Jan 042012

I’ve used ‘Notes’ quite a lot on my iPhone since I got my first one (an 8GB 3G) in 2008; usually for little reminders, shopping lists, a note of what Christmas presents I’ve already bought etc. When I was bought an iPad in 2010 you could sync notes between the iPhone and iPad using Apple’s ‘me.com’ service. I then started using ‘Notes’ for a few more things – common phrases I would need for work that I could copy and paste from Notes into other apps. Continue reading »

Nov 162011

I managed to record a scam call today. I admit that it wasn’t my best work, I didn’t even get to tell them I was on a Mac and I know their tricks… But still, it was a first attempt and I think I was concentrating more on getting it recorded than actually dealing with them.

I do like to think though that because of me wasting their time for 12 minutes it means one less person today will have been tricked. I provide a public service, don’t you know?!

Listen to it here:

Nov 032011

I’ve not seen one like this before… They’re basically admitting to being scammers but because they only ask for $600 it is somehow OK…:

Dearest one,


My name is Mrs. Mary Susan Derrick. I am an US citizen,  I am one of those that
were scammed by Nigerian scam artist 4 years ago and i received a compensation
notification from the Joakin compensation house earlier last month for the sum
of $1.5M but i felt it was all the same group of scammers because i have paid
over $36,000 trying to get my payment all to no avail.

So I decided to travel down to Nigeria with all my compensation documents, And I
was directed to meet Rev Dr Garry Davies, who is the member of COMPENSATION
AWARD COMMITTEE, and I contacted him and he explained everything to me. He said
whoever is contacting us through emails are fake.

He took me to the paying bank for the claim of my Compensation payment.Right now
I am the most happiest woman on  earth because I have received my compensation
funds of $1,500,000.00 Moreover, Rev Dr Garry Davies, showed me the full
information of those that are yet to receive their payments and I saw you as one
of the beneficiaries, and your email address,names and address and also your
telephone number that is why I decided to email you to stop dealing with those
people, they are not with your fund,they are only making money out of you. I
will advise you to contact Rev Dr Garry Davies. You have to contact him directly
on this information below.

Name : Rev Dr Garry Davies
Email: revdrgarry.davies1989@hmail2.com
Phone: +234-7094484709

You really have to stop dealing with those people that are contacting you and
telling you that your fund is with them, it is not in anyway with them, they are
only taking advantage of  you and they will dry you up until you have nothing.

The only money I paid after I met Rev Dr Garry Davies was just $600 for the
paper works, take note of that.

Once again stop contacting those people, I will  advise you to contact Rev Dr
Garry Davies so that he can help you to Deliver your fund instead of you dealing
with those liars that will be turning you around asking for different kind of
money to complete your transaction.

Note: Without the office of Rev Dr Garry Davies you will never receive your
payment, contact him he will let you know the situation of things those who
scammed you because he told me those who scammed me but no where to get them. He
knows about the people you are dealing with right now, but he will give you more
information’s upon your contact with him.

Thank You and Be Blessed.
Mrs. Mary Susan Derrick

Aug 162011

I was quite shocked yesterday to read a short article from the BBC regarding use of images from The Twitter and The Facebook during the recent London riots. The article revolved around the fact that one Andy Mabbett complained about the BBC using photo’s from Twitter, and other social media sites, in their coverage of the riots without permission from the owners. The complaint (and subsequent response from the BBC) is here: http://pigsonthewing.org.uk/bbc-fundamental-misunderstanding-copyright/.

Apparently though, this response was incorrect so the BBC Editors set out to make an official statement of how they deal with such situations. You can read it here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/theeditors/2011/08/use_of_photographs_from_social.html

So, what was I shocked and appalled by?

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Jul 052011

The other week I bought a new domain name – ‘maft.co’. Currently I use ‘maft.co.uk’. Why did I buy it? Well, partly because I could and it was available and partly because it’s three characters shorter. Wow, three whole characters I hear you say in disbelief. Well, three characters shorter from ten is actually 33% so it is actually a pretty big saving. I use The Twitter (@MaFt) a lot where every character counts so links to my site now save valuable space. OK, OK, I admit… the main reason was I just wanted to have a trendy new .co domain name…

Feb 082011

There’s this thing called ‘Music Monday’ that @girltaristhan does on her blog. Admittedly she stole it from Rickie (and probably numerous other folk across the interwebs). Basically, every Monday you do a short blog post about a band and 5 songs of theirs that you like or that have some deep meaning in your life that you can pretend your readers actually care about. You start with the letter ‘A’ and work through the alphabet right through to ‘Z’. If you miss a letter then and angry set of wild elves ride in on a pack of wolves and chew through your phone line or broadband connection thus rendering your life useless. Continue reading »

Mar 222010

I’ve just successfully imported my old blog into this one. With any luck, Facebook Notes won’t suddenly add links on my profile page to the 346 ‘new’ blog posts… Apologies if it does!!!

Sep 252009

I got an email today from the wonderful CCL Computers (that sounds more sarcastic than it actually is – they are a great company!) as a hard drive I bought from them failed during it’s warranty period. The drive turned out to be discontinued and so I was asked to find a suitable replacement around a similar price, which I did, and replied to their email.

This morning I had this in my inbox:

Hello MaFt

Thank you for your reply.

Your order xxxxxxxxx has now been amended for the HDD0133. All been well will be despatched this evening for delivery on Monday/Tuesday of next week.  Could you please ensure that they will be someone their too accept and sign for the goods.

If you require any further help or assistance please do not hesitate too contact us back by return of mail.

Kind Regards
::name removed::
CCL Returns Department.

There are, technically, no spelling mistakes in there; so well done in that sense! However, I count 5 grammatical errors where the wrong word has been used. For someone speaking on behalf of a big company you’d think they would at least try and give a good impression!

I honestly wouldn’t normally nit-pick to this degree but 5 errors in such a short email did make me laugh!

Jun 292009

For those who don’t know I manage the Speed Camera Database for PocketGPSWorld.com (among other things). There’s only me who does this so any time away from processing submissions results in having to do the work anyway so my one week holiday in the Costa del Sol now means I have one week’s worth of camera submissions to process as well as those submitted since my return. In other words, my holiday has now resulted in me having to work twice as hard this week. I call it my pseudo-holiday!

On top of the extra stuff to process for PocketGPSWorld I also seem to have had a tonne of stuff to do for my own websites (new links to add, videos to upload, domain names to park and nameservers to edit) – this in itself is a good thing, it’s just a bad time so soon after my pseudo-holiday…