Traveling ?? Protect Your Credit tips

Sawadee Khrap

Jim just send me these great tips for protecting your Credit Cards whether at home or traveling from “Courtesy of the Lancasters”  apparently a group of Attorneys.  Excellent Advice.

1. Do not sign  the back of your credit cards. Instead, put ‘PHOTO ID REQUIR ED.’.

2. When you are writing checks to pay on your credit card accounts,  DO  NOT put the complete  account number on the ‘For’ line. Instead, just put the  last four numbers. The credit card company knows the rest of the number, and anyone who might be handling your check as it passes through all the check processing channels won’t have access to it.

3. Put your work phone # on your checks instead of your home phone. If you have a  PO  Box use that instead of your home address. If you do not have a PO Box, use your work address. Never  have your  SS# printed on your checks. (DUH!) You can add it if it is necessary. But if you have It printed, anyone can get it.

4. Place the contents of your wallet on a photocopy machine. Do both sides of each license, credit card, etc. You will know what you had in your wallet and all of the account numbers and phone numbers to call and cancel…… Keep the photocopy in a safe place.  I also carry a photocopy of my passport when I travel either here or abroad. We’ve all heard horror stories about fraud that’s committed on us in stealing a Name, address, Social Security number, credit cards.

Unfortunately, I, an attorney, have first hand knowledge because my wallet was stolen last month…. Within a week, the thieves ordered an expensive monthly cell phone package, applied for a VISA credit card, had a credit line approved to buy a Gateway computer, received a PIN number from DMV to change my driving record information online, and more. But here’s some critical information to limit the damage  in case this happens to you or someone you know:

5. We have been told we should  cancel our  credit cards immediately. But the key is having the toll free numbers and your card numbers handy so you know whom to call. Keep those where you can find them.

6.  File a  police report immediately in the jurisdiction where your credit cards, etc., were stolen. This proves to credit providers you were diligent, and this is a first step toward an investigation (if there ever is one).

But here’s what is perhaps  most important of all: (I never even thought to do this.) 

7. Call  the  3 national credit reporting organizations  immediately to place a fraud alert on your name and also call the Social Security fraud line number. I had never heard of doing that until advised by a bank that called to tell me an application for credit was made over the internet in my name.

The alert means any company that checks your credit knows your information was stolen, and they have to contact you by phone to authorize new credit.

By the time I was advised to do this, almost two weeks after the theft, all the damage had been done. There are records of all the credit checks initiated by the thieves’ purchases, none of which I knew about before placing the alert. Since then, no additional damage has been done, and the thieves threw my wallet away this weekend (someone turned it in). It seems to have stopped them dead in their tracks..

Now, here are the numbers you always need to contact about your wallet, if it has been stolen:

  • Equifax:   800-525-6285
  • Experian  (formerly TRW)   888-397-3742
  • Trans Union:  800-680-7289
  • Social Security Admin. (fraud line):  800-269-0271

Ciao

Snapixel

SnapixelFn2Thailand I’ve been starting to add my photos to SNAPIXEL – check out my portfolio at   

http://www.snapixel.com/portfolio/fn2thailand

Maybe some will sell – I have not added a lot so far – still not in the mood but working one it – I think I may also load some of the paintings I am working on (actually – WANT to start working on ) here too.

Hope you enjoy – comments definitely help get my incentive back.  And I need all the help I can get.  ha ha

 

 

Ciao

 

Boys ! , LadyBoys ! , and more boys

Sawadee Khrap

This will be the last video post for a while – it’s a long one and will take a long time to load so bear with us.

Next Tue there will be a LadyBoy contest at the Night Bazaar and we will get video and stills – stay tuned for some great shots and LADYBOYS. a third gender here in Thailand.

When Tin & Dana and later John & Roy visited us we took them to see Simon’s Cabaret. Here is a snippet of the final curtain call from one of last year performances – It’s hard to believe that there is NOT a natural girl in the cast.

When you come to Thailand, make sure that you don’t miss Simon’s of Chiang Mai – you won’t be disappointed. It’s a 1 1/2 hour show that will amaze you – we have been several times and each time there is completely different show – unique and reasonable 400 Baht or $12.50 each — try and find that elsewhere – and of course your Thai friend will get in for 150 Baht or $4.00 – what a inexpensive evening.

StatCounter

Sawadee Khrap

Just installed StatCounter and really pleased – does a great job of tracking the sites traffic – great detail – and IT’S FREE. It only allows a log for the last 100 guests max but that can be increased with a purchase plan and I think it’s reasonable (although I haven’t yet compared it to other pay counters). Now I can see how many countries the site is reaching and what pages they are stopping at – using this I should be able to adjust the site for better presentation.

Check it out for your site.

Just upgraded to BlogJet 2

Sawadee Khrap

Latest News – Just upgraded to the latest version of BlogJet. We have been using this since we started the blog and really like it – makes posting so easy. We were hoping that this version would allow off-line creation and editing of “Pages” – but apparently that’s not possible because of lacking APIs. But if your blogging and new a way to write your post at your convenience and publish when you want to – then check it out. I see it has a new face lift and should be easier to see what the image-text will look like before posting. The editor looks nice so far as I write this post.

We’ve been working on getting our photo studio set up – that’s a full time project. Frank busy with his weekly massage and now local AA meetings, new friends and places to go. He has also been helpfull in teaching me some pointers on the new video software we have.

We are planning on starting a new web site in addition to AsianCoOp. It will be dedicated to Artistic Photos of Asian Men – We have the domain WWW.gThaiStudio.com and hope to have it up and running in about 2 months. – First the Studio, then the Models, Photos and finally the Gallery/Store on line. A specialty site dedicated to gay Thai boys and ladyboys. I think it will have the same format as AsianCoOp, Blog and Store for Photos – we will post here when it is on-line for those who wish to view it.

Ciao

Tasanai

WordPress 2.1 Upgrade

Sawadee Khrap

Just up-graded to the latest WordPress Software version 2.1 — seems to be running OK

I have not checked out the new capabilities of the version and plan to do that shortly – maybe I can easily add new items to the blog now.

Anyway – that’s what is new

Ciao

Frank

 

 

Windows VISTA – do you want it ????

Another great article I found.  Actually I have a Alert Newsletter sent to me that everyone should be subscribed to.  Gizmo’s Support Alert.    Sign up here:

http://www.techsupportalert.com/al_subscribe.htm

 

Check out the article on the NEW WINDOWS VISTA  Content Protection specs and see if it blocks any of the hardware or software programs, or media like DVD’s you have now – stitching to Vista would or could make your computer life miserable in the future.

http://www.cs.auckland.ac.nz/~pgut001/pubs/vista_cost.txt

Hope this helps

Frank

Foxfire tweaks

Hey are you using FoxFire – Do you want to make it behave like you want –  here is a link to a great site for those special tweaks to make the browser work the way you like – try it out.

FoxFireTweaks

Ciao

Frank

PostCards & Extras

Hey,

Just added a menu item for our new “PostCards” and “Extras” pages. The Postcard area will have “FREE” postcards featuring the pictures from our Gallerys available for you to send by email. They will have our photos from each gallery and you will be able to add text.   I am starting to set up the programming now and will have it up and running as soon as I can get it working smoothly.

The “Extras” area will highlight sites or programs we feel will be of value to our readers. It will also have a list of our “Affiliates” that we use, represent and recommend. Hosting Companies, Label, Logo and Artwork making programs, Tutorials, and any other item we find that we would like to pass on to you.  If you have some suggestions of sites or programs that we should list here – please send a comment or email and we will see if we can put it on.

Hope you find these of value. I should have them online shortly. 

Ciao

Tasanai

HAPPY NEW YEAR & THE STORE IS ONLINE

Sawasdee Khrap

HAPPY NEW YEAR ——  HAPPY NEW YEAR

And we have the new version of the Store and Gallery online now.  Still plan on making a lot of changes but we think the basic format is there – just tweaking the site now is needed.  Many images will now be improved, and we still need some pricing for “Bird’s” Asian Tours ( trekking & Chiang Rai) for starters.

Well what do you think of the site and store now – Please clique for me – need your opinions, comments and suggestions.

What do you feel when you see the site?  Is is appealing?

Does it convey any feelings to buy?       We were told the old version looked more like a museum than a store.

Has that changed?      Are there some Thailand products you would like to have presented?

Thanks for your help – we really need it.

Ciao

Frank & Tasanai

Another Earthquake —

Sawasdee Khrap

This is really a test to see if our Internet connection is still up and running – the quake on Wed 26th ( 7.1 ) – crippled our service, but I think it’s better now.  At least we have email today.  We are ready to upload the latest revisions for the Blog, Store and Gallery – if the connections will hold.  A few minor changes are still needed so we will convert the entire web-site sometime next week but before the end of the year. —

Trusting everyone had a great CHRISTMAS and looking forward to the NEW YEAR.

Ciao for now

Tasanai & Frank

Changes, Changes, Changes

Sawasdee Khrap

Making a lot of changes now – trying to make the Blog, Store and Gallerys easier to use and the general theme of the site more apparent — Your comments are really helping, we just wish we had a better background of web design. Sorry, we are taking so long – quite a learning process. 

We are updating “Tour’s Best” – Bird’s Tours – for better content and photos  — and it will also have next seasons new pricing  – Mock-ups look great – hope you like it when finished.

We are trying to incorporate the “Asiancoop.com” flash Title used in the Gallery into the Blog, so the sites are more consistent.   That’s not as easy as we thought it would be — again the learning curve — but doing so is also teaching us how to embed “Flash” movies into the Blog and Gallery — that way we can show you movie clips, such as small clips on the different tours offered, short movies about the Artist we sponsor, and scenes from Frank’s travels.  We’re hoping that these will help make the site more attractive. What do you think?

Anyway – it’s your comments that give us the incentive and guidance to make the site more inviting.

Thanks so much,

Tasanai & Frank

 

Please Check Out the Store

Sawasdee Khrap

Just got the store and blog integrated – Please check it out and be sure and leave some comments. 

The images in the store right now are set at low resolution – we will start to bring them higher while at the same time reducing the size of the code to reduce loading times. Lot of work still ahead. 

Some of the images – Pong’s artwork for example – were shot in bad lighting and will have to be replaced – sorry Pong.  Her work is so beautiful we feel bad that the images turned out so poorly, We’ll get those changed next week.  We have only included enough images to fill the pages  – now we will develop a larger Gallery.  Really looking for your input to decide which images or scenes you would like to see.

Just click on the “ARTIST – GALLERY – STORE” in the upper Menu and have a look.

We are also looking for State-Side sales Reps  (U.S.)  for the products shown – interested ????

Drop us a email.

Thanks

Tasanai