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Donald Trump will let conservatives down

At a time where politicians will say anything to get elected, Donald trump has caught the attention of many conservatives who are hungry for a straight talking, nonpolitical, business man.  Every other politician seems to be out for themselves and only themselves.  Politicians use the public office to get name recognition, then monetize that recognition in the extreme.  It's a dirty business that most people are tired of and Donald Trump is unlike any other politician out there.  Unfortunately, Mr. Trump cannot be trusted by conservatives because he will let them down in the end.

Mr. Trump's refusal to be politically correct is very appealing.  His toughness with the media and refusal to be bullied is awesome!.  He sounds like a straight shooter that fearlessly calls out the right people.  But the biggest question for conservatives is whether or not Mr. Trump would nominate conservative judges.  

The next president will likely nominate at least 2 judges, and it is vital to conservatives that the right judges get nominated.  Mr. Trump could surely seal the border, and probably campaign for lower taxes.  He also believes in single payer healthcare, and would likely be more liberal than most on judges.  Would it be worth it to conservatives to get lower taxes and a sealed border in exchange for more liberal judges? I doubt it.  

Donald Trump has always been able to get press coverage when he needed it.  He knows how to say the most bombastic things that people will cover, and he doesn't care who criticizes him for it.  I believe it is only a matter of time before he says something truly beyond the tolerance of most Americans.  I actually like that about him, but I don't believe the vast majority of people would put up with it.  I also don't believe he would be a good president.  He would be better than President Obama though.

I've enjoyed watching Mr. Trump campaign.  I love the fearless way he speaks with no apologies.  Unfortunately, I just don't believe he would be a conservative president.  I believe once elected, he would do what he wants and would be more worried about being liked, than being conservative.  

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LastPass has failed me at least 50% of the time

Let me explain.  I have used LastPass for several years and always liked having a secure place for my passwords and secure notes.  I loved that it worked on all my devices including my phones and tablets.  I recommended LastPass to everyone I knew because I believed it was the most secure way to save passwords.  The truth is however, I wasn't using LastPass correctly.  I had LastPass save passwords I made up, but I never relied on LastPass to generate the passwords for me.  I decided to give LastPass a shot at creating and saving my passwords.  My experience was brutal!

There are so many different situations where LastPass can screw up that it's simply not worth trusting it.  First of all, there are many websites where LastPass cannot fill the form.  It presents you with the icon, but clicking on it does nothing.  You can click on the LastPass icon to grab your username and password and manually pasted it into the form, but that's a bit of a hassle. 

The bigger issue is in generating passwords.  Over the last couple of days I changed about 40 passwords and tried to let LastPass do the work.  It worked on about 15 of those sites, and screwed up the other 25.  Usually LastPass ended up screwing up and saving the wrong password.  How does this happen?  There are several ways.

One way is when a site presents you with a "change password" form with 2 fields.  One is your new password and one is the confirmation of your new password.  I clicked on the LastPass password generator in the form which presented me with a password.  After telling LastPass to save the new password, what I didn't know because a LastPass dialog box was blocking the form, is that the new password was not entered into both password fields.  This means I couldn't save the new password, but LastPass had already erased my original password in favor of the new password.  I found that out the hard way!  The fix was manually resetting the password with the website.

Another similar situation is when a site asks you for your new password, you generate it, then it asks you for your old password on the NEXT page.  LastPass has already overwritten your old password so you're screwed again.

Another situation is when LastPass simply saves the wrong password for a reason I cannot explain.  This happened to me at least 8 times and I had to manually reset those passwords as well.

Trying to get LastPass to play well with Wordpress is an absolute nightmare.  There are several Wordpress URL's and LastPass can't figure them all out.  You might go to, or, or  If you don't have 3 separate entries for Wordpress in LastPass you're screwed!  Try changing your password for Wordpress then ending up at a different URL where LastPass can't supply the right password.  It will drive you mad, especially after you try resetting the password but LastPass overwrites the wrong one.  You will go in circles like I did.  

I am a developer and if I can't figure this software out something is definitely wrong.  I was such a fan of LastPass but over the past couple of days I've come to realize it cannot be relied on completely.  If you are okay with manually copying and pasting your passwords, and being very careful when you change a password, it is a useful tool.  Otherwise, I would recommend using Dashlane or some other product.  

I have been in touch with the support crew at LastPass and they have been very diligent about tracking down my issues.  The problem is these issues are real.  They have confirmed that several of the sites I've mentioned have had issues with LastPass.

I just don't understand how people actually rely on this tool.  I REALLY want to like LastPass.  I heard Steve Gibson rave about it and I wanted him to be right.  The truth is, although I believe LastPass to be completely secure, it is also completely unreliable unless you are willing to do EVERYTHING manually. I could never recommend this for a novice or anyone who didn't want to have to think about it.  

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Yosemite not displaying PDF's properly in Preview - SOLVED

After upgrading to OS X Yosemite, Preview stopped displaying some PDF's properly.  When launching a PDF I would get a gray screen followed by a black screen.  The only option was to hold the power button down to shut the machine down. 

After searching the Apple Discussion forums and submitting a bug report to Apple, I finally stumbled upon the fix.  

1.  Go into Preview Preferences.
2.  Select the PDF tab.
3.  Uncheck "Smooth text and line art."

That's it!  Problem solved.

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