Throwing away old clothes

I hold on to things for way too long! The last four weeks have felt like a continuous purging of old “stuff” with several trips to the Kinsale Road site (BTW, it was a bit creepy to see a guy rummaging around in the electrical bins as soon as I dumped stuff in them, he could at least have waited until I left), and there’s still more to go. At least now I can walk around the attic without tripping over random objects.

Irish Water Phishing Emails

I must have been half asleep when I clicked the link in this email, but Gmail hadn’t caught it yet even though it’s an obvious phishing attempt, so be warned if you get an email warning of “urgent maintenance” of your account. Then again, it’s probably a bad site to phish, since most people are boycotting them. I bet there’ll be people on Facebook complaining that they were sent these emails, even though they’re protesting it! 🙂

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The from address is at Telefonica, and the login link goes to a page at 3i6e5.16mb.com which is a convincing Irish Water login page, looking very like the original.

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Opening both pages in two tabs and switching between them shows no jumps in spacing or changes at all. Irish Water haven’t been around that long either so it’s not as if we’re all familiar with how they compose their email correspondence. Mark as spam and don’t let the bad guys win.

Go Listen to Ezra Klein

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When I find myself stopping a podcast a minute or so before the end because I want to be reminded to share it, I know I’ve found something that others will enjoy.

When I find that it happens more than once I know I should just write a blog post about the podcast and encourage anyone reading to go subscribe.

This happened recently with The Ezra Klein Show. I loved his interviews with Andrew Sullivan on his Catholic faith, why he gave up blogging and Donald Trump. There’s also the one with Arianna Huffington who talked about sleep, death and social media.

There was also the one a while back with Jim Yong Kim, president of the World Bank, that did not turn out the way I thought it would.

Go listen, you (hopefully) won’t regret it!

Finbarr Galvin SMS Spam

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I guarantee I will not be buying my next car from Finbarr Galvin Ltd and you probably shouldn’t either if you want your personal data to be respected. I should have known I’d be SMS spammed by Finbarr Galvin Ltd again. They’re a car dealer in the town of Bandon, Co Cork for those who don’t know them. I bought a car off them around seven years ago, which I traded in for another car two years later.

So, I haven’t had any business dealings with them in seven years.

In the time since then I’ve received a couple of advertising text messages, the last being about two years ago when I remember a lengthy phone call with a sales assistant to get them to remove me from their sms list. They didn’t have an “opt out” method that time.

I’ve tried to remove myself from their list now by texting OPTOUT to 50123 as stated in this text message, but haven’t heard back yet. If I was to judge by my previous attempts to unsubscribe, they probably have to manually remove my number using a chisel on stone tablets or something similarly archaic. This is part of the reason I’m making this blog post, as a reminder for the next time I get spammed by them.

I’m also publishing this because Finbarr Galvin Ltd should only send advertising text messages to customers they have had dealings with and received express permission to message them, in the last twelve months. I told them this that time I talked to that sales assistant:

Marketers may send you electronic mail for direct marketing purposes where:

(i) You have given them explicit consent to do so within the last twelve months, or
(ii) they have obtained your personal contact details in the course of a sale to you of a product or service within the last twelve months, they informed you of their identity, the purpose in collecting your contact details, the persons or categories of persons to whom your personal data may be disclosed and any other information which is necessary so that processing may be fair, and the direct marketing they are sending is in respect of their similar* products and services only, and you were given a simple cost-free means of refusing the use of your contact details for direct marketing purposes at the time your details were initially collected, and where you did not initially refuse the use of those details, you are given a similar option at the time of each subsequent communication. (If you fail to unsubscribe using the cost-free means provided to you by the direct marketer, you will be deemed to have remained opted-in to the receipt of such electronic mail for a twelve month period from the date of issue to you of the most recent marketing electronic mail).

They certainly shouldn’t be using my personal details for advertising purposes after seven years. I hope that OPTOUT text to 50123 was “cost-free”.

Bah.

WordPress is thirteen!

You could have knocked me over with a feather today when I read Matt’s post announcing that WordPress was celebrating a birthday!

It didn’t seem so long ago that we were working on b2++, hacking the multiuser bits in and doing all sorts of crazy things with it.

Now I’m “typing” this on a mobile phone by swiping my finger across a virtual keyboard. Back then the closest to this that I could imagine would be some sort of SMS integration!

WordPress today is unrecognisable from what it was back then, especially if you use the slick Calypso interface.

I’m looking forward to seeing what the next few years bring.