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Wednesday, 21 December 2011

WOYWW - 133 It is nearly here - Happy Christmas to Everyone

My second desk downstairs - computer desk, really.
This is an addition to my normal post added this evening.   We have just had another phone call which seems to be another scam.  It was a telephone call from someone trying to sell us insurance for our new Sony TV.    We never do business like this over the phone anyway, and choked him off eventually (he was persistent), then did a 1471 to see if there was a number.  It came up with 0002071839757.  Having checked it out on the internet, it seems to be an extension of a previous scam to get money from Sky customers.  Put the number into a Google search and see for yourself.  The main thing is to check every caller out before you do anything.  Be careful. .  
Today, I am so late posting after missing last week completely.  My excuse/reason,truth is all down to technology.  After buying me my fantastic Silhouette for Christmas, my wonderful husband decided that he needed to get more up to date with his phone.  That decision coincided with a call from Virgin offering a better deal on our home phone together with a contract phone at a very good price, so we decided to go with it.  The phone arrived the following morning early and I go the job of setting it up for him as it is similar to mine.  Similar - yes, but different enough to bring on a nervous breakdown.  Finally sorted that one, then mine needed a software update.  What a mistake!  The update was fine, but then I found how to download apps for it, and my credit vanished in a puff of hot smoke!


So this morning was a rush uptown to the local Orange shop for help.  As usual with techie things, we chose the youngest assistant, who immediately stopped my money haemorrhage, and explained it clearly to me, and showed me slowly and carefully how to avoid the problem in the future.  We then discussed tariffs and what I needed and wanted, and came away two hours later with that sorted out and also a new dongle to allow me to use the laptop on holiday.

The afternoon was taken up with registering the SIM's and then creating two quiz rounds on a musical theme for our friends for Christmas day.  Sounds easy, but takes forever to remove all identification from each one of the tracks before recording them.  Still, it is now done, and it is just down to cooking and present wrapping.

I wish you all a wonderful Christmas and a prosperous New Year.  I am sure you will enjoy going round a few more desks thanks to the wonderful Julia.  Have fun and see you after Christmas.


Lunch Lady Jan said...

That is SUCH a good tip - choose the youngest assistant for techy help. Will do exactly that from now on :)
Hope you have a fab Christmas and New Year!
Hugs, LLJ #43 xx

Karen said...

I am glad that you managed to get everything all sorted out in the end Maggie :)

Have a great WOYWW and I wish you and your family a very, very Happy Christmas, Karen xx

Hands to Work, Hearts to God said...

Hi Maggie, glad that got sorted out! yesterday I was in a panic too as I couldn't access my blog as the notice said it had malware! i managed to remove the link to the site in my bloglist that had it, thank goodness! You never know with computers etc!!! A blessed Christmas to you and your family! Patsy from

Mrs A. said...

Gosh you have made me feel totally dizzy just reading all this. All 'The Doc' and I mangaged was a quick trip into town to pick up his new glassses and then straight back home. It was our 1st trip out since his operation with him being allowed to get behind the wheel again. We needed to open a bottle of wine when we got home (just to celebrate our liberty mind)!!!! Hugs and best wishes for CFhristmas and the New Year. Mrs A. & Two Monkeys.

Katie said...

What a mess! I'm glad you got all that sorted out with your phone!

Katie (106)

Helen said...

Well done you! Your desk looks very busy still for this close to the big day... good luck!
Happy Christmas, Helen #3.

TangolikeRaindrop said...

Merry Christmas! :) Tango #84

Shaz in Oz.CalligraphyCards said...

Hi there Maggie can so relate to you over the dram of changing phones and phone plans etc!! the dramas we go throguh trust the rest of preparations are less dramatic! Happy WOYWW! and thanks for being a blessing to me through 2011.
All the blessings of the season as we celebrate the birth of the dear Lord Jesus and the greatest Gift of all, love Shaz in oz. x #20

Sarah said...

Oh the joy of modern technology - let's just enjoy the turkey and pud I say! Thanks for sharing in such a busy week! Hope you have a very festive and wonderfully merry time - see you in 2012! Sarah at 11.

BetteK said...

What a nightmare Maggie! I just don't "do" technology so can imagine your panic but glad you finally got it sorted out. Hope you have a wonderful Christmas and I look forward to chatting & crafting & blogging with you in the new year. Love Debbie xXx

Linda said...

Wow Maggie you have had a busy few days. I wish you and your family a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

Linda xxx

Princess Judy Palmer said...

Lots of this an that on your desk. I got a chuckle out of your "we picked the youngest tech" which is probably a good ploy. I'll have to remember that.

May said...

A lot going on for you just before Christmas, Hopefully it's sorted now, thanks for the tip on the scam, Merry Christmas, Hugs May x x x x x x

The Crafty Elf said...

Oh Maggie...technology sucks! Let's be honest....it's only good when it works.
Thanks for the waring. Isn't it awful how people take advantage of other people. My Mom just had a call the other day saying that her computer was at risk and to sign on and they would walk her through her problems....RED FLAG! My mom is in her 79th year but she was smart enough to pick up on the scam. It really annoys me that people do this! Anyways....Wishing you a Very Merry Christmas with family and friends and All The Best for a Safe, Happy and Healthy New Year! Thank you for your comments over the last year, I'm so happy you took the time from your busy schedule to visit - Thank You!

Shazsilverwolf said...

Hi Marg- you are quite right, I shall never be completely organised! I'm just aiming to get a little better next year,lol. This year was definitely the worst I have ever been, between shift changes & the car breaking down!Shift change during the year only really means a couple of hours 'lost', but its suprising how much difference its made.Love to you both, and I shall be popping your card in soon! Got yours this morning, its quite gorgeous, thank you.

Shazsilverwolf said...

By the way, just spotted your bread pudding recipe! We both love that stuff, and I haven't made one for years. A lady at work used to bring it in regularly, but she retired earlier this year. It also reminded me about Bread & Butter pudding-haven't had that for I don't know how long now. I am feeling decidedly peckish now- oh well.

Elizabeth said...

Hello Maggie, just popping in late to say I've really enjoyed visiting your blog, and admiring your handiwork throughout the year. It's been fun getting to know you, virtually that is :) Many thanks too for the warning although I rarely answer the phone and I have the EM primed to say 'no' firmly even when the callers are this persistent. Your shenanigans with the phones had me chuckling - I've not been lured into apps yet, although I'm sure it is only a matter of time :) I wish you and yours a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. Elizabeth x #46