Friday, November 16, 2018


I received an email yesterday (It actually went into my spam folder- glad I happened to look) from a cloud backup provider named IDrive I've used them in the past with some clients but wasn't too impressed- I found their interface to be somewhat confusing and difficult to use.

Anyway, the email said the offer was good for only 1 day but when I looked today at their web site ( the offer still appears.

$6.95 for 5TB for a whole year is an amazing offer! But, after installing the software and trying it out, the regular price of $69.95 a year is also an amazing offer. They're really cleaned up the interface and made it quite easy to use. In addition, here are a number of the features I've found very nice:

  • First, if you click on the menu Tutorials you'll find a number of short videos that show just how to get the most out of the software. It doesn't matter how good the software is if it isn't easy to use.
  • The scheduling interface is very intuitive so scheduled backups are easy to configure- I've always been a big fan of "set it and forget it".
  • You can use 1 license to backup every computer in your house, as long as there is sufficient space. With 5TB, this shouldn't be a problem for most people.
  • The software automatically saves the previous 10 versions of your documents and makes it easy to recover different versions.
  • You can also perform local backups as well as cloud backups.
  • There is also an option to create an image of your entire drive- A really nice feature in case of a hard drive crash or unrecoverable file corruption.
Of course, in the fine print they state the following:

 The 90% offer is applicable for the first year only. 90% offer is valid only if you are currently using a paid competing cloud backup service. You need to provide proof of your existing paid service provider’s account. Competing services include Carbonite, Mozy, CrashPlan, Backblaze, SOS Online Backup, Dropbox and Google Backup and Sync.
Note: The special discount offer applies only to the plans listed here. Upgrading to a higher storage plan will negate the promotional pricing, and the full price of the higher plan needs to be paid.

While it says you must be subscribed to a competitor's paid account, I'm not sure that's true. One of the computers that I installed it on did NOT have any other backup software currently installed.


Their marketing worked! I've been a fan of a couple of competitor's products, I've come to the conclusion that this is a superior produce and I plan on using them for years to come.

Thursday, November 15, 2018

Wow! Am I Lucky!

...Received this email recently:


We the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) noticed through our Intelligence Monitoring Network that your compensation funds which has been paid a long time ago, have not been remitted to you due to bad and corrupt offices. This Email is to enlighten you of a very important information which will be of a great help to redeem you from all the difficulties you might have been experiencing in getting your long overdue payment due to excessive demand of money from you by scammers and both corrupt Bank officials and Courier Companies, Diplomatic agents and fraudulent barristers after which your fund/payment remain unpaid to you.

I am Deputy Director David Bowdich, a highly placed official of the Federal Bureau of Investigation. I have been assigned to take responsibility of your funds remittance to you without further delay. It may interest you to know that reports have reached our office by so many correspondences on the uneasy way which people like you are treated by Various Banks and Courier Companies across Africa to Asia and even here in USA and we have decided to put a stop to those nightmares, which is the reason I was appointed to handle your transaction. You are among the list of individuals and companies whose unpaid funds have been approved for payment under the stipulated guidelines of the United Nations Economic and Social Council. Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and other member countries of the United Nations. After releasing out this information to all lucky beneficiaries, any amount of money that will be found in the International Financial Database waiting to be transferred without claims.

It is our pleasure to let you know that your compensation worth US$7.500,000.00 (Seven Million Five Hundred Thousand United State Dollars) has been verified and processed by the Funds Remittance Unit (F.R.U) in your name and its ready for pick up. For your notice; the management held a meeting today in regard to your choice of remittance and your time availability to receive the funds. This is to let you know that your funds would be coming to you via an authentic Bank Of America (BOA) ATM CARD, if coming down to the paying bank will be difficult and stressful for you. After depositing the funds of all lucky beneficiary into different bank accounts with the BANK OF AMERICA using your details in our database, We the Federal Bureau of investigation decided to award the contract of bulk delivery to the DHL Courier Service for them to give us their procedures on how to send the parcels without any delay.

Endeavor to listen to me carefully so that we can arrange and submit your paper works and files holding your funds release. The insurance and security keeping fee has been taken care of by the International Compensation Head Office payment Scrutinize unit. All I need now is your personal information and details;



Meanwhile you have been offered an official invitation to kindly travel down to the BOA Headquarters: Washington DC, United State of America to visit the paying bank and personally collect/claim your cash sum of Seven Million U.S Dollars (US$7M) after undergoing some due verification and clarification procedures. Alternatively, if you cannot visit the paying bank for collection of your COMPENSATION FUNDS as at when due, you must therefore apply for your merited funds to be sent/delivered to you via DHL Courier Service, which is at your own expenses. We have inquired from the DHL management about the cost of packaged ATM CARD smooth delivery and were told that the delivery will take only 48 hours to arrive and will cost the beneficiary US$575.00 only with no extra charge i repeat with no extra charge my word is my bond.

So if you are seriously interested to claim and collect your over-due payment, I will advise that you contact your corresponding directing officer with the official confidential contact details below and endeavor to comply with simple directives from his office.

SPECIAL AGENT: Mr.Joseph Scott
PHONE NUMBER: +1 (347) 812-0958. 

My guess is that they'll want me to give them my bank account information so they can deposit my funds directly into my account, which should make it super convenient!

Since I've been so fortunate, I'm sharing this with everyone so that maybe they can call and get in on this action- Just Kidding!!!! Please NEVER, NEVER, NEVER fall for this type of scam. This one, of course, is a dead giveaway because of the dollar amount quoted. However, I've seen similar scams with much lower amounts and they do sort of appear to be legit. But, I can assure you that anyone you don't know who contacts you out of the blue to tell you that you've come into money is only trying to relieve you of your hard earned savings. Don't fall for it!

Friday, November 9, 2018

Important Error Message from Microsoft Regarding Windows 10

I've had this happen twice now- All of a sudden, Windows reports that it is no longer activated. Thought it was just a fluke, but I guess it's becoming more of an issue.

Here's the text of an email I received from a vendor:

Please take a moment to review this briefing from Microsoft:
Many users of Windows 10 systems are suffering from an activation error that causes their systems to be listed as inactive. In the company's post supporting BBS, user Daniel Randy revealed that Microsoft support had confirmed to him that this was a problem that was common in multiple countries. Microsoft engineers advise users to wait up to two days until the solution is resolved, and contacting support now may not help. Microsoft just released a new issue bulletin on the current activation issues related to the Windows 10 Pro version. This is happening in Japan, South Korea, the United States and many other countries, "a Microsoft support engineer posted on community BBS. "I regret to inform you that Microsoft currently has a temporary problem with the activation server that some customers may encounter, where Windows appears to be inactive. Our engineers are working overtime to solve this problem and it is expected to be corrected within one or two working days. "The number of people reporting problems is growing every minute, which may indicate that this is a serious problem worldwide. Some users also reported that their copy of Windows has been downgraded from Windows 10 Pro to Windows 10 Home. However, this seems to be a relatively rare behavior. Microsoft has yet to provide any other details and expects the number of users to continue to grow in the coming hours.”
Hopefully this issue will be corrected in the next 48 hours, we will keep you updated with any other news.