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Scamming the scammed

Posted by Michael Bloch in online world (Monday September 22, 2008 )

How do scam someone who’s already been the victim of a 419, advanced fee fraud, Nigerian, shipping clerk or whatever-the-scam-of-the-day is? Offer to compensate them! (more…)


We don’t all multi-task with media

Posted by Michael Bloch in online world (Thursday September 18, 2008 )

I’ve been feeling inadequate. I watch my family listening to their ipods while watching TV or studying and talking to their friends online and chatting to each other too – simultaneously. I just can’t do that. It’s just too darned confusing. (more…)


Internet’s tubes – submarine cables

Posted by Michael Bloch in online world (Saturday September 6, 2008 )

Back in 2006, United States Senator Ted Stevens described the Internet as a “series of tubes”. It was funny, but there are indeed some mighty long tubes that the Internet, or “eban” as my mother in law calls it (bless her), runs along. (more…)


Google launches new web browser

Posted by Michael Bloch in online world (Tuesday September 2, 2008 )

I’m writing this via Google’s new entry into the web browser sphere – Google Chrome; an application sure to stir things up in a market that’s been dominated by Internet Explorer and Firefox for some time. (more…)


All you zombies

Posted by Michael Bloch in online world (Friday August 15, 2008 )

Apologies to The Hooters – great song, love 80’s music :). Panda Labs latest report on spam states that over 10 million zombie computers across the planet on any given day are spewing out spam and malware infected emails. (more…)


Beware of breaking news spam

Posted by Michael Bloch in online world (Wednesday August 13, 2008 )

I’m a bit of a news hound and like to know about events as they happen, but recently I’ve been getting rather odd “breaking news”; purportedly from major news services. (more…)


Kudos Team Kerio!

Posted by Michael Bloch in online world (Monday August 11, 2008 )

Unashamed plug here for the good folks who produce Kerio auto/air notebook adapters who have provided me with an outstanding level of customer service over the years. (more…)


Search engine use survey

Posted by Michael Bloch in online world (Saturday August 9, 2008 )

The number of people using search engines daily has increased from around one-third in 2002, to just under 50% this year. (more…)


Computing in the cloud

Posted by Michael Bloch in online world (Wednesday August 6, 2008 )

It seems we’ve come full circle. Before the PC, computers were usually dumb terminals hooked into a networked mainframe. Sound familiar? (more…)


Lulu now in Australia!

Posted by Michael Bloch in online world (Tuesday July 22, 2008 )

If you’re based in Australia, Southeast Asia or New Zealand and have considered self publishing, no doubt the cost made your head spin. (more…)