Wednesday, 22 March 2017

Which is the most secure Web Browser? Spoiler: it's Chrome!

The Pwn2Own 2017 hacking contest, which celebrated its 10th anniversary, concluded after three days in which security teams hacked away at browsers and operating systems. Microsoft’s Edge seems to have been hit the hardest, while Chrome remained unhackable during the contest.
Microsoft created the Edge browser by rewriting most of it from scratch (some parts were forked from Internet Explorer). The company’s goal was to have a browser that’s much more secure and that can keep up with Chrome and Firefox when it comes to supporting the latest web standards. Edge even implemented sandboxing technologies that were similar to what Chrome was using, which put it ahead of Firefox, which is still trying to play catch-up in this regard.

The Real Vicars of Dibley: Heavens Angels!

Here we see Father Scott Anderson and Pastor Paul Sinclair on 'The Real Vicars of Dibley' (BBC1) blessing the Ace Cafe London in September 2001. 
At that time Father Scott was the Parish Priest at Willesden Green and Pastor Paul the Pentecostal minister just further up the street in Willesden itself.
God's sense of humour to assign both motorcycling ministers to the very same street!

For further reading on Faith on two wheels, see:

Tuesday, 21 March 2017

Ask Toolbar - if you needed to ask, just don't go there!

For years people have been opening their browser and asking, "how the heck did that Ask Toolbar get installed?"

Chances are that if you don't have the search toolbar haunting your PC, you may have friends or family who are afflicted.

Normally the Ask toolbar is installed in a slightly underhand fashion. Users install the likes of Java (as though there weren't a mistake in itself!) and have unwanted additional software foisted upon them, as they fail to read the small print and don't spot that they've accidentally agreed to install the toolbar.

If you have the Ask Toolbar in your Web Browser - it needs to go! 
Do uninstall it. If you need a hand - contact Donline.


Our new shed, by Malvern Timber Framed Buildings

At Malvern Timber Framed Buildings we specialise in handmade garden timber framed buildings. We offer a stunning collection of outdoor spaces that can be tailored to your every specification.

Our reputation of high quality standards and excellent customer satisfaction has been built through our team of skilled craftsmen. We hand-make every timber-framed building using only the finest materials to provide long-lasting protection.

Kim & I can highly recommend Malvern Timber Framed Buildings - for all your "shed" needs! They helped us come up with a bespoke design, manufactured to order, delivered and installed by professionals. More expensive than your "common or garden" shed? Yes, but you certainly get what you pay for! Manufactured from top quality materials - exactly to your specification. A+

Buying a bike? The difference between PCP and Hire Purchase

You can buy seemingly anything on finance nowadays, and that extends to motorcycles, with Personal Contract Purchases (PCP) accounting for 20-30% of all new bike sales. Although it's probably the one you're most familiar with, PCP isn't the only form of finance available, there's also Hire Purchase.

They seem similar - both let you pay a deposit and a series of monthly instalments over a set period of time - but that's where the similarities end.

Personal Contract Purchase (PCP)
PCP offers low monthly payments, low deposits and a bit of flexibility - if you don't want to buy the bike at the end of the contract you don't have to. 

If you want to keep the bike you'll have to pay the optional final payment. Alternatively you could exchange it for a new model and start a new contract, or simply walk away. 

However, interest rates tend to be slightly higher than with Hire Purchase and if you exceed the mileage limit or damage the bike beyond fair wear and tear you could face extra charges.

Hire Purchase
Hire Purchase is slightly simpler than PCP. The cost of the bike is split across the monthly payments and the initial deposit. Once you've paid your final payment, the bike is yours.

HP contracts typically last longer than PCP deals which make them more affordable and since you'll automatically own the BIKE after the final payment, you don't have to worry about saving up extra cash for the optional final payment like with PCP.

It's worth noting that the bike could be worth less than you estimated at the end of the contract, which could be a problem if you plan to sell it on soon after you take ownership.

I bought my Honda Crosstourer on PCP from Hunt's Motorcycles. It was on a 0% interest deal from Honda. This deal used my Suzuki V-Strom 650 GT as deposit, gave me low monthly payments over 3 years, with a final balloon payment (I'm keeping the bike!) - due this summer.
I have been really happy with this way to buy a new bike. Hunt's were a great dealer to buy from (I will again!), and Honda build quality is as good as it gets. All happy!

Monday, 20 March 2017

Deal of the day: Samsung 24" Full HD Monitor £104.99

Samsung S24E390HL 24" Full HD VGA HDMI Monitor

1920 x 1080 Full HD
4ms Response Time
250cd/m2 Brightness
Flicker Free

Friday, 17 March 2017

Microsoft isn't updating Windows 7 or 8.1 on latest CPU architectures

Microsoft is currently not providing updates to Windows 7/8.1 for users of the following CPU architectures: Intel seventh (7th)-generation processors (Kaby Lake), AMD "Bristol Ridge" (Zen/Ryzen)Qualcomm "8996" .

This error occurs because new processor generations require the latest Windows version for support. For example, Windows 10 is the only Windows version that is supported on the following processor generations:

Intel seventh (7th)-generation processors
AMD “Bristol Ridge”
Qualcomm “8996"

Because of how this support policy is implemented, Windows 8.1 and Windows 7 devices that have a seventh generation or a later generation processor may no longer be able to scan or download updates through Windows Update or Microsoft Update.

On a side note, it's surprising just what is powered by AMD's Ryzen CPU.
I guess Walter's OS isn't Windows 7!