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Friday
May022014

Adding a Search engine to your website

With Atomz Search having bitten the dust without warning, I look at one or two alternative ways of adding a Search function to your website without going down the bespoke coding route.

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Thursday
Jun142012

To catch a Troll

I keep hearing about Internet “trolls” and how some “victims” of trolls have recently forced Facebook to reveal the identities of their online attackers. But what is a troll? I correct one or two popular misconceptions in this article.

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Tuesday
May152012

Chinese domain offers - beware!

Updated on Friday, September 27, 2013 at 3:59PM by Registered CommenterAlan W

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Updated on Monday, June 23, 2014 at 10:19AM by Registered CommenterAlan W

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Updated on Thursday, August 7, 2014 at 11:47AM by Registered CommenterAlan W

Updated on Wednesday, August 20, 2014 at 5:54PM by Registered CommenterAlan W

Updated on Tuesday, September 9, 2014 at 9:56AM by Registered CommenterAlan W

Updated on Friday, October 17, 2014 at 10:39AM by Registered CommenterAlan W

Updated on Monday, December 8, 2014 at 11:05AM by Registered CommenterAlan W

Updated on Saturday, January 24, 2015 at 10:59AM by Registered CommenterAlan W

Updated on Tuesday, May 5, 2015 at 9:47AM by Registered CommenterAlan W

Updated on Monday, August 10, 2015 at 11:54AM by Registered CommenterAlan W

Updated on Monday, August 31, 2015 at 11:36AM by Registered CommenterAlan W

Updated on Thursday, January 7, 2016 at 11:06PM by Registered CommenterAlan W

Updated on Monday, April 17, 2017 at 6:35PM by Registered CommenterAlan W

Updated on Monday, May 15, 2017 at 9:45PM by Registered CommenterAlan W

Has a Chinese company Emailed you trying to sell a bunch of Asian domain names based on your company name or UK domain name? You're not alone and here's an actual example to help you make up your mind about the authenticity of the Chinese company's 'overtures'.

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Friday
Apr062012

What's a KVM? Using the Aten CS22U Keyboard Video Monitor switch

I have two PCs running side by side that I wanted to control with a KVM (keyboard-video-monitor) switch. One PC runs W98 and hosts my accounts, and has VGA video. The other has DVI. Here's how I managed to configure an Aten CS22U USB KVM to do the job.

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Friday
Mar302012

Anti virus for Windows 98? Really?

Updated on Friday, May 26, 2017 at 11:27PM by Registered CommenterAlan W

I've an old Windows 98 PC that's dedicated to running my accounts package. A few days ago I had to rebuild it and re-install everything (Y2K bug patches and all!) - but what about anti virus software? After hunting high and low, I found an old friend that seems to run in W98. Or at least it looks like it...

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Friday
Mar162012

World Trade Register

It’s silly season for Online Business Directories again, and I’ve received two junk emails from the so-called “World Trade Register”. It’s an innocent-looking thing with a big sting in the tail:

Dear Madam/Sir,
In order to have your company inserted in the World Trade Register's 2012/2013 edition, please print, complete and return the enclosed form to the following address:
World Trade Register
P.O. Box 3079
3502 GB Utrecht
The Netherlands
Updating is free of charge!

A PDF form called “update_form.pdf” was attached. Well of course updating it might be free, but if you read the small print you’re placing an order for €995 per year for three years, and annually thereafter. I can just imagine some office-bod falling for it when an invoice for €995 duly arrives.

The updating form is an order for €995 per year for 3 years. Click to view.

On the world-traderegister.com website, well, I found some “popular categories” on the home page, often containing just one company. There were four dentists worldwide though. The website Search engine didn’t work at all.

Similar mails have come in the past from “World Business Guide” with a Madrid address, “World Company Register” also in Utrecht, and “EU Business Register” in Madrid. The “Update” forms are broadly the same.

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