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My mobile office

This is a modification of an article first published here on August 7, 2013. The changes were necessary because two computers mentioned in the original story became an example of Murphy’s Law by dying at almost the same time. One developed an intermittent stopping problem and the other received a catastrophic drenching with beer when […]

Weekly Buzz – May 25, 2014

Nothing next week Unless some big news breaks there will be no Weekly Buzz next week because the Gebesse monthly newsletter will be going out instead. As a large number of those who receive this email are also on the monthly list I don’t want to overload any inboxes. Another week, another password scare If […]

Weekly Buzz – May 18, 2014

Update on ONEseniors Last week I mentioned that ONEseniors, the company providing phone, Internet, and distress alarm services to around 100,000 older people, had closed down leaving its customers stranded. The good news is that Telstra have said that they will pick up the fixed line services for ONEseniors customers. It must have been a […]

Weekly Buzz – May 11, 2014

Dropbox fixes security issue with shared links If you use Dropbox it’s almost certain that you occasionally email people links to files stored there. A security problem was identified which allowed these links to be disclosed to people who are not authorised to access the files. The problem has now been fixed and Dropbox have […]

Weekly Buzz – May 4, 2014

Security problem with Internet Explorer A security issue with Internet Explorer has been identified, affecting several versions of IE. A patch was issued by Microsoft and distributed through Windows Update on May 1. You should immediately run Windows Update, even if you have your machine set to run the update automatically. (You do regularly run […]

Save me from amateurs.

One of the early posts on this blog was “Beware the SMEG. That’s a winning strategy”, in which I commented about the way that clueless and inexperienced people hold themselves out to be experts. I came across another example this week and my irritation level at what amounts to theft was raised. I don’t spend a lot […]

Security experts. Right!

Everyone is concerned about the security of corporate data. We all do regular backups (and test that they work and store them in a safe place), we restrict physical access to places where people shouldn’t go, and we all have good password management policies. Don’t we? Here are some stories about security. The secure premises. […]

Sometimes we geriatrics know things

The following observation was made in a Facebook comment responding to someone who had said that her current work at a law firm was related to a course she had done in law school but she had forgotten all about it since she closed the books. At least it isn’t outdated before you even graduate, unlike […]

Deadbeats

Anyone who has ever run a business which sells things that can’t be taken back, like consulting time, accounting work or advertising, will occasionally get a customer who decides not to pay. I’ve been very lucky in the 25+ years that I’ve been running my business and have had very few bad debts. Two of […]

Resurrected scammers

In August 2010 I published the following story on my weekly sceptical magazine, The Millenium Project. =================================== Another week, another scam (7/8/2010) I received a fax addressed to my business this week offering to arrange my Yellow Pages listing and, as a bonus, give me a free Google listing. Free submission to Google – how […]

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