All posts by Tom Rule

About Tom Rule

A Vagabond Renaissance Man who is living proof that God has a sense of humor.

Why would someone hack my old PC?

There is potentially a lot of useful / sellable info on that old PC that you haven’t used in a while.

What your old hacked PC can be used for by the “bad guys”

This is from

There’s a lot of bad actors online, but there are indeed things you can do to be safer. Watch the tech site for more articles, coming soon.

iPad Battery Checkout

Recharge your iPad on the go

If you are tired of being stressed out because you forgot to charge your iPad last night like you were supposed to – swing by the ARC and pick up a battery.

We have a limited number of batteries available for checkout.

Available in the ARC – but there are a few things you have to take care of

The Procedure:

  1. Fill out the form at the counter in the ARC
  2. Leave some collateral with Mrs. Andrews [cell phone, keys, etc]. Note that your younger sibling is NOT acceptable collateral!
  3. Mrs. Andrews will hand the battery to you. It will charge your iPad twice over – but that takes several hours!
  4. When done with it, hand it to MRS. ANDREWS. DEADLINE: Before Flex.

NOTE: You will be responsible for any damage to the battery or cable – EVEN IF SOMEONE ELSE DID IT.

The Form. Each battery has a number on it.

Remind App –> Verizon issue

If you use Verizon, you need to change how you receive Remind messages.

As of January 28th, 2019 Remind users who use Verizon for their service will no longer receive Remind messages as texts.

Sprint, T-mobile, and customers of other carriers are NOT affected. Only Verizon customers. See below for links to more details.

Verizon customers have two options [both are free]:

  1. Turn on smartphone notifications in the Remind app settings [it’s already installed on student iPads]
  2. Go to, login to your account, and turn on email notifications. [You might have to create an account if you haven’t already done so.]


“Service Disruption for Verizon Wireless users in the United States”

“Verizon service disruption: Frequently asked questions”

“How do I change my message notifications?”