Saturday, June 24, 2017

Your silence IS a weakness

You made the statement that I should not interpret your silence as a weakness. The fact that I did not contact you during the period from 2011 to 2016 was that I was aware that you were lurking as I was monitoring your visits to my website. I was just continuing my research into your antics and posting what I found to the Internet. So you weren't so silent as saw your interest in what I was saying.

I agree with Anthony Mannella that there was very little to be found about your dubious businesses on the Internet and that it could be concluded that I was the only one with a problem with you. I counter that with the statement that nobody else had the balls to call you out on what you have been up to over the years. What continues to puzzle me is why? I certainly have come across others that seem to have fallen victim to your devious ways, and some of them have communicated with me about you. In most cases they are not comfortable in making a statement against you. Or perhaps they are not in a position to do so and fear what you would do if they did?

I really cannot fathom what makes a person like you tick. All I did was make an innocent comment about a data recovery service that I thought was a little optimistic and then here we are 6 years later and you cannot get over it! While it is true that neither can I, but in some ways I am enjoying all this. I don't know what motivated someone to register domain names in those of people they want to discredit and then to post a whole load of irrelevant nonsense on them. Much of the content is made-up and by the single nature of its presentation it is clear to anyone finding it that you are pretty much just a "One Trick Pony".

By the way, how is the correspondence with the Suffolk churches going? I would be very interested in seeing some of the replies. Perhaps you can publish some of them to your websites about me? In the absence of any real ones you could always make some up!

As far as my interest in matters regarding security and privacy, I guess you have a point that it could be seen as a way of creating a "smoke-screen" to deflect interest from the other misdeeds that I may be perpetrating. The only problem with that is there are none. My interest is genuine and is a commentary on the nonsense that I see reported in the press. My point about the "One-Trick-Pony" serves to illustrate that there are any topics that are of interest to me as anyone who visits my sites will see. It is not ALL about you!

Why is Laura Kuenssberg so negative?

Also is her commentary just her view or the official one of the BBC? I get that she thinks that the Nation made the wrong decision to left the EU but she can't seem to get over the fact that a choice has been made.

Nothing that comes out of Brussels is reported in a good light by her. It is all "uncertainty" and that there are sooooo many unanswered questions. I put it to you that no matter what outcome that is decided by the 27 she will dismiss it with I told you it was a bad move on Britain's part.

It is not that she is a woman as the New Statesman article want to make out. I don't mind that she is overtly biased politically against the Labour party. However, it is amusing that it is the Conservatives, namely Theresa May, that is the one that comes in for major criticism by Laura. There must be others that find her objectionable, those that are not misogynists, her sex and sexual orientation are not my point here.

I see that the New Statesman article was dated before the UK referendum, I think that now she is showing her true colours and it runs far deeper than anti-Corbyn sentiment. Before the referendum result I was pretty much neutral in my opinion about Laura Kuenssberg, but when the morning after came she was far from sanguine  about having to go over to parliament to report on the vote. She was pretty terse when she was asked about the situation by Huw Edwards and what she was going to next.

I didn't even bother reading the David Babbs article in 38 Degrees, there are many platforms for the kind of nonsense that is foisted on women by men, and vise versa, the case of Hillary and Donald is a case in point. She wasn't defeated because she was a woman and it being misogyny - the electorate just didn't like her!

Actually, discussing this with my partner, she tells me that I was pretty anti-Laura in the lead-up to the referendum. Again that was not that she was a woman it was because she was a stanch "Remainer". As I seem to recall Jeremy was sitting on the fence at that point, it was only after Theresa announced a general election that he "toed the line" and said that he would take the UK out of the EU - that is because that the majority of those that voted leave were Labour voters.

Friday, June 23, 2017

Being paranoid that someone is posting things about you

It must be really annoying if you are worried that there is someone posting the truth about your actions online. You would have to check on a daily basis to see if there are any new posts. Better still you could retrieve a list of  all the posts made that year, as
If you do this you will see that there are posts almost every day on a wide range of topics. The fact that there are some about you must be confusing as this blog is not about you. You may have not liked some of the things that I have said about you, the feeling is mutual, but all that I have posted is purely my observations and an account of my dealings with you. I have not made anything up, unlike you.

I would never have guessed that a simple post about a data recovery service that I thought was a little optimistic in its promises would have sparked an exchange of insults that has endured for 6 years.

At the time of my first post I was relatively new to blogging and my post about a "product" that I had seen for sale in Canada Computers was just a curiosity to me. I have little or no reason to be interested in you. As you have stated I have never done any business with you but you are inconsistent in that you now claim that I sent a HDD to you to have recovered and you also claim to have found "disturbing images" on that drive. If I have never done business with you, how can this be?

However, in making such a claim I am now very much interested in you. Judging by the other things that you have done to me and others I feel that it is my civic duty to report these acts. Quite frankly I fine you quite pathetic and there is no real reason that I should spend as much time as I do on your case. Again, as you say, I must have a lot of time on my hands - well this is true, and besides I enjoy winding you up as you deserve it.

Communicating with others that you have messed with I am pretty certain that I am correct in my assessment of you. Perhaps I have been the only one to successfully challenge you on your bullshit. Sadly, Wayne Morris Brown is not a worthy adversary for you and you seem to have well and truly "screwed him over". People such as Joshua Sham, Terry Bradshaw and even Anthony Mannella probably wish that they never had any dealings with you.

Thursday, June 22, 2017

The Council Houses

Okay, I should really be calling them Affordable Housing. I am not sure if I would want to live here if I had to be near them. There is a section of the village where these exist, but they are on the other side of the Hall, we are not really in the village but next to the Hall and parish church.

It is like there are two worlds here. A definite division between the "haves" and the "have-nots". Although this doesn't seem to be the case with car ownership, quantity that is, the value is far less. Admittedly this is exacerbated by the lack of off-street parking but for a street where there is little space to start with it is difficult to navigate. This really is no different than all the roads around here.

The reason I was there was that I was cleaning up the bus shelter and inspecting the telephone box, which the parish council now own. The shelter was getting a little overgrown and the clerk had received a complaint. I decided to give it a good clean-out while the Village Hall Committee meeting  was in session.

The locals that I did see seemed to be a little bemused why I was doing what I was doing. "Aren't the Council responsible for that?" I guess that was what triggered the title of this post.

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Information for CRA

Part of an email I received 28th November 2016

Again the highlighted text is part of the email:

As I mentioned, we have a substantial amount of information collected regarding Wayne's 'dubious business' :) practices over the years. This has not been submitted to the CRA yet, but with the tax season around the corner, I will ensure it is. It is frustrating to me that Wayne continues to get away with his crimes. I hope that CRA involvement will have an impact... However you decide to proceed, I thank you for your past efforts. I do check in or your site once in a while to see if there is anything new posted. This has helped us to add to the information we have collected over the years.

..... and there is nobody else that has a problem with him?!

Of course, Wayne will just claim that this is just me inventing "inflammatory" and falsified information again!

Wayne McAlpine continues to be interested in what I post about him. He thinks that I have an interest in the automotive industry - I don't.

I need to post more photos

Problem is that I take them on the Surface and I have forgotten my Google password. I could reset it but I am too lazy to get my partners mobile phone so that I can receive a text with the code that I will need to reset it. In any case my Lenovo is permanently logged in and I don't want to change the login just for that.

I have a lot more of the house and garden to post. I even have one of the centrifugal clutch, showing where the spring is fitted and so that I can see where it is when I finally get the part and I have to take it apart again. I guess I could still use the trimmer with the clutch permanently engaged if I am careful with it. Still, the best bet with nettles is to pull them by the root.

The "back forty" is looking much better now that I have got the Blackthorn under control. I have had a few bonfires now and the one last week was alight from Monday until Saturday. The pheasants are having a field-day with all the ash in the old fire. I have a new one on the other side past where the thicket was. Some old raggedy cedars have been taken down and I can now see the fields beyond the lower drain much better. There was much activity yesterday taking the hay bails away to be stored. I also thing that the farmer was also checking to see where all the chainsaw noise and smoke was coming from.

I really need to get back to dredging the pond and the Bergamot is growing back around the western bank. The ducklings seem to have moved on as I have not seen them for a couple of days. I can also continue with clearing the stream and the lower pond as that was popular with Mrs. Duck and her 3 youngsters. 

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Centrifugal clutch

The spring on the centrifugal clutch on my "Whip-a-Snipper" (Strimmer in the UK) broke and the head rotates continuously. I don't think that it is safe and I have ordered a replacement. The Blackthorn thicket is coming on quite well but I cannot strim the groind I have exposed. Still, pulling nettles out by the root is probably for the best.

I can now see into the field at the foot of the property. The farmers were harvesting hay on the weekend and there are now a nice arrangement of plastic wrapped bales in view now. Maybe we will see some horses or cows in the fields now.

Saturday, June 17, 2017

Encryption vs. Privacy

This has been a subject that I have been blogging about for some time.

On a personal note I don't really care about my own privacy. I can make myself as anonymous as I require. I am aware that anything you do online is potentially there for anyone to see. The use of end-to-end encryption is something that I have been interested in from an academic perspective, although I don't have a requirement for such methods myself.

There have been those that have suggested that end-to-end encryption be banned as it denies the LEAs the ability to detect the planning of terrorists. However, there are others that continue to promote the use of such methods to keep us all safe.

Many make a big deal about privacy, I personally don't really care that there are people "listening in" to what I have to say. I am not doing anything that could be construed as illegal or a threat to my security or anybody else's. Encryption and security part and parcel of how we all carry on business over the Internet, otherwise whose that see fit to exploit us would have a much easier job.

The use of encryption is essential for the operation of electronic communication and business transactions. Without it everything would laid bare. There is no "half-way-house", you cannot suggest that communication platforms, such as Snapchat, do away with the use of encryption or insist that "backdoors" be inserted into all manner of software.

The banking community is also ready to embrace Blockchain technology to make transactions more secure in the future. The concept of a "Distributed Ledger" kinda flies in the face of those that both condemn the actions of terrorists and those that use BitCoin on the Dark Web. They are all intrinsically entwined with the extensive use of cryptography and encryption.

The problem is that all this technology has gone far beyond the level of understanding of those that we elect to govern us. All we get are nonsense statements  and "knee-jerk" reactions at the latest crisis. These include hacking attacks and terrorism.

Privacy is just an additional benefit of all this and something that cannot be sacrificed for an increase in matters that "keep us safe".

Thursday, June 15, 2017

and then there is You Tube

I have posted about my distain for this form of Social Media.

Whereas I have watched few You Tubes and have found some useful information from them. However, in most cases the media is really a nonsense - content is poor and in the most part self-serving. Those that post videos are ding so for their own self promotion and their "3 minutes of fame".

I particularly find that the comments are particularly puerile. Those that make the comments are worse than those that post them (IMO).

I have recently been witness to a series of You Tube videos that ate beyond stupid. These videos are just ramblings from a disgruntled client of a company who was supposed to help their business grow by re-vamping their website. The people, or one person in particular, with the company providing the alleged website upgrade has also participated in the same nonsense of posting such videos.

The posting of a video that purely consists of the camera pointing at a computer monitor and a half coherent commentary hardly make for compulsive viewing. The computer screens are supposedly proof that a fraud and a scam has been perpetrated and all they really are just things that have been found on the Internet. Many of these are from my website and blog. Permission for which was not sort or given for their use, even if they are in the Public Sector.

Am I supposed to care about who is selling whose car (vehicle)? and how is this a matter of Public Safety?

Video Blogging has also found a following and those that are too lazy to type found  that they could achieve the same result by sitting in front of their webcam. An example of this was that of Texas Fred, who took his whole blog down due the abuse that he was getting from his followers. He said that he would close it if Hillary won the US election but continued even when Donald made it to the White House. His form of political rhetoric was particularly amusing as is his use of the word "Lib-tard".

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Getting a website shut-down

and barring the author access to the Internet.

There are only a very few cases where this is possible. These include where a Nation-State has the power to block and pursue criminal proceedings against the operator who is engaging in activity that is disadvantageous to the State. This would include the promotion of terrorism and hate, possibly the commission of other criminal acts. In many cases some Nation-States, such as China, Internet content is highly controlled as there is a great desire to limit what their citizens see of the outside world.

As a private citizen, or an enterprise, you are not likely to be in any position to have content removed from the Internet and the authors of websites banned from posting their thoughts on any subject. You may not like what they say, but the Internet is largely an open forum for free-speech.

It has been claimed that I have had my website shut down and that I was banned from the Internet. This was not the case. At the time I was self-hosting my website on my Rogers cable connection using a Linux server in my basement. I was not sure if this was allowed under the EUA that I had with Rogers but they did not seem to care. The unfortunate consequence of using my home connection to host a website was that the I address resolved to the location of the Rogers server. A person that I was having a dispute with at the time, it is presumed,  contacted Rogers and asked to have my connection revoked. They did not do this and in fact never contacted me about the matter. However, at the same time I decided that my experiment with self-hosting had come to a conclusion so I reverted to a private hosting service. The process to migrate to this service took some time. At no time was my Internet connection disrupted.

Saturday, June 10, 2017

Why I maintain this blog

Basically to get things off my chest. My wide following of visitors seem to be interested in what I post and, hopefully, find some interesting information on people and services that I comment on.

As you will see if you take the trouble to look around at some of the posts on this blog the subject matter is very wide and is not restricted to a particular topic. Unlike many blogs and websites this blog does not focus on a particular agenda such as the promotion of a political ideology, discussion of a particular technology or certainly not as a means to discredit an individual that I disagree with.

The difference between a Blog and a Website.

A blog is essentially a chronological account with the most recent post appearing first when the site is accessed. In this case that post becomes the "Home" page of the blog. With a "website" you can choose a "home" page.

The navigation of a blog is mainly via a calendar list of posts. A Website would have to have a specially designed menu system. As such the blog will display the last item that the author has posted to the blog. This may not be the intention of the owner of the blog.

A blog is generally easier to maintain as all the "overhead" is taken care of by the blogging software. If you run your own design of website you are responsible for not only the HTML of the pages but also the upload and organisation of the files on an Internet server. It is far easier to maintain a user feedback mechanism in the way of comments using a blog as the moderation and handling of those comments is taken care of by the blogging software. If you have just an email link on your website you will have to administer that separately from the blog. While it is possible to include a comment facility on a website, it is no trivial task. Typically the communication portal outside the blogging environment is a prime target for hackers and you will find that most of your time will be spent dealing with blog spam. However, some blogging software such as Wordpress, suffers from the same problems with respect to spam.

Using a blog or website to discredit. 

While this can be done there are far better ways of using the Internet to make your point. In the days of Social Media there are many ways to post vitriol about someone that you have an issue.

As most of the population spend many of their waking hours on-line using Social Media, platforms such as Facebook and Twitter would be the obvious choice for such an attack. Donald Trump makes a lot of capital using his Twitter account. The only problem with these platforms is that you have to be famous in the first place for people to follow you and to make your their friends. However, this is where the majority of the action is on-line these days and the users of such platforms are not likely to follow blogs or visit random websites. Sure, these users will make the odd Internet search (often for their own names or for people that they know), but the major source of information and news is from the "new normal" of Social Media. Not that a blog is not part of the Social Media mix, it is just one that requires the average Internet user more effort to participate in.

and there is You Tube.

Another form of Social Media that seems to be popular these days.

Friday, June 9, 2017

As I said, a waste of time!

and money. Now we have to face Brexit with a hung parliament!

The most interesting thing yesterday was watching James Comey's testimony at the Senate Intelligence committee. At the time of writing this I don't think that "The Donald" has Tweeted a comment on this - we shall see as he has to do something when he has his early morning pee.

Thursday, June 8, 2017

Election day

What a total waste of time!

Let's hope that folks are sensible enough not to elect Jeremy Corbin to PM. Theresa May is bad enough.

At least the EU negotiations can be returned to. Not that I expect that anyone is going to agree to anything anytime soon. I predict that the UK will exit the EU many years hence, if ever. The whole point in getting out is that it takes so long to come to a decision about anything. It is a true Catch-22 in the political sense:

You have to try and come to a resolution (not being mad) with a political body that is dysfunctional (mad). You have to be mad to want to be a member of such a body.

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Comey's testimony is fascinating

I wonder how Donald will respond?

The concept of "independence" seems to be beyond Trump. The FBI is not a "tool" that he has at his bidding, at least I hope not. "Loyalty" is what he wanted, "Honesty" is what he got. Let's not talk in public (or with others to hear) , a "one-on-one" is the way to go. A good job that there were no secret recordings made!!

... and what does "misleading the vice president" mean?

“Because I have been very loyal to you, very loyal; we had that thing you know" - "That thing"?

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

I can't believe that we actually live here!

Why did we spend so long in Canada? True, it was a good place to accumulate some wealth, but the cultural and natural beauty of where we live is far superior to Ontario, or at least around Toronto.

The intention was to buy a property in the UK, it still is, but where we are currently renting is almost perfect. More land than we would probably purchase, but all the garden work and firewood you could ask for.

Monday, June 5, 2017

Blackthorn Thicket

Work continues on the clearance.

It is really nasty stuff it is not called BlackTHORN for nothing! In some places it is as high as the canopy of the original trees and cutting the trunks of the Blackthorn just leaves it hanging with the top still entangled in the canopy. It is a miracle that I have not bent the bar of the chainsaw yet as it inevitably gets stuck in the trunk of the Blackthorn when a cut is made.

Still, there will be plenty of firewood.

Sunday, June 4, 2017

The audacity in calling me a Terrorist!

In light of current events I think that it is rather rich that Wayne McAlpine did this in an email to me and subsequently posting it on one of his stupid websites that he set up in an attempt to discredit me.

The recent terror attacks in Manchester and London are real terror attacks not the simple posting of an opinion about someone's business and ethical practises. This is just what Wayne McAlpine did. It is clear that he has no idea what true terrorism is and he should be called out on that fact. I urge anyone reading this to contact him and tell him that you think that he is despicable and should not accuse those that are clearly not involved in violent acts that they are tarred with the same brush.

Wayne McAlpine tried to liken the use of a pseudonym and making anonymous comment on his and his business associates as an act of terror. I guess this was on the strength that the so-called "victims" did not no for sure who was making the claims about them and there was nothing that they could do defend themselves.

The real nature of  terrorism is that the perpetrators are well known, as with the case of Islamic State. Far from being an unknown threat we are all too aware of the threat that they posed on society today. Far removed from the petty squabbles of a "second-rate" failed business person from Saskatoon, Canada.

Saturday, June 3, 2017

Who is Bill Poplawski

perhaps he is the one with the real dirt on Wayne McAlpine?

I think that I struck a nerve when I featured this name on my website in 2011. It seemed to prompt a series of emails and other communications from Wayne McAlpine in this name, I presumed that they were him.

Guide to Suffolk Churches

A really great guide to these churches can be found here.

Sam (D.P.) Mortlock is our "go-to" for our visits.

Friday, June 2, 2017

Climate change is a bit like God

.... in that neither exist and the only ones that believe in them are those such  as the Pope.

Who cares about saving the planet, as long as America is Great again!

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Deleting comments on posts

.... in such a way that prevents someone who is being criticised from giving their side of the story.

While I have deleted some comments on my posts, I have never deleted any that raise a contrary view to my own. To someone to suggest that a reason for not allowing comments on a blog/website that they created with the expressed purpose to discredit what I have posted about them, is that they have commented on this blog, and I have deleted those comments, is preposterous. 

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

The enemy of my enemy is my friend

Striking an arms deal with a bunch of Sunnis that have a dispute with another bunch of Shias just because you have a chronic problem with a Shia nation-state is not going to help. 

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

I voted to leave the EU, Not for Theresa May

My opinion of Theresa May was not that high when she was Home Secretary under David Cameron. Her stance on surveillance was ill-informed and in my opinion not practical. The so-called "Snoopers Charter" was opposed by both David Davis and now Nick Cleg.

I posted extensively on this subject at the time way before the referendum and now this pointless General Election. 

Sunday, May 28, 2017

You won't find lawyers like mine on Facebook

This morning I was thinking of that statement that was make by someone who I was commenting on their business practices. At that time he thought that I was a kid that was operating a website from my "Mom and Pop's" basement.

This turned out to be a pattern on the way that he operates in general. Make a threat and if that doesn't work make another more outrageous one. Try and make out that you are smarter than me and that you are the victim. 

Saturday, May 27, 2017

The money won't run out

... but life may!

Now a second friend has passed in the last wee while, one has to contemplate ones mortality. 

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Using my real name

I have never used my real name in relation to anything that I have publically posted to the Internet. When I originally registered my website domain name I briefly used my real name but I changed it to John Smith when I was trying to remain anonymous in some of my posts.

When  I returned to the UK I changed the name on my Canadian domain registration to my real name. This was due to the fact that a certain person could not have any influence on my personal activity in Canada. Now, in the UK, nobody I know here has any idea of my Internet activity. In  which case there is no reason for me to use a pseudonym for my identity online.  

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Being concerned about being associated with OneWorld

and working for Wayne McAlpine.

I can see that this could be a problem as someone might make a search and see that you did have an association.

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

It looks like get_iplayer's time has come

I can't say that I am surprised and that it is amazing that it has continued to work for as long as it has.

Maybe it will resolve the "Failed to download program schedule" Warning as it has in the past, but I am not holding my breath.

As iPlayer is the BBC's flagship streaming and downloading service it is not surprising that it has seen a lot of continuing development over the years that it has been in operation. The development on get_iplayer, however, stopped when  Phil Lewis withdrew his support when he determined that it was a conflict of interest for him with his work with the BBC and the UK broadcast industry. As the original developer of get_iplayer, as he was instrumental in the development of the original iPlayer (I believe), he was privy to its internal workings. Without that "insider" knowledge of the process it was a potential that should a major change be made that the original programme would break irrevocably.

The iPlayer/get_iplayer process is multi-facetted in that it not only consists of the processing of the streamed data (this I believe has remained much the same) but the location of the resources used by the system. It is this location of the streaming resources that has caused get_iplayer to fail in the past. It was not the only reason over the years as there had been some changes regarding the encryption of the streams, but this was all covered under the RTMP/RTMPE schema that iPlayer has used all along. The current problems stem, probably, from the BBC developing its strategy to maximise its use of it server space and to provide new functionality to the iPlayer service itself. For example, there have been many changes that have been made to the availability of program material and the BBC's downloader has been completely revamped since I first looked at it. The changes, I believe, were made to enhance the regular users experience, not to stop the users of get_iplayer.

The result of this is that those that want to continue to download material to keep will now have to use Bittorrent. The irony here is that the UK has pretty much been successful in blocking access to sites such as thepiratebay, with most ISPs (such as BT) restricting access to this and other torrent tracking sites.

Monday, April 24, 2017

The garden in April

The apple blossom is in full swing. I will have to tackle the nettles soon.

 Above is the "breeze-way|" to the fields behind.
 Still the remains of daffs and now bluebells in the old bed
The orchard wall and the horse chestnuts, which I will have to tidy.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Is CAIRSS relevant in 2017?

I am not even sure that they are still in operation.

When I tried to contact Anthony Mannella, still listed on their website, answer came there none.

Another article by the late Lindor Reynolds, Winnipeg Free Press, April 2013

Immobilizer problems resonate 

 Readers can relate to man's struggles with device, MPI

Strangely enough there is no mention of CAIRSS, Anthony Mannella or Wayne McAlpine in the above article. Perhaps they had fallen from favour by that time?

If Anthony wants to tell his side of the story he is more than welcome to comment here. Or maybe he is still too scared of Wayne McAlpine to show his face?

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Getting to Central London by LT

It seems the best way is to drive to the foot of the M11 and then take the North Circular westbound to the first roundabout. Then go north before turning hard right (south) into South Woodford.

There are 93 parking spaces at the station, it should be okay on a Saturday.

Monday, April 17, 2017

MPI immobilizer problems

Today I had a visit to my website to my MPI page.

Making a Google search for MPI, not including the word "immobilizer", you can easily see that the general opinion that it is a joke! Multiple stories of how the  immobilizer, when fitted to vehicles in Manitoba, gives big problems.

Although my page on this is no longer on my website I point out that those are associated with this topic are also as nonsense. This includes Wayne McAlpine.

Sunday, April 16, 2017

What's new about Wayne McAlpine

Well, basically not a lot!

As far as I can gather his in the process of contacting as many people as he can that ask them if they have heard of me. I guess the plan is that if anyone says that they have he can warn them of my sordid past. He seems to think that I have a predilection for ecclesiastical buildings.

The problem with that one is that I don't have a sordid past and all of what he has posted about me on his retarded websites is a lie.

The question is, how long is it going to take him to realise that and "move-on" himself?

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Attribution of images

What I have tended to do in the past when I have used images from a private source was to add an attribution indicating the source of the image. This was even done for images that were not specifically copyrighted to an owner. The attribution was made as a courtesy to the owner and may have included the web address of the owner.

What I have decided to do now is to only use images that I have taken on this blog.

The value of Personal Data

There was an interesting programme on BBC World Service last night. The discussion was around that of how much data is collected in the "digital age". How this data is used and who collects is and for what reason.

Of course, there was the "big bad business" or corporate giant argument that it was all about needing the information so that they can make money out of users. There was also the concept that this data was something that could be used to determine the way that we all think, our view on politics and social responsibility. That the data could be used to determine the way that we vote and how we voted. The notion that the use of this data was the reason for the Brexit and Trump votes. It being used to create "fake news" and influence the "popularist" movement.

Push-back by those wanting to protect their personal information and keep their privacy. Awareness being far greater post the Snowden revelations. A large disconnect seemed to exist in that those responsible for legislation not really understanding what the realities are. I posted about this before with Amber Rudd and her "All the Necessary Hashtags".

There also seemed to be a "given" that everyone uses Social Media and this is the primary means by which all this data is collected and used.

Wanting to find out more about this I searched for "What is my personal data worth". Apparently this data is only worth 50p per person. I think that mine is worth far more! This seemed to be determined o the price that marketers would pay for the information on my activities. The FT also published a questionnaire where you could determine what your data is worth. I completed this and I found that my data was worth 63p. It was easy to see what the "movers" were in this determination as I admitted that I was a millionaire but I didn't admit to having any intention to make any large purchases. It was easy to see that this was just a marketing exercise - it was the other uses of this data that really concerned me.

In these days of Cyber Fraud I value my data far more than 63p.

Friday, April 14, 2017

All the churches in Suffolk

Wayne McAlpine fails to understand the position of the churches in England. He seems to think that any of them would be interested in someone who lived in Canada for 35 years and allegedly had "disturbing" images on a computer hard drive.

If contacted I am pretty sure that many would not even know what a hard drive is and many of the church-goers don't even use email.

The other irony is that not only is Wayne McAlpine's accusation about me completely false he doesn't even realise that I am an Atheist, i.e. I don't believe in God. The Churches of England would not even care about this and would be more than grateful that I would have an interest in their old buildings. This in contrast to Canada and the US where the attendance of church is by the faithful and in most cases to buildings of no architectural or historical significance. This was another reason that we left Toronto and returned to the UK. In addition to the distinct lack of culture we were unimpressed by the fact that we were living in a "Christian" country. We don't have a religion and are happy to live in a country where this is the norm.

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Why the renewed interest in Wayne McAlpine

I probably would have moved on but a sequence of events brought Wayne McAlpine back on to my radar screen. Although I had observed that he seemed to be visiting my website and this blog on a reasonably regular basis since 2009, when I made my first comment about his business ethics (or the lack of them), it was a series of emails that I received and a Google Alert that triggered as a consequence of his dispute with Wayne Morris Brown that renewed the interest.

I could have just ignored all this but I admit I was curious to know to what extent Wayne McAlpine and Joshua Sham had stooped to annoy Wayne Morris Brown. It also amused me that Morris appeared to be adopting the same sort of tactics that Wayne McAlpine had employed when he first attempted to "get back" at me for posting less than complementary information about him. This took the form of the creation of websites in the name of whoever he wanted to discredit and then post to allow those looking for such information to find it.

As a result of my new interest Wayne McAlpine decided to make up a story that I had sent him a hard drive that contained incrementing files on it. He only came up with this in 2016. How come it took him so long?

Saturday, April 8, 2017

You may have guessed, I don't like Wayne McAlpine

..... but why would I? Why would anyone who he has accused of things that they have not done.

Whether it was that you were a Sexual Predator or that you have cheated on your taxes (the later is not something that Wayne has accused me of ----- However, I can't say the same about him!).

Wayne seems to make a habit of implying the misdeeds of others. This could be the implication that you are associated with a dubious business yourself, he should know about that one! He is prone to post reviews about businesses that he thinks that you are connected, he will even suggest that there is a threat to public safety. When that fails to work he resorts to attacks of a more personal nature, such as that you are a sexual deviant

You may have not found much "dirt" on Wayne, but that is because he is a master at threating behaviour to the point that I think that most people who have worked with him are afraid of him.

Wayne thinks that posting falsehoods about me helps his case.

Friday, April 7, 2017

To be absolutely clear

When you send or receive an email from you are communicating with Wayne McAlpine. You are NOT talking to Wayne Morris Brown, the former owner of that domain.

Wayne McAlpine and Joshua Sham high-jacked theramman,com, and other domain names, from Morris Brown and Wayne McAlpine continues to use it for communications relating to the business dispute that they have between them.

Wayne McAlpine is very fond of "crying wolf" when others use pseudonyms, false or alternate names in communications. This is exactly what he is doing here.

I maintain that the use of a pseudonym is a very common practise, one that I have used many times, and it is not in itself an indication of deception. However, Wayne McAlpine's use of crosses a "red line" (to use current terminology) and he compounds it by the use of an auto-responder that mentions other enterprises that may or may not be associated with either of the Waynes.

For all I know McAlpine has removed the reference to piratejack on this auto-responder, I don't know as I have given up sending him emails on that address. He is too chicken livered to use an email address that doesn't attempt to masquerade as someone else.

If anyone wants to communicate with me on this matter they can do so using the comment feature of this blog. While I receive email on the address attached to this blog I am not responding to it.

Thursday, April 6, 2017

This makes no sense

When I posted the email that Wayne Morris Brown sent me I then received an email from Wayne McAlpine that said:

This is where Morris Wayne Brown believes that the enemy of my enemy is my friend,

how's it working out for you Morris Wayne Brown "the ram man" and James Skip Eavers.

To do this to John???

John  your friend?? Morris Wayne Brown "the ram man",James Skip Eavers  getting trolled on the internet because of your doing Wayne Brown "the ram man",James Skip Eavers

John we are deeply sorry to have met Morris Wayne Brown "the ram man" and James Skip Eavers

Morris Wayne Brown "the ram man",James Skip Eavers and Martin Winter are have affecting your business

My interpretation of this is that Wayne McAlpine presumed that Morris Brown was teaming up with me to suggest that the products sold by PirateJack and other companies run by John Mcleod. I have done no such thing. In fact, Wayne Morris Brown was defending PirateJack and was saying that they were the "good guys". Although Wayne Morris Brown is undoubtedly an "enemy" of Wayne McAlpine, he is neither a friend of mine nor an "enemy".

I have no idea who James Skip Evers is and although I have seen the nonsense that Wayne Morris Brown has posted online I have no stake in his dispute with Wayne McAlpine and Joshua Sham.

As far as "are have affecting" the businesses of John Mcleod (I think McAlpine meant to say that I was affecting the business, but he does have a problem with language), I can't see it. It was Wayne McAlpine who is the one that is talking about "dangerous" auto parts.

"To do this to John"?? - do what? - He was defending you! Morris said that any reference to PirateJack was detrimental to all. I assume that McAlpine does not know what the word "detrimental" means?

Wayne McAlpine thinks that I see him as my enemy. I am not sure that I do as he is little more significant than pond scum. I certainly have reason to think that way given the things that he has accused me.

A Message for Asheville

What possible reason would I have to "damage" your business?

It is Wayne McAlpine that has PirateJack on his autoresponder when you send him an email at

He is neither TheRamMan or the operator of TheRamManINC - he is the one that is spreading lies.

It is Wayne McAlpine  that you should be asking "What the fuck are you up to?". It is Wayne McAlpine who you should tell to stop using your name. It is Wayne McAlpine who claims that he is the expert on "dangerous" auto parts. As you may have read I have my interests elsewhere! But, I doubt if even you believe that one!

Wayne McAlpine will stop at nothing to divert the true away from the fact that he is a liar and a fraud.

About those "Dangerous" Auto Parts

It seems that this is a topic of interest. To claim that a product that is as important as a component that is used in a motor vehicle as being "Dangerous" is a serious matter.

As Wayne McAlpine seems to want to make out, the sale of such parts is a threat to public safety and should be taken seriously. If a complaint is made it should be investigated.  Similarly, if a claim is made and it proves to be untrue, then the person making that claim should be severely reprimanded.

Apart from the waste of time that those who are administering such things, claims such as these are irresponsible and should be stopped. A person who makes such claims is also likely to do so about other things that he/she does not agree with. This extends to making false claims.

I repeat, it is Wayne McAlpine that is making those claims under the guise of (not

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Something I received 19 June 2016

An earlier email that I had received about the antics of Wayne McAlpine

The highlighted text below is an extract:

We were contacted by the police, about two years ago, because Wayne had an altercation with a teenage boy on the street (Wayne called the police to complain that the boy had stepped onto his lawn and "trespassed"). It was around this same time we found out that Wayne McAlpine didn't even have a driver's license.... the same man that is a mechanical engineer and Nascar winner. The exciting news for Wayne is that he has been taking driver training!!! In the past couple of months the driver trainer has pulled up in front of his house to pick him up for driver training lessons.... just so happened that a few of us neighbors decided to pull out our lawn chairs and sit on the lawn facing him, right where he could see, when he arrived home from his driving lesson. To date, he isn't driving alone, so he either hasn't gone for his drivers test or he has failed. 

Wayne McAlpine  is a scam and a con-artist. 

Thank you for your work. It has not gone unnoticed. We have information on our end also. I am not sure how we can work together, but I hope that we can to stop him from the fraud and theft that is going on.

I am not making this up!

This extract was from an email that appeared to have been prompted by someone finding "Pinocchio series" the website(s) created by Morris Brown. This was an early attempt by Wayne Morris Brown to expose Wayne McAlpine and Joshua Sham and accuse them of "cheating" him in the delivery of a redesigned website for Morris Brown expanded this attack with one featuring ArcDis Corp.

Now in April 2017, Wayne McAlpine continues to be interested in what I post about him!

Any Reference to Pirate Jack

Morris Brown said:

any reference to pirate jack is detrimental to all. these are good people, mcalpine IS NOT ASOCIATED WITH THEM.

Well this at well be true, it is Wayne McAlpine who is claiming that he is the agent of PirateJack.

As far as "Good People", I have no idea and I don't care.

It appears that this is all part of the deception that McAlpine tries to perpetuate.

McAlpine, Piratejack and unsafe auto parts

Wayne McAlpine is an expert in fake and dangerous auto parts.

This is why he posts safety warnings about those that are selling them. Good for him! If it weren't for him we would all be unsafe on the roads of North America. I guess should know all about this subject as he has been involved in this industry for sometime. This is when he is not presenting himself as God's gift to the world of the Internet and computing. There seems to be no end to his talents, data recovery and the detection of "download pirates", he really is the paragon of the industry.

His talents are ideally suited to create quality websites to increase the sales of any business in this industry. Morris Brown might disagree with this though.

I do hope that the owners of PirateJack are fully aware of his activities.


A visit from Eugene, Oregon.

Pizzagate is a term used to describe an ongoing worldwide investigation into the elite and their child sex trafficking ring run thru the Clinton foundation.

Perhaps Wayne McAlpine will have an idea about child sex trafficking?????

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Wayne McAlpine seems to like this page

Dubious business practices of Wayne McAlpine.

He visited it yesterday. He also went to the current page on his activities

Strangely, he was not interested in this page on him. I have modified this page to expressly say that the page and site IS a vendetta against him!

Monday, April 3, 2017

Ford recalls 52,000 F-250 pick-up trucks over park fault

Of course this was a UK story

Although I own and drive a Ford, I would not consider anything that is remotely North American in nature. I find myself saying "why?" when I see a Jeep (very popular here in the UK) or a Mustang on the streets of rural Suffolk.

This post has nothing to do with my current dispute with Wayne McAlpine and his assertion that there are retailers in North America that are selling "suspect" auto parts that may have an impact on vehicle safety. I do admit that I posted it to possibly get some interest from him.

I have no idea what locking hubs are really used for. I do know what 4WD is and how this could be relevant, but it does not apply to me.

Saturday, April 1, 2017

Websites built using Wordpress

As I was saying on my website, I am not a fan of Wordpress.

I downloaded Wordpress on my Canadian hosting service to test out what I could do with it. It didn't take long before I abandoned it due to the amount of blogspam that the comment and contact features were attracting. I could have turned the commenting function off, as many do, but this then only gave me the same functionality as what I was doing manually creating HTML pages. I was hoping that Wordpress would offer a solution to handling the "Social" aspect of my website.

The use of templates of the design of others also influenced my decision as the time used to customise the look and feel was similar to designing from scratch.

The hacking of Wordpress is well documented and is a prime target for SQL Injection attacks, the Wordpress engine runs on a MySQL database after all. I have also experimented with these databases, as I have such technologies in my past career, I also gave this up as I found that I didn't have a use for it. Similar to many of the technologies that I have featured on my websites my pursuit was of an academic nature. The MySQL experiments involved the installation of phpMyAdmin. This brings me to another decision that the use of PHP was also something that I was not interested in continuing with.

Friday, March 31, 2017

Actually, I quite like this blog now

There was a time when it was just a secondary outlet to supplement my website. But, since my website has taken a different direction, this blog remains a great place to put some of my current thoughts down. While the fact that it is not going to be found by many except the determined (Wayne McAlpine being one of them), it is free and it is not going to go away unless I delete it or it is removed by Google Blogger.

For Google to remove it I guess I would have to post information that is deemed to be illegal or such that it unnecessarily defames an individual. This has been  tried  before and it didn't work. My understanding is that Google are mindful of the ability for its users to post their feelings and maintain a platform of Free Speech. I think that if an individual has made allegations against you, a blog is a perfect way to reply to those charges. The caveat here is that I have to stick to the facts, or at least as I see them, and not post things that are not true. Sadly, I cannot say the same about Wayne McAlpine, who continues with his madness and attacks against me using all that he can think of using the Internet and information that he finds there. There is not a lot he can find elsewhere, as it does not exist.

Thursday, March 30, 2017

More about my interest in security matters

On 28th November 2016 I posted about this. Since that time I have had cause to review and expand on my reasons for this interest.

If you took the time to actually read what I had posted on my website and on this blog you would see that it has been an on-going interest of mine. If you take the statements made by Wayne McAlpine on the matter, in that they are just a "cover" to disguise my "wrong-doings" and to allow me to prepare for any investigation into me, then you may have a different opinion.

The article on the decision by the Supreme Court of Canada regarding their stance on the release of personal information was not a comment on the actions of Wayne McAlpine. It just happened to involve an example of a Saskatoon resident who was found downloading child pornography I did choose to post on this to antagonise Wayne McAlpine - it worked.

I was not suggesting that Wayne McAlpine was, or is, a paedophile or sexual deviant, however, he has accused me of such activity.

Wayne McAlpine does not like being challenged with a contrary opinion to his. If this is the case he seems to react in a manner that is characterised by a counter-attack of invention of activities of the person who is criticising him. I seem to be the recipient of such attacks, as is Morris Brown and others that I have yet to come across. This could be due to the fact that I am wrong and he is a fine upstanding member of society, but I rather think that he has a problem and reacts badly in these situations.

Wayne McAlpine has been on my radar for quite a while now. I thought that he had forgotten me as he seemed have lessened his visits to my website and this blog. However, the appearance of Morris Brown and the ArcDis Corp. incident, he re-appeared to take a renewed interest in me This was in part due the fact that Morris Brown had been quoting my findings and I then became aware of his problems with Wayne McAlpine and Joshua Sham. Up to that point I was not aware that Wayne, and those that he involved in his "business" activities, were still up to their old tricks. As it turned out they were.

While I am currently of the opinion that Joshua Sham was fooled by Wayne McAlpine back in 2009 and gave him a job with his Oneworld ventures, Josh was somewhat taken advantage of. However, I still don't understand what anyone would do business with Wayne McAlpine.

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Accusations of Sexual Impropriety

It seems that Wayne McAlpine is not new to making accusations of Sexual Impropriety.

He has done so with James Skip Evers and called him a Paedophile and a listed as a known Sex Offender. Not only that, he claims that the only reason James moved to Texas was to avoid paying child support in Florida. To cap that off he suggested that anyone thinking of visiting The Ram Man shop call ahead to make sure that James was not there.

As far as I know this is unfounded.

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Failure in Business

This is kinda ironic that Wayne McAlpine cites the fact that I dissolved a corporation once and he has do so multiple times.

I explained previously my reasons for doing so, I made no secret of this but I deleted the post from this blog as it was only being used by Wayne McAlpine as "proof" that I was a failure in business. He, on the other hand has made no such declarations and seems to have taken all the necessary steps to hide the fact that he was the principle behind the corporations in question.

I won't detail all of the corporations here, as Wayne Morris Brown has done far more research here. What I would say is that the list that he came up with did match some of the entities that I saw Wayne McAlpine being associated. I will also not dwell on this as there are very good reasons to dissolve a coporation, but to deceive is not one of them. Wayne McAlpine didn't even know the name of my corporation, or its number. I will add that it was nothing to do with my website and blog, so there is little point in searching for corporations dissolved in Ontario in those names.

Monday, March 27, 2017

More dubious business

Back in April 2012 I made a post called "Dubious Business", this was the post that Wayne McAlpine complained to Google about. I am guessing that he used the "Report Abuse" link in Google Blogger.

I know this to be the case as I have a screen-shot of the complaint that I found while searching the Chilling Effects Clearing house for "Wayne". I could post it, but that would not prove anything as I was saying before it is easy to Photoshop an image to make it read whatever your want. If you want to read the complaint I suggest that you make the search yourself. Again, I could add a link to Chilling Effects but that is something the competent Internet user can do for themselves.

Google looked at this complaint and decided that there was nothing to merit its removal.

Sunday, March 26, 2017

The Necessary Hashtags

Sorry, I had to break my flow and make a post about Amber Rudd's statement to Andrew Marr.

It seems that she is not getting off lightly on this one!

Amber Rudd Mocked For Saying Knowing ‘Necessary Hashtags’ Will Counter Terror

I particularly like the reference to the BBC's 2012 satire by Felicity Morse


..... and these are the same people who are responsible for dreaming up and implementing laws...

People who are no longer around

in that they are either dead or not prepared to get involved.

Wayne McAlpine is not proud, he will use anyone to try and make a point. The publishing of an email that I sent to a Winnipeg Free Press, the late Lindor Reynolds, and then suggesting that I threatened her that if she didn't expose my findings about Wayne McAlpine that I would "target" her and attempt to make out that she was corrupt.

I did not do any such thing! I did write an email to her, but she decided to "ignore" me. I think that this was due to the communication that she had with Anthony Mannella, of CAIRSS, who she was quoting in her article about automotive immobilisers being fitted in Manitoba. My only problem was with fact that Wayne McAlpine was mentioned in the article. Earlier I was contacted by Anthony Mannella telling me that I was in violation of copyright usage of their logo. I don't think that I was, but I temporarily removed the logo from my website. At that time Anthony denied that he even knew Wayne McAlpine. This was an out-and-out lie!

Anthony Mannella, although still listed as being with CAIRSS, seems to be unresponsive to any communications in 2017. The last updates on the CAIRSS website and Anthonies LinkedIn profile was from 2013. I am not sure if they are still in operation. Whatever the situation is, I am presuming that Anthony Mannella wants nothing to do with Wayne McAlpine - I can understand this.

Saturday, March 25, 2017

The daily post

The question is whether I can keep it up!

I have so much scope, so I don't think that I will run out anytime soon. Perhaps I will have to stop if the police seize my computers.

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Am I the only one on the visible Internet that has a problem with Wayne McAlpine?

This is what Anthony Mannella claimed in an email response to Lindor Reynolds of the Winnipeg Free press in June 2013.

However, in 2016 Wayne Morris Brown came into the frey and also seemed have a problem with him. It seems that he and Wayne McAlpine fell out over a business deal and Wyane McAlpine resorted to type in his response to Morris Brown.

As Morris Brown was quoting my research on Wayne McAlpine he renewed his interest in me. It was only then, after a period of almost 6 years, that Wayne McAlpine came up with the story of a hard drive that I had sent him and an accusation of being a Sexual Predator.

Wayne McAlpine is obviously unstable.

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

I am listening to you Morris

The fact that I haven't, ever, corresponded with you, doesn't mean that I am not aware of the nonsenses of Wayne McAlpine.

I haven't heard from Joshua Sham for a while, however.

You might want to update some of your websites with Wayne's latest activities. You could always do a You Tube of the and other sites that he created on you, me and others that he thinks he can use to divert his "twisted" ways.

Wayne thinks I don't know what a Sexual Predator is.

You would have thought that I might have looked it up?

Sending me a link to a Wikipedia page is stupid.

A retraction and an apology.

Wayne McAlpine said "do a retraction and an apology and we can move on".

Well, to do either I would have had to have done something wrong, but all of the things that I have posted about you are true. To suggest that I fabricated things about you is a nonsense. The fact is, you just don't like what I said about you and your methods.

This all started out when I made a comment that your data recovery service was a little to good to be true. When I declined to take with you about it YOU started to invent things about me. This included the creation of a website in the name of a company that you thought I worked for and proceeded to post articles that could be construed as those meant to discredit that company.

My interest in you continued as it was clear that you were still interested in what I was posting about you. This was determined by your frequent visits to my website and blog, all evidenced by entries in my Google Analytics and website access logs.

My research into your activities continued even though I was aware that your data recovery business was a failure and no longer active. This was by your own admission.

I then became aware of your involvement in the Canadian automotive industry. You were posing as an expert and consultant. Given my previous encounters with you I pursued this to find out more information. As you were aware of this, you continued in your pursuit of me. Your visits to my website and blog continued.

To find out more about your activity with CAIRSS,  I contacted them, the MPI and the Winipeg Free Press.
I found out about your involvement with CAIRSS from a Google Alert triggered by an article in the Winnipeg Free Press by Lindor Reynolds and the LinkedIn profiles of those that you were associated when you were running Oneworld. This also confirmed a continued connection with Joshua Sham plus other names such as Anthony Mannella.

All in all there seemed to be a rather incestuous web of people involved in all this. Many names were found in relation to VATSIS, CAIRSS and the Canadian automotive industry in general. Names such as Terry Bradshaw, David Nagorski and Brian Sampson.

And then, in 2016, Morris Brown and TheRamMan came along. I think that it was this that tipped the balance as Morris Brown had found what I had posted about Wayne McAlpine and was quoting it in his condemnation of Wayne McAlpine and Joshua Sham.

Now all Wayne McAlpine seems to think he can attack me with is that he accuses me of being a "Sexual Predator". It only took him almost 6 years to create this nonsense. The charge being based on the lie that I actually used his data recovery service. The very service that I was criticizing in the first place.

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

and now a visit from Kelowna, BC

So much for Cyber Stalking!

If Terry Bradshaw wants to talk there is an email address in my profile on this blog

Where Wayne McAlpine is going with all this

Wayne McAlpine did not like something that I said about him in 2011 and now in 2016/2017 he is making up stories about things that he discovered on a non-existent hard drive that I supposedly sent him for data recovery.

It is like he has taken a leaf from Donald Trump's playbook in that anything that is said about him, that he doesn't like, is labelled as "Fake News", while at the same time he is making up things about people to discredit them. I don't need to elaborate on this, anyone who reads the news will know exactly what I mean.

Facebook wants to know

Andy received the following:

"Do you know Mark Shalagan, Terry Bradshaw and Mark Shalagan?"

I am not sure why there are two  Mark Shalagan "friend" requests, it is probably that this is an automatic "trawl" of people who may have viewed Andy's Facebook page.

PirateJackHotRod will probably get a friend request from Andy Nagy - Oh! I do love Facebook's cavalier attitude to privacy......

Mark Shalagan said to me in a communication about OneWorld and Core Data Recovery:
"We have no idea how that happened other than to think WM used us/our company to validate some of his twisted dealings".

The "that happened" was the association between the name OneWorld and Core Data. I think Mark was correct in his statement.

Of course, that was the conclusion that I came to. Wayne McAlpine would probably add this to the list of things that I made-up about him!

Mark also wanted me to call him so that he could see that I was actually calling from the UK as he said that he was concerned that I may have been Wayne McAlpine in disguise. He said that I should set some time aside when I called as he had quite the story to tell on his dealings with Mr. McAlpine. I have yet to call Mark as I was not sure that he wasn't what he was wondering about me, i.e. Wayne McAlpine in disguise.

Terry Bradshaw may have been interested in Andy as he may have seen that Andy had viewed his Facebook page. In addition he also seemed to show some interest in my pages on my website relating to RadMedia Corp, VATSIS and other ventures with Wayne McAlpine.

Monday, March 20, 2017

Tor upgrades to make anonymous publishing safer

An article by Dr. Winter, of the TOR Project, announces that they will be making some changes to improve how the Tor network protects users’ privacy and security.

Good old cousin Philipp, I knew that he would come up with some new stuff. 

Chihuahua - I am surprised that you can spell it!

Wayne McAlpine said:
“you’re just like a little chihuahua; lots of noise scurrying in and out between owner feet and making little nips”

I wish you’d just be a man and grow up!

Why XXXXXX YYYYYYY are you so absorbed? you’re the one that chose to go this path I’m just engaging you know.

I think he meant:
I'm engaging (with) you now

Apparently I am now a "sex-crazed" Mexican dog with a perchance for fiddling little boys and girls in churches!

That is when I am not scurrying into the shadows like a cockroach. is the current front for Wayne McAlpine.

As with my previous advice about anything to do with Wayne McAlpine - DO NOT DO BUSINESS WITH ANYTHING CONNECTED WITH HIM!

Wayne McAlpine seems to think that the use of an alias is a crime. This is a supreme example of "the pot calling the kettle black" as he is doing just that by using the email address of as an email address in communication with me.

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Exporting and uploading to a new blog

It seems that I may want to do this.

I want to maintain the content of this blog so that it can be found by those making searches for posts that I had made in the past. However, the blog name (i.e. its URL) has passed its sell-by date. I know that there are visitors that have set bookmarks and look at specific pages directly using those bookmarks. If I move my content to another URL and delete this one those visitors won't be able to find what I have posted about them. They may even conclude that they have "won" their battle in intimidating me to remove my posts on them.

I think that it is important that those that search for the misdeeds of those that I have featured should be able to find my content.

While I realise that this may well be a "cat and mouse" exercise in that the person in question will just create another set of websites in combinations of my name and the new blog name, but it will be a victory for me as it will waste more of their time.

As I have said many times in the past this blog and my website are nothing about me. They are comments on what I have found on the Internet. My name is irrelevant to those comments as I am not expecting any glory for making the comments, just that I feel that some things need to be said. It has also been stated that all of my postings are to remove any attention away from myself, this is also not the case! I have not made any of this up and have not lied about anything - unlike the person who has been threatening me for the last few years that unless I remove what I have posted about him, he will.......

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Cyber Stalking

....... as in monitoring who visits your website, from where and what they are interested in.

This is pretty much the reason why I run this blog and my website.

...... with cyber stalk many different people three different aliases to try and create inflammatory remarks and fabricate information and calling it factual information where was completely contrived by his own and not having one shred of Truth by creating information directed at skullduggery and attacking good character of individuals to hide his mental instability as a human being.

Skullduggery? - who uses such language these days?
"good character"? - you must be kidding!

completely contrived? - now that is rich!

5 Eyes

I really do think that Wayne McAlpine is rather stupid to conclude that my comments on the activities of security services, as revealed by Edward Snowden about the NSA, are just a "cover" for my own activities.

I have been interested in privacy and security long before I commented on his rather seedy attempts at doing business as a computer data recovery specialist.

This continues today as there is more nonsense coming out of the Oval Office. This is now coupled with the similar nonsense of Social Media and my continued distain for Facebook and Twitter.

Friday, March 17, 2017

American Fingerprints

The Trump administration is "out-to-lunch" to suggest that their own intelligence agents have nothing to do with the alleged "spying" at Trump Towers ordered by Obama.

The NSA and CIA are closely in-bed with GCHQ as was pointed out by Edward Snowden. They are not just spying on The Donald but everyone in the US and the UK!

I guess I should not be surprised that Donald Trump suggests, or rather Sean Spicer, that GCHQ were the ones that did the snooping as his relationship with the US intelligence services are bad enough as they are.

Thursday, March 16, 2017

A little bird

.... tells me that someone in Saskatoon has not been reporting all his business activity and income to CRA.

It is also suggested that this person had been banned from driving, perhaps it was a case of "Road Rage"?

All in all I am sure that the person in question will get justice metered out to them eventually.

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

A visit from Osoyoos, British Columbia

This was on the 12th March.

It was strange that the visit was to my post on Dubious Business. The post that Wayne McAlpine complained to Google about!

Looking on the Chilling Effects Clearing House website (a service that keeps a record of complaints such as DMCA violations) it showed that Google had looked at the post and determined that there as nothing wrong with what I had said.

Osoyoos is not too far from Kelowna, too much of a coincidence if you ask me. Joshua Sham tells me that Terry Bradshaw is a "reasonable guy", the question is regarding the company that he kept in 2011/2012. If he wants to discuss this further I encourage him to do so.

Joshua also says the same about Anthony Mannella. I would email him but the email on his LinkedIn profile wants me to register on LinkedIn for "full access". I am not going to do that as I despise LinkedIn almost as much as I do Wayne McAlpine.

Tuesday, March 14, 2017


The Internet of Things - why is it that so much nonsense surrounds it?

I posted earlier with regard to "connected devices" - today John Humphries was interviewing Donald Toon the Director of Prosperity (Economic crime and cyber crime) at the NCA - it was if John was winding Donald Toon up. He was goading Donald with the example of a freezer connected to the Internet and seemed to be trying to get him to explain how said freezer could "attack" poor defenceless companies with a DDoS.

While I realise that there are going to be more and more Internet Connected devices in the near future, I really do think that it is being over-played. I really think that there are more important things to be concerned about with respect to changing the security settings of such devices. I really do think that users need to be educated about the perils of Social Engineering across the board rather than getting people all concerned about toasters and fridges.

Saturday, March 11, 2017

Ticket Bots

Once again this topic is back in the news.

Ticket touts face unlimited fines for using 'bots' to buy in bulk - Guardian/Observer 10 March 2017

I reviewed  on my website some time back and got a bit of email from the software vendors telling me that I had written a "false review" about their software. Their complaint was that I was claiming that they were marketing it through less that straight-forward methods, not that the software did not work! However, that aside it seems that the use of such software has been noticed by others and something is now being done about it.

At the time of my original investigations I was not supporting the use of such software. Quite the contrary, I was wondering why there was not more of an outcry about its use. Quite frankly I think that it makes a nonsense out of ordering tickets for events on-line and I would be very wary in doing so myself.

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

"Fake On"

I guess that the "Fake On" that was developed by the CIA and MI5 for a specific Samsung SmartTV was part of the notion that all devices will be connected to the Internet some day?

Sunday, March 5, 2017

Connected devices

I would be interested to know what the actual statistics are for homes that have domestic devices connected to the Internet. Sure, there are millions of computers and phones doing so, but I doubt if there is a significant number of IP connected devices other than those.

If you read the hype put out by "security" firms about the dangers of your fridge or toast "spying" on you, then you could possibly think that there is a problem.

Saturday, March 4, 2017

Why I am not a terrorist

or even suspected as one by anyone.

I am white and was born in England and I have a Anglo-Saxon name.

There is nothing in my profile to trigger any suspicions by Law Enforcement agencies. That is because there is nothing that could be seen as suspicious. I am not known to the police and there is no reason for there to be. I may have posted about security issues, but that is a concerned and interested citizen who observes the plight of those charged with protecting people such as myself.

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Sunday, January 22, 2017

Lies and Opinion

It seems that those that have a problem with not being challenged by those that work for them and with them, people such as Donald Trump, confuse lies with statements of opinion.

Donald has a problem with the press, both domestically and internationally, he accuses them of making up stories that make look bad.

I see this in others that don't like what others say about them. They claim that I have fabricated inflammatory things about them. You know who you are!

Trump and the CIA

You would think that Donald would have more to say than to rant about the Press and how badly they reported his inauguration. Surely a few more details on how America is going to defeat ISIS would have been more relevant? Perhaps he will elucidate on what he meant by "restraint" when it comes to the approach to date?

Interesting that Pompeo has not yet been approved as his new CIA chief by the Senate. Maybe he will be tomorrow? Perhaps there is a little "push-back"? But he is going to a "beautiful" head of the CIA!

Friday, January 20, 2017

So America is going to be Great again!

We shall see. I have long been of the opinion that the (North) American dream was just that, a dream.

America, in particular had |"jumped the shark" a log time ago. In fact Mexico is my favourite country in North America. and this is from someone who is a Canadian citizen. At least I don't live on the borders of "Donald Land" anymore.

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Wikileaks Spy Files

Barrack Obama pardoned Chelsea Manning.

I was suspicious of this whole thing. It seemed that she (he) was being used as an example. Throwing the book at someone who knew no better.

Releasing "restricted" documents to WikiLeaks and now Julian Assange thinks he may get a fair trial in the US.

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

The location of iPlayer downloads on your device

I guess the key here is that if you know this then you can copy those files to a location so that you can keep them forever.

However, that is not how iPlayer downloads work. Even if you do locate the files use will possibly be able to copy them but they will not play in a regular player. They can only be played by the iPlayer app on the device that they were downloaded. This is to prevent you from keeping the files and redistributing them.

The media that is available from the BBC is in fact available in a form that is DRM-free. This is how they are stored on the BBC servers.

The search for the location of these files is one of the most popular that finds my website.

Monday, January 16, 2017

Facebook is persistant

I give it that! I get at least two emails a day telling me that I have more friends that I know!

Perhaps it is because Andy has not "friended" anyone?

As far as I can determine Facebook is a waste of time, but a lot of people seem to use it!

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Keeping your mind active

One of the things that is recommended for those that are retired is to keep your mind active when the pursuit of your career goals are no longer your first priority.

Some take up a hobby others volunteer their time. I have always had a hobby, part of which is this blog and my website. Others play games such as golf or computer games. I play neither.

The Internet has opened the possibilities for both gaming and blogging (including Social Media). My partner plays games on the Internet and challenges her friend in Abu Dhabi to get the higher score. Many an hour are spent on computers and tablets in our household.

Keeping your mind active is supposed to be a good way to ward off the onset of Alzheimer’s, perhaps that is what I have got?

Saturday, January 14, 2017

It must be really frustrating

To register all those domains and to upload all the nonsense that you think is going to discredit someone or to promote yourself and then nobody visits them?

That is only the person that you are trying to discredit and they are only looking to see what you are up to. The person who doesn't have a business and anything that is posted is not going to affect him in any way.

Even if someone happens to make a search for this persons name, the results that come back will be so far removed from what they know about the person they are likely to think that it is someone else - even if the website name is also used in the search. There are very few other people that know that this person runs the website in question and even f they did what they would find the search results will still make no sense to them.

Friday, January 13, 2017

Trump and security services

I hope that whoever Donald Trump appoints to head up the CIA, FBI, NSA and all the other security services in the US will keep their organisations under control!

The US will be fucked if all this sensitive information continues to be leaked to the press. Michael Morell, who Obama had at the helm of the CIA, and  Michael Hayden, the CIA and NSA director under George W. Bush, voiced their support for Hillary and the Democrats. I would hazard a guess that most of those working for the organisations also are anti-Rebublican, the person(s) in control of them will have a mammoth task ahead of them.

I guess that Donald Trump could repeal and replace them all with a solution of his own, just like he is going to do with the Assisted Heath Care program. Perhaps the displaced security employees can be put to work building the wall?

The security and privacy concerns that I have with LinkedIn

I have been monitoring the operation of LinkedIn as a Social Networking  platform for  a number of years and I am not sure that it is really beneficial for its users. My observations are that LinkedIn is less than beneficial as it attempts to lure its users to enter information on themselves that LinkedIn can use for their own use.

I have posted on this subject on my website and gave examples of why I arrived at this conclusion. The major issue that I have with LinkedIn is the way that they collect information on their users.

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Ford Breakdown Assistance

I must admit that I am impressed. As part of my annual service at Ford I get 12 months Roadside Assistance included free in the service package. I didn't expect to have to use it as the car is barely 2 years old, but it was  nice insurance.

This morning the car was completely dead, I even had to unlock the doors with a key! I must have left something switched on as the battery was completely dead. So a call to the Ford number was in order.

As we live in the middle of nowhere I was very pleased that the AA service van arrived within 45 minutes. The car was soon started using a "booster pack" and I was able to pick the brain of the AA man about the ins and outs of jump starting. Especially on a car with Start-Stop technology and an Enhanced Flood battery.

Why I saw OneWorld as an aberration

Reviewing some of my posts on this blog and my website, I came across a page that I penned in October 2011 when Wayne McAlpine was particularly interested in my posts about him.

This is what I wrote:
I entered into this discussion as an observation of the unlikely eventuality that a data recovery scheme as proposed and promoted by Wayne McAlpine would be viable.
All this for $14.99CDN..........

I re-wrote the page sometime between October 2011 and August 2016 so that it could NOT be found in the Google index under its original URL. I think that this was in response to a visit from St Johns, Newfoundland and that I really had grown tired of Wayne McAlpine's attentions.
Fast forward to November 2016, Wayne McAlpine (WM) now has a dispute with Morris Wayne Brown (MWB). Morris seems to have adopted some of  WM's tactics and had launched a website in WM's name. On this site MWB was quoting this blog and - this, as far as I can see, was an attempt to discredit WM. To cut a long story short, this seemed to reignite WM's interest in me.

Sometime in 2017 or 2018 it is my intention to migrate the content of to a new UK domain and server. The question is what content I am going to exclude from this move. As the theme of is global by nature, not Canada specific, it would not make sense to migrate some of the Canadian stuff. However, there are some pages that I feel should be maintained.
I will probably give up on this blog "The Technology Muse

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Trump and compromising information

Maybe the Russians have a hard drive that they obtained from "The Donald" where it shows him groping some of his female admirers?

Interesting that he thought that capital letters in his tweets gave the message more weight. I wonder where he got that notion from?

I hope that they don't threaten to expose him unless he does what they want! Perhaps they will register and publish all the photos and videos that they have on him?

The person or persons that has this information is apparently an independent contractor for the US intelligence services.

Lindor Reynolds

This is why I wrote to her.

See also my post on this blog - 27 November 2016.

Back in 2013 an article by Lindor Reynolds, formerly of the Winnipeg Free Press, came to my attention. This article related to a "safety" product that was being fitted to cars and trucks in Maritime
province(s) - the exact details of which are not relevant to me or this blog. My interest was that Wayne McAlpine and Anthony Mannella were cited in the article.

This made little sense to me as both gentlemen were previously involved in operations that had taken issue with me, my blog and website ( Appearing as "experts" in this article aroused my suspicions about the two named here.

My email to her, using an alias, was an attempt to find out more information about Wayne McAlpine and Anthony Mannella's activities. The reason was that I was pretty sure that neither had been honest with me in the past and I was wondering how they were representing themselves.

Wayne McAlpine wrote:
..... under the Alias of tempus fugit trying to get Lindor Reynolds to write his story she had contacted myself and a couple other individuals and telling us on how he had threatened her if she didn’t write the story that he would in his sights on her trying to discredit her and come up with inflammatory information and falsifying information to make her look corrupt.

What I actually said:
If you are interested in a possible article about their activities in suppression of what they are really up to, then please reply to this email.

At no time did I threaten her. In any case, how could I discredit her? She WAS a well known journalist and I, as Wayne had told me earlier, was NOTHING! I did not ask her to "write my story" and I have NEVER made any inflammatory statements or made up false information about anyone. Of course Wayne McAlpine would claim differently.

Lindor did reply to me but said that she needed to know who I was before she could continue. I understand this as unlike Wayne McAlpine I believe she was an honourable person. She also told Anthony Mannella that she ignored me, but I was not privy to the communication that AM had with Lindor. It is quite possible that AM was acting in all good faith, but his association with WM does not make any sense to me.

As far as I can determine Lindor Reynolds was a fine journalist and was instrumental in determining best practices in Canadian law making. Before her life was cut short due to cancer she did some ground-breaking work. I was surprised that she would not be aware of the antics of Wayne McAlpine, but why should she?