You get a call "We've been getting technical notice errors from your computer and can help you out" or was PT Barnum really right?

WOW! How nervy, blatant is that call? It’s bad enough we get infected by clicking an innocent link while surfing the web. Now, they call us to fix us via “Scam-ware”.


I recently heard of this “scam” from one of our customers, and I almost fell off my chair.

Here are the details:

“Windows Technical Support calling, we are getting technical error notices from your computer, we can connect into your computer and fix the errors” then they told him that they didn’t feel comfortable with that, he said “We have your ID Number, we should call back when an owner is available” They told me it was difficult to get the guy off the phone, and they immediately checked with me. Glad they did!

For more details on this type of scan see: and directly from Microsoft


McDonald's is your kinda place or get the Stradivarius I'm about to whine

The other day I stopped by McDonald’s late at night, this is probably the first time this has happened to me in the million and millions of burgers I have been served there. So here it goes…

I walk in and there are only three people working, I can see one girl behind the grill just standing and another girl running to the back, then back to the front, there was another customer ahead of me and another customer waiting for food off to my right. The third employee was feverishly re-supplying the ketchup and napkins. The girl came up to the counter where the guy in front of me was and just stood there not saying anything, she then ran back again to the back. I wasn’t sure what was really going on. When she came back up this time she had the order for the guy off to my right, then disappeared somewhere in the back. After a few moments here she comes again and gives the guy in front of me his food. I step up, but, before she takes my order she runs over to the fryer and presses a few buttons. This whole time I can see the other girl at the grill just standing there and now the third employee is beginning to sweep the floor.


I order a sandwich, the girl runs to the back again and a few minutes comes back to tell me the price, I hand her my check card, and she says “Cash only”, I’m like “What, cash only??” She says “Yeah, the computers are down”.  (I’m thinking this might have been something you should have started with) anyway, I reach in and give her cash and she goes to the back and after about 5 minutes brings me change. Now, she tells the other girl behind the grill the order and she goes to the back again and brings out a broom and begins sweeping behind the counter, then after about 5 more minutes go by and the girl behind the grill asks the girl, “What was that order?” She drops the broom on the floor and tells her, then she goes to the fryer and is working with the potatoes, when the food is up she grabs the food (while kicking the broom laying on the floor) and hands it to me.

Needless to say this was the first time in 35+ years I’ve been to McDonalds, that the crew was so discombobulated, and out of the three of them I think the guy cleaning the floors should get a big-time promotion and the two other girls should get a big pink slip!


I am the happiest girl in the whole USA, or Back to the USSR

First off I'm no a girl, but, I am thankful!! The truth is I just heard of a customer with lymphoma, I honestly don’t know anything about it but I think it’s a problem with the blood I found this on the Wki. Anyway, I love these people and it’s sad being so close to their software and being so far away from their lives.

Truth is, when you’re a computer consultant you have power beyond your dreams when it comes to software, or hardware, but, when live hits you (well life), does the world stop? I found out that this principle customer went in the hospital from one of his client I happen to see, I was shocked! Yes, I’m a consultant I don’t get any special treatment, but, WOW! Anyway it’s a few months beyond and I guess I’m still out off the loop.

I thought it was a routine thing and I guess it was bigger, bummer. It will all be our turn, and I almost look forward to it. Isn’t it better to know who your facing than why? Does anyone else understand this? I have always known, and as old as I get I know more and more, but, better than that, I have second sight!

While always creating software, I always see the other side, what users will do, or not do, program for the possibilities and change the course for the rest. We can’t do that in life, but if we believe in God and understand this is the ability he gave us, we Will succeed!