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Doorstep Clothes Bags

Mon, 12/08/2019 - 10:30 -- James Oakley

Now for a slightly different post.

Sometimes you get a bag like the one pictured above-right put through your letter box.

They are inviting you to fill the bag with old clothes you no longer need, and leave it out on the advertised day roughly a week later. They'll collect the bag from you.

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KidStart: Unique cashback for kids from websites you use anyway

Mon, 20/05/2019 - 16:30 -- James Oakley
KidStart Logo

I'm a fan of Cashback websites. They let you buy things online that you'd buy anyway, but you earn cash back for doing so.

I'd like to share a new cashback website I've found. It's called KidStart. It works in a unique way compared to other cashback sites you may have heard of. Because of this unique flavour, it is possible to earn cashback shopping on websites that don't offer cashback anywhere else.

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Beware fake domain invoices

Thu, 15/03/2018 - 12:00 -- James Oakley
A fake invoice received by email

There are many scams doing the rounds. People must fall for them often enough to make it worth the criminals' time to keep trying. Here's one which you'll likely meet if you ever register a domain name. If you've just registered your first domain name, there's a risk that your lack of experience will make you vulnerable to panic and respond. So I'll post this to unpick how this works, and to put your mind at ease that you can safely ignore these emails.

Don't Buy Games from Nintendo eShop

Sat, 03/12/2016 - 17:08 -- James Oakley

I don't normally moan online about things, but I think there's a cautionary tale here that's worth broadcasting.

You see something you can buy online, and you have no way of knowing whether it's a reliable purchase until you try it. In our case, the amount of money lost was small, but some people make much larger purchases, so I think it's worth making sure people are aware of the risks.

Time to stop using AVG Anti-Virus

Tue, 22/09/2015 - 08:14 -- James Oakley
AVG

I've never used it, but I know a lot of people who do. For years, AVG have offered a free anti-virus product. You have to put up with the fact that it will put a signature on the end of your email messages, letting the recipient know that AVG Free scanned the email for viruses.

They offered a "Pro" version that you had to pay for. It has extra features that the free version does not. It doesn't add a note to your incoming and outgoing email. Anecdotally, it may get virus signature updates faster.

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