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Archive for December, 2009

Angus in the Snow

Friday, December 18th, 2009
Angus in the snow No.2

Angus in the snow No.2

Angus in the snow No.1

Angus in the snow No.1

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Merry Christmas and A Happy New Year

Friday, December 18th, 2009

from the Winter Wonderland of North Yorkshire, A Merry Christmas and A Happy New Year 2010 to all Andysworld readers around the world.

Snowy Christmas Tree in front garden

Snowy Christmas Tree in front garden

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Network Provider 3 Mobile Mast!

Wednesday, December 16th, 2009

I’ve been using 3 mobile broadband from a remote site for 10 weeks with no issue, very strong end stopping, “breaking or bending me needle good buddy!” signal. UTMS and HSDPA signals here on site.

A few weeks ago, it stopped working, still the same strong signal, but the ping times, were timing out, it looked like a routing issue to me. But after long discussions with 3’s call centre, they told me they had decommisioned a cell site, and that was the issue, I’m not too sure whether to believe them, but it sounded convincing when they told me the location of the mast! (on top of my Garage, that repairs my car!) – I’d not noticed in the dark!

This is the local mobile mast, which my mobile broadband dongle used to use!

So here’s a lovely picture taken with my mobile phone….

3 Mobile Mast

3 Mobile Mast

I’m thinking of creating an Observer’s Book of Mobile Phone Masts or I-Spy UK Mobile Phone Masts!

okay, maybe a website!

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Stop Press! 3 Mobile Broadband still works for a fiver!

Wednesday, December 16th, 2009

Ignore the last post!

That’s what happens when you talk to a call centre!

It still works!

My 3 Balance and Free Stuff

My 3 Balance and Free Stuff

for the moment, but technicaly, it’s exploting a loophole. I think it could have been the Add-On option had vanished, maybe because I was low on “top-up”! But it’s strange that my mobile number is now associated with a Dongle and a Mobile Phone!

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Network Provider 3 remove unlimited mobile broadband for a fiver!

Wednesday, December 16th, 2009

This maybe my last blog p0st via 3 Mobile Broadband, after having many issues with 3, with a local cell site issue, which has now been fixed. I’ve found out today, that the small loophole, where you could use a 3 Pay As You Go Phone SIM, in your 3 broadband dongle, and then Add-On for a Fiver!, Unlimited Internet access for 1 month has been discontinued, it would appear that too many people were removing SIMs from their phones and using them in a 3G Mobile Broadband Dongle! Really!

So now 3 want you to pay for your data allowance as follows:-

  • 1GB for £10
  • 3GB for £15
  • 7GB for £25

these figures are per month, and it doesn’t roll over.

Looks like I’ll be moving on from 3.

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I’ve got tone!

Friday, December 11th, 2009

Not that I’ve ever flown a fighter jet, but now when driving my car “I’ve got tone!”

“Sidewinders, and maybe other heat seaking missiles, generate a tone to indicate that they have acquired a target. This starts as a growl and increases in frequency until it sounds like a solid tone.”

Well now that my ABS light is lit, at random intervals, “I got tone”!, because my car doesn’t carry a payload of heat seaking missiles!!!

Back to the garage, me thinks….

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Nasty Fakeware – Anti Virus Live

Friday, December 11th, 2009

I’ve come across a some nasty fakeware that infected my business laptop, so here’s some free advice to you. Fake ware is a software trojan that finds it’s way onto your computer from a website, and this particular software program pretends to be an anti-virus program called Anti Virus Live, and if you visit their website, you can purchase options to enable it! Umm!

I’m very careful with all my computers, especially my business laptops. I only went onto two websites the day in question when the computer was “infected”.

A program called “SYSGUARD.EXE”, or in my case “WDXHSYSGUARD.EXE” is hooked into the Run line in the computers registry. It then disables various options, like the Command Prompt, Task Manager, Internet Explorer, when you try to run these applications, it states they are infected, and do you want to Purchase Protection. Also false firewall attacks pop up on screen, and multiple browser windows appear.

The first thing to do, is shutdown, and start the computer in Safe Mode (f8) at boot prompt, and Select Safe Mode. Check the computers registry for anything odd, now this might be difficult, if you don’t know what you looking at, so why not have a look now, and check what’s normally there.

easy way:-

run Msconfig at the command prompt

System Configuration

System Configuration

If anything looks weird, google it!

(for geeks and nerds! see below)

  1. At the command prompt type regedit.exe
  2. Expand HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE
  3. Expand SOFTWARE
  4. Expand Micrsoft
  5. Expand Windows
  6. Expand CurrentVersion
  7. Expand Run

and check what is there…

registry

registry

I’m going to giveaway some of the Dark Arts’ I’ve learnt over the years….

Free tools I use:-

  1. Free Online and Virus Scan – http://www.virustotal.com/ – Upload suspect files here to check them, it will scan them with many different types of virus/malware checkers.
  2. Malwarebytes’ Anti-Malware – http://www.malwarebytes.org/ – Download and install, full scan, you’ll be surprised what you find!
  3. SuperAntiSpyware – http://www.superantispyware.com/ – Download and install, full scan, you’ll be surprised what you find!
  4. Trend Micro HiJack This – http://free.antivirus.com/hijackthis/ – Trend Micro HijackThis is a free utility that generates an in depth report of registry and file settings from your computer. HijackThis makes no separation between safe and unsafe settings in its scan results giving you the ability to selectively remove items from your machine. In addition to this scan and remove capability HijackThis comes with several tools useful in manually removing malware from a computer.
    IMPORTANT: HijackThis does not determine what is good or bad. Do not make any changes to your computer settings unless you are an expert computer user.
    Advanced users can use HijackThis to remove unwanted settings or files.

and don’t use the following tools much anymore, but always worth adding to the toolbox, if you are paranoid, I just find that Ad-aware has become very bloated!

  1. Ad-aware Free – http://www.lavasoft.com/
  2. Spybot Search andf Destroy http://www.safer-networking.org/en/ – Useful utilities, nopw detects, three quaters of a million, trojans, malware, fakeware items!
  3. Sypblaster http://www.javacoolsoftware.com/spywareblaster.html – Useful for browser protection.

The last three software products have been around for many years, but the “new kids on the block” seem to have the edge!

anyway, if you have any problems, you could always contact me!

Good Luck!!!

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Blag a FREE Ferry Crossing – I did!

Wednesday, December 9th, 2009

Sorry not posted for a while, been busy at work, and with Christmas, well that’s not true, because I’ve not started Chrimbo shopping yet!

Anyway the reason for this post, I’ve won a FREE Ferry Crossing at  http://www.bargaincottages.co.uk

Why not head over to http://www.bargaincottages.co.uk/2009/12/08/2-free-ferry-crossings-up-for-grabs/

and follow the instructions, and you could win one to, whilst they still have one left.

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Wattson is back…

Wednesday, December 2nd, 2009

Real time energy readings back, I have a theory about why my Wattson crashes…more later

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