Tuesday, 6 October 2009

Are argos mikomi posting fake reviews?

Seems like this question get's settled here:

Are argos mikomi posting fake reviews?

But be warned, some reviews may not be fake, but may still be misleading. The case of Mikomi 8 gig flash drive pen drive 8gb is a case in point. If you look at the reviews on the Argos site you might be inclined to think this product was completely reliable.

Thursday, 13 March 2008

I received an email from DROA.com … Is my domain about to expire?



Dear London Software Consultant,

As you know, I started a free Microsoft Office Live site for my small business. This has worked well and already generated me a lot of additional business which I know for a fact came from this source.

Today, I got this thing in the mail from Domain Registry of America. They are www.droa.com. They say my domain will run out in July and I should pay $30 for the year till July 2009. Do I need to pay them? There are all kinds of domain places right? Should I throw this away or not?

Microsoft Office Live has not informed me I have to do this. I have a feeling they just saw my name online and wrote me. Whassup with this?

Yours, Concerned.



Yeah that sounds like a spam to me. I think Microsoft will automatically renew your domain for you when the renewal is needed.

You can find information about this here:
www.internic.net

Your “whois” record does indicate that you domain is up for renewal in July. However I expect Microsoft will automatically renew it prior to this date. You can view your whois record on the following link:

http://reports.internic.net/cgi/whois?whois_nic=YOURDOMAIN.COM&type=domain

I would check the whois register again on the 1st of July or a bit before. If Microsoft do not automatically renew it for you, I think you have a period of time after that date where you can transfer to a new host.

I’m fairly sure there is a “cooling off” period after the domain expires when no one else can register it. Certainly I would expect Microsoft to contact you prior to any expiration of your domain if any such is in the offing.

I think I’ve had stuff from DROA before too… just spam. Ignore it.

Best wishes.

Sunday, 21 October 2007

Debugging C# Rhino 4 plug-ins



Last week a colleague sent me a Rhino 4 plug-in, asking for help to debug it. Rhino-4 is a 3D graphics package which has become popular in universities. It has similar functionality to Alias Maya, 3DS Max etcetera, etcetera.

The easiest way to debug these rhino plug-ins, is to set the VS.net environment up so that starts Rhino (see graphic).

Then you can set break points, and if errors get raised you can step into them.

The error I found in the code was a consequence of C# array items not be instantiated. C# does not support dynamic arrays in the way for example that VBA and VB.net does.

The way the arrays were being declared was creating an array of whatever size, but was not populating that array with any actual objects.

Consequently I added a function that achieves the same thing to the end of the class, which I call to populate the array.

private whateverS[] GetArrayOfwhateverS(int num_whatever)
{
System.Collections.ArrayList al = new ArrayList();
whateverS whatever;
for(int i = 0; i < num_whatever + 1; i++) {
boid = new whateverS();
al.Add(whatever);
}
return (whateverS[])al.ToArray(typeof(whateverS));
}

There were 2 different functions referring to what ought to be the same array. So I made it a private class level variable to support that. I made the array a private class level variable so that it could be accessed throughout the class.

Tuesday, 18 September 2007

More Argos - Mikomi grief

Here is the rather predictable reply I got when I emailed Argos at the only email address I could find on their web site:




Dear London Software,

Thank you for your e-mail regarding 8gig Mikomi USB Flash Drive.

I am sorry I cannot help you on this occasion as the item was purchased in one of our stores. Please take the item back to any Argos store, along with your receipt, and our staff will be happy discuss the purchase with you.

[... (NOTE HOW THEY COMPLETELY IGNORE MY HAVING DONE THIS ALREADY AND HAVING SAID SO IN MY EMAIL TO THEM)....]

Alternatively the Argos store customer service team may also be contacted by phone on 0870 600 3030 option 4 for assistance.

[.... Incidentally, the equivalent landline number I just looked up on saynoto0870.com is 01908 690333 ....]

Should you require any further assistance please do not hesitate to contact us at order.enquiries@argos.co.uk or call us on 0870 600 2020.

Regards,

Argos Direct E-Commerce Customer Service Team.

Monday, 17 September 2007

Hey, if you think I'm just being praranoid... read this...

Hey, if you think I'm just being praranoid... (see below)... then have a read of this...

"I just bought your old hard drive"

Letter to Argos Mikomi

Here is the email I have just sent off to Argos / Mikomi (info@argos.co.uk) ... (we shall see what response I get). You need to read the previous post for the background to this.




I purchased an 8gig Mikomi USB Flah "Pen" Drive as a business purchase using my company business card from my local Argos on 12th September 2007, and was using it carry around important files with me that relate to my business including confidential information.

It became defective after 5 days of use. All the data files appear scrambled, and the drive has become locked so that nothing can be changed either adding or subtracting.

I am a computer professional with 20 years of experience and have several other similar devices from other manufacturers - none of these other devices has ever misfunctioned in this way for me.

I paid £50 for this 8 gig drive code: USBFD8GB - a "USB 2.0 Flash Drive 8GB".

When I try to reformat the drive it responds with "read only" - so I can't take the garbage off. It may be possible to recover confidential information from this garbage - and I certainly can't take the risk of handing over the drive to be returned to a factory where this confidential data is out of my control.

I took the drive back into the store, today (17th September 2007) and spoke to customer services staff there. As a reference for the conversation they gave me the name of the person in charge and the Manager's name.

They said they would only give me a refund if I hand over the drive. But it has confidential data on it which someone with the right equipment may be able to access - so I can't do that.

Bottom line is, I have bought a pen drive from Argos-Mikomi which breaks down within 5 days and I have NO RECOURSE. They won't give me either a refund or a replacement.

I suggested that we could take a hammer to it so I could be confident no-one could access my company data on the unit, but they wouldn't do that either. They said if they did that then argos HQ would expect that particular branch to foot the bill for the item.

You can verify that all this is true by speaking to the staff at the store.

My request is that you give me Argos vouchers to the value of the defective item (£50) so that I can purchase a replacement of a different brand. I won't be making the mistake of buying "Mikomi" products again.

Mikomi (Argos!) USB Pen drive HELL

Speaking purely from my own experience, I certainly have no statistics to show how many Mikomi USB Flah "Pen" Drives are defective, but I bought one as a business purchase using my company business card from a local Argos on 12th September 2007, and was using it carry around important files with me that relate to my business.

This morning (17th September 2007 - 5 days later) when I go on to it, the data looks like this:



Mikomi I did not realise is a brand name for Argos own electronic products. I paid £50 (about $100) for this 8 gig drive code: USBFD8GB - a "USB 2.0 Flash Drive 8GB".

The drive now says it is "read only" - so I can't take the garbage off. I ran it through the data recovery program "Active Undelete". That has worked miracles for me in the passed but could do nothing with this.

Did a quick search and found some one who bought a similar item (4 gig) and it completely trashed her system - so I suppose I should count my blessings that didn't happen to me.

I took the drive back into my local store who said they would only give me a refund if I hand over the drive. But possibly is has confidential data on it which someone with the right equipment will be able to access so I can't do that.

Bottom line is, I buy a drive from Argos which breaks down within 5 days and I have NO RECOURSE. They won't give me either a refund or a replacement. I suggested that we could take a hammer to it so I could be confident no-one could access my company data on the unit, but they wouldn't do that either.

Perhaps one lesson is this:

Always try out a new pen drive for at least 2 week with data that is not at all confidental or sensitive, prior to putting anything on it that is confidential. That way if it dies you can get a replacement from the likes of Argos / Mikomi.

I am writing a letter to their head office about this, so may yet still get my refund... I'll keep you posted.

In the meantime if you know any cool tools for data recovery from pen drives please do let me know in the comments.



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