29 June 2016

Deal of the day!

Toshiba Satellite C55-C-175 15.6 inch Laptop in white.
Intel Core i5-5200U, 4 GB RAM, 500 GB HDD,Intel HD Graphics 5500.
Currently a bargain at just under £400! 

27 June 2016

McAfee is now part of Intel Security...

Intel is slowly moving away from the McAfee brand, wishing to put a bit of distance between itself & the software's founder.

Now why would a major IT company (Intel) wish to distance themselves from one of the legends of the IT business (John McAfee)?

Watch this video for a bit of a clue...

TalkTalk sued by scam victim

A former TalkTalk customer, Michael Robinson, is taking British broadband provider TalkTalk to court after they were hacked and he suffered at the hands of scammers.

The scammers exploited information about TalkTalk customers (including names, dates of birth, address, email address, phone numbers, full bank account numbers and sort codes) seemingly stolen through an elementary SQL injection attack on the TalkTalk website.

23 June 2016

The end is near: Say goodbye to the Windows 10 free upgrade.

Don't look now, but 29th July 2016, is coming up fast. That is the one-year anniversary of the release of Windows 10, which means the ability to upgrade to the new operating system for FREE will soon expire.

BullGuard Summer Sale: 60% Discount!

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BullGuard Internet Security 2016 has been awarded ‘best buy’ and ‘best-in-test’ by the leading independent consumer testing organisations in the UK, Netherlands, Denmark, Sweden, Belgium and Germany.

22 June 2016

Taking the Headphone Jack Off Phones Is User-Hostile and Stupid

Another day, another rumour that Apple is going to ditch the headphone jack on the next iPhone in favour of sending out audio over Lightning. 

Or another phone beats Apple to the punch by ditching the headphone jack in favour of passing out audio over USB-C...

Online backup firm Carbonite tells users to change their passwords now

"As part of our ongoing security monitoring, we recently became aware of unauthorized attempts to access a number of Carbonite accounts. This activity appears to be the result of a third party attacker using compromised email addresses and passwords obtained from other companies that were previously attacked. The attackers then tried to use the stolen information to access Carbonite accounts."

The moral of this story: always use UNIQUE passwords for each website or service!

20 June 2016

GoToMyPC accounts hacked, all customer passwords reset

"The GoToMYPC service has been targeted by a very sophisticated password attack. To protect you, the security team recommended that we reset all customer passwords immediately."

18 June 2016

Honda Adventure Centre, Wales

Massive thanks to Kim for the best birthday (21st of course) present ever - a 2 day off road training session at the brilliant Honda Adventure Centre. Although based in Merthyr Tydfil, the riding is done in stunning countryside near the Brecon Beacons.

If you have ever wished to try riding off road, or wish to improve your skills in the dirt, I wholeheartedly recommend these guys. They are patient, (really needed with a total dirt novice like me!) and build your confidence to a point that you end up doing things you never thought possible! Well done & big thanks to the trainers: Pat, Flash & Ryan. 

We used pretty much brand new CRF1000L Africa Twin Motorcycles, which for a big bike (1000cc, 230Kg) were just great (on and) off road, and could do absolutely anything that we could throw at them. Much to my amazement, I thoroughly enjoyed riding the Dual Clutch (Automatic) version.

If you are in the market for a "giant trailie" - test ride this bike in manual, then DCT, then get your order in quick - they're selling like hot cakes!

Howsham Hall Choir - Year 2000 - (ONE MORE STEP ALONG THE WORLD I GO)

I used to think of this as an Ok, children's hymn.

However, at a recent service at All Saints Church, Denmead, while singing this hymn, I suddenly realised how profound the words are, especially to Kim & me. 

We are blessed with the ability to travel, and best of all by motorcycle! We are often deeply moved by the places that we visit - especially during our Camino - the beauty of God's world & kindness of the people we meet.

Thank you Lord for travelling with us!

13 June 2016

Microsoft to buy LinkedIn

Microsoft is buying the professional networking website LinkedIn for just over $26bn (£18bn) in cash.
The software giant will pay $196 a share - a premium of almost 50% to Friday's closing share price.

08 June 2016

Is the web full of nasty tricks?

Ever signed up for something online and then found it very difficult to unsubscribe?
Then you've been to a roach motel - one of many web design tricks employed by some firms to drum up more trade.

07 June 2016

Lenovo users must uninstall Accelerator app due to dangerous security hole

Lenovo is urging users to uninstall its Accelerator application following the discovery of a serious remote code execution (RCE) vulnerability.

The vulnerability does not affect Lenovo ThinkPad or ThinkStation devices, as the Chinese computer corporation never installed the Accelerator app on either product types.

01 June 2016

Camino: The Summary!

Kim & Don's Camino. 21 to 31 May 2016.
3427Km (road distance actually travelled).

We have had a fabulous Camino journey, & have been so pleased that many of our friends have (virtually) travelled it with us! It was a fantastic journey, we met so many lovely people, went to so many wonderful places. This is now the second time that we have been blessed to visit Santiago de Compostela. Once on Cruise, this time by motorcycle. God willing we will visit (at least?) one more time - the "proper way" a walked pilgrimage from Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port to Santiago de Compostela. As this will take us around six weeks to complete, we sadly wont be able to do this for some years, but it's most definitely on the "bucket list". Actually, it is the bucket list!

"The Way of Saint James" is never meant to be an easy path. 
We did have a share of difficulties: 

By the Grace of God, & the help of the Apostle, none of these turned out to be show-stoppers (but could of done - especially fuel!), and also didn't spoil the enjoyment of our journey.

Below we have compiled some information on what we did, how we did it, & inspirational reading / viewing - which might help you on "The Way".
If you would like further information on how we planned our Camino, please contact me via this Blog.
This is roughly the route that we took. The only really significant change was that we had to drop the leg from Santiago de Compostela to Finisterre - I had scheduled for just too many Km by far that day, and sadly that section had to go.

Don & Kim’s 2016 Camino by motorbike -  Day by Day

Leaving home: Denmead, Portsmouth Ferry Terminal.

Day 1: France: Caen/Ouistreham, Domagne, Tours.

Day 2: St George's de Bailleraux, Cognac & Bordeaux, Limoges.

Day 3: Bordeaux, Pomerol, Saint-Émilion, Toulouse.

Day 4: France Lourdes, Pays Basque St Jean Pied de Port.

Day 5: Pays Basque Pyrenees, Spain Pamplona, Logrono,  Zarraton.

Day 6: San Juan de Ortega, Burgos, Lean, Astorga.

Day 7: RAIN! Santiago de Compostela, Lodoso.

Day 8: Asturias region, Villapedre.

Day 9: Gijon, Picos de Europa, Torrelavega, Santander. 

Day 10: Ferry crossing, Portsmouth, Denmead home!

Holly, our wonderful Honda Crosstourer Highlander VFR1200X - who was good as gold the whole trip. A truly great bike: fast, comfortable & able to haul the two of us & significant amounts of luggage without complaining! Well done Holly! Now to book her in for a well deserved service!

The Way - DVD (Truly a must watch film - one of our favourites).

Call Of The Camino:
Myths, Legends and Pilgrim Stories on the Way to Santiago de Compostela

Camino de Santiago Michelin Zoom Map 160 (booklet format)

France 2016 (Michelin National Maps) Map – Folded Map, Illustrated

Spain & Portugal 2016 (Michelin National Maps) Map – Folded Map, Illustrated

Pilgrim's Guide To The Camino De Santiago 12Th Edition:
St. Jean Pied - Roncesvalles - Santiago (Camino Guides)

We booked all of our hotels through booking.com - great value, and really easy to use.

Thanks for travelling "The Way" with us! 
May God bless you.