Has This Happened To You?

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This pic reminds of those times you see someone’s profile picture and think “WOW!!!! This person looks super hot/sexy” instantly your curiosity and interest is triggered. You send a friend request on FB or add them on twitter or google+. You can’t wait to talk to them finally they accept your request or you accept theirs if they had already sent one. Then you decide to take a closer look at their photo albums (because you just have to see more of this person) and feel the wind going out your sails.

Why do people do this? Put up amazing super awesome profile pics. Then put up albums of themselves that look nothing like their profile pics? Are you following me?

So what if one day the camera was kind to you and made you look like a film star/pop star/model… It isn’t really you!! You are leading people into an illusion that only leads to disappointment.

Either keep the illusion going that you are looking freakingly awesome and post pics of that calibre inside your profile as well… or… Just post pictures of where you look normal and the camera captured your natural normal everyday look and not your film star look. Then people like me won’t have that build up and let down that we get when we click on you.

Maybe I’m being a bit over the top but this is really starting to annoy me. Got it off my chest now so feel much better already ;)

New iPhone: iPhone 4S!

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The new iPhone has just been announced!

And it’s called the ‘iPhone 4S’.

It will have Dual Core processor, Up to 2X faster CPU, Dual Core Graphics and Up to 7X faster graphics.

The Camera will be 8 megapixels, all new optics and a 1080p HD video recording.

Another amazing feature in the iPhone is ‘Siri’. Siri is a voice control feature. You simply tell it something or ask it something and it replies. Scott Forstall demonstrated Siri by asking the iPhone “What is the weather like today?” Siri responds: “Here is the forecast for today.” It also uses your voice to send messages, set reminders, search for information and more.

Some people are extremely let down because most people were expecting the iPhone 5. But in my opinion, the new iPhone is very good even if it is just called the iPhone 4S and not iPhone 5.

The iPhone 4S will run iO5, which has a Notification Centre, iMessage and over 200 new features.

Another very cool feature is iCloud, which stores all your content and pushes it to all your devices.

It will be available in Black and White.

And now for prices:

The 16GB version will be $199.

The 32GB version will be $299.

And the 64GB version will be $399.

All on a Sprint, on a two year contract.

Pre-order starts October  7th!

Here are some pictures from the event:

 

Crap mood!

It’s Monday morning and it’s not going very well.

In fact I feel I’m still trapped in my mood from the weekend. Oh that didn’t go very well either. It was utterly crap! yeah crap! I can’t even be bothered looking for a more suitable word for it, just to sound a little polite and lady like. oh hell who cares anyway.

Now why was it so crap?

I’ve no idea… might even have been the weather.. up till Friday evening  there was a heat wave and then at 6pm the heavens burst open… and it poured like it had never poured before. Of course living in Glasgow we should be used to this kind of weather but you know just once I wanted a nice bloody weekend. I did want to go out and enjoy the sunshine, was even thinking of having a BBQ or going on a picnic…

But worse is the fact that the laundry never got done. There was nowhere to dry it and using the dryer continuously is not good either.. they are all complaining their clothes are shrinking… I’m like… they are not shrinking!… you lot are getting fat!… ok that was a bit nasty but then again I’m in a nasty mood. I did manage to get my nieces and nephews’ uniforms washed and dried so I’m not all that bad… :)

I’ve still not got many answers for my really grumpy mood at the weekend… there were a few things… one of them is yesterdays posting on here…

Today isn’t going well because first of all the morning post pissed me right off… why do companies wait till Friday night to post out bad news in letters? Is it so on Monday morning we can just sink lower into our mundane moods and feel worse? Why do they always wait till Friday to send me bad news that they know is gonna arrive on my doorstep on a Monday morning? I demand to know!

Second of all a file I lost week on my pc still hasn’t turned up… I was hoping my wizard would have left it in lost and found but fat chance… it’s a file full of spread sheets that I desperately need… and I have no back up … now need to do them all again.. makes me a not very  happy person…

How the hell does a file just disappear of your computer? How is that possible? It’s never happened to me before so why now? and why this file?

Anyways that’s my rant for the morning… now going to see if I can get a start on those spreadsheets…

How not to get hacked! How secure are your accounts?

I’ve just spent the past few days changing all my settings on Facebook and my e.mail addresses as someone is trying to gain access to my Facebook account. This idiot I think has even managed to log in at one point as I got a text saying “iPad logged into your Facebook account at… bla bla..” the thing, is no one in my  household has an iPad so I  have no clue to what is really going on… 

I don’t share my password with anyone and have not used any public computers. The thought of someone being in my Facebook is really pissing off to say the least. Eventually I thought I better just change my settings, password and update e.mail addresses too. Better to be safe than sorry. 

With Facebook stepping up on security and privacy settings we are all still vulnerable to being hacked. Whether that may be on Facebook or our e.mails etc.  I have decided to compile a list of things that I think everyone should know about protecting themselves from hackers.

  • Keep your social networks (i.e facebook, google+ etc.) e.mail addresses private, that means don’t share them with anyone or display them on your profiles.  The most common way your accounts are hacked is through your e.mail addresses. I will tell you in a bit how to protect them too. 
  • For chatting, for instance on yahoo and msn, use separate e.mail addresses. As these are more public and you are more likely to share them out more. 
  • As we move more and more towards paper statements, internet banking and paying bills on-line and buying on-line our details are more likely to be in our e.mails. For your private affairs like banking, bills, accounts, credit cards and other private financial matters use a separate e.mail account. Don’t share these with anyone else. 

Okay, the reason why I’m advising on separate e.mail accounts for your most personal things is because even if they are hacked at least you wont have all your eggs in one basket. So if you keep things separate you are more likely to have some damage control in the worst case scenario. 

Now let’s move on to passwords. I am the type that uses the same password for everything as I find it hard to remember different ones. While it seems the best thing to do, it really is a big risk. An easy way to get hacked is to give a site your e-mail address and then use the same password at that site. The same goes if you use the same user name and password at two or more sites. If the site does not encrypt the password, then there is a huge problem. Anyone who works for the site and has access to this information (or gains it) now has everything they need to log-in to your account. While most sites protect passwords, there are still ways for employees to get it. Attacks from within a company are actually the most common. At the least, use a different password for your e-mail account than everything else.

Your password must always include numbers and letters of no sequence.. like 123456.. always jumble them up… I find it easy to use a word and then add numbers .. here is an example… 

princess…  1020princess2010… 

now the numbers can be the last four digits of a mobile number or a date that you will remember always… or you can put numbers in the word.. whatever you do… make sure it’s not something anyone can easily guess. 

Now let’s talk about your e.mail security questions. Remember to apply the same rule to your answer… because if someone knows you personally they will be able to answer your  security question no problem. So always mix up your answer with some numbers and extra letters. Even then if someone knows what street you grew up on or where your mother was born, they wont have the exact answer. 

Always set up alternate email accounts and make sure they are secure too. 

A recovery e-mail account is a method a lot of systems use to help you get back into an account that you have lost the password for. This could be for a site like Facebook or for another e-mail account like Gmail. The idea is simple. You ask the site to send you your password (some will just reset it). The site says: “Sure, it’s been e-mailed to you.” As long as you have access to that other account, you are just fine and dandy.

Check your recovery e-mail account every three months or so. If you do not, the account may be deleted. Someone else can now claim it. If someone claims that account accidentally and you reset your password, then you just lost control of your main account. If it was on purpose, then the next step is to simply go through the password recovery process.

My advice is to check this account before reading any further if you have not done so recently. This is the one tip that I found I had not followed when I heard about it. Fortunately, I grabbed the accounts back before someone else did.

Also most sites now as you to register your mobile with them so when you are in the recovery process they can just send you the code.  My suggestion is to apply everything to your account if they options are there to do so. So even if let’s say you can’t access your recovery email address you can use one of the other methods, security question or email recovery. 

While most of this stuff is common sense, we always think it wont happen to me but you just never know. So always be safe and be aware!

Utterly funny bug report form…

I saw this while roaming around and thought it was really funny, it kind of reminds me also of how annoying it can be when we call up for some technical support


Bug report form

    • Describe your problem:
      __________________________________________
    • Now, describe the problem accurately:
      __________________________________________
    • Speculate wildly about the cause of the problem:
      __________________________________________
    • Problem Severity:
      • Minor __
      • Minor __
      • Minor __
      • Trivial __
    • Nature of the problem:
      • Locked up __
      • Frozen __
      • Hung __
      • Shot __
    • Is your computer plugged in? Yes __ No __
    • Is it turned on? Yes __ No __
    • Have you tried to fix it yourself? Yes __ No __
    • Have you made it worse? Yes __
    • Have you read the manual? Yes __ No __
    • Are you sure you’ve read the manual? Yes __ No __
    • Are you absolutely certain you’ve read the manual? No __
  • Do you think you understood it? Yes __ No __
    • If ‘Yes’ then why can’t you fix the problem yourself?
      __________________________________________
    • How tall are you? Are you above this line?
      __________________
    • What were you doing with your computer at the time the problem occurred?
      __________________________________________
    • If `nothing’ explain why you were logged in.
      __________________________________________
    • Are you sure you aren’t imagining the problem? Yes __ No __
    • How does this problem make you feel?
      __________________________________________
    • Tell me about your childhood.
      __________________________________________
    • Do you have any independent witnesses of the problem? Yes __ No __
  • Can’t you do something else, instead of bothering me? Yes __

Remember when….

Remember when…?

A computer was something on TV from a science fiction show.

A window was something you hated to clean

and RAM was the cousin of a goat…

Meg was the name of a girlfriend

and gig was your middle finger upright.

Now they all mean different things and that really mega bytes.

An application was for employment.

A program was a TV show.

A cursor used profanity.

A keyboard was a piano.

Memory was something that you lost with age.

A CD was a bank account.

And if you had a 3 1/2″ floppy you hoped that nobody found out.

Compress was something you did to the garbage not something you did to a file.

And if you unzipped anything in public you’d be in jail for awhile.

Log on was adding wood to the fire.

Hard drive was a long trip on the road.

A mouse pad was where a mouse lived

and a backup happened to your commode.

Cut you did with a pocket knife.

Paste you did with glue.

A web was a spider’s home

and a virus was the flu.

I guess I’ll stick to my pad and paper

and the memory in my head.

I hear nobody’s been killed in a computer crash

but when it happens they wish they were dead !”