Storm Drain III
Another storm drain picture from February since the last couple have gone down so well. You can find the other storm drain pictures through this link which includes several from this same angle in different weathers.
So, I have recently been moaning about my computer backup problems and similar computer issues. I never thought I would say it, but I am so glad I am having these problems.
I was in the final stages of a backup, using new more friendly software, when I got a phone call, apparently from Microsoft about all the error messages I was logging into their system which probably were related to viruses. Now, this seemed not unlikely since I have been having crashes and other problems for a while. So I listened and followed their instructions, but very slowly because I had to pause and eventually turn off the backup software.
I could not understand the thick accent of the initial caller so was transferred to a supervisor, William. They lost me in that process a couple of times and phoned back. They navigated me over the phone to the error log on my computer, showed me all the errors, explained they were from malware on my computer and so on. Then they wanted me to run a command to take me to ammyy.com. This is where my recent problems come in and my gratitude. Since the computer was running so slowly, (during one of the dropped calls of theirs I even rebooted my machine), which meant I had to wait and stall them and it all gave me time to think and feel my gut which said this was not right. So, since I also have had a Microsoft update kill my security essentials software yesterday (when it rains, it pours – this one is a known problem I am in the middle of finding a solution for) I have been keeping the computer off-line except for short times of use like when I write this post. I told William I had to get on line, which I did, but then I kept on stalling his pushy enquiries while I googled “ammyy.com”. Bingo! Scam alert. I explained he was scamming me, it said so right on this website, and hung up on them before any harm was done. I don’t expect a call back.
Read more here about this scam if you care too, and even if you don’t. These guys are pretty convincing and will lead you down the garden path, reaching into your wallet the whole way, and probably leaving malware behind in your computer. They have been doing this scam all over the world for the past year or two, so it could be any of my readers that gets the next phone call. Be careful. And if you see William crossing the street in front of a bus let me know so I can cross my fingers.
Now back to getting virus protection fully functional again, and finishing that last 1% of the backup.
Canon EOS 5Dmkii, Canon 50/1.4 lens, ISO100: f-13, 30 seconds, Cameron Fader ND filter at about 5 or 6 f-stops of density.