Testing the iphone app for WordPress

Posted by on 23 July, 2008 at 9:54 pm

So here I am posting directly to my blog using my iPhone. It is slower to type than using a keyboard, of course, but it is at least available to me from anywhere. And as you can see… I can add an image, too. In this case it is a picture of my recently bashed […]

Dark Mood V2 WordPress theme, editing wordpress files, encoding PHP

Posted by on 30 July, 2007 at 11:15 am

It may come as no surprise to some to find that freely available themes have got advertising embedded in them by default. It came as a surprise to me, mind you! I downloaded and installed the Dark Mood V2 wordpress theme by Ed Canape and found that in the footer file there was a PHP […]

Downloadable Software

Posted by on 5 April, 2007 at 4:45 pm

Have you ever wanted a piece of software and looked for it online only to find it is much more expensive than you thought, or a massive download that you haven’t got time for? Well, imagine finding a place that offers you near instant availability at a stupidly low price! That’s what you get when […]

Jason Pitcock, ebay scam, Texas, eBay Fraud

Posted by on 17 December, 2005 at 11:30 pm

I was looking through the access logs on my blog here and I happened to notice more than one search for Jason Pitcock.

Yes, this low life scum bag managed to swindle me out of a tidy sum of money a couple of years ago which my grandfather had left to me in his will, by masquerading as a legitimate ebay seller with some good Apple computer kit to shift.

Needless to say the kit never arrived and I was one of about sixty folk who fell for his scam auctions. The FBI are now chasing his backside, and I seriously hope this evil piece of bottom dwelling pond scum gets his come-uppance.

There is a whole forum dedicated to chasing this man, and whilst it is a bit of a self-help group, it serves to warn the world that dealings with Jason Pitcock, from Texas, are likely to cause you grief.

It *was* here:

But now seems to have moved to which was one of the original trading names that Pitcock used.

Feel free to join the group, and feel even more free to say that you know the man, and even better, know how to deliver some justice in his direction. He has got away with over $100,000 as far as I can tell, and looks set to just get clean away with it. This can’t be right – there needs to be some natural justice in this matter… I’d be happy to hear from anyone so disposed to deliver.

Edit – 21st march 2006 – I received a link swap request from what appears to be a legitimate fraud watch website. Oddly, the URL has a redirect:

Now, if this site does indeed warn folks about potential ebay scams and fraudulent activity I’m all for it! Click if you wish to visit that site.

Fraud – Ebay Fraud Blog
Fraud Prevention, Information and News about Fraud Online

Buying from the Internet

Posted by on 14 May, 2005 at 10:19 pm

I have been caught out once or twice with dodgy dealers who haunt places like eBay (check out any threads you can find on Jason Pitcock, who ripped me and about 60 other folk off for Apple kit and is now being put on trial by the FBI). So it is with a great deal of trepidation that I enter into any online deal that looks too good to be true.

However, I have to say that the Alpine sat nav gear which Kara got me for my recent birthday has made me think again – there *are* some decent people ‘out there’.

We bought the unit from and throughout I was worried that I couldn’t speak German and didn’t want to appear too ignorant by ringing them and speaking in English. How wrong could I get… I *did* pluck up the courage to ring after I had exchanged several emails.