Thank you!

Thanks for your patience today. We have upgraded from a standard server to a CDN (content delivery network) to ensure faster delivery of pages no matter where in the world you are. The site was down for a couple of hours during the transfer process, and we are still sorting out a few minor upload …

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Traffic

Now that I am starting to post again regularly, I thought I would check traffic figures to track growth over the next few months. Unique visits over the last month hovered between 2,000 and 2,500 per day, or 52,000 per month. Each visitor reads 3.4 pages on average, meaning nearly 200,000 page impressions per month. …

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Oops!

Have been off-line for a couple of days because I didn’t read my host’s emails about upgrades to php. Fixed last night. Sorry!  

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Dear Morons

That is, dear persons trying to hack into this blog. You won’t succeed. And even if by some miracle you do, this blog is completely backed up every night. Whatever changes you make may last an hour, or however long it takes before I notice them. Then I will simply wipe what you have done, re-install, …

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Adventures in La La Land

I don’t know what else to call it. Someone, I assumed the dimwits behind the ESL – Eurosoft ripoffs, but I am not sure, signed me up for a casual sex dating site called rudefinder. When I got the welcome email I went to the site to see what it was. Cor! For a start, there …

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No More

I have made up my mind before to stop posting on Qohel: too many other calls on my time, and in the little spare time I have I want to concentrate on other writing projects. But I keep coming back to it! However, after four years I really do need to draw a line under this project. …

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CFS Live, ESL Trader, OP Solutions, etc

I have written a few times about these scammers. See here and here, for example. CFS-Live and ESL Trader are a simple but very slick share trading software scam. The pattern is that they cold call to test interest, send a polished looking brochure, make follow-up calls, give you a few websites (all fakes) to check to …

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An Arrow in the Knee

I used to be a blogger like you, until …  well, you know the rest. I have been too involved with family and business over the last month to spend any time updating this blog. For the last three years it has been like another, unpaid, job. My real job has to take priority. Over …

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Persistence

Over the last weekend I thought I would give up writing this blog. It has been an interesting couple of years. Some 1200 posts, half a million words. This Winter has been difficult. Constant personal issues involving health and family for the last five years have begun to drain my emotional energy – and it does …

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Telstra Free Directory Assistance Number

You can’t blame Telstra for wanting to make money. If they offer a paid directory assistance number and people choose to call it, that increases returns to shareholders. Nothing wrong with that. But Telstra does have a free directory service. Telstra’s free directory assistance number is 1223.

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WA Wildflowers

I lived in Western Australia, the “Wildflower State,” for a few years, but never really appreciated how beautiful these flowers are. We are in Geraldton to visit Kathy’s mum, who has been in hospital. She is out now, and we were able to take her out to the Coalseam Conservation Park 100kms East of Geraldton. I …

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Palin: How We Got Here and What We Can Do About It

First, hello! It has been a month since my last post – my apologies. I have had some minor health and family issues to sort out. Then there is the retail downturn, and downturn in the number of travellers to the island. I have had to work longer hours, taking on tasks I would not normally accept so …

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Sorry

I am sorry about the slow posting over the last couple of weeks. The effects of a general downturn in retail sales has been augmented for me by a wet, cold (and therefore unusually slow) season on KI. On top of that, a new guy has set up shop across the road from me offering exactly the same computer …

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Busy, busy, busy

Apologies for the lack of posts over the last week. We have been busy in store with both computer and photographic work. Although it keeps me away from blogging, this is especially pleasing at the moment because a newcomer to the island has just set up a business across the road from me offering many …

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