Razor phones?

You’ve got to check the fine print in the instruction manual. Nokia has good customer service and should get back to you within 24 hours if you send them an email.

If not – used cell phone make great alarm clocks and window smashers.

For the Same People that Brought You Cow Love

The Swiss are currently holding the once every 12 year Unspunnen Festival. What is that? L’avant Poste got this picture to sum it all up.

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It began originally in the early 19th Century as a way of uniting the country in the face of Napoleon.

For three days, there will be yodelling and alphorns, traditional dancing and alpine wrestling.

But the most important event is a competition to throw a stone that is revered as a national icon.

L’avant Poste will continue to bring you evidence that the Swiss are weird.

About Anil Polat

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