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Anatomy of a scam

This post may take a few days, so keep coming back! Some background first. I repair computers, and a few customers (3 or 4) have been hit by the “Windows Corporation” scam, where someone thief rings up with a very

Posted in Computer Stuff, Windows 10

Onion Omega – next steps

I have made some serious changes to the PHP web page which servers up the door controls and web cam images, so I decided to finally get FTP access to the files on the Omega. The arrival of my second

Posted in Computer Stuff, Onion Omega - Internet of Things

Business Directories – unsolicited entries

I seem to be getting a number of requests by phone and email to confirm details for an entry on yet another internet business directory. I fell for this as the start, adding myself to a couple of directories, at

Posted in Computer Stuff, Uncategorized

Garage Door Opener – a tinier computer project

Despite the issues with bricking the device and it recovering itself in a random state, I decided to go with what I had rather than risk bricking it again. This caused a few issues, but I can live with them.

Posted in Computer Stuff, Onion Omega - Internet of Things, Programming, Raspberry Pi

Garage Door opener – intermission

The last post about Garage Door openers detailed the building of the garage door opener, but blurs the time line of events a bit. Initially I got the opener working fine, and it worked well for a few days, but

Posted in Computer Stuff, Onion Omega - Internet of Things, Raspberry Pi

Garage door opener – tiny computer project

Recently we had two new garage doors installed, to replace very old clunky things. The new doors are sectional, insulated and have brand new automatic openers. They are draft free and the temperature in the workshop is a few degrees

Posted in Computer Stuff, Raspberry Pi

Windows 7 – Windows 10 couldn’t upgrade error

I get this occasionally on computers that weren’t upgraded during the free Windows 10 period. Every time you go into the update screen, the first thing that pops up is an error regarding the Windows 10 upgrade failing. At first

Posted in Computer Stuff, Windows 10

Stuck in Windows update – restarting forever

I am working on a customers laptop, and got rid off the problems it came in with (seizing to a stop as soon as he logged on). As a favour, I let the outstanding updates install. First of all the

Posted in Computer Stuff, Windows 10

Thunderbird to Outlook

For obvious reasons, Thunderbird does not provide any easy way of exporting emails into Outlook, I suppose most people would not want to do it. Recent stuff ups at Spark seem to have made accessing (sending specifically) my third party

Posted in Computer Stuff

Windows 10 and inverted ASUS webcam

This issue is worth repeating here, if only to help anybody else looking for the fix. The issue is that after a Windows 10 upgrade of an ASUS N61JA laptop, from Windows 7, the webcam image was shown upside down.

Posted in Computer Stuff, Windows 10