Erm's I.T. Girl – Zelna Ellis

Don't fear when Zel is near…

I’ve answered them back

Scam

Yesterday I’ve showed the message The Oil Painting Studio sent me. I’ve decided to answer them back and want to see if they are gullible.

Actual message sent to them.

from xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
to art09365@163.com
subject Quotation required
date 29 May 2009 14:25

The Oil Painting Company

Dear Sir or Madam,

I really want you to make use of your services. The first painting must be a painting of a middle finger. The painting must be 60cm high by 45cm wide. The second painting must be of a face with a hand in front of it. Same dimensions as the first painting.

If you will kindly forward me a detailed quote specifying how much it will cost including the packaging and shipping. I also want to know if it is possible for you to frame it and if so, what are the costs involved?

If your require any further information, don’t hesitate to contact me.

Anticipating your reply

Best Regards

Waiting…

Only time will tell…

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29 May 2009 Posted by | E-Mails | , , | Leave a comment

Just another spam message

Actual Message

from art09365@163.com
to xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
date 24 May 2009 09:55
subject The Oil Painting Studio

Dear Sir and madam
Allow me to introduce ourselves: We are the Oil Painting Studio.
We would like to offer our painting and giclee prints services to you.
In our studio we have 30 highly skilled professional artists with over 12 years of experience creating paintings for our international clientele. We have worked creatively worldwide with a large number of commercial enterprises, professional artists and galleries in Europe
and America. They all praise our professional high quality of production and artistic workmanship. Many of our clients use our works for their business and art displays…
We safely and professionally pack and ship your paintings through FedEx or DHL. Please send us an email today describing what is your desired topic to be painted, and some indication of the approximate size. In return we will send you a pricelist. The Shipping cost is
based on your location and the size and dimensions of the painting or paintings required.
I hope that we will have a chance to cooperation and be good friends!
We are Looking forward to hearing from you.

Best Regards
The Oil Painting Studio

My point is…

This is the worst spam message I’ve ever received. I have a good mind to reply to this one: Ask them to make me a painting of 60 x 45 cm with a picture of the middle finger and small print ± 16pts “For idiots” and that they must mail it to themselves. Wonder what the reply would be? Or should I try and hire them? Umh, thinking…
Yep, I’m gonna do it and let’s wait and see for the answer. Got this feeling in my gut that this one is going to make me giggle!! Looking forward to their reply…

28 May 2009 Posted by | E-Mails | , , , , , | 2 Comments

Why not to “Send this E-Mail to 8 People”

We all receive e-mails, ok? Think about it, send this e-mail to 8 people and you will receive this and that, send it to 20 people and you will receive this and that, blah, blah, blah…

I received one of those e-mails today.
Sony Ericsson Hoax

Read it carefully. The snitch: Both the T18 and R320 are discontinued phones!
Ericsson T18 Ericsson R320

Out of curiosity I’ve "Googled" anna.swelung@ericsson.com which brought me to Ericsson FAQ site. Have a look at point #5:
"5: Is it true that you are giving away mobile phones? Please give me Anna Swelunds e-mail address.
No, Ericsson is not giving away phones for free. The chain letter is a
fraud.

[First published 10 April 2000]
A chain letter is currently in circulation via e-mail, purporting that
Ericsson is giving away mobile phones. The e-mail is a fraud and
Ericsson is not giving away phones for free. The following is an
extract from the letter:
“If you forward it [the letter] to 20 friends, you will receive a brand
new Ericsson phone.”
The letter is signed off Anna Swelund, Executive Promotion Manager
for Ericsson Marketing. This person does not exist at Ericsson. The
legal and IT departments at Ericsson will trace the person who
initiated the illegal chain letter. Ericsson is sorry for any inconvenience this might have caused and kindly ask people not to forward the chain mail further."

I’ve also "Googled" N.kossik, where the first two results refer to persons in India and of course they are not working for Sony Ericsson. Look at the picture, the first letter of the surname is not capatilised.

The scheme seems simple: You send it off to 8 friends cc’ing Ms. "anna.swelung@ericsson.com" Some of your friends are gullible and forward it to another 8 friends. The effect Ms Swelung’s e-mail inbox fills quickly up with people who wants a laptop and their friends’ addresses.
The result: Ms. Swelung has hundreds of thousands of e-mail addresses ready to be spammed with e.g. viagra and who de heck knows what else.

Remember:

  • If it sounds to good to be true, it probably is.
  • Is any company going to give away thousands and thousands of products to gain a market share? Don’t think so.

Well, who ever Ms. Swelung is, hope you will get spammed and get a taste of your own medicine!!!

21 May 2009 Posted by | E-Mails | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

PC Security Part 1: Viruses, Worms, Trojans, Malware & Spyware

Intro

Oh boy, what a week, there were and there still are a few worms, amongst underthings, on the loose. So what is these things and what can we do about these pesky things?

  • A Computer Virus is a program that runs without the user’s knowledge or permission. It can spread throughout the computer including attached external devices, e.g. flash drives & networks, damaging files including the operating system.
  • A Worm can copies itself repeatedly in memory, disks, networks, etc. using up resources and possibly shutting down the computer or network.
  • A Trojan Horse hides within a program or looks like a legimate program. A certain condition usually triggers the Trojan Horse into action. Also it can infect files. Unlike Viruses and Worms it doesn’t replicate itself to other computers.
  • Malware is computer code that is on your computer that can give the attacker control over your system.
  • Spyware is computer software that is installed on a computer to collect information about a user, their computer, browsing habits, etc.

The Bottom Line
These programs and/or code is malicious and have damaging affects on computer systems and storage devices.

What now?

Well, there are several programs one can use, but I want to recommend a few other programs than just the Antivirus programs. The problem comes in that a lot of users don’t know how to use the programs to their benefit.

    My Favourites
    Please note there are a lot of software available but these are my favourites. Most of them are free for personal use or is freeware.

  • Firewall ZoneAlarm Free for non-commercial use. ±33MB. Will explain in a forthcoming post how to configure and use ZoneAlarm.
  • Anti-Spyware & Anti-Malware Spybot Search & Destroy ±16MB. Will explain in a forthcoming post how to use Spybot and TeaTimer.
  • Anti-Malware Lavasoft Ad-Aware Free for non-commercial use. ±33MB. Can also download atFileHippo.
    Standalone Antivirus, etc. Tools

  • Flash Disinfector Read a previous post here. There is a download link or just search the Web for it. ±130KB
  • McAfee Stinger Read more here. ±3.5MB
  • Malwarebytes Anti-Malware ±3MB. Note: This is a Shareware Program!

Conslusion

As mentioned before it is important to know how to use some of these programs correctly in order for it be effective. Especially ZoneAlarm and Spybot’s TeaTimer.
There are also other "tips" that can prevent malicious code and/or programs to infect your computer.
Will cover these topics in upcoming posts.

In my opinion nothing is a 100% secure, but we can take measures to make it a bit more difficult for the attackers and/or malicious programs to infect our systems.

20 May 2009 Posted by | P.C. Troubleshooting | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Super14 Scoreboard 2009 – Week 14

Super 14 Rugby  (1) Bulls(SA) 46
 (2) Chiefs(NZ) 45
 (3) Hurricanes(NZ) 44
 (4) Crusaders(NZ) 41
 (5) Waratahs(AU) 41
 (6) Sharks(SA) 38
 (7) Brumbies(AU) 38
 (8) Western Force(AU) 36
 (9) Blues(NZ) 32
(10) Stormers(SA) 27
(11) Highlanders(NZ) 26
(12) Lions(SA) 25
(13) Reds(AU) 19
(14) Cheetahs(SA) 12

16 May 2009 Posted by | Rugby | , , | Leave a comment

Super14 2009 Results Week 1-14

Week 14
Week 13
Week 12
Week 11
Week 10
Week 9
Week 8
Week 7
Week 6
Week 5
Week 4
Week 3
Week 2
Week 1

Week 14
# Date & Time(CAT) Venue Team Score vs Team Score
85 2009/05/15 Fri 09:35 Hamilton Chiefs NZ 10 v Brumbies AU 7
86 2009/05/15 Fri 19:10 Johannesburg Lions SA 33 v Waratahs AU 38
87 2009/05/16 Sat 09:35 Auckland Blues NZ 13 v Crusaders NZ 15
88 2009/05/16 Sat 11:40 Brisbane Reds AU 28 v Hurricanes NZ 37
89 2009/05/16 Sat 13:45 Perth Western Force AU 33 v Highlanders NZ 28
90 2009/05/16 Sat 16:00 Bloemfontein Cheetahs SA 22 v Stormers SA 28
91 2009/05/16 Sat 18:05 Durban Sharks SA 26 v Bulls SA 27

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Week 13
# Date & Time(CAT) Venue Team Score vs Team Score
78 2009/05/08 Fri 09:35 Christchurch Crusaders NZ   v Reds AU  
79 2009/05/08 Fri 19:10 Johannesburg Lions SA   v Highlanders NZ  
80 2009/05/09 Sat 09:35 Hamilton Chiefs NZ   v Hurricanes NZ  
81 2009/05/09 Sat 11:40 Canberra Brumbies AU   v Blues NZ  
82 2009/05/09 Sat 15:00 Durban Sharks SA   v Waratahs AU  
83 2009/05/09 Sat 17:05 Pretoria Bulls SA   v Cheetahs SA  
84 2009/05/09 Sat 19:10 Cape Town Stormers SA   v Western Force AU  

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Week 12
# Date & Time(CAT) Venue Team Score vs Team Score
71 2009/05/01 Fri 09:35 Wellington Hurricanes NZ   v Blues NZ  
72 2009/05/01 Fri 15:00 Johannesburg Lions SA   v Crusaders NZ  
73 2009/05/01 Fri 17:05 Bloemfontein Cheetahs SA   v Waratahs AU  
74 2009/05/02 Sat 11:40 Brisbane Reds AU   v Brumbies AU  
75 2009/05/02 Sat 15:00 Durban Sharks SA   v Highlanders NZ  
76 2009/05/02 Sat 17:05 Pretoria Bulls SA   v Western Force AU  
77 2009/05/02 Sat 19:10 Cape Town Stormers SA   v Chiefs NZ  

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Week 11
# Date & Time(CAT) Venue Team Score vs Team Score
65 2009/04/24 Fri 09:35 Dunedin Highlanders NZ 11 v Stormers SA 18
66 2009/04/24 Fri 13:05 Perth Western Force AU 55 v Lions SA 14
67 2009/04/25 Sat 07:30 North Habour  Blues NZ 24 v Reds AU 31
68 2009/04/25 Sat 09:35 Wellington Hurricanes NZ 56 v Brumbies AU 7
69 2009/04/25 Sat 15:00 Bloemfontein Cheetahs SA 20 v Crusaders NZ 13
70 2009/04/25 Sat 17:05 Pretoria Bulls SA 33 v Chiefs NZ 27
  Waratahs & Sharks Bye

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Week 10
# Date & Time(CAT) Venue Team Score vs Team Score
58 2009/04/17 Fri 09:35 Auckland Blues NZ 26 v Highlanders NZ 6
59 2009/04/17 Fri 11:40 Canberra Brumbies AU 32 v Bulls SA 31
60 2009/04/18 Sat 07:30 Wellington  Hurricanes NZ 34 v Stormers SA 11
61 2009/04/18 Sat 09:35 Brisbane Reds AU 20 v Lions SA 31
62 2009/04/18 Sat 11:40 Sydney Waratahs AU 14 v Western Force AU 15
63 2009/04/18 Sat 15:00 Kimberley Cheetahs SA 10 v Chiefs NZ 28
64 2009/04/18 Sat 17:05 Durban Sharks SA 10 v Crusaders NZ 13

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Week 9
# Date & Time(CAT) Venue Team Score vs Team Score
52 2009/04/10 Fri 08:35 Auckland Blues NZ 36 v Lions SA 12
53 2009/04/10 Fri 11:40 Perth Western Force AU 27 v Hurricanes NZ 28
54 2009/04/11 Sat 07:30 Invercargill  Highlanders NZ 24 v Reds AU 19
55 2009/04/11 Sat 09:35 Canberra Brumbies AU 17 v Stormers SA 10
56 2009/04/11 Sat 11:40 Sydney Waratahs AU 6 v Bulls SA 20
57 2009/04/11 Sat 15:00 Bloemfontein Cheetahs SA 31 v Sharks SA 6
  Chiefs & Crusaders Bye

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Week 8
# Date & Time(CAT) Venue Team Score vs Team Score
46 2009/04/03 Fri 08:35 Christchurch Crusaders NZ 16 v Bulls SA 13
47 2009/04/03 Fri 13:05 Perth Western Force AU 39 v Reds AU 7
48 2009/04/04 Sat 08:35 Hamilton Chiefs NZ 36 v Lions SA 29
49 2009/04/04 Sat 10:10 Sydney Waratahs AU 12 v Stormers SA 6
50 2009/04/04 Sat 15:00 Bloemfontein Cheetahs SA 27 v Brumbies AU 40
51 2009/04/04 Sat 17:00 Durban Sharks SA 33 v Hurricanes NZ 17
  Blues & Highlanders Bye

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Week 7
# Date & Time(CAT) Venue Team Score vs Team Score
40 2009/03/27 Fri 08:35 Auckland Blues NZ 22 v Waratahs AU 27
41 2009/03/28 Sat 06:30 Palmerston North Highlanders NZ 36 v Bulls SA 12
42 2009/03/28 Sat 08:35 Christchurch Crusaders NZ 11 v Stormers SA 7
43 2009/03/28 Sat 11:05 Brisbane Reds AU 26 v Chiefs NZ 50
44 2009/03/28 Sat 17:00 Durban Sharks SA 35 v Brumbies AU 14
45 2009/03/28 Sat 19:10 Johannesburg Lions SA 32 v Hurricanes NZ 38
  Cheetahs & Western Force Bye

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Week 6
# Date & Time(CAT) Venue Team Score vs Team Score
34 2009/03/20 Fri 08:35 Wellington Hurricanes NZ 14 v Bulls SA 19
35 2009/03/21 Sat 06:30 Dunedin Highlanders NZ 32 v Cheetahs SA 8
36 2009/03/21 Sat 08:35 Hamilton Chiefs NZ 63 v Blues NZ 34
37 2009/03/21 Sat 10:40 Sydney Waratahs AU 13 v Crusaders NZ 17
38 2009/03/21 Sat 12:45 Perth Western Force AU 10 v Sharks SA 22
39 2009/03/21 Sat 17:00 Johannesburg Lions SA 25 v Brumbies AU 17
  Reds & Stormers Bye

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Week 5
# Date & Time(CAT) Venue Team Score vs Team Score
28 2009/03/13 Fri 08:35 North Harbour Blues NZ 46 v Cheetahs SA 12
29 2009/03/13 Fri 10:40 Canberra Brumbies AU 21 v Waratahs AU 11
30 2009/03/14 Sat 06:30 Christchurch Crusaders NZ 23 v Western Force AU 23
31 2009/03/14 Sat 08:35 Invercarqill Highlanders NZ 10 v Chiefs NZ 14
32 2009/03/14 Sat 11:05 Brisbane Reds AU 25 v Sharks SA 13
33 2009/03/14 Sat 17:00 Cape Town Stormers SA 56 v Lions SA 18
  Hurricanes & Bulls Bye

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Week 4
# Date & Time(CAT) Venue Team Score vs Team Score
22 2009/03/06 Fri 08:35 Hamilton Chiefs NZ 31 v Western Force AU 13
23 2009/03/06 Fri 10:40 Sydney Waratahs AU 15 v Reds AU 11
24 2009/03/07 Sat 03:30 New Plymouth Hurricans NZ 29 v Cheetahs SA 12
25 2009/03/07 Sat 06:30 Auckland Blues NZ 31 v Sharks AU 35
26 2009/03/07 Sat 08:35 Dunedin Highlanders NZ 6 v Crusaders NZ 0
27 2009/03/07 Sat 17:00 Pretoria Bulls SA 14 v Stormers SA 10
  Brumbies & Lions Bye

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Week 3
# Date & Time(CAT) Venue Team Score vs Team Score
15 2009/02/27 Fri 08:35 Christchurch Crusaders NZ 24 v Hurricanes NZ 30
16 2009/02/27 Fri 10:40 Sydney Waratahs AU 34 v Highlanders NZ 16
17 2009/02/28 Sat 08:35 Hamilton Chiefs NZ 15 v Sharks SA 22
18 2009/02/28 Sat 10:40 Canberra Brumbies AU 16 v Western Force AU 25
19 2009/02/28 Sat 17:00 Johannesburg Lions SA 9 v Bulls SA 16
20 2009/02/28 Sat 19:10 Cape Town Stormers SA 8 v Blues NZ 14
21 2009/03/01 Sun 08:10 Brisbane Reds AU 22 v Cheetahs SA 3

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Week 2
# Date & Time(CAT) Venue Team Score vs Team Score
8 2009/02/20 Fri 08:35 Wellington Hurricanes NZ 22 v Highlanders NZ 17
9 2009/02/20 Fri 10:40 Sydney Waratahs AU 11 v Chiefs NZ 7
10 2009/02/20 Fri 12:45 Perth Western Force AU 16 v Cheetahs SA 10
11 2009/02/20 Sat 19:10 Cape Town Stormers SA 27 v Reds AU 24
12 2009/02/21 Sat 10:40 Canberra Brumbies AU 18 v Crusaders NZ 16
13 2009/02/21 Sat 17:00 Pretoria Bulls SA 59 v Blues NZ 26
14 2009/02/21 Sat 19:10 Durban Sharks SA 25 v Lions SA 10

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Week 1
# Date & Time(CAT) Venue Team Score vs Team Score
1 2009/02/13 Fri 08:35 Dunedin Highlanders NZ 31 v Brumbies AU 33
2 2009/02/13 Fri 12:45 Perth Western Force AU 19 v Blues NZ 25
3 2009/02/13 Fri 19:10 Johannesburg Lions SA 34 v Cheetahs SA 28
4 2009/02/14 Sat 06:30 Christchurch Crusaders NZ 19 v Chiefs NZ 13
5 2009/02/14 Sat 08:35 Wellington Hurricanes NZ 22 v Waratahs AU 26
6 2009/02/14 Sat 17:00 Cape Town Stormers SA 15 v Sharks SA 20
7 2009/02/14 Sat 19:10 Pretoria Bulls SA 33 v Reds AU 20

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16 May 2009 Posted by | Rugby | , , | Leave a comment

Super14 2009 Fixtures Week 14

The rivalry is on. The last round of games before the semi-finals.

Match #85 2009/05/15 Fri 09:35(CAT) Chiefs(NZ) vs Brumbies(AU) @ Hamilton
Match #86 2009/05/15 Fri 19:10(CAT) Lions(SA) vs Waratahs(AU) @ Johannesburg
Match #87 2009/05/16 Sat 09:35(CAT) Blues(NZ) vs Crusaders(NZ) @ Auckland
Match #88 2009/05/16 Sat 11:40(CAT) Reds(AU) vs Hurricanes(NZ) @ Brisbane
Match #89 2009/05/16 Sat 13:45(CAT) Western Force(AU) vs Highlanders(NZ) @ Perth
Match #90 2009/05/16 Sat 16:00(CAT) Cheetahs(SA) vs Stormers(SA) @ Bloemfontein
Match #91 2009/05/16 Sat 18:05(CAT) Sharks(SA) vs Bulls(SA) @ Durban

15 May 2009 Posted by | Rugby | , | Leave a comment

BEWARE!! FAKE 32GB USB FLASH DRIVES HITS SA

Excert from the e-mail I received from Philip.

“If something seems too good to be true, goes the old saying, it IS too good to be true. The new high-end in USB flash drives, the 32GB version, with enough capacity to back up most typical users’ entire data build-up, typically retails at anywhere from $75 to$150 in the USA, and around R1 000 to R2 000 in South Africa. But now you can pick one up for R350 ($40) or less, depending how close you get to the source. One small problem: while they look, feel and present themselves to your computer as 32GB drives, they are in fact 1GB drives, partitioned to mimic 32GB drives in every respect except how much data it can hold. ”

A large quantity of these fake flash drives first appeared on E-Bay and are now being sold in Johannesburg. Please ensure you deal only with reputable companies that you know well.

A Big thanks to Philip from Perkal Gifts to warn us about this!

14 May 2009 Posted by | Technologies | , , , | Leave a comment

The South African Space Agency to be establish soon… in 2009?

SANSA

The first time I heard about the South African National Space Agency (SANSA) was back in 2006. According to various reports, it looks like if the ball is on the roll.

The South African National Space Agency Act, was signed in January 2009. This should result that S.A. can have its own Space Agency later this year.

The Department of Science and Technology (DST) said "The agency would promote the peaceful use of outer space, foster research in astronomy, earth observation, communications, navigation and space physics, foster international cooperation in space-related activities, and advance scientific, engineering, and technological competencies through human capital development. The DST added that the agency must also facilitate the development of space missions, develop technology platforms, and acquire, assimilate, and disseminate space satellite data for any organ of state."

In addition SANSA will also implement the National Space Strategy, which has been approved by the cabinet in 2008. It is aspected that the agency will work along other institutions.

DST said, "Some of the projects it will co-ordinate include the Square Kilometre Array bid, the Southern African Large Telescope, and South Africa’s second indigenous satellite, SumbandilaSat."

The first step towards establishing the agency would be to appoint a board of 10 to 15 members, a CEO, and a chairperson who will be appointed by the Science and Technology Minister.

Conclusion

Well, the clock is ticking…

12 May 2009 Posted by | Technologies | , , , , | Leave a comment

Super14 Scoreboard 2009 – Week 13 (After match #84)

Super 14 Rugby  (1) Bulls(SA) 42
 (2) Chiefs(NZ) 41
 (3) Hurricanes(NZ) 39
 (4) Crusaders(NZ) 37
 (5) Brumbies(AU) 37
 (6) Sharks(SA) 36
 (7) Waratahs(AU) 36
 (8) Western Force(AU) 31
 (9) Blues(NZ) 31
(10) Highlanders(NZ) 24
(11) Lions(SA) 24
(12) Stormers(SA) 23
(13) Reds(AU) 18
(14) Cheetahs(SA) 11

10 May 2009 Posted by | Rugby | , , , | Leave a comment