2011-02-22

PayPal idiocy

This is unbelievably stupid of Paypal. I just got this email from them:


vinyl tap records would like you to use PayPal - the safer, easier way to pay and get paid online.
To send vinyl tap records your payment and see the details of this invoice, copy and paste this link into your web browser:

https://www.paypal.com/uk/cmd=_prq&id=...

So much for "never click a URL in email". Even worse, if you log in separately, the request is not visible anywhere. Morons.

2011-02-18

NatWest phishing service

I got some NatWest phishing spam the other day and was amused to notice this:


<title>NatWest - Security Information</title>
<meta http-equiv="Content-Type" content="text/html; charset=iso-8859-1" />
<link rel="stylesheet" type="text/css" href="http://www.natwest.com/microsites/global/phishing_demo/includes/css/generic.css" media="all" />
...
<a href="http://www.natwest.com/"><img src="http://www.natwest.com/microsites/global/phishing_demo/images/h_logo.gif" alt="NatWest - Load home page" /></a>


Enterprising of them to actually uses NatWest's explanation of phishing to ... phish.

2011-02-03

Name and shame time

To quote 123-reg customer support:

> When will you be supporting AAAA records?

There are no current plans to implement this but notifications will be sent out if this takes place.

2011-01-05

Avoid vps247 hosting


Late last year, I was forced to find a new host for movementarian.org, as my previous hosting provider (Blue Room Hosting, who were really great) were shutting down. I went with VPS247, as they were local to Manchester and seemed reasonable.


Unfortunately my experience has been terrible. They've failed to keep the machines on the net, regularly causing ssh sessions to die. The dmesg is full of warnings about the block drivers failing to write for more than two minutes: evidently the SAN setup they have is totally unreliable.


My VM went down for a significant amount of time and support were very slow to respond. During the total outage, there were no status updates, and no response on the support tickets or the forums. The penultimate straw was when my filesystem was massively corrupted. Even though my VM is hardly critical, I can't be doing with unreliability like this, especially when they're not reachable when problems occur.


My final straw, though, was when I discovered they'd deleted all the negative comments from the Client Comments section of their forum. That's really, really, not on.


I'm now with linode and happy (so far).