The Gebesse Blog

Thoughts from the world of technology and business

Should you worry about Heartbleed?

The answer to this question is, as always, “it depends”. If you have had the Internet switched off for the last month you might not have heard of Heartbleed. It was a flaw in the OpenSSL encryption software that secures Internet communications such as email, web sites, instant messaging and virtual private networks (VPNs). I […]

Security experts. Right!

Everyone is concerned about the security of corporate data. We all do regular backups (and test that they work and store them in a safe place), we restrict physical access to places where people shouldn’t go, and we all have good password management policies. Don’t we? Here are some stories about security. The secure premises. […]

Sometimes we geriatrics know things

The following observation was made in a Facebook comment responding to someone who had said that her current work at a law firm was related to a course she had done in law school but she had forgotten all about it since she closed the books. At least it isn’t outdated before you even graduate, unlike […]

Deadbeats

Anyone who has ever run a business which sells things that can’t be taken back, like consulting time, accounting work or advertising, will occasionally get a customer who decides not to pay. I’ve been very lucky in the 25+ years that I’ve been running my business and have had very few bad debts. Two of […]

Resurrected scammers

In August 2010 I published the following story on my weekly sceptical magazine, The Millenium Project. =================================== Another week, another scam (7/8/2010) I received a fax addressed to my business this week offering to arrange my Yellow Pages listing and, as a bonus, give me a free Google listing. Free submission to Google – how […]

My mobile office

I used to rent an office. It was a nice office, handy to public transport, nice places to eat or buy take-away food and all the shops you find in a rather large town. One day the landlord wrote to me to say that the rent was going to be increased, and that’s when I […]

Exporting from ACT! to Excel

So you want to get data from your ACT! database into Excel. Here’s how to do it. Note: these instructions are for ACT! 2013; there are minor differences with earlier versions but the principles are the same. The first thing to do is create a lookup of the records you want to export. You can […]

Mail merge with ACT!

One of the ways that ACT! can make your life easier is by automating mailouts to multiple contacts. The first thing you need to do is to create a template for whatever it is you want to send. Remember that if you are using Microsoft Word as your word processor of choice with ACT! you […]

Things that should be ignored

By now everyone should be aware of “phishing” emails. These are the ones which look like they come from a bank or PayPal or Amazon or some other business and ask you to click on a link to verify details or to get more information. We all know to ignore these and never click on the links. […]

How many Ps in Internet Marketing?

This article is based on a presentation I gave to Penrith SWAP on August 22, 2000. Most of it is still relevant today. I was rather disappointed that the speaker who immediately followed me used what I had said to promote a pyramid scheme set up to provide “free” web sites. It was some consolation […]

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