All posts by Bob Leggitt

Why Twitter is Bad for Creatives

Supremotron's Conception

Every day, millions of people post their own content to the Internet. For most, it’s just a casual bit of sharing, of material which has typically taken no more than a few moments to create. A photo, captured on a smartphone and sent directly to a Facebook feed, or a simple thought, no more than a sentence long, typed instantly into Twitter. There’s no real ‘archival’ element to the content. It’s there for the moment – easy come, easy go. Continue reading Why Twitter is Bad for Creatives

Why Online Dating Doesn’t Work

Online dating sites range from the cynical, subscription-based projects run by the likes of Global Personals and Cupid, to free, ad-monetised facilities like PlentyofFish. But whichever you choose, the stark reality is that it’s almost inevitably not going to work. Continue reading Why Online Dating Doesn’t Work

Twitter Crimes: 1 – Klout Theft

Sadly, it’s endemic on Twitter. Not only content theft, but also the much less commonly recognised scourge of Klout Theft. You’ll probably be aware that your Klout is your Twitter influence. It’s not purely about how many followers you have – it’s about how many people really notice you, care about what you say, and respond to you. Klout has high value on Twitter. In fact, Klout has become such a valuable commodity that people are stealing it. You do the work, they get your Klout. Continue reading Twitter Crimes: 1 – Klout Theft

The “I Make £437 Every Day” Advertorial Scam

The I Make 437 a Day Advertorial Scam

You’ve probably seen this ad around on the Internet. It’s been in circulation for a long time. If you’re anything like me you’ll have a policy of steering well clear when something you find online looks too good to be true. But these ads aren’t exactly an ‘underground’ phenomenon. They’re not restricted to aggressive ‘adult’ sites and the peer to peer networks. They appear on huge, supposedly reputable, mainstream sites, which have millions of users. That in itself lends them significant credibility. So where do the ads actually lead?…

Well, they lead to what’s known as an Advertorial site. In plain terms, a scam site.

The page is set up to look like an independent review, on a news site, which appears to have been endorsed by big and reputable news organisations. Here in the UK, that includes Sky News and the BBC. In America it includes CNN, NBC, ABC and FOX.

But the entire site is the work of a scam organisation. In fact, despite the way the site looks, it’s really just a single page. The links to other stories and sections don’t lead anywhere except to the con artist’s signup form, and the comments after the ‘article’ are all fake. It’s a con. Pure and simple. But the con artists are getting away with these ruses. Why? Because THEY ACTUALLY TELL YOU IT’S A CON. In very small print, at the bottom of the page, you’ll find the following information. I’ve used my own large, red, bold text to emphasise the important stuff. Needless to say the scam artists don’t do the same. This is the reality of “I make £437 every Day". Part 1…

Advertorial 1

And Part 2…

Advertorial 2

Or, in a sentence, it’s complete and utter bullshit. Not only that, but if you read the ‘advertorial’ you can see it’s clearly aimed at people who are in vulnerable situations. People who’ve lost their jobs and are in dire need of an income. Classic, morally bankrupt, scammers’ tactics. This setup seeks to con vulnerable people into throwing away what little means they do have on totally valueless offerings. Why are these cons allowed to persist? There has to be something wrong.

A Free Retro Analog VST Synth

If you’re a musician who uses the VST environment on a PC, this piece of gear represents one of the best ways to get classic 1970s-style synth sounds without spending a penny. The Mutiny Polysynth from Planet Botch is a FREEWARE virtual analogue synthesizer for the VST environment. It’s already had many thousands of downloads, but why has it been such a popular choice? Continue reading A Free Retro Analog VST Synth

Microsoft Windows in 1985

Windows 1.0 - 1985

How sophisticated you would have been in the mid 1980s, with a Personal Computer, and Microsoft Windows 1.0 with its built-in word-processor – Microsoft Write

Word Processing in the mid 1980s with Microsoft Windows 1.0 and Microsoft Write Continue reading Microsoft Windows in 1985

My Psychic is a LIAR!

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by Pinkie…
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I have been dating a psychic through the dating site Meetaplex. He still, however, charges me for psychic readings – even if we are engaged in sexual intercourse at the time. I am not exactly happy about this, but he said that his employer – Psychix Direct – would fire his ass if he told my fortune for free. Fair enough. But what is not fair enough is that I’ve now discovered my psychic boyfriend is a LIAR! His name is Adrian Monkshank.

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