I’m getting too old for this shit

I’m getting too old for this shit

I changed the name of the column to “I’m getting too old for this shit“.  I switched the name on the Facebook page back in August to test if it worked. It’s a keeper.  It fits perfectly with my mind set lately. 

Banner that reads I'm getting too old for this shit, it's all bafflegab until the caffiene kicks in

It’s all bafflegab

So, why the name change? Well, the memoir’s section has undergone a number of transformations over 20 years of blogging. I started out with my first site way back in the 1990s and I can’t remember what it was called. Somewhere in the late ’90s it changed to Catpaw’s diary, then Diary of a Mad Cat. That stuck for quite awhile.  In the last 2 years, I felt the name didn’t work anymore and needed a new face so I switched to Memoirs of an Analogue Person. It was a good temporary name because it reflected the passage of time. I’m certainly not the same person I was when I was in my 30s. When I stumbled on I’m getting too old for this shit, I had a Eureka! moment.  That’s it! I’m a year off of 60 and boy am I getting too old for a lot of shit. 

I’ve begun recording new vlog entries. Some of the new topics will be Reddit content, for no better reason than some of it cracks me up. I have one video discussing the poor shaming I see on Reddit though. There’s a huge number of people who have zero empathy for working poor struggling to find adequate childcare. I’ll save this for the video. I’m playing a big game of catch-up in editing and re-recording content so that’ll come in time.  

Don’t forget to check out new content posted on the site. I enjoyed writing the last article on airmails, Canada’s Last Airmail Stamp, so much I’ve begun writing a small series on airmails. It really is my favourite area to collect. I’ve also found a treasure trove of great content for Typography & Design, as well as the Tech section.  So many ideas, so little organisational skills.

I’m still struggling with scheduling everything and taking care of mom (who is doing much better), so occasionally there will be bumps in the postings. But things are slowly falling into a manageable schedule. Keep coming back, don’t forget you can follow me on Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram and Twitter. But Facebook is the best place because it’s easier for me to log on and chat there.  Not much content up at the Youtube channel, but don’t forget to subscribe so you know when I finally post new content. 

“Dear CEO” scam is still hanging around

“Dear CEO” scam is still hanging around

If you own a website, chances are high you’ve received the Dear CEO scam email:

A scam letter trying to trick the user into replying

This scam has been hanging around for over years.

It reads: 

Dear CEO,

(It’s very urgent, please transfer this email to your CEO. If this email affects you, we are very sorry, please ignore this email. Thanks)

We are a Network Service Company which is the domain name registration center in China.
We received an application from Hua Hai Ltd on May 14, 2019. They want to register ” _______________ ” as their Internet Keyword and ” _______________ .cn “” _______________.com.cn ” ” _______________ .net.cn “” _______________ .org.cn ” ” _______________ .asia “domain names, they are in China and Asia domain names. But after checking it, we find ” _______________ ” conflicts with your company. In order to deal with this matter better, so we send you email and confirm whether this company is your distributor or business partner in China or not?

Best Regards

**************************************

Mike Zhang | Service Manager

Cn YG Domain (Head Office)

This one came via a customer last week. It’s a bog standard scam designed to trick the reader into responding out of fear.  The “Dear CEO” scam appears to be warning the web owner, they may have issues with their domain name. The sender buries the reader in a bunch of useless information making it difficult to parse what the message is actually saying. In fact, it’s just one more piece of junk hitting your inbox. I posted a podcast covering a few details about it here so, give it a listen.

But, the short answer to your question “should I be worried” is “NO. Delete it and move on with your day”.  Email scams are a dime-a-dozen, but they are getting far more sophisticated, so use a lot of caution when dealing with any unsolicited email.  If in doubt, don’t respond and ask for a second opinion. You can always copy and paste the message into Google to see if it pops up as a reported scam. 

New podcast premier! – check it out

New podcast premier! – check it out

At long last, I’ve finally did it. Podcast #1 – memoirs of an analogue person was posted last night on Youtube. I decided to turn the diary section of the magazine into a podcast. I talk about why in the it as well as wandering into a bit of nostalgia territory.  As if I don’t have enough things to juggle, right? LOL. I’m back on a schedule now. Not sure how long it will last, but things have settled down now that mom’s cancer surgery is over and she’s home. It’s been a long, rocky year so far with stress rocketing through the roof at times. Life is looking up a bit now and I have spare time again.  

I’ll be tweaking the podcast as time goes on. The first one is a bit rough around the edges and in a few months I’ll find it hideously embarassing. I need to work on my presentation, and imagery for the podcast. It’s a straight voice recording only. Thought I’d spare you the visuals of me waving my hands about in an espresso rage. If I get a good video camera I might change my mind.  Who knows. 

Now that I have the luxury of time, new content is coming in the next couple of days. Work first, then I get to write.  In the meantime, enjoy the podcast ramble. 

Junk mail solution – if I buy your product, will it delete you?

Junk mail solution – if I buy your product, will it delete you?

Like everyone else, I get a lot of unwanted junk mail. Today, I spotted this gem and wondered if it would solve the spam problem.

Screen capture of junk mail offer for pest control that reads "Say goodbuy to every pest you can think of!"

Junk mail offer that is too good to be true

 

“Say Goodbye to Every Pest You can Think Of!”

I seriously considered buying their product in a fit of wishful thinking. I mean, I can think of a lot of pests I’d love to be rid of. I’d start with crap companies who still believe spamming their product is a valid marketing method. I wanted to email them and ask if they could guarantee their product would zap spammers but alas the links led to a dead end. Typical – get my hopes up and dash them. 

Now I’m fantasizing about a product I can use with a push of a button that would send a shock down the internet and evaporate spammers. Maybe if we crowdfund … nah. Not possible, but a hell of a good dream.