runPCrun now trialling Bitcoin - purchase Google Apps for Domains, ESET's antivirus, Hitman Pro and more with BTC!
runPCrun are conducting a trial to accept Bitcoin as a payment method.
This is not automated yet (we would like to see demand for it first) and the prices below are quoted are at current exchange rates, so you will need to email firstname.lastname@example.org for a proper quote at the time.
We are official ESET resellers for their products:-
- ESET NOD Antivirus 7 License (1) - 0.2 BTC
- ESET Smart Security 7 (1) - 0.27 BTC
- ESET Mobile Security (1) - 0.112 BTC
We are resellers for Surfright's Hitman Pro
- HitmanPro (1 PC) - 0.12 BTC
- Google Apps for Domains (1 mailbox) - 0.26 BTC
We can also provide hosted Exchange, online back (via Mozy) and a whole host of other services, including standard technical support (0.75 BTC per hour, 0.0125 BTC per min)
All prices include VAT at 20%. If you can prove your physical address is outside of the UK, then it is possible for this to be removed.
So if you are a Bitcoin users and wish to purchase our services, please email email@example.com with your request, and we will try to help you.
If you have major problem such as your email going down or your server not working, it is now possible to alert us via text message at anytime of the day including weekends.
This is particularly useful if the issue occurs outside of office hours or you don't have access to email.
How to use the Major Service Outage (MSO) text message system
- Create a text message to 020 3111 9121 (or +4420 3111 9121 if abroad)
- Start the text message with the letters 'MSO' to inform us that it is a Major Service Outage (and therefore an emergency)
- If you want us to contact you on a different number than you are texting from, please put your phone number and include any international dialling codes if you are abroad.
- State your company name (in a short, recognisable form where appropriate)
- State the problem in it's shortest and simplest form (for example "server dead" or "email down") try to keep it concise if you can.
If you are part of a larger office, please don't assume that someone else will alert us. In fact the more MSO's we receive from a company, the quicker we can realise it is a "global" problem rather than a single persons issue and therefore respond accordingly.
Don't forget to thank your system administrator today ! (Particularly if it's us! )
Happy Sysadmin day everyone!
Now Dell in the US have announced that they will be offering Windows XP pre-installed after June 30 2008 via the Vista Business/Ultimate "downgrade" feature, but there are no equivalent announcements being made by Dell UK at this moment.
To avoid any problems, if you are considering buying a new PC in the near future and you wish it to have Windows XP installed, then I would advise you to buy now to avoid any uncertainty.
Please remember that this is the end of "OEM sales" whereby it can be purchased with a PC (the Vista loophole not withstanding). Retail copies are not being pulled off the shelves and the actual operating system will be supported by Microsoft until early April 2014
RunPCRun participated in Crusaid's Walk for Life on Sunday 10th June. We raised a total of £748 ($1,470).
So a big "Well Done and Thank You" to everyone that sponsored us.
If you still have some money burning a hole in your pocket, feel free to donate to our favourite charity - The International Community of Women with HIV/AIDS
We've been receiving a few emails from customers about the spam they've been receiving recently.
We currently already filter all the email for spam. According to our reports, 9 out of 10 messages we receive are spam and are removed with a 0% false-positive rate. Unfortunately we cannot "machine-filter" more than this without potentially making mistakes.
You can attempt to further filter them yourselves by using the scoring mechanism our anti-spam mechanism uses by reading and using these instructions.
However, whether it would meet with much success these days is a different matter, as the few spam emails that do make it through are doing so by using some clever techniques to make it look (to a machine) similar to legitimate email (at the moment they use normal text unrelated to the spam and an image that contains themessage they are trying to send, usually with imperfections to stop any form of OCR being performed on the image) as well as looking like and acting like a proper email server from the email servers perspective to prevent techniques like greylisting.
Unfortunately the specifications for the email protocol were created in 1982 (even though email was used in various forms before this) and has changed very little since then. Email was originally conceived as a method of sending messages between academics, not as the business medium it has turned into today.
There is a war going on between spam and the anti-spam programs, and just as in nature there is an element of survival of the fittest. A lot of spam will die, but some will always make it due to the sheer volume and the ingenuity of the people that generate it.
So I'm afraid some spam emails will always get through, and you can see this at places like Hotmail and Google mail to see that even with the huge resources that these businesses have to draw on, they cannot solve this problem, and I'm afraid we have no "magic bullet" either.