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John Dowd
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I believe I have just had a call from a cybercriminal. Some people calling themselves windows operating tech support centre wanted me to check my system logs for errors and when I found a few errors they claimed that this was evidence for massive infection of my system. The then wanted me to type a url in to the run box. at his point I googled the url and came up with the PC Pro website below.

The chap was still insistent that he was genuine and gave me his address (genuine microsoft) and phone number (not in agreement with the microsoft website). I phoned the microsoft help number on my mobile while keeping him on my landline. They said they do not make this kind of call and that if I had such a call it was almost certainly spam. I thanked them and told the spammer what had happened. He continued to insist he was genuine and that the help line had been mistaken. Eventually he understood that I would not be signing on with him and giving him any access to my system. At his point he said that I should get my machine tested by someone I could trust because it was about to fail drastically and hung up. I 1471ed the call and was surprised to find that instead of number withheld he apparently phoned from 0000 0000

twenty minutes of entertainment and a warning for all. Unexpected calls are often not what they purport to be.

Microsoft have this page about phone scams
http://www.microsoft.com/en-gb/security/online-privacy/avoid-phone-scams.aspx
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I've had lots of these over the last few months. It was about one a day on average at one point.
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On Tuesday I went into the Kids' Programme and James Bacon produced some put-put tin steam boats from India. The idea is to paint and generally decorate them and then race them. They are without instructions but from the supplied kit they are intended to be fuelled with meths. not having any meths James had some cake candles.

I got one going using that but we need something better as fuel for racing on Friday.

The short movie attached shows what happens when you use a still camera to take movies when not really thinking about it.
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On Tuesday I set off for the worldcon in Reno. I expect to have full internet access while over there. In addition I have obtained a sim from a company called holiday phone. For a fixed price I have an american number with unlimited US calls and a fair amount of data download but it also gives me call forwarding from my UK number to the phone while in the states and calls back to the UK included in the price. so I'll be able to call Frances without spending a fortune. If you need me (and you know my number) you can call my UK number. Texts to that number won't work .
I thought the deal looked good when I found it in a search but it gets better if you tell people about it. Hence this post and the link below

www.holidayphone.co.uk/
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Pity you're not stopping by Boston en route...but we'll see you in Reno in ~9 days. Safe journey!
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After it not letting me in last weekend it now has let me in. I've added a few people to circles but I may move them from one to another as it works out.
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I find the circles easy to use, but my biggest problem is remembering to put people into multiple circles, which will make sharing posts a lot more straightforward.
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Following orders both Alice and I have ascended the throne
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Enjoying myself in San Francisco. Real pint of guiness in irish pub in fisherman's wharf.With a voucher the pint on the table cost 1 cent.
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I assume 1.15 to 1.20 cents including tip. Are you going to do the Musée Mécanique at Pier 45? Well worth a visit.
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After our burglary two weeks ago my replacement camera came on Monday. It is exactly the same make and model so no new learning to do but I have realised that leaving hundreds of photos on the camera memory leaves me open to irreplaceable loss. It is my intention to scatter pictures in various places as soon as possible, the computer at home, flickr and a selection here. The big loss for me was the sequence I had been taking at the allotment.

I have put up here some of the oldest allotment photos and some I took yesterday. They show some of the progress made over the past six months.

When we were offered an allotment about a year ago we went to the site and had a look. We had some difficulty finding it. When we did it was heavily overgrown with weeds and brambles. There is a picture of me wading through it. It did not seem suitable but the one next door was equally overgrown but with evidence of greater possibilities. We had some time to wait as the allotment office went through the process of finding the current tenant, sending him a notice to improve, failure to improve, warning of notice to quit and then final notice. The whole process took about five months. We final got on in November.

January to March involved slashing away the undergrowth on the top half of the site and having frequent fires. I have developed a new respect for slash and burn agriculture. It sounds easy until you try it yourself. I have a contact who can supply me with pallets. With these I repaired the roof of the building and walled off one end to make a shed.

March started planting. Many crops started as seeds in trays on windowsills. Others directly sown or planted in the ground. Now crops are starting to come in. New potatos, radishes. broad beans, peas, courgettes, shallotts and rhubarb have already cropped although not yet in large quantities. Beet, onions, tomatos, grapes, turnips and assorted brassicas are on the way.

I have attempted a three sisters planting. Sweetcorn, runner beans and squash. The idea is that the corn grows vertically and supplies a framework. The squash forms a ground cover and suppresses weed and the beans grow through the lot and fix nitrogen for the others.

All are growing well but the corn is not fast enough. If it were a race the beans are winning hands down.

The bottom half of the allotment is a blackthorn jungle (sloes). I am slowly hacking this back but black thorn fights back. I'll probably write more about the jungle later.
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It felt a bit like that. Having the blackthorn jungle on the plot gives me the experience of discovery as a repeated event. Hacking some of it down the other day I found a 200litre water butt full of water that hadn't noticed before.

Hats usually help.
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  • Capita Education
    Supply Teacher, 2007 - present
  • High Storrs school
    Teacher, 1974 - 2007
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After 30 years teaching first Science then IT at High Storrs I have been working as a supply teacher since redundancy in 2007.

I have worked on a number of conventions, being treasurer for three Eastercons  and the bid for Worldcon in London in 2014 
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cambridge uk - wakefield yorkshire - portsmouth uk - sheffield uk