A Driving Licence for the Information Super Highway

When you speak with a car owner (any car owner); they will know the marque and model they own, the engine capacity, whether it is diesel or petrol. They may probably know what mpg they are achieving. However speak with any computer user and ignorance reigns. If they have a problem with something on the […]

Feedback, Feedback

Just imagine that every time you did the weekly shop at the supermarket, you were pursued across he car park by someone with a clipboard asking you to “rate your experience”.  You would find that pretty annoying! Yet this sort of behaviour is becoming ubiquitous online. These days, when you make an internet purchase, not […]

Still Endearing

I received this spam email this morning (read and enjoy!)   Subject: Your cognizance is in great necessity  Good Afternoon, We have attained a payment from you for the draft of £ 1378. Please would you secure me with a remittance, in order for me to reconcile the pronouncing. I will be sending you a […]

Data Protection, European Legislation, and Farage

Keeping our data private to reduce the likelihood of identity theft or other crimes, or merely to avoid nuisance phone calls and emails; is something we all take for granted in this country. And most of us welcome it If one books a foreign holiday through an agency here in the UK either in person […]

Targeted rather than a Blunderbuss

Localised Spam In recent days, I have received a couple of examples of what I can only call ‘localised spam’. The first was from an SEO business in Macclesfield but was directed to a personal account rather than my business. The second was from a Altrincham based IT Support company called ‘Black JJ’ – so […]

New Tactic from the Spammers

(Or spam that is not so NICE!) This morning, I received (in my personal mailbox), a different and disturbing form of spam (see below). This one purports to come from NICE (National Institute for Clinical Excellence) ;includes a cancer scare and the request to open an attachment. Two aspects at least were dead give-aways to […]

Why I find Spammers endearing!

It is messages like the one below which endear me to spammers, the language is so wonderfully awful!  I have visions of an enthusiastic cyber-criminal in some far flung corner of the globe, sitting with a biro in one hand and a language dictionary in the other, trying to compose the perfect hoax email.  Read […]

Cloud Computing on the cheap… on the “very-very-cheap”

One of the big positives about cloud computing is reducing costs.  As mentioned in another post, one of the savings is that smaller leaner equipment can be used, such as tablets and very basic PCs;  because the data storage and much of the processing in done in the cloud. I am pleased to report as […]

Domain Ownership

Most businesses would expect that if they have or obtain a domain name; that they own it.  However this is not always the case. Recently I noticed that someone I knew and hoped would become a web design client had a site constructed by a different web designer with a new domain name (You win […]

Death and the Digital Environment.

This may seem a fairly gloomy topic to be writing about, but it is one of the few certainties about our life is that it will eventually end. So it a good idea to think about what will happen when you are no longer here. Your family and friends will know of your parting; and […]