Thursday, April 18, 2019

Rideshare Pickups

I have to say that I am very sad to see that college student that got in the wrong car.  That has got a lot of people on edge.

I have been driving rideshare for 4 years.  Uber and Lyft.  I have done only 5000 or so pickups, maybe a little more.

What this girl should have done is:

A - look at the car and the license plate number.  You can track the car on the app.
B - Look at the driver.  You have a picture of the driver on your app.
C - Ask the driver their name.  You have the driver's name listed on your app, so you ask the driver to tell you what the name is and then confirm by looking at your app.

I am sad that the news people are telling you all to say "who are you here to pick up?" because I simply won't answer that question.  In the driver guidelines for both Uber and Lyft it spells out to have the passenger say their name to verify that you have the right person.  If the person does not tell me their name, then they are not the right person and I cancel.

I am sad that Uber and Lyft are not being clear about this at this time.  They are letting it be vague.  Because most people are drunk and can't do it right, they can't remember because there has been no campaign, no catch-phrase.  I will simply not be comfortable that I am not about to be killed unless the passenger can tell me the name on the app.  Bad people try to kill drivers too, not just passengers.  I am on the ball, I am the master of my destiny, I am the one in charge, for my own safety.  I have to have the name please.

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Please see this link from Uber:

https://help.uber.com/riders/article/how-to-identify-a-driver-and-vehicle?nodeId=02746faf-1bc6-4d3f-8ba2-ab35f36d7191

https://help.uber.com/partners/article/picking-up-riders?nodeId=3babfaf5-9075-4f62-b0de-b104c0e9af13&state=tau2MzUmGU5sEg3ztCqRM9KuUMN1RQQOeoccHyec8G0%3D&_csid=cJ9oZaNYXA4jzEk7QX-Wow#_

Please note that the driver will ask for your name.  That is the way that we are told to do it.  That is the safe way.

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Please see this link from Lyft:

https://help.lyft.com/hc/en-us/articles/115013080028-How-to-give-a-Lyft-ride

Pro-tip: Always ask the rider’s name to verify it’s their ride when they get in your vehicle

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I will not pull up to the darkness and allow someone to lie their way into my car.  If they ask who I am there to pick up, then I am supposed to trust them?

If you walk up to my car and insist that we do it wrong then I am not going to move forward.  If you walk up to my car and do it right then I will also be prepared to do it right, because this is my job and I am a professional and I took the training and learned and paid attention.  If we both did that, then we can have just a swell time.  If you walk up to my car and blurt out my name, then you just did it wrong.

UNDERSTAND THAT.  If you are a passenger, then please take the time to understand how the two-way password system works.  I am not simply being particular to be particular.  IT ACTUALLY KEEPS ME ALIVE AND IT WILL YOU AS WELL.

There are Uber/Lyft drivers with their picture and name on the side of their door.  That is because you TELL your name to the other party.  If your ability to tell me my own name was the security measure, then I would not have it printed on my door.  LITERALLY anyone could lie their way into my car and kill me.

I am sorry to repeat it but saying it in different ways may help get it across.

I work in a college town.  I take people multiple times.  Telling me my own name as the requirement would mean that once I drove someone and they learned my name, they could lie their way into my car whenever they saw me.  This is a college town.  The students would do it just to be dicks to each other.

So please.  "Is this the Uber for Travis?"  "And what is your name please?"  I had this one lady say "YOUR NAME IS STEPHEN AND YOU ARE GOING TO TELL ME THE NAME THAT IT SAYS ON YOUR APP OR ELSE I AM NOT GOING TO GET INTO YOUR CAR."  guess what?  She didn't get into my car.  She would have probably shot me in the back of the head if I sneezed anyway, you have to avoid the people that look like they are freaked out just to be outside.

Ok.  RTFM please.  SAY your name.  ASK their name.  PLEASE!!!

Scenario 1


Driver: Bob
Passenger: David

CORRECT

-Bob approaches in his car.  David flags him down at the designated stop.  The door opens.  David asks, are you here to pick up David?  Bob says yes, and MY name is Bob.  David says yes, I already checked your license plate.

INCORRECT

-Bob says "Your name is David" and does not ask and verify
-Bob asks "Who are you here to pick up?"
-Bob does not check the map to see the car approach
-Bob does not verify the license plate
-Bob does not look at the driver to see if it is the same guy in the picture
-Bob does not ask David "And your name is ... ?"
-David lets anyone in the car who does not identify themselves as Bob.


Monday, January 14, 2019

Atari 8-bit

Ok, so when I was a kid in the 70's I was into computers.  I had access to a mainframe in elementary school and an Apple ][e in middle school, then I got my own Atari 600xl.  I filled the memory and got the Atari 800xl, I had a printer and used that one through high school.  Late in high school we got our first Windows 3.1 computer, and that's what REALLY caught on so I kind of left the Atari alone until I wanted to play Joust or Dig Dug.

Then I had about 20 years where I worked as an IT administrator, I learned about hardware and scripting and managing things, and plus I see things differently as an adult with a ton of experience.  I went to driving Uber full time and I needed a hobby, so I started watching Youtube videos by people like the 8-bit guy.  Pretty sweet.

So I have been typing on my 800xl, reading the docs.  In less than 24 hours I have already written a few things (more advanced that I used to do) and I am really getting into this old hardware as a way to learn.  I'm not saying I'd like to use this computer to program a machine language epic game or anything, but figuring out how to do the stuff I never figured out before is turning out to be quite satisfying.

The keyboard is so goofy.  The OS is so goofy.  No keystroke or command buffer, no real text editor, commands like UNIX "less" or "vi" would be so cool.  There are instructions on how to write your own tools.  Outstanding.

The first thing I decided to do was to grab an SIO2PC cable so I can interace the 800xl to my PC.  I intend to pull all of my early 80's data into my PC for archival, then use the PC for development since I can use a robust text editor and a mouse.  Using the Atari 800xl to program with is a bit like sticking a stick into wet mud tablets to make little pointy dots.

I will carve out a new area of this blog to document this 8-bit Atari fun I am having.

I always wanted to write a program that uses PEEK and POKE.  One of the things you can do is POKE a small number into a memory register, and this defines a tabstop and activates the TAB key.  I think I can write a small SETUP script to run after the computer is powered on, that sets all of the registers like that to a more functional level.  That is my goal for this week.

But the snow has melted and there are about 12 hours of driving Uber before I can get to that.  I'll carry Compute's first and second book of Atari along with me and read up some.

Saturday, September 8, 2018

Scott blew his face off!

https://www.gofundme.com/rm8fq-help-save-scott

My dog chewed into an electrical cable and is going to need some cash to get repaired.  Details in the link, graphic pics :(

Monday, July 30, 2018

Guitar Lessons

Ok, so

I've been trying to come up with more money on a more regular basis, and I think I can teach guitar lessons.  I've played forever and am really good with beginners, I think I am going to put something together and try to get a few students rolling.

L8r

Friday, February 3, 2017

Russell and Stella

Ok, so I have had Russell for about 3.5 years now.  He is pretty cool.  His friend Stella looks like a tiger.  This is a video from one day when we got together at the dog park for a play date.




They look like they're having a pretty fun time.  Yay dogs!

Twisty Puzzles

Ok, so I was in middle school when the Rubik's Cube craze hit the streets.  The world was a lot simpler then, maybe because I wasn't an adult yet, who knows.  Pre-internet, you could still dial 5 digits on the same exchange locally.

So I never got more than one layer on my own.  But then in about 1996 a friend showed me how to solve the basic cube using a guide called "The Ideal Solution" published by the Ideal toy company.  It was surprisingly simple.  Not as elegant as the F2L OLL PLL solutions that I still haven't mastered, but as far as memorizing seven basic steps it is pretty much stupid easy.

And then you add on a few additional steps and you can do the 4x4x4 Rubik's Revenge and the 5x5x5 Rubik's Professor.

And as proof that I am like a serious level nerd, I will post some of the videos I came up with when I was super focused on learning the stuff.



3x3x3 Rubik's Cube


4x4x4 Rubik's Revenge


Edge Flipping on the 5x5x5 Rubik's Professor


Edge Pairing on the 5x5x5 Rubik's Professor


Solving the 5x5x5 Rubik's Professor

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

The Parking Garage Job

So I grew up in Charlottesville.  I graduated high school in 1988 and by 1989 I was living at home kind of trying to find a job.  So I ended up working for the Piedmont Virginia Parking Company.

I manned the parking booth at the 14th, Chancellor and Elliewood lots.  Sat, took tickets.

So yeah picture it.  A time capsule memory.  Me in 1990, 20 years old, sitting in the booth at the 14th street garage.  taking tickets, putting them in the machine, making change.

I had a small black and white tv/cassette/radio combo that I carried.  I watched a lot of tv.  I carried a cooler.  I made some money, I was in some bands playing guitar in my 20's so it was a cool slack job while I lived in my parents' basement.

So I remember watching ALF.  I watched it every week, I had the same schedule.  And then it was coming to an end.  I watched part one of the finale, then they pre-empted part two for something and they never showed it.  I am one of the fans that got left hanging.

I was never a very good employee and I wandered off after a few months.