Laptop security

You’ve a good strong password to access your laptop, you might even have a BIOS-based password too. But what can you do if your laptop is stolen? The Laptop Lock is a site that allows you to register your laptop, and if it’s stolen you can flag it as such. The site will connect with your laptop (you install a little piece of software) and you have access to a number of options the first time your laptop connects to the Web – including the ability to encrypt specify folders. One interesting option is to be able to geographically track where the laptop is accessing the Net from once stolen… that is, if the thief’s managed to by-pass your...

The Next Big Scam

The Nigerian Scam gets even better. I received an invitation to attend the “2nd International NGO/CBO Workshop”. Sounded great, all expenses paid trip to New York for up to 4 members of my organisation. Funded by the real Jacobson Foundation, and in part by the Bill Gates Foundation, and the invite was a ‘glossy’ PDF brochure. Only catch was, to attend you had to Western Union $300 per person to a post office in West Africa…. If they’d have had you wire the money to the US it would have been perfect. I know of a case locally where a whole group were invited to West Africa only to get there to find it was a scam. Our Government even contributed air fares. At least the group got to see Africa. But like I did with this scam, Google the event. If there’s not a whiff of the event, take a closer look. Especially given it was supposed to be the 2nd of its kind, why nothing online about the 1st?! ALERT: watch out also for the ‘Forum on Human and Community Development...
‘The Perfect Yorker’

‘The Perfect Yorker’

That was the ball from Dominica’s Matthew that bowled-out Jeffers of the BVI in last night’s 20/20 cricket match, one of the first in the competition presently being held in Antigua. It was a great game – especially to see our team do so well – and the Dominicans in the crowd thoroughly enjoyed it too! Next game – Barbados on Feb 5, which is the day before our football team play Barbados in the World Cup qualifier! (a Yorker by the way is a ball pitched right at a batsman’s feet. Click here for my old ‘Cricket for Beginners...
Value of Tourism, part 2

Value of Tourism, part 2

Pirate605 Originally uploaded by Steve_Mc I spoke about the typical contribution of tourism to Dominica’s economy. That’s in a typical year. The filming of Pirates of the Caribbean 2 and 3 in Dominica in 2005 (yes, that’s me in the rigging!) brough in around EC$47 million. Then last year we had PirateMaster. OK, so it flopped, but they still filmed here, and again, based on our pristine environment. As one of the producers said: “We selected Dominica for its lush, pristine landscape with rugged mountain peaks, deep river gorges, towering waterfalls and accessible coastline – the ideal setting for a pirate...