The electronic age is amazing. I mean, go back just a couple of decades and who woulda thunk that you could have your phone, camera, alarm clock, photo album, books, A/V entertainment, money, calculator, maps, GPS, plane/hotel/restaurant reservations and whatever else, all in the same place? Or that you could bring your computer with you anywhere because it’s not like the ones in the 1960s when you needed a piece of equipment that filled up a whole room just to do simple math equations?
The only thing about having all these electronics is that you need to make sure you have an energy source for them (you don’t have to plug in a book, right?). And the only thing about THAT is making sure that you bring all of your wires and chargers and stuff with you when you go from place to place. Sometimes they’re hard to keep track of, as evidenced by the huge drawer of iPhone, Kindle etc. wires they can “loan” you if you can’t find yours – when they just are everything that other hotel guests have left behind.
So how can you keep track of everything? There are a couple of ways:
We all know that during certain times of the day, standing on line at the TSA checkpoint can be a long, arduous process. A good portion of the long queue is because of people having to remove things from their bags; they obviously didn’t read my article about how to prepare for going through X-ray and don’t remember to pack things like their bag o’ liquids and their laptop computer so they’re easy to access. Rummaging through bags at X-ray just slows down the process. But some of that might soon come to an end.
Hoaxes and scams. If you’re on Facebook, you know you’ve seen then. You can win two free tickets on Southwest Airlines! Or on Delta Airlines! Or on JetBlue! Or you can get a free Disney Cruise! Or a free Celebrity Cruise! Or a free Princess Cruise! Or you can win an all-expenses-paid vacation! Or an RV! All you have to do is like this page! Or share this page! Or send it to 13 of your closest friends! Or reply to this message with any number between 1 and 100!
Hoaxes have been around for about as long as people have been buying and selling things. Whether it was a traveling salesman hawking a mysterious liquid guaranteed to stop everything that ailed you to a Nigerian woman who said she lost her husband,
needed a small loan, and would pay you tenfold after her inheritance comes in, scams have been preying on the hopeful, the kind-hearted and the naive for centuries. Nowadays the hoaxes have become more high-tech, received via email, robocalls and Facebook, but they’re still all the same – give something to someone (money, contact info, shares, likes & replies) and receive nothing in return. Here’s a quick explanation from consumeraffairs.com of why scammers do this: