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Wednesday, 30 March 2011

Computer “Infections”... the latest scam!

Earlier today I got a call from 24seven PC Care, advising me that as a windows user my computer may have been subject to some “infection”. Oh-no I thought! “Is that like a virus?” I asked. “Oh, no,” I was told “these can not be picked up be any anti-virus software... this is not a virus... it's an infection.” “What like a malware infection?” I enquired. “Erm... yeah... things like that.”

Now being the natural sceptic that I am... and knowing my way round a PC I knew he was talking bull as much as he did... but just for sport... “So, how do I know if I have one of theses infections?” I asked.

Over the next 10 minutes the “customer advisor” aka salesman. Talked me through, in very simple step by step actions, accessing the applications history in the computers Run menu. He then proceeded to tell me that every 'warning' that appeared on there was one of these new “infections” trying to attack my computer. Now to me, because I kind of know what I'm doing, a warning file is just that a general 'warning' and not anything to be overly concerned about. But, had I not been a little tech savvy, I imagine this would have caused a lot of people to panic. But, that’s ok, because they will then talk you through going to their website and allowing one of their technicians to remotely scan your computer.

Now I was a little annoyed already because I could imagine how this call would have, entirely needlessly, struck fear into many of my friends and family members. So I informed them that I could not allow remote access to my computer as I worked from home and held information on there I could not risk anyone else accessing. “Oh but they can not access those files.” I was told “They simply scan the computer.” At which point I pointed out that if I granted them remote access to my PC, they could indeed do that. I was then told that because they have the Windows logo on their site, that meant they were partners of Microsoft, and I shouldn't worry about a thing. Oh well... as long as there's a picture on your website, that must mean everything's ok.

“So if I give you access to my PC, and you find any of these files, what happens then?” I asked, already knowing full well what the answer would be. “Then we can offer you full support and maintenance for just £76.”

Now, because I take online security fairly seriously, there's no way I was giving these people remote access to my PC. But, I'd bet my life on the fact they would have found one of these dangerous infections that required me to purchase there services.

Do not fall for these scams. Talk to less well experienced PC users you know, and make sure they do not fall for these scams. Stick with the tried and tested, reputable, online security products that don't rely on ill informed salesmen calling you and attempting to terrify you.

Saturday, 26 March 2011


I look at you fallen, your palace laid to waste.
But what did you expect? You built it with such haste.

Did you think it would last forever? That your luck would never run dry?
Did you realise when it did, it wouldn't be your tears that were cried?

Did you stop to consider those who'd stood firmly by your side?
Did you fail to notice them, as you pushed them aside?

You look for those that love you, and wonder where they are.
People can't be there for you, if you tear them apart.

You were so busy running everywhere, being everyone’s "best friend".
But where were you for those who needed you, those you had sworn to defend?

This place was once so happy, full of laughter, love and song.
Now an empty pile of memories, with you wondering what went wrong.

The meek that you once courted, that you could manipulate, have grown.
Your neglect has made them stronger, they have struck out on their own.

The rich man is he who sees value in everything he has,
Never takes things for granted, assuming it all will last.

The poor man neglects his trinkets, as he is always seeking more,
Not taking time to see the treasures, but what comes easy is often flawed.

Those flaws become more obvious, as the days wear on.
You have to start from scratch again, always moving on.

Maybe it will be these ruins that finally speak to you.
Make you change your ways, your intentions true.

Or could this be your last battle, maybe you have no more fight,
Maybe you'll slip from this world, as day turns into night.

But I will not judge too harshly, when I remember how you did me wrong,
For I was the meek you, inadvertently, turned so strong.

Monday, 21 March 2011

Ostara Photo's

These are a collection of photos that I shot around the National Park between Wylam and Prudhoe.

Monday, 14 March 2011

Save May Day!

Ok, this issue has been rattling round for a while now! Basically in a move to "extend the British tourist season" the ConDems have decided it would be a peachy idea to move May Day (aka Beltane) - Yes... seriously!
Well as you can imagine no-one, least of all the pagan community is very happy about this, including me. So what did I do? Well first of all there have been a couple of good online petitions and campaigns set up;
so I signed up to these straight away. I then thought about writing to MP's, but then thought... 'wait... instead of starting with my local MP and working up... lets start at the top and work down.'
Now as we all know, if you want a job done properly, talk to a woman...
Ok, now on to Cameron and Clegg!
to be continued...