Another busy month has rolled by and only about 50 sleeps till Christmas. Where has the year gone?
We have had Craig away at a course in Christchurch for three days – a big thanks to the Dunedin guys who picked up phone calls to help us out at this end. Craig is now an expert in using the gear to make wireless messages get around the place in some sort of controlled manner. Thanks also to customers who waited for help till he returned to work.
Hasn’t the weather been good? Sue and I had a weekend in Omarama a week or two back. We popped through to Twizel to catch up with an ex Clutha friend and had a nice morning with him. He gave us the “good oil” about places to visit in the area so we drove up the Ahuriri River until the road became too much of a risk for me. Amazing country but makes me so glad to be living in South Otago. The dry aridness is spectacular but I much prefer the lush bush and greenness of our environment. We really are lucky. Having said that, it is nice to get away and have some time to chill out when Sue does not have to cook meals etc.
Things are not finally decided yet, but I think our plan of attack for Christmas will be:
December 21: Close midday
January 7: Reopen with only Sue and I with support from Dunedin as needed
January 14: Reopen.
We have just landed a refurbished laptop which is well worth a mention
Dell Ultrabook E4770
• Core i5 processor
• 8 GB RAM
• 320 GB Hard Drive
• 14” screen
• Windows 10 Pro
• All the usual business ports and plugs
• $675.00 – in its day, this would have been over $2000 new I suspect.
The big thing about this laptop is how skinny it is – too skinny to have a DVD drive. Of course this makes it really light.
The 3 year warranty on this device expired on October 22, 2017 so the laptop is only 4 years old and looks just like brand new.
Instant Fear of Heights.
10 Tips to Improve Android Life
Some simple tips to improve the life of your Android phone battery here.
Once again the phone scammers seem to be prevalent. We have had a number of computers in recently to ensure that scammers had not left anything behind after talking with people. There are a multitude of scamming techniques out there now…
1. The call says that they have evidence that you have been to “dodgy” sites and suggests that a payment of several hundred dollars is enough to stop them telling the world. They back up their threat with a past password off your computer. Ignore them – they have no evidence at all and the password may have been one of yours but is part of thousands which have been lost in computer hacks world wide.
2. One we are getting regularly at present.
Firstly we have not used this email for more than 12 months and secondly, look at how Microsoft is spelt in the last line. Would you see anything that comes from Microsoft without a logo and company details? And finally Microsoft do not contact me in any professional manner such as this – why would they contact you? (Not meaning in a rude way but we are both too small for Microsoft to be too worried about).
3. The usual crop of Indian callers telling you that there is a problem with your computer that needs fixing.
A good response I have read for this one is as follows:
“It is great that you have just called. I was just going to call you. Can you please hold the line while I go and turn the stove down.”
Then you go away and carry on life!
A site worth keeping an eye on is the Scam page of the Department of Internal Affairs. You can also report scams here.
The Netsafe site is also worth a look with a good scam page.
It’s a Miracle!!!
Murphy drops some buttered toast on the kitchen floor and it lands butter-side-up. He looks down in astonishment, for he knows that it’s a law of nature of the universe that buttered toast always falls butter-side-down, so he rushes round to the presbytery to fetch Father Flanagan.
He tells the priest that a miracle has occurred in his kitchen, but he won’t say what it is, so he asks Fr. Flanagan to come and see it with his own eyes. He leads Fr. Flanagan into the kitchen and asks him what he sees on the floor.
“Well,” says the priest, “it’s pretty obvious. Someone has dropped some buttered toast on the floor and then, for some reason, they flipped it over so that the butter was on top.”
“No, Father, I dropped it and it landed like that!” exclaimed Murphy.
“Oh my Lord,” says Father Flanagan, “dropped toast never falls with the butter side up. It’s a miracle… No… Wait… It’s not for me to say it’s a miracle. I’ll have to report this matter to the Bishop and he’ll have to deal with it. He’ll send some people round; to interview you, take photographs, and so on…”
A thorough investigation is conducted, not only by the archdiocese but by scientists sent over from the Curia in Rome. No expense is spared. There is great excitement in the town as everyone knows that a miracle will bring in much need tourism revenue.
Then, after 8 long weeks and with great fanfare, the Bishop announces the final ruling.
“It is certain that some kind of an extraordinary event took place in Murphy’s kitchen, quite outside the natural laws of the universe. Something has definitely happened which cannot be explained by Earthly means. Yet the Holy See must be very cautious before ruling a miracle and all other explanations must be ruled out. And so, unfortunately for that very reason, in this case, it has been declared ‘No Miracle’ because they think that Murphy may have simply buttered the toast on the wrong side!”