Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Easter 2010 and Greek Easter

Easter is almost here. The Easter period is Friday the 2nd of April to Monday the 5th of April. Whilst I've always known Good Friday and Easter Monday are holidays in Victoria, I thought it was interesting to see Easter Saturday is also a public holiday in Victoria. I must admit I didn't know that.

Today I heard a couple of people talking about Greek Orthodox Easter. I remember in my younger years wondering why Greek's had Easter on a different day so I decided it was time to do a bit of reading.

I found the article on GreekCity to be quite interesting and the article on Wikipedia shows the Western and Eastern dates for Easter to be the same this year and next. The reason for the difference between the days Easter falls on is quite interesting.

To everyone have a great Easter.

- Kelvin Eldridge

Tags: Greek Easter, Orthodox Easter, Easter Orthodox

Monday, March 29, 2010

Sell your excess items for FREE.

You can now sell your excess items using MyTreasure for free. The program has always been free, but required you to use your own free space on the internet, or to pay for hosting from me. I decided to make things much easier and simply provide free hosting.

Now you can download MyTreasure, get your list of items together and then request a username and password to use with MyTreasure and I'll set up the free space for you to use.

How can selling my items be free when everyone else is charging to advertise my items, or charge base listing fee and then a commission?

The answer is the MyTreasure page you create includes advertising. For those who wish to participate in Virtual Profit Sharing (it is free to join Virtual Profit Sharing) you can enter your Virtual Profit Sharing code and if people click on the ads and subsequently buy from a Virtual Profit Sharing partner, you get a share of the profit. So not only do you get free advertising to sell your excess items, but VPS members also get another way to get some money.

Now is the time to get some cash for those excess items you have laying around the place taking up space. Download MyTreasure and get stated. You may just end up raising enough money to pay for your next well earned holiday. That's what I call treasure.

- Kelvin Eldridge

Friday, March 26, 2010

IT: Apple iPhone - This accessory is not made to work with iPhone

Recently I took a short trip to Merimbula in New South Wales. Whilst at Merimbula the iPhone started to display the message: This accessory is not made to work with iPhone. Would you like to turn on Airplace Mode to reduce audio interference? You will not be able to make or receive calls.

There was no accessory attached to the iPhone, and selecting Yes whilst putting the iPhone into Airplane Mode, still didn't fix the problem. The message kept popping up every few minutes and was really quite annoying.

Interestingly the problem vanished once I returned to Melbourne. The only thing I can put it down to is Merimbula had great weather that was a little more humid. The problem hasn't returned.

On the internet I found others having similar problems, and in some cases they had their iPhone swapped under warranty, but I wanted to share this experience in case it helps others. It may simply be a matter of some moisture causing a problem. I don't know what caused the problem, but perhaps knowing it might vanish may assist others.

- Kelvin Eldridge

Property update: Templestowe, Doncaster, Doncaster East, Bulleen and Eltham

The following properties have recently been listed.
Happy home hunting.

- Kelvin Eldridge

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Alert: Facebook Password Reset Confirmation NR.43452

I received the following email which included the attachment: Facebook_password_Nr2457.zip which contains the file Facebook_password_Nr2457.exe.

Microsoft Security Essentials did not detect this attachment as being malware, yet there is no doubt to me it is malware. Using OzEfilter I would have deleted this email at the mail server safely away from my computer.

Hey  ,


Because of the measures taken to provide safety to our clients, your password has been changed.
You can find your new password in attached document.


Thanks,
The Facebook Team.

I would advise that if you receive this email to delete the email and not open the attachment.

- Kelvin Eldridge

PS. This has been confirmed as malware by the service I use as detailed in MyAnswers solution 1890.

Alert: Google AdWords - Why are my ads not running?

If you receive an email with the subject: Google AdWords - Why are my ads not running?, this is a phishing attempt most likely aimed at getting your Adwords username and password.

Using Outlook if you hover your mouse over the Click here to review your ads and let us know if we made a mistake., you'll see the address displayed and you will see it is not a Google site.

Our advice is to delete these emails.

OzEfilter showed me this email was from the Netherlands which is another indicator it is a fake.

- Kelvin Eldridge

Disposable email addresses

Today I received a request from a person using a disposable email address. My belief is it is completely their right to use a disposable email address. That is their choice. However what I do is then my choice.

In Australia we have excellent anti-spam laws, and in general, most Australian business I have dealt with that have sent spam either don't generally realise they are breaking the anti-spam laws, or at a minimum, immediately remove your details when asked. Australians are generally a good bunch and this shows with spam. From my measurements less than 1% of spam originates from Australia. I actually suspect some of that spam may come from infected computers but those will be generalised marketing material and not a specific directed email request. Around 99% of spam comes from overseas.

All email sent from me are to people who have given me their email address either in person, or by providing the information via a form or email. I make no exception. I use no third party lists. If you ask me to remove your details I will immediately delete your details from my database and send an email thanking you for taking the time to let me know what I do isn't of interest to you.

If I receive an email from someone using a disposable email address I take the attitude they don't value what I do enough to provide bona fide details. They simply haven't spent a moment to check out the information I provide on the site. In that case I simply delete the email. If someone doesn't respect what I do and value my time and effort. I am extremely appreciative of the time and effort people give to me and I try to show as much respect as I can. I only ask others to treat me in the same way.

If I receive an email from any of the following domains (and any others I identify as businesses providing disposable email addresses) then I apologise in advance that you won't receive a response. I still respect your right to choose and I do appreciate your reasons for your choice. I only ask you respect me right to choose not to respond.

spamgourmet.net
spamgourmet.org
spamcannon.net
antichef.com
antichef.net
neverbox.com
recursor.net
dfgh.net
spameater.org
xoxy.net
mycleaninbox.net
inboxclean.org
0wnd.net
0wnd.org
mamber.net
9ox.net
mailinator.com
zippymail.info
PutThisInYourSpamDatabase.com
ThisIsNotMyRealEmail.com
binkmail.com
SpamHerePlease.com
SpamHereLots.com
SendSpamHere.com
chogmail.com
SpamThisPlease.com
frapmail.com
obobbo.com
devnullmail.com
trash2009.com
mt2009.com
trashymail.com
mytrashmail.com
owlpic.com
fificorp.com
fificorp.net
fificorp.com
anonymbox.com
MailEater.com
explodemail.com
spamfree24.org
spamfree24.de
spamfree24.info
spamfree24.com
spamfree24.au
trashmail.net
guerrillamailblock.com

- Kelvin Eldridge

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Alert: Domain Notification: This is your Final Notice of Domain Listing -

I received this email today which comes across as a warning that I needed to renew one of my domains. My domain doesn't need renewing and is not with the company sending the email. The company sending the email has the following details.

Domain Services
47-47 36th Street #16452
Long Island City, NY 11101
United States of America

If you receive a domain renewal notice always treat it with suspicion. The domain and contact details are public. In this case this company is using what I consider to be a scare tactic aimed at putting the domain holder under pressure. When under pressure people will make mistakes.

Some years ago this approach was very common in Australia, was frowned upon and has now largely stopped. This company is based in the United States.

Interestingly those who fall for this type of email end up paying much more for their domain registration and often don't realise they have transferred their domain to a completely different company. Normally the cost to register a COM domain is around $10USD for a year. This company charges $75USD for one year.

The intent of this type of notice is to trick people to move their domain from their existing registrar and in the process end up paying much more.

If you receive a domain renewal notice go to your domain registrar's site and check your expiry details. If your domain needs renewing renew it through their site. Don't use links in an email you receive as the email may be a fake.

- Kelvin Eldridge

Tags: domain registration, domain registrar, domain registry, domain name registration

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Aluminium cans

The thought of aluminium cans being a good way for community groups to raise funds I'm sure enters the mind of many people including myself. I decided to investigate and share what I find in case it helps others.

The average aluminium can weighs 14.7 grams (based on 2005 figures)
It thus takes 68 cans to make a kilogram.
I called a scrap merchant and they will pay 80 cents per kilogram.
Each can is thus worth around 1.18 cents.

A few months ago I decided to start collecting cans rather than throwing them into the recycle bin. I've collected 158, or nearly $2 worth. Over a year I'd probably end up collecting about $10 worth of cans.

I can't help but feel that with 300 houses around me. If everyone collected $10 worth of cans a year, then collectively we could donate around $3,000 a year to local groups. A school for example could start a collect-a-can project. Our local primary school has around 300 students and our local secondary college has over 1200 students. If the families chipped in their cans say quarterly, there would be a nice bonus for the school. The same applies to community groups.

I also asked about collection, as it really isn't worth the time for everyone to drive kilometres and back to drop off cans. We agreed a good size to make it worthwhile would be around 100kg, although smaller amounts would be OK too. But really, to me, we should minimise travel and thus the cost on our environment.

To save room cans should be crushed. I recently saw a can crusher for sale, but given the money you get for each can, it'd probably be best just to donate the money. I stand on my cans wearing sturdy footwear. It could be easy to twist your ankle if you slip so be careful. I've also seen another person crush their cans using a very heavy industrial hammer.

I hope the above information helps others.

- Kelvin Eldridge

PS. I found this neat trick with a can I thought I'd share. If you leave around 20% of the contents of the can in the bottom of the can, you can balance the can on the bottom rim so it sits at about a 45 degree angle. It's a great looking effect.

PPS. Thanks to Boomerang Scrap Metal Pty Ltd for their time answering questions.

Tags: aluminium cans, aluminium can, recycling cans, aluminum cans

Monday, March 22, 2010

Malware alert: Verify your ANZ online Bank statement for the month of march

By now I would have thought most people would simply delete this type of email. But recently on the news I've heard of people responding to emails like this so I thought it best to continue to warn others.

Delete these emails. They are attempting to trick people into revealing their banking details.

I highly recommend people do not provide their email address to a financial institution. There is no reason for them to keep your email address on record. My banks don't have my details so I know every email I receive from a bank or financial institution is fake and thus malicious.

I also use OzEfilter (a product I wrote) to delete emails at the mail server safely away from my computer.

On the news recently I saw people buying cars unseen from fake eBay motor emails. Today I received an interesting post on one of my sites with the following:

6 Hours Ago I received a phone message from (+972) 284-0600 / (+972) 2840600 and was made to believe the the person calling was a scam.

This person then goes on to ask for assistance. I suspect this is a scam that is cleverly designed to trick good natured people. Those who help are most likely more gullible and thus likely to be scammed.

What I suggest is with any unexpected email that looks even slightly unusual, perform a Google search on a section of text and see if you get results. For example do a search on the phone number and enclose it with quotes. You'll see quite a few people questioning whether the same email or perhaps a call. The telephone number may be real because that is what could be used as bait, but the intent of the communication is to trick the person into doing something.

The best thing is to delete the email and not respond.

It appears the volume of undesirable activity designed to fleece people is rapidly rising on the internet. Take care because it only takes a moments lapse to do something with an undesirable outcome.

I hope these experiences help others.

- Kelvin Eldridge

Property update: Eltham, Bulleen, Templestowe, Doncaster East

The following properties have recently been listed.
Happy home hunting.

- Kelvin Eldridge

Friday, March 19, 2010

Malware alert: Facebook Password Reset Confirmation NR.94576

Facebook users should be careful with emails with the subject Facebook Password Reset Confirmation NR.94576. The email contains the attachment Facebook_details_538.zip which is malware.

For those using Microsoft Security Essentials this is detected as malware and taken care of. For those using OzEfilter you'll be able to delete this email at the mail server before it reaches your computer. My email originated from Thailand.

The body of the email contains:

Hey sales ,



Because of the measures taken to provide safety to our clients, your password has
been changed.
You can find your new password in attached document.

Thanks,
The Facebook Team.
Take care,

- Kelvin Eldridge
 

Monday, March 15, 2010

Malware alert: Best deals on Trading Post !

I received this email and since it is targeting Australians, I felt it was prudent to let others know about this malware. The email pretends to be sent from Telstra Corporation and includes a single graphic image. When you you click on a vehicle you'll go a web site which isn't the trading post site. It is a site with the domain embarqhsd.net. The email was actually sent from America.

My feeling is it is a phishing attempt. You should delete emails like this immediately. If you receive an unexpected email with links, open your browser and type in the web site address rather than using a link in an email. A moment of care can save you time and grief.


- Kelvin Eldridge

Monday, March 01, 2010

JustLocal is now trialling local property listings

I've now added to the Templestowe, Templestowe Lower, Doncaster, Doncaster East, Eltham and Bulleen postcode pages, a link to a page showing the latest properties listed in the area. Select Real Estate For Sale to go to the page listing the local properties. If a property interest you, click View to go to the selling agents site and the property.

If you're interested in a local property, it makes sense to check out the agent's information. Currently however agent's don't generally have a strong presence on the internet, so agents have to also forward their information on to one or more other advertisers at considerable cost to home sellers. Now if you're looking for a property by searching for the address in Google, you'll often find our page first in the results. A single click will then take you directly to the agent's page for the property and I feel that is the best place to find all the information the agent wishes to share.

If you or someone you know is thinking about selling a property, you're welcome to contact me and take advantage of the free market appraisal and recent property sales report I've organised with a leading independent real estate group. Should you wish to sell your home, I've also organised a no risk advertising approach. Your information will be passed onto the agent and they or an agent from their group will contact you.

However, it doesn't matter who you decide to sell your property with the agents I know or not. I'll still provide a link if the agent you select has a suitable page, so others can easily find your property using Google.

The trial for local real estate listings will run for the next 3-6 months. If you find this service to be of value I welcome your feedback. My aim is to provide services you find of value and I'll only know if you let me know either by using a service I provide, or by writing to me.

May your next home be the home of your dreams.

Kelvin Eldridge