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Thursday, 31 July 2014

Is your telephone company treating you with respect, or are they taking you for a ride?

When writing my blog on Voice over the Internet, I came across Voipfone during my travels. I include a link to their main website here.

The web page on scams was most interesting and I asked, and received, permission to reproduce it here.

Although I don't mind my blogs copied, you cannot copy this one without permission from Voipfone as it isn't mine, so please take note.

Scams of the Telephony Trade

When making calls to any destination other than the UK please remember to include the international dialling code for the country you wish to call.
You shouldn’t choose your telephone company just because you think it has the cheapest calls.
There are several reasons for this:

1. Not all telephone companies are the same - they all offer different levels of service, features, options, packages and contracts.

2. Very cheap calls often mean bad calls – particularly to mobiles and international destinations. Operators can send calls over poor quality routes, the public internet, omit CLI (Calling Line Identity), drop calls randomly and use qasi-legal methods of termination; to name but a few of the tricks.

3. You’re not being told the full story - telephone companies use all sorts of tricks to trap you into thinking that their calls are cheaper than everyone else’s. Usually they’re not; here’s why:

The Headline Price

This is the one in big print shouting at you. It’s the draw, the hook, the snake oil, the scam.
It says something like, “mobile calls 5p per minute!”

Here’s what else you need to know to decide whether that’s a good deal or not.

Is VAT Included?

If it’s a business site you’re looking at, VAT is usually excluded - but it won’t always be obvious and it’s always a bad sign if the telco isn’t telling you.

Call Set-up Charges

Sunday, 27 July 2014

Who are the Palestinians real enemy?

Half the world think it is the Israelis and I wonder exactly what Israel would do if the Palestinians threw Hamas out of their country.

Once Hamas was out, and the Palestinians started rebuilding and living peaceful lives, hands up all those who think Israel would alienate the entire world by continuing to bomb them out of existence?

I just find that scenario too difficult to believe.

I have met Palestinians in Britain, when I was a salesman with Bayswater as my patch. They're great people and, on the whole, in those days, not at all aggressive. I don't believe they are aggressive now!

We must remember, when we see this violence in the West End of London, that all moderate Muslims are terrified of their radical wings and Imams, and if called upon to march, it would be a brave and foolish Palestinian to refuse. The violent jihadists amongst them are the ones making the real fuss.

I am beginning to read in the press that many of the moderates in Palestine are beginning to make noises which indicate they are beginning to realise that their real enemy is Hamas.

Friday, 25 July 2014

Please excuse me, I'm being an absolute racist. I can't help it.

I am not going to name this racist, but perhaps Pat might in this video? But let's face it, he won't, as he doesn't need to. We know who we are.


Ampers.

Thursday, 24 July 2014

What is VoIP? A simple explanation

VoIP stands for “Voice over the Internet (Protocol)”. It can be an excellent way to cut down the bills. There are plenty of mobile apps for Android and iPhone. The mobile apps are either free or cost a few pounds; the computer programs are free for the basic product only.

I think the best way to write this article, is to write it up as a case study. I have chosen my case!

Home voice number

I have an office number which is a London 020 number, but if I lived in other parts of the UK I could have chosen a different 'local' number. I bought this from AQL at a cost of £2 a month and a penny a minute for outgoing calls, incoming calls are free.

I also bought a physical Cisco phone to allow me to make VoIP calls.

My real appreciation of the phone is, I can press one button and the “Do Not Disturb”sends all incoming calls to the answer phone.

However, it developed a fault and I had to return it. This was when I learned of other ways to skin the Voip rabbit.

My real appreciation of the number is simple, if a caller leaves a message on the answerphone, it is saved as a '.wav' file. This is immediately sent to my mobile. There is no charge for this providing you have a VoIP app loaded into your mobile. More of these apps later.

Home fax number

Wednesday, 23 July 2014

Banking blues, my journey with Santander plc

I have been having a lot of trouble with a guy in the Santander fraud Office. And, because of it, he seems to have had it in for me.

I wrote the following letter to the Santander CEO towards the end of June and hoped it would sort things out.
Ms Ana Patricia Botin-Sanz de Sautuola O'Shea
Chief Executive Officer,
Santander plc
PO Box 1125
Bradford BD1 9PG 
Dear Ms Botin, 
I have attached a letter of complaint which the very able Ms McManus at my Finchley branch is looking into. However, since I wrote that letter the Santander Fraud Office has blocked three attempted to pay a £1400 amount, initiated by me to the Bank of America. In addition to this, he has blocked an attempt from my wife on her card as well. 
I am becoming convinced that the tiresome person I mentioned is carrying on a vendetta because I complained at his stupidity – details in the attached letter. 
My wife suffers from High Anxiety Syndrome and I do tend to become very protective where she is concerned. 
I am not sure of the exact amount I have in Santander, but am pretty sure it is below £100,000 at present. 
If this problem persists, I shall consider closing the account and moving my money to one of my other banks. 
Knowing you received your degree at Harvard, and having lived for many years in the USA myself, I feel sure you will take my complaint more seriously than someone who has only worked in the UK. It is because of this that I am not, in this instance, contacting the Banking Ombudsman. 
Yours sincerely,

I received a letter from their Executive Complaints manager and you can see from my fax to him in reply, that, as usual when writing to “Corporates”, they never really get it:

The Canadians are the only media people who have sussed out what is really happening in the EU.

The Canadians talk about the power of the press to hide information from the public as they are now part of the Establishment who have vested interests in hiding news from the people.

The following video illustrates this fully by taking the previous EU Elections as an example. Of how the peoples in many countries of Europe said "No" to the EU and in one particular case (the UK) actually came first.

They say a picture paints a thousand words, how many words does a moving picture paint?


Ampers

Tuesday, 15 July 2014

Pros and Cons for encrypting your Android phone.

Those who use Android will have seen, under settings, the provision of encrypting your Android mobile phone and even your external SDCard if you use one.

This can have some good benefits, but seems to have more disadvantages than advantages. But things often are not as they seem! I encrypted my phone and have had no regrets, I'll explain later.

If, after reading this article, you decide against encryption, there is still one case where it really is handy.

When you sell your old phone.

If, before selling your phone, you do a “factory reset”, you may think that all your data has been destroyed, but a determined hacker can reclaim all your deleted files and passwords!

There is a way to forestall this. Simply by encrypting your mobile phone and immediately doing a “factory reset”. After the reset, the encryption is immediately turned off and you can sell your phone (in normal unencrypted mode) knowing if the new purchaser tries to read your deleted date, he can't as all the deleted files were, and still are, encrypted and it would all be meaningless.

Now for encryption for daily use.