Calling All Scottish Technical Writers

(OK, mainly aiming at West of Scotland) Following a recent discussion about ISTC local area groups, a few of us based in the West of Scotland have decided to try to set up a local group. Our first meeting will be on Thursday 15th January 2009. If you work in the area (or further away), please come along to meet other writers and talk about technical writing. We’ll meet at 7 p.m. in the offices of Sumerian in Glasgow city centre, at 19 Blythswood Square, Glasgow G2 4BG. Tea & coffee provided. If you plan to come along, please email me so we can get a rough idea of how many writers might be attending: gordon [DOT] mclean AT gmail …

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Mooo.. scellaneous

Nature is a wonderous thing, offering us such beauty and inspiration that sometimes it boggles the mind. Be it a particular cloudscape, a shimmering lake or the steaming placenta lying next to a just-born calf… OK, it wasn’t ideal to see such a sight first thing in the morning but it certainly woke me up. Thankfully I hadn’t had breakfast (I’m munching on my All Wheat Muesli as I type this). However as spring rolls on, it seems that new-borns are in the air, so let me pause here to congratulate my mate Bill and his lovely wife Fran on the birth of their son, Gregory. I’m sure that, with the many years of loving and careful nurturing that they’ll …

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Careful

Just got my first “phishing” email which alleges to have come from PayPal. It doesn’t. The subject line reads: Your account will be suspended! It reads: Dear Paypal User, In accordance with our major database relocation, we are currently having major adjustments and updates of user accounts to verify that the informations you have provided with us during the sign-up process are true and correct. However, we have noticed some discrepancies regarding your account at Paypal. Possible causes are inaccurate contact information and invalid logout process. We require you to complete an account verification procedure as part of our security measure. It then asks you to click a link which, I can assure you, has nothing to do with Paypal. …

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Referrer Spam

Well it looks like the buggers are at it again. Anyone else getting huge numbers of referrer links from the likes of: potassium-rich-foods DOT ipupdater DOT com topamax-side-effects DOT ipupdater DOT com ambien-side-effects DOT ipupdater DOT us And will someone PLEASE tell me what they are trying to achieve with this? Is someone actually paying people to do this?? Don’t we understand the internet yet people!!

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Round and Round

I understand spammers, they blast out millions of emails in the hope of catching a few gullible fools. Simple enough, even if I would like to string a few of the buggers up, smear them in jam and crack open a wasps nest. Referrer spam isn’t new but appears to be on the rise, well it is here at any rate, latest counts tell me I’m getting around 30 referrer spam entries a day. It does seem to have started suddenly as well, one week nothing, the next I’m getting some weird and wonderful referrer links showing up in my logs. I’m trying to think if I’ve registered anywhere in the past couple of weeks but can’t recall doing so …

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Hacked?

Can anyone confirm that Green Fairy has been hacked? (no links, you know, just in case) If so, has she been hacked by someone using a Blackberry device? The text on her site reads blackberry DOT netweaver DOT net, very odd. UPDATE: She’s back. Panic over.

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Email address

So, of course, my old email address “gordon AT snowgoon DOT co DOT uk” no longer works as the twunterooni’s at 1&1 have managed to kill the domain (roll on the 3rd when it should get transferred). In the meantime, and probably in the future, you can get me at “gordon AT gordonmclean DOT co DOT uk”. And thanks to my Dad for pointing this out. Doh! [Edited]

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