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Computing related posts

Phone call from “Microsoft”

Just had a call from someone claiming to be from Microsoft, just randomly on my home phone line, the call came from 01767329973. There have been repeated calls from this number and numbers like it over the last few days,… Continue Reading →

Beware the Companies House e-mail

I have for some time now been plagued by e-mails claiming to come from Companies House, they generally say that there is a problem with web filing to Companies House. Now, as happens at the time when I first received… Continue Reading →

Comment spammer offers to help you with spam

The cheek of this Comment spammer offering to help me with spam is so crazy I just felt I need to post it up as a warning to other. Author : (IP: , E-mail : URL… Continue Reading →

Always backup before carrying out maintenance or changes

Always backup before carrying out maintenance or changes a salutatory tale. Today, having read about a Huge attack on WordPress sites could spawn never-before-seen super botnet I decided to up grade the security on this blog. I took the advice… Continue Reading →

Tax Refund Notification

I had an interesting e-mail today, it claimed to be from HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) and read as follows:   From: HM Revenue & Customs <> Subject: Tax Refund Notification Date: Sat, 7 May 2011 16:19:58 +0100 To: undisclosed-recipients:… Continue Reading →

Phone call from the “Technical Department of Windows”

I received an odd telephone call this morning. The caller with an Indian voice, who claimed to be from the “Technical Department of Windows”, tried to tell me that I had downloaded some malware from the internet on to my… Continue Reading →

More junk mail

Despite being signed up to the Mailing Preference Service I still get some junk mail. One such item arrived in today’s post from the Domain Renewal Group, helpfully pointing out that one of the domain names which I own expires… Continue Reading →

Google Chrome

I saw an advertising poster for Google Chrome the other day, it has set me thinking. I have never seen a poster for a web browser before, why do Google feel the need to take out expensive advertising? Just cast… Continue Reading →

Project Honey Pot receives its 1 billionth spam message

Project Honey Pot is a community of tens of thousands of web and email administrators from more than 170 countries around the world who are working together to track online fraud and abuse. The Project has been online since 2004… Continue Reading →

The Koala climbs

Canonical, and the Ubuntu developers, have now released the final version of Ubuntu 9.10 Karmic Koala. On a new installation of Ubuntu 9.10, the system uses the Ext4 file system, the GNOME 2.28 desktop environment and the GRUB 2 boot… Continue Reading →

Eight days to go…

There is a Operating System coming out soon. No not Microsoft Windows 7, better than that Ubuntu 9.10 The Karmic Koala! Let face it the name is far more interesting 😉 Just got a new computer? Ask for a refund… Continue Reading →

Thanks Microsfoft, that is another good reason to use Linux!

This morning I had one of those rare occasions when I needed to boot into Windows XP. Two and a half hours and three re-boots later, Windows had finally finished updating and was ready to let me do some work…. Continue Reading →

Personal Computer World RIP

As a long time subscriber to Personal Computer World magazine, I was shocked and saddened to receive a letter today telling me that the resent August 2009 issue (which I received in June, I don’t understand the dates on computer… Continue Reading →

Some recent software experiences

What do we all really want from our software? Well speaking for my self I just want something that works, is that really too much to ask for? Recently I have had two contrasting experiences, firstly I decided it was… Continue Reading →

Firefox 3 Released

If you are reading this Firefox 3 should have been released, and the world record attempt started. For those of us waiting keenly to get a hold of the new version is has been a frustrating day trying to download… Continue Reading →

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