AMITIAE - Sunday 7 June 2016
Cassandra: Vacation Embers - A few Negatives
By Graham K. Rogers
The next morning, the host service told me that the disk with data was in its death throes and that we needed to move everything to another server. I had been expecting to make this move anyway (perhaps next week) as the service had dropping on occasions. The hosting service had no backup.. It is just as well I do. I have three or four actually, on different disks and computers, but the task of logging in (initially) using an IP number and then uploading several Gigabytes of files took all night.
Not that I stayed up. I began uploading late Friday and left the directory that has all my current content (since 2012) uploading when I went to bed. It must have finished around 4am. I did the last few items on Saturday morning and we were all up and running again.
After I dropped off the hire car and acknowledged the damage, Terminal 3 was in a fair amount of chaos round the Emirates Airlines desks, so I joined the line after checking with a member of staff. After a while another staff member pointed out that the queue was for another flight. I came back later and the lines were more under control.
Landing at Dubai I could see the crashed plane with some massive cranes. I was a long way from the area and took a poor picture - through a window, across the tarmac, at night, bright lights shining at us - with the iPhone. Heading for takeoff the next morning, I had a better shot, noting that some of the front of the plane had been removed: and that was where the problem had been. Curious.
The plane for London loaded around the right time, but some 80 or so passengers were missing and we waited for them; and when they did not arrive, had another hour or more before we could join the take-off queue. Instead of arriving home at around 8pm, it was after 11pm.
The point is not that I want to know how hot the room is during the day when I am not there (bloody hot, actually), but this gives a practical indication to me of how devices can provide data and be controlled remotely. Many technically competent people are aware of this, but seeing it work on one's own devices makes a difference.
This week's Bangkok Post column will be about my visit to Affinity Software (Affinity Designer, Affinity Photo) and chatting to the Managing Director, Ashley Hewson. There are some interesting things in the pipeline.
Also useful is an article by Oliver Haslam on Redmond Pie who explains how to take rolling screenshots on the iPhone. This is something that has annoyed me for a while as some screens are smaller than the content displayed in an app, such as Safari or Messages. This does take a download of a third-party app (he lso explains the process for Android devices), but this is useful.
The real Gotham
The campaign has several billboards in strategic locations in the USA and is focussing on business e-mail compromise, e-mail account compromise, and ransomware. IC3 will liase with other crime enforcement and there are other ways that victims can obtain information.
A webpage link to submit a complaint is available as well as a FAQ with more information. Note that "If either the victim or the alleged subject of the Internet crime is located within the United States, you may file a complaint with the IC3".
Remember also that Apple has an information page on such activities that purport to originate from Apple and that contains a link to make a complaint directly to the office in Cupertino that deals with that.
See also:UK Vacation Images (6) - Down to the Sea
UK Vacation Images (5) - Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway
UK Vacation Images (4) - Rural London, Landscape Views and Old Technology
UK Vacation Images (3) - Beds/Bucks Countryside and Country People, Plus Electric Charging
UK Vacation Images (2) - House Beautiful and The Flying Pig
UK Vacation Images (1) - A Walk in the Woods
Graham K. Rogers teaches at the Faculty of Engineering, Mahidol University in Thailand. He wrote in the Bangkok Post, Database supplement on IT subjects. For the last seven years of Database he wrote a column on Apple and Macs. He is now continuing that in the Bangkok Post supplement, Life. He can be followed on Twitter (@extensions_th)
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