Well with all of the activities going on via eBay I’ve been jumping around a bit.  Looks like somebody noticed and decided to see if I was a sucker or not.  The e-mail I received follows. I’ve re-directed the links to this blog.

To: “Peter Ingemi”

Content-Type: text/html;  This is clue 1.  Large companies almost never send plain text.  That doesn’t mean that if it wasn’t plan text that it was real but it is a clue.

Date: Wed, 31 Dec 2008 08:25:56 EST

Subject: Please Restore Your Account Access RXI019 This is clue 2.  The classic phishing scheme is “restore” or “fix” something.

Dear Peter Ingemi,

As part of our security measures, we regularly screen activity in the PayPal system. We recently contacted you after noticing an issue on your account. They are always crying account issues. This is actually rather smart since they are sending it after some account activity.

We requested information from you for the following reason: They are playing the “request” card nice and sweet

A recent review of your account determined that we require some additional information from you in order to provide you with secure service. They always need “extra info”

Case ID Number: PP-332-990-588 Oh a case ID then it MUST be real. You’d be surprised how much that makes a difference to people.

This is a second reminder to log in to PayPal This is the first phony link. as soon as possible. Once you log in, you will be provided with steps to restore your account access.

Be sure to log in securely by using the following link:
Click here to login and restore your account access And this is the 2nd.

Once you log in, you will be provided with steps to restore your account access. We appreciate your understanding as we work to ensure account safety. Once you log it they’ve got you!

In accordance with PayPal’s User Agreement, your account access will remain limited until the issue has been resolved. Unfortunately, if access to your account remains limited for an extended period of time, it may result in further limitations or eventual account closure. We encourage you to log in to your PayPal account as soon as possible to help avoid this. This is really smart. Once they get in and change your password you will be locked out while they take every cent they can. This sentence gives you a plausible reason why your normal activities fail and how many people actually read those agreements?

To review your account and some or all of the information that PayPal used to make its decision to limit your account access, please visit the Resolution Center. If, after reviewing your account information, you seek further clarification regarding your account access, please contact PayPal by visiting the Help Center and clicking “Contact Us”. Another line to stall you.

We thank you for your prompt attention to this matter. Please understand that this is a security measure intended to help protect you and your account. We apologize for any inconvenience. And again you are doing this for your own good.

PayPal Account Review Department

PayPal Email ID PP638  The last official touch

If you look at the actual raw links you would see a long complicated link, that is another big clue.

The way to confirm that something like this is nonsense is easy.

Either put the raw address of the company (in this case www.paypal.com) into your browser and do a search of the base company (paypal) and follow that link. If there is something actually going on you will find it there. Don’t be the pfish who falls for the bait on the hook.

Well even though my attempts to get business via eBay has been less than successful to put it kindly I’ve decided to take the plunge and license LogMeIn for 18 months.

I’m going to keep my regular job hunt going on but I’m going to try the eBay stuff again. If I fail in my job hunt over the next 35 days I’ll put the majority of my resources to push the DaTechGuy brand to do it on my own.

January is going to be the key , the cleanup is pretty much done, the Christmas Season will have passed and schools and business will be back to normal speed. That is when I’ll see if I can generate interest in myself or no.

So it re-listing time on eBay again and trying to make a living on my own efforts. So if you need computer tech support, consider DaTechGuy and I’ll put my efforts behind your machine.

If your interested and even if you’re not I have 7 services that I’m offering:

  1. Virus cleaning
  2. Printer setup
  3. System TuneUp
  4. System Setup
  5. Router/Wireless setup
  6. Problem evalulation
  7. Fix-it (catch on for everything not listed)

Well if you need me give me a shout.

The wife accidentally hit me about 3 hours ago waking me up. Unfortunately I stayed up, but that means Morning Joe and I got the chance to see the start of the show. Since I’m typing as they are speaking quotes may not be exact.

Chuck Todd is on and just pointed out that moderates and independents voted for Obama in droves even though the candidate was John McCain.

This is John McCain who is supposed to be Mr Moderate

Joe Scarborough gets it:

Republican Moderates usually do poorly Republican true believers tend to do well.

Pat questions Todd pointing out that when he selected Palin he was up for a while until the market crashed and killed him.

(all this sounds like Rush Limbaugh so far)

Todd however is blaming a bad Obama campaign rather than the Palin pick.

Here is the actual answer. Obama didn’t run a great campaign against McCain, the media ran a great campaign for Obama. Obama was and in my opinion is a rookie pitcher from a corrupt machine with a lot of questionable associations but the media decided he was the next JFK and the cure to all that was wrong with race in America. They didn’t want anything in the way of the history they were making.

As far as McCain goes rallied conservatives with Palin and could have won this campaign but his position on the bailout murdered him and kept conservatives home. The media did and still hates Palin for what she is, an actual living example of conservative values who doesn’t give a damn what they think. So they did their best to destroy her.

Limbaugh was absolutely right about this one but as always we got the government we deserve, and we have 4 years to see if it was the right move.

Update: Morning Joe would be so much better if Andrea Mitchell wasn’t on it. Unlike the others on the show she still pretends that she is a reporter and not an advocate but you can’t teach an old dog new tricks.

Got an oil delivery from my local company Lorden Oil yesterday it was for $2.39 a gal.

Back in August when prices were sky high the offered their annual pre-pay. This year it was $4.64 with a .20 cent a gallon price protection option. I figured that rather than tying up so much money, I’d be better off taking my chances and paying as I go since the price was so high I figured how much higher could it go, plus if it dropped I’d be earning the interest instead of them.

I managed to guess right this year but quite a few people haven’t:

First of all, viewers and readers should know that many customers chose to lock in when prices were higher.

They wanted to protect themselves against prices going up even more, and now they’re stuck with higher bills.

In many cases those customers must honor their contracts, even though it looks like a bad deal

However it is forgotten that your local oil company likely prepaid too:

Harry Hicks, the owner of HL Fuels, said that’s precisely what he did. He understands his customers are in a bind, but, he said, so is he. “For people who are paying $4.60, I already paid over $4 for that fuel when they prepaid,” he said.

In Boston its not just the individual customers that lot their bet this year:

The consortium in the western suburbs, which comprises Brookline, Cambridge, Arlington, Belmont, Lexington, Newton, Waltham, Watertown, Weston, and Winchester, has used the system for more than two decades and says it works: It has tied or beaten the market every year until now.

Last year, those communities locked in a rate less than $2, and watched gleefully as prices rose to more than $4 a gallon. But this year, the sharp decline in prices means a city like Newton, which estimated it would use 905,000 gallons of oil this heating season, may have to spend an extra $1.7 million, based on the current average price.

The real danger is if people decide to start running to the lawyers when nothing crooked is going on. Most years the pre-buy is a good deal, this is the first year I didn’t use it myself and the margins on this stuff isn’t a lot.

When you have the freedom to make choices, sometimes you will make the wrong one.

As the year ends power is finally restored in town but the December 11th storm but as our local paper reports there was one nasty surprise for everyone:

Tim Bean said he lost power for 11 days following the Dec. 11 ice storm, and received a Unitil bill this month that’s about $100 more than his regular charge.

“I had my electricity off for 11 days, I assumed it would be less than usual,” the Westminster Hill Road resident said Monday.

The problem is computer models:

Senior Vice President Unitil George Gantz said the company is using computerized estimates to determine a “couple thousand” customers’ utility bills this month because of power outages in the region. Gantz said the system makes an estimate based on the usage of the last year.

Some customers think turnabout is fair play:

Townsend resident Bruce Goyette said he got a bill for $463 this month, even though he only used $277 worth of power last month and $369 worth in December 2007. He lost power for three days this month.

“I think they could have sent a bill that was approximately what November’s bill was,” Goyette said.

In response, Goyette said he’s going to send Unitil an “estimated payment” of $300.

“A more-than-generous estimate,” he said.

We pay Unitil some of the highest electric rates in the country (I think we’re 3rd). This storm and its aftermath are not covering them with glory.

The Curt Jester reports that the Raving Atheist has changed the name of his blog to the Raving Theist and this post contains the following announcement:

Three years ago, I promoted and appeared in the atheist documentary “The God Who Wasn’t There,” dedicated to the proposition that Jesus never existed.


The rest of the post is the creed which suggests he has become a Catholic. Good for him! The comments however are full of rather abusive and insulting comments from other Athiests.

Presuming this isn’t a Christmas joke it will be very interesting to see if he explains the conversion in detail. The Jester has some experience in this matter so his blog will be a good thing to check out over the next few days as this goes on.

If you are a Christian in general or a Catholic in particular I suggest praying for him as there are some tough times ahead. If you are a disappointed atheist will I guess you just have to deal with it and hope for the best.

Well it looks like some people who purchased digital frames on Amazon got more than they bargained for:

Amazon.com Inc. last week warned customers running Windows XP that a Samsung digital photo frame it sold through earlier this month might have come with malware on the driver installation CD.

An Amazon.com customer posted the warning a week ago to the online retailer’s user forum. It its note to customers, Amazon.com noted that a Samsung advisory had been issued for the SPF-85H, an 8-in. digital photo frame that Amazon sold for approximately $150 starting in October.

The Samsung SPF-85H is no longer available on Amazon.com.

Anything that can store data can store a virus, make sure that when you do a virus sweep you include ANY cards and or external locations that a virus might be hosted to. In fact if you are thinking of doing a major backup it would be a good idea to consider a virus scan first so you don’t back up an infection.

Via guess who. Seriously I’ve never seen a guy manage to get so many thing posted online while still having a life, which he does. How does Glenn Reynolds do it?

UPDATE: Ann Althouse asks a similar question and Glenn Answers it.

I wish I wrote this but modesty forbids:

I completely agree with the protesters who say that the war crimes in Gaza should end.

So, what are those war crimes?

Let us count the charges, shall we?

* I agree that the deliberate targeting of Israeli civilians by Hamas is a war crime.

* I agree that the use of residential areas by Hamas to attack Israeli civilians in order to draw retaliatory fire to civilians is a war crime.

* I agree that the recruitment of civilians to act as human shields by Hamas for combatants not in uniform is a war crime.

* I agree that the use of journalists as human shields by Hamas is a war crime.

* I agree that the use of civilians and children by Hamas as bait for the enemy so that snipers can target relief personnel accompanying their military is a war crime.

* I agree that the deliberate killing of injured and wounded civilians by Hamas to increase casualty rates is a war crime.

* I agree that the use of university buildings for weapons manufacture by Hamas is a war crime.

* I agree that stockpiling explosives in civilian areas or the transport of explosives through civilian areas by Hamas so that those civilians are wounded or killed by mishandling or targeting of those weapons is a war crime.

* I agree that systematically exterminating members of a rival party (Fateh) or religion (Christianity) by Hamas for political purposes is a war crime.

* I agree that the torture of Fateh members and Christians while held in jail without charges by Hamas is a war crime.

* I agree that the passage of laws by Hamas which threaten inhumane punishments such as crucifixion, torture, amputation, and death for political crimes is a war crime.

* I agree that taking hostages and refusing to give free access to Red Cross/Crescent personnel or their use as propaganda material is a war crime.

* I agree that Hamas’ use of civilian police forces as a reserve army by an organization on international terror lists is a war crime.

* I agree that the use of public airwaves by Hamas to incite violence upon Israeli civilians is a war crime.

* I agree that the use of civilian foreign aid by Hamas for military purposes is a collective war crime.

Oh. Wait. That’s not what you’re protesting.

If it’s been put better elsewhere I’m not aware of it.