New Hosting Provider…

If you noticed an interruption to the blog or trying to email me it’s because I just changed all of my hosting and domain management to godaddy.com.  Now I’m not getting paid by them and I’m not going to post some ‘affilate link’ to them where I get a bonus if you sign up for service with them.  But what I AM going to say is that they’re probably the best hosting provider I’ve used since my original provider was bought.  Their prices are outstanding, their hosting feature set is excellent (they support WordPress, Ruby/Rails, and pretty much everything except Java/Tomcat/J2EE servers) and their technical support thus far has been second to none.

If you are looking for hosting or if you feel like you might be paying too MUCH for hosting (I certainly was) then I recommend you check out godaddy.com.  It’ll be worth your time.  It certainly was worth mine!

 

 

I’m writing this with tears on my eyes !!!

Does that title sound familiar? My wife and I got an email this morning from my father that read as follows:

Subject: I’m writing this with tears on my eyes !!!

Hello,

I’m sorry for this odd request and I’m writing this with tears on my eyes due to the situation of things right now, I’m stuck in London United Kingdom with my family,we came down here for vacation and we got Mugged at gunpoint, worse of it is cash cell phone and credit cards were stolen , it’s such a crazy and terrifying experience for us, we need help sort out our hotel bill and flying back home, the authorities are not being 100% helping us, but we thanks God we still have our passports, Our return flight leave today,But we still have problem in sorting out the hotel bills.Please help us i promise to refund it back.

Now I’m freaked out.

David.

There were two problems with this email:

  1. My father doesn’t write like he barely understands english. In fact he’s one of the most eloquent writers I have ever known and is a native speaker of the Queen’s English.
  2. My father lives 12 miles away and has no travel plans

Turns out this is happening to a surprising number of people. It’s a growingly common scam. It’s also happened to a friend of mine. Apparently there is a keystroke-logging trojan that’s in the wild. Virus scanners like F-Prot, and current Mal-ware scanners are not detecting it and it’s causing a lot of havoc:

  1. http://articles.cnn.com/2010-03-28/opinion/greene.email.scam_1_e-mail-first-byline-subject-line
  2. http://community.ca.com/blogs/securityadvisor/archive/2010/04/15/beware-of-scam-emails-i-m-writing-this-with-tears-in-my-eyes.aspx
  3. Google Support

If you see an email like this from any of your friends… CALL THEM before you decide to try to send money to them. Also, if you get an email like this from your friends, tell them to UNPLUG THEIR COMPUTER from the internet.. erase it completely and RE-install windows.

You could also tell them that perhaps they should consider buying a Mac… Because in 4 years of owning and using them I have yet to have them compromised by trash like this.

Pontiac 2010 Solstice Orders Cancelled

It’s very sad to read this. The Solstice GXP is one of the best cars that GM has put out in the last 5 years. However, it’s not surprising given the bankruptcy of GM, and the announcement of Pontiac’s demise. But still, you’d think GM would want to sell these cars a *little* longer. Hopefully someone will consider buying the delaware plant and continue making this excellent car under a different moniker. It’s probably a naive hope, however.

To: Select Pontiac Dealers and Sales Managers

Subject: 2010 Model Year Solstice Orders Cancelled

On June 1st, GM announced the closure of the Wilmington Delaware plant which produces the Pontiac Solstice. All 2010 Solstice in-system orders will be cancelled today. All 2010 ordering materials in Order WorkBench and the On-Line Order Guide will be removed from the site. All 2009 Model Year Solstice orders have been received. Build out of the 2009 Model Year for Solstice will be July 28, 2009.

YellowPages.com Sucks

For the last year my wife’s small-but-growing, word-of-mouth based business has been listed with YellowPages.com. The Networking Group my wife was a member of included in their ranks a sales rep who pushed that this would be an outstanding way to expand her business. That they could setup an online coupon with my wife’s listing and people could just print it and walk in with it. All the typical sales rhetoric.

My wife felt that the momentum of her business (which was doing OK) could use a boost and decided to invest in advertising with YellowPages.com as an attempt to expand and grow her business. Contracts were signed, paperwork was filed, paperwork was turned in for the online coupon, and charges to my wife’s business card started piling up.

And as a result my wife’s business was listed on YellowPages.com.

Now, in the past year there certainly was an increase in traffic to my wife’s website. I have a statistics collection system running on her web server. And she got probably an additional 3-10 referrals via YellowPages to her website each month.

However, because of the lackluster and incompetent effort on the part of the sales rep we worked with (who’s now a district sales manager) my wife’s legitimate health care practice was listed along side escort services.

Why Yellowpages.com Sucks

Nice…!

As a result those YellowPages.com referrals resulted in two calls. Those two calls resulted in requests typical of what escort services would provide (even tho for legal reasons they say they do not).

Pan forward a year… My wife, near the end of our contract, lo-and-behold gets a call from a new Yellowpages.com rep!! And he wants talk about renewal options for another year. My wife informs him that is not going happen. He goes into the usual rhetoric that sales reps right now are trying to use in the face of our current recession; ‘Well, with this recession going on it will be impossible for your business to survive without us!’. When she explains the lack of the online coupon, the lascivious phone calls, it’s at this point in time he’s willing to get the listing re-categorized but only in the face of certain discontinuation of a contract. When my wife asks about the online coupon he says; “Well, you needed to turn in the paperwork for that”. My wife said; “I turned in the paperwork for that [to the previous rep] when I signed up for service and paid all this money!” He replies; “Oh, well then there’s nothing I can do about that. Sorry.”

He tries every angle and pressure tactic he can think of and even offers a meager discount for the following year worth of service. Even though she didn’t get what she paid for to begin with.

At this point, if YellowPages.com wants my wife’s listing for another year, they can pony up a year’s worth of free service. They simply didn’t do their job and actually possibly did *damage* to my wife’s business considering it looks like it’s a damn prostitution service.

If you’re with YellowPages.com and you’re reading this, you and your company suck. Big time.

Borland… a once great company. Now gone the way of the Dodo…

After a 26-year run that saw it adopt multiple personalities in going from influential to non-entity, the tools house that once challenged Microsoft and Lotus is being acquired by Micro Focus for $75 million cash, a buck a share.

Borland has been operating under an acting president since CEO Tod Nielsen, an ex-Microsoft star, jumped ship in January to join his old Microsoft colleague Paul Maritz at VMware as COO.

Gee, thanks Tod.  You totally trashed the value of what few shares I had left in Borland, and then jumped ship.  I really hope there’s a special place in hell reserved just for complete incompetents like you.  I wouldn’t waste the saliva to spit on you.  Hopefully you won’t destroy VMWare the way you destroyed Borland.

I will take this moment to remind my friends who were at Borland that I said this is exactly what would happen with him coming to the helm.  I was right.

Micro Focus Buys Borland | JAVA Developer’s Journal

The Next MacHeist is Finally Out – Get “Process” Free

The (in)famous free Mac software bundle is finally out.

For those of you who want the freebies but do not want to do the heist (like me):

1. Be sure you’re logged into
http://www.macheist.com/

2. Go to
http://mainframe.macheist.com/

3. Copy/Paste each of these URLs into the box and click on the button after each one: *You’ll have to right click -> Copy Location or go here to copy them http://pastebin.ca/1301685

http://tangledupinlies.com/0a5faf225b3b27f4c75826dde0c4eba2.tga
http://logicallyillogical.com/165557be81d5d043d8d7adb4d7334953.tga
http://wormzappertheapp.com/b5cabcde1533bd90d8551748bb583fba.tga
http://swordsofthetelevisiongeneration.com/3ad47fe00e6ac913b356bcb432ee1b7c.tga
http://eisoptrotriskaidekaphobia.com/f1e67304f67ab03d7751d318b55cca39.tga
http://s3.amazonaws.com/voxdl3/a3d2206796576316f21313563ca02edd.tga
http://appleinternal.com/fafa2b94ee5b1baf4022599b2b28f7de.tga
http://www.forgottenpasttriggersrepetition.com/2a0efd8e3a70fd06bf8cea9ddae77603.tga
http://mollymcford.com/17cf10f9a82b7cc26e73c45e913554ba.tga

Apps you get for all of this:

Process: http://www.jumsoft.com/process/
Pandora’s Pests http://www.koingosw.com/products/pandoraspests.php
MacDust http://www.macdust.com/

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