30 October 2016

Poppy Appeal: Rethink Remembrance.

There’s a new generation of veterans that need your support.
This year, The Royal British Legion is asking the nation to Rethink Remembrance by recognising the sacrifices made not just by the Armed Forces of the past, but by today’s generation too.
For many people, Remembrance is associated with the fallen of the First and Second World Wars. While we will always remember them, the Legion wants to raise awareness of a new generation of veterans and Service personnel that need our support.

28 October 2016

Urgent prayer request for Asia Bibi

Asia Bibi an innocent Christian mother of 5 caught up in the unjust and unequal society of Pakistan, has been given a historical death sentence (by hanging) from the Sheikhupura Court of Pakistan. Her crime?  Simply under provocation she said:  "My Jesus died for me what has Muhammed done for you?" For this she was beaten, raped and placed in jail.  Why was she provoked?  Because she drank then She offered water to fellow female co-workers, from a cup that was specifically for Muslims only.  Her colleagues felt that she was untouchable (ritually impure) and had rose above her station.  She was beaten and raped and her daughters were sexually molested yet only Asia Bibi has been incarcerated?  The malevolent Blasphemy Law of Pakistan is a constant threat to people from minority faiths residing there.

Please be aware of this case. Pray for freedom and safety for Asia, her family, & the persecuted Church worldwide.

Perhaps we ought to reconsider the aid given to Pakistan?

27 October 2016

Blue screen of death with a support number? Beware the malware scam

A new tech support scam displays a fake blue screen of death (BSoD) in an effort to trick users into installing malware on their Windows computers.
In this particular case, Hicurdismos masquerades as Microsoft Security Essentials, the anti-malware product that came pre-installed on all machines with Windows 7 and earlier.

26 October 2016

RYNO Motors... Ok: I've never seen anything like this before!

They say: One-wheeled, electric-powered. A machine that has no greater footprint than you do. Capable of operating at speeds up to 10 miles per hour – or as slowly as a casual stroll. ...up to 10 miles of travel per charge.

I say: thanks, but no thanks. I'll stick to more conventional forms of transport...


Barry Sheene Movie - Announcement Teaser

Development is well underway to bring the incredible life story of the cheeky, charismatic racing legend Barry Sheene to the silver screen. Universally loved, Sheene was many things, a cockney rebel who always did things his way, a playboy who loved life in the fast lane, and a champion who became an icon. The timing of this project, hot off the back of similar biopic epics 'Senna' and 'Rush' in recent years, is perfect, with this year and next marking the 40th anniversaries of Sheene’s two premier class world championships.

25 October 2016

Reading for today: on God's guidance

The Lord will guide you continually, giving you water when you are dry and restoring your strength. You will be like a well-watered garden, like an ever-flowing spring.
Isaiah 58:11, NLT

Though the Bible never uses the word guidance, it does speak of a Guide. We may seek guidance, but God provides something better—himself.

Many of us struggle to understand and discern God’s guidance for our lives. We ask questions like: Should I marry or not? Should I marry this person or that person? Should I have another child? Should I join this church or that one? Which profession should I follow? What job should I take? Is my present line of work the one to stay in? Herein lies the major distortion of knowing and doing God’s will. Does God lead and direct in these areas? Yes. Does he come out and overtly tell us what to do? Rarely.

So how does God guide us? Consider these principles:

God’s guidance concerns itself more with our steps than our overall journey.
God’s guidance is more preoccupied with the present than with the future. 
God’s guidance has less to do with geography and more to do with morality.
God’s guidance is more interested in our character than our comfort.
God’s guidance is not insider information.
God’s guidance is that we pursue the Guide more than guidance.

In seeking God, his plan will be revealed. His way will lead back through his Word. If the step is more critical than the journey, and the present is of greater consequence than the future, and the Guide more essential than the guidance, what is needed? We need to know the right step to take. We need to know what we must do in the present. We need to know the Guide. God does not guide us magically; he guides us relationally. Therefore, the Bible must be studied so we may become acquainted with the ways and thoughts of God. God’s aim is that we become his companions who walk with him. He already knows us. Now he wants us to understand and know him. The more we understand him, the more real our relationship will be with him and the more likely we are to keep in step with him in the direction he is taking us.

No One Is Buying Smartwatches Anymore

Remember how smartwatches were supposed to be the next big thing? About that...
The market intelligence firm IDC reported on Monday that smartwatch shipments are down 51.6 percent year-over-year for the third quarter of 2016. This is bad news for all smartwatch vendors (except maybe Garmin), but it’s especially bad for Apple, which saw shipments drop 71.6 percent, according to the IDC report.

24 October 2016

Internet of Things Scanner - by BullGuard

Check if your internet-connected devices at home, are public on Shodan.
If they are, this means they are accessible to the public, and hackers.

What is the Internet of Things?
The Internet of Things is a network of physical objects such as household devices, smart TVs and security cameras that are connected to the internet.

What is Shodan
Shodan is a search engine for the Internet of Things.
Shodan allows users to find devices that are publicly accessible on the internet, and which may be vulnerable to hackers.

BullGuard Online Drive is reaching end-of-life: new backup options...

Given the growing popularity of cloud-based storage we are introducing a new feature that enables you to directly back up your files from BullGuard to Google Drive and Microsoft's OneDrive. 

As you're probably aware you can already back up directly from BullGuard to Dropbox. With the addition of Google Drive and OneDrive you now have greater choice for your preferred storage option. 

You can create an account with Dropbox, Google Drive or Microsoft OneDrive within minutes. If you already have an account with one of these providers you simply use that. 

You can encrypt your back ups and protect them with a password known only to you. This means your photos and documents are always secure and safe from prying eyes. 

To offer these new services we will be removing the BullGuard Online Drive. The changes will come into effect when you renew after 15 November, 2016. 

What do you need to do?

If you don't have any files backed up today, you don't need to do anything. 

If you have files backed up on BullGuard's Online Drive all you need to do is transfer them to Dropbox, Google Drive or OneDrive after 15 November or ahead of your subscription renewal. 

If you have any questions please contact our 24/7 BullGuard Support Department

Kind regards,
The BullGuard Team 

19 October 2016

Deal Of The Day: ultra high end Mag-Tac torch

Maglite Mag-Tac LED Coyote Tan. 5 1/8" overall. Grooved aircraft grade aluminum body with anodized finish, crowned bezel, and tail cap push-button switch. Water resistant up to 1m. Three modes: momentary, on, and strobe. Ultra Bright white LED with up to 320 lumen output. Visible up to 193m. Requires two CR123 batteries (included). Up to 4 hour run time on low and up to 17 hour run time on high.

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I have one of these - it's "brilliant"!

18 October 2016

Afro Celt Sound System. Wedgwood Rooms, Southsea: 10 Nov 2016

With sales now topping one and a half million albums and two Grammy nominations to date, Afro Celt Sound System celebrate their 20th anniversary with a stunning new album, The Source and a UK tour bringing their exhilarating live show to venues around the country.

"a delirious mix of primal intensity, spiritual beauty and explosive rhythms.... a colossus of an album." fRoots Magazine

This European and African based collective have been a ground-breaking force in music ever since they started, along the way finding kindred spirits across international talent and forging a reputation for exhilarating shows. The new album’s characteristic energy has already translated brilliantly to Afro Celt Sound System’s latest live sets, which kicked off 2016 in style with sell-out shows at Glasgow and London.

17 October 2016

Curta calculator: The mechanical marvel born in a Nazi death camp

If you've ever spent time thumbing through back issues of magazines like Scientific American or New Scientist, you may have seen adverts for the Curta – a strange little device that resembles a pepper mill. It cost a shocking amount of money and was claimed to perform all sorts of arithmetic functions purely mechanically and with incredible precision. Rather than being a scam in the order of upmarket X-ray specs, the Curta lives up to the claims and the story behind its creation has its roots in a Nazi death camp.

12 October 2016

Samsung's Explosion-Proof Note 7 Return Packaging

The Return Kit comes with various boxes, including a thermally-insulated box for the device and safety gloves for handling the procedure as “some individuals might be sensitive to the ceramic fibre paper lining the Recovery Box”. 

The box details the ban on air transport, noting that the devices are only to be shipped by ground (safely within reach of the quenching hoses of the fire department).

Fujitsu to cut up to 1,800 jobs in UK

Japanese electronics firm Fujitsu has told staff of plans to cut up to 1,800 jobs in the UK.
The plan, which could see the first workers leaving in early 2017, is not linked to Brexit, the company said.
Fujitsu, which has 14,000 UK staff, said the job losses would be across its UK offices as it looks to compete better with foreign rivals that offer IT services more cheaply.
Trade unions called the cuts a "hammer blow" to Fujitsu's UK workforce.
The firm has a range of businesses in the UK, from software services to providing air conditioning units.
It has many offices across the country, including in Manchester, Belfast, Crewe, Bracknell, Solihull, Wakefield and Warrington, but has not decided yet where jobs will be cut.

10 October 2016

New LED bulbs at Tocher Towers - free thanks to Utility Warehouse!

Kim & I have just had all of our bulbs replaced - for free - courtesy of Utility Warehouse!
Yes, that's supplied & fitted for free, with a lifetime guarantee!
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That's a 85% saving in electricity!
The average kitchen has 4+ GU10 bulbs.
Imagine the saving on electric bills!

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Fujitsu ponders selling off PC business to Lenovo

Could Lenovo be about to take over Fujitsu PC production?

Rumours suggest that a deal is underway at Fujitsu to hand over control of their PC division to Lenovo Group, in an attempt to re-focus their efforts on other IT services.
Fujitsu has been quick to point out that no official statement has been made on a potential buyout, however, according to a Reuters report a source with “direct knowledge of the talks” has confirmed the deal is underway.
In a statement, Fujitsu said: “In February of this year, Fujitsu split off its PC business and is currently considering various possibilities, including what is being reported, but a decision has not yet been made.”

New Shepard In-flight Escape Test

@53 seconds watch the magic happen!

It was an unexpected double success for Blue Origin as the private spaceflight company carried out its first in-flight test of its crew capsule escape system this Wednesday. At about 8:42 am PDT 5th October 2016, the unmanned capsule touched down on the floor of the West Texas desert after successfully rocketing away from its New Shephard booster. But in an unexpected twist, the reusable launch stage also survived and landed safely for the fifth time after a brief journey into space.

08 October 2016

Triumph Street Cup

If any firm can claim to have deep roots in the cafe racer style guide, it’s Triumph.

This attractive new Street Cup is set to repeat the company’s phenomenal 2016 success with the all-new T120 Thruxton.

The Cup is based on the Street Twin platform, meaning it’ll be more affordable, smaller, lighter, and uses the 900cc T100 engine and chassis. 

The Supremacy of the Son of God - from St Paul's letter to the Colossians

Christ is the visible image of the invisible God.
    He existed before anything was created and is supreme over all creation,
for through him God created everything
    in the heavenly realms and on earth.
He made the things we can see
    and the things we can’t see—
such as thrones, kingdoms, rulers, and authorities in the unseen world.
    Everything was created through him and for him.
He existed before anything else,
    and he holds all creation together.
Christ is also the head of the church,
    which is his body.
He is the beginning,
    supreme over all who rise from the dead.
    So he is first in everything.
For God in all his fullness
    was pleased to live in Christ,
and through him God reconciled
everything to himself.
He made peace with everything in heaven and on earth
    by means of Christ’s blood on the cross.

07 October 2016

Attack allows Mac malware to piggyback on your webcam, while it's in use

A new attack allows Mac malware to record video and audio whenever a victim legitimately turns on their webcam, without drawing attention to itself.
Now it's no surprise that malware would leverage webcams in an attempt to spy on OS X users. A victim could blurt out personal information which attackers could use for identity theft, or peeping toms could secretly record footage with the intention of blackmailing the unwitting victim.
That explains why some of the recent malware samples for OS X, including Eleanor and Mokes, come equipped with the ability to record video and audio content from infected computers.

06 October 2016

Boy racks up 100,000 euro bill with Google - advertising his brass band

A 12-year-old Spanish boy who set up a website to promote his brass band has accidentally racked up a bill of 100,000 euros in advertising fees.
In August, Jose Javier - from the city of Torrevieja - created an account with AdWords, a Google pay-per-click service.
He was under the impression people clicking on the adverts would earn him money.
But instead he was charged every time someone clicked on the link. Oops...

05 October 2016

TalkTalk fined £400,000 for theft of customer details

TalkTalk has been fined a record £400,000 for poor website security which led to the theft of the personal data of nearly 157,000 customers.

It's time to close your Yahoo account

"Yahoo Inc last year secretly built a custom software program to search all of its customers' incoming emails for specific information provided by U.S. intelligence officials, according to people familiar with the matter."

If true, then the advice for the privacy-conscious is clear: close down your Yahoo account.
After all, how could you ever trust Yahoo again?

03 October 2016

The payment card that helps to eliminate fraud using a changing CVC number!

OT MOTION CODE™ is just like a normal banking card: the technology hidden in the plastic protects cardholders without them noticing it. This means that this card can be easily used on any PC, tablet or mobile phone and is immediately compatible with every e-merchant site.

OT MOTION CODE™ enables out-of-band-authentication anywhere and anytime. The refresh cycle, typically every hour, renders card data copying useless: by the time anyone wants to use the stolen data online, it will have already expired.

Deploying a new payment or security solution is often a challenge for an issuer. OT MOTION CODE™ is a no-brainer. This end-to-end solution enables a seamless, non-detracting consumer experience, while increasing Card-Not-Present transaction security.