Welcome to week number 12 of the renovations. We’re very much on the home stretch now and, according to the builder, we should be able to move back into the house by the end of April.
Time for a quick look at progress since the last update:
enclosure purchased for the outside low voltage lighting and pergola audio. Managed to get a Legrand Atlantic 35430 lockable powder coated steel cabinet. It’s IP66-rated and weighs almost 10kg. The local electrical wholesaler has been trying to sell his three stock units for almost two years. So, instead of paying $357 for it, I paid just $120. TOTAL overkill for the intended application but half the price of an equivalent size polycarbonate unit.
installation has started on the storage unit wall outside the new bathroom upstairs.
This telephone recording was provided to me my a friend in Brisbane. His name’s not important, so let’s call him “Kurt” for the sake of this post. Earlier this week, Kurt was called by an overseas contact centre (easily identified by the audio compression and delay) purporting to be Microsoft and informing him that he needed to take immediate action to fix problems on his PC.
Kurt’s a smart bloke. Actually, he’s a *very* smart young bloke who engineers infrastructure that millions of us rely upon every day. There’s no way he’d fall for such a scam. So, with some time to spare, he decided to make the most of the scamster experience and recorded his playful banter.
He writes, in his email:
‘…I got the usual overseas call with “there’s a problem with your computer sir let me fix it” scammers.
Usually I hang up but I persisted. Told this guy I was running Windows 3.1 several times (but playing a dumb user) and that I was using a 486 Hewlett Packard.
I remembered, after about 20 minutes of pretend reboots and furious googling of Win 3.1 screens (not that it mattered as these guys didn’t have a clue despite all the hints… and being passed to ‘specialists’ , that I could put the home phone on speaker and record on the iPhone. Apologies for the soft sound at the start, I bumped the volume up during it…”
I suspect the call centre has now placed him on their own DO NOT CALL FOR ANY REASON list.
I like to keep an eye on OzBargain. Every day there’s usually a genuinely good deal (or freebie!) on something or other… regardless of whether you need it or not.
Unfortunately, however, there are no special offers on CLUES at this moment in time. OzBargain user geoffwong25k could certainly do with one (or more). OzBargain quickly unpublished his latest brainfart but, thanks to the RSS feed to Outlook, Geoff’s handiwork lives on forever.
As the old saying goes, there’s one born every minute. Click on the thumbnail, above, to see this stellar effort.