Day 357 – 23rd December – Christmas Cards

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I have a number of friends across the world where I don’t have a physical address I can send a card. I therefore decided to create an e-card that I could send, and dug out a photo I had taken earlier in the year when there was snow on the ground. I chose this image for a number of reasons. Firstly its got snow on it, but also you can see that it is still snowing. While white Christmas’ in the UK are rare, snow and Christmas always go together on cards. The second reason I chose this photo is for the image of the footprints and the play that I can make on the more famous footprints in the sand message story that is told in churches. (I’ll let you look it up if you don’t know it). For me its a nice way of having the Christian message of Christmas on the e-card.

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Day 351 – 17th December – Email Issues

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I mentioned earlier in the year that I had been caught up in the BA hacking scandal. Today the results of that became clear. Thankfully these are not financial, but in the form of other details being passed on. While I know that I would be safe, I wanted to ensure that I protected friends and family so I have started the process of closing down the email account that has been comprimised and setting up a number of different ones. It has given me the chance to rethink my emails accounts and I have set up an account that is solely used for companies. This way if the same happens again, it won’t be the email address that I use for friends and family that is compromised and I won’t have to worry about them. It will take a bit of time as I have quite a few email from the volunteer work that I do, but it’s just a matter of time and I’m happy to spend a few hours doing that to protect others.

Day 344 – 10th December – Hanging on the Telephone

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Today I got my phoneline back. I still have a landline, which I apprecaite that not everyone uses, as I get a good deal on calls to other landlines. However for the last few days it’s not been working. It had started crackling when we had some bad weather recently and proceeded to get worse as time went on. In the end it just stopped working properly. I could call the phone but upon answering it died straight away. I had a look outside and noticed that the cable protecting the line into the house had been knawed at, probably by some of the local urban foxes. They had managed to totally break through the outer casing leaving it exposed to the elements. Thankfully my phone provider repairs this sort of issue free of charge and the line is now crystal clear.

Day 309 – 5th November – A Reply But Not An Answer

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I remember a TV show I was watching when one charachter said to another in their response to a question, that while all answers are a reply, not all replies are an answer. Today I finally had a response to my follow up question to British Airways about the data hack they suffered. Unfortunately their response fell into the category of not all replies being an answer. In fact the response clearly failed to even touch on the two different areas that I had enquired about. What I did get was clearly a pre-prepared response that gave the impression it was sent out to anyone following up on the original email. I’ve therefore had to respond and I’ll wait to see if they actually decide to answer the questions posed.

Day 299 – 26th October – Accessory Arrival

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The bits that I ordered for the new mobile phone arrived today. Screen protector and case. The screen protector is different from the type I normally use. It’s possible that they haven’t produced any film screen protectors and will in due course, but this one was a tempered glass one. Having never tried one before I was slightly cautious, but so far I’m happy. It certainly was able to be applied without any trouble, or more importantly bubbles forming. The case is the type I normally get. It doe hid what is a very nice back to the phone which is meant to help with grip, but the case itself will protect the corners better and on the rare occasion the phone takes a bump, will absorb the shock better. Now all I need to do is transfer everything from the old phone to the new!

Day 298 – 25th October – Late Loss

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Very late today (and too late to have been able to realistically do anything had I needed to) I received an email from British Airways about having been caught up in the hacking incident they had earlier in the year. Back then a friend of mine had booked at the time and cancelled their card as a precaution. By a fluke of timing I didn’t have to as the card used had been cancelled a month or so ago, so I have been lucky in that respect. I have though contacted BA about the issue as there is certain information they have left out of their email (which I won’t publish here for obviousl reasons) that may or may not have been affected by the hack. An absence of reference probably means everything is ok, but I don’t take chances like that. Hopefully it is just a case of forgetting to mention rather than forgetting to look at whether other data has been comprised. Their reply (and possibly the speed of it) could be telling.

Day 295 – 22nd October – A new model

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I’ve been having hassles with the mobile phone I purchased at the start of the year. It still works but I’ve never felt comfortable with it (operationally). It was an experimental phone to be fair with features that I never ended up using and was a result of a new collaboration of companies. I therefore made the decision to get a replacement phone given the new incarnation has just been released and all the reports are that they have dumped the experimental stuff and gone back to their previous set ups. Today the phone arrived. Slightly larger than my current phone but not as large as some of these phones that masquerade as tablets (or is it tablets masquerading as phones). I now need to get the accessories to protect it for everyday use, but my evening will be spent setting it up via the Wi-Fi so that it is ready for use when everything arrives.