Was looking at the locally available jobs on the government’s website for that purpose. I never cease to be amazed at the kinds of employment offered there. Most of it does not seem to deserve the appellation ‘job’ on account of there not actually being any work associated with the ‘job’, or else because the number of hours, coupled with the pay, would not enable you to actually eat enough food to be fit for said job, much less acquire a place to rest one’s weary head in the hours between ‘paid’ labour.

One that caught my eye was the following.

Company confidential

Sales Person – Work From Home

Job description

We are a national web design agency employing around 30 staff members world wide.  We are looking for a sales person who can work on their own initiative finding their own sales leads then securing sales.  Most of the work will involve selling the below website design services:

Cleaning Company Website Design
Payday Loan Website Design
Oven Cleaning Website Design
Takeaway Website Design
Our company provide a low cost solution to all of the above web design packages whilst making sure the websites are better than 99.9% of existing websites.
All of the above web design packages are priced at £199 for the full website and we pay our sales team members £100 commission for each and every sale.  Just 5 sales a week provides a £25,000 a year pay package.
Our new team member will contact existing businesses throughout the UK by phone or in person to secure sales.  Email will often be used to follow and and provide further details.
This is a work at home employment opportunity where the successful will candidate can choose their own weekly hours, based on 35 hours a week.
To apply please email your CV and cover letter to [email protected]

Below is a screenshot of it.
Directgov jobs and skills search - Job details 2014-07-29 08-39-13

For starters, the company name is supposedly kept “confidential” but the email address to which the CV has to be sent includes it. This means the company name is only hidden from those who have not the first idea of how the internet works. But then, I don’t suppose they would particularly be looking for people that do have a clue, since the rest of ad screams “scam” to me.

Oven Cleaning Website Design

Of course, it is a well-established fact that the rise in payday loan companies vastly exceeds the rise in pound shops, pawn brokers, and charity shops put together. Every Joe in the Street is starting up his own on-line payday loan company, conveniently financed with a couple of payday loans. And when that goes tits up, oven cleaning it is. Everyone is so busy with their twelve zero-hours contracts, nobody has time to clean ovens, and therefore oven-cleaning services are springing up in their thousands, addressing this desperate need. The internet presence of such companies is mandatory these days, virtually guaranteeing the sale a minimum of five such site designs per week.

The website hosted at the domain indicated by the email address is a reasonably modern-looking, yet also messy and fussy, arrangement with hideously long loading times for the images. Almost as long as this site! But I am not trying to sell you something.

Born to Lose: Memoirs of a Compulsive Gambler

The apparent owner of the business is called Simon Macbeth, and he is also flogging his autobiography through this website-design website, for “only” £9.99. Click through to his personal site, where the bio is puffed, and you will find yourself back in the early ’00s, with lots of red and flashy gifs.

Welcome to the better life!

The short version is that Simon Macbeth was going nowhere, until his mate in the pub told him how to get rich gambling, and his life was up and away from there. This is obviously the attitude that admires the most. Soon gambling will be part of the offered jobs, and woe to you if you’re back on unemployment benefits before you have attempted to wage at least seven payday loans on poker sites. Because the only people who are not getting super rich and winning Ferraris at gambling sites are those whose hearts and credit cards are not in it. With just a little bit of dedication, losing can be avoided entirely. My mate in the pub actually said the same thing the other day, in between slotting coins into the one-armed bandit and drinking the pint I bought him. “It’s all about the system,” he slurred, “you’ve got to have a system.” At closing time he wanted to crash on my couch, but I wouldn’t let him.

Search Engine Obfuscation

Simon Macbeth is big on SEO, and doesn’t mind obfuscating his links to get the goods. His services are given five stars everywhere, except that they aren’t. For example,  the Alexa reviews he links to don’t actually exist, according to the Alexa page that appears when you click. A link to a blog post pointing out that reviews ought to be real actually links to nothing: “server not found” is the message displayed. So whilst the reviews don’t really make it out onto the web much, they must be bringing them in as snail-mail by the van-load. “Being at the forefront of 1 to 1 he gets tons of positive feedback from the hundreds of happy customers, which makes him feel really good about myself,” puffs the 1-to-1 site. He found it more difficult to write about himself in the third person than I could ever imagine…

His incoming links, other than the ones he has created himself, and as represented by Alexa, are from eBay, where he also flogs his website design. This time not for £100 per each, as he told the Jobcentre to put in the ad forsooth, but £23 (99p for the design, £22 for the hosting). “Over 200 sold in the last 12 months,” boasts the blurb (source: Some more reckoning then leads to the fact that his 12 “amazing” employees (the other 18 must be invisible, or Macbeth can’t count?)  sold 3.85 websites between them, or an average of 0.32 websites each, per week. Even if they received a commission of £100 per sold site (which must be paid from excess gambling) they would be a long way off £25000 per annum: £23333.33 off to be precise.

Maybe they should have got themselves employed via this other eBay listing, at, because the outlook is a whole lot rosier there (although it clearly won’t help you with your English Literacy Skills).

Earning Projections
Sell 1 per day and earn £9000 a month, or £108,000 per year
The potential earns when working with 1 to 1 Web Design are UNLIMITED.  You earn £300 for EVERY sale, regardless of the amount you sell.  You could easily earn a health full time or part time wage.

Stolen, Manipulated and Tricked

“[Simon] has stolen, manipulated and tricked his way towards a better life, but when someone has nothing they will use whatever guile they have. One quality that has never waned is the belief that his luck will change and at some stage he will prosper,” trumpets the autobiographical book blurb. Apart from noting that the prospering is still future tense, it must follow that the Jobcentre, by allowing themselves to become a conduit to his efforts, fully endorse this attitude.

One-Star Amazon review of Simon Macbeth’s autobiography Too Tired to Play GamesI find it peculiar that…a) 15 out of 16 reviews seem to have input on the same day.
b) None of these 15 reviewers have reviewed anything else previously.
c) surprisingly these 15 reviewers all say how wonderful the book is and give 5 stars.
d) Several of these reviewers make reference to reading other books by Simon MacBeth but I can’t seem to find any.To try to work this out, I googled the name of the author, Simon MacBeth and recommend that you do the same.


One of the added benefits of gambling clearly is that women find it incredibly attractive, and will swoon at the mention of it. Macbeth has put this to good use. “He has accumulated women like most people collect the latest CD’s or fashion accessories, ” crows the blurb for his autobiography (which can also be had on Amazon; but still a rip-off at £1.02) (source: I don’t know why, but somehow “Client Simon Macbeth” reminds me of “Barrister Olabode Thomas,” who still has $4,000,000,000 of my Nigerian oil money sitting in escrow. Especially since Macbeth ain’t no client: indeed, guess who registered the domain? No points awarded for the correct answer.

Presumably this all adds to his experience of “a better life,” although I wonder if Lizzy Hargreaves, who is named on eBay as that 1-to-1 company’s representative, would be equally keen on Macbeth’s collecting fervour?

Lizzie lists her email address on eBay as “[email protected]”, and it turns out she’s used it before! Below is a representative entry, this one in Yahoo Answers (source

“Hello, Im lisaIts really easy to get facebook fans all you have to do is buy them there really cheap compared to other places i have looked i now have over 15,000 on my page.Visit for real facebook like, twitter followers, after your purchase we promise to contact you ASAP, Contact us on [email protected] promise you that you will be satisfied with the service we provide you and that you will receive the number of followers you have paid for (we always give you a little more!) and in the specific timeframe listed on our site. If you are not completely satisfied for any reason whatsoever or you just change your mind, you can request a refund, no questions asked.
Buy Real Twitter Followers only works with real people that have joined Twitter and who are willing to interact with you and your material. Dummy accounts or bots are not used as followers! Twitter followers that are sent to you choose to follow you because of a genuine interest in your information..Everything we do is 100% done by hand so our service is completely safe and complies with Twitter’s TOS. We don’t use any kind of automated means and we don’t create fake profiles/account, there is absolutely no risk in having your account banned unlike other services”

Unverifiaby good to work for!

No points for guessing where is registered, either, but some new names are now thrown into the mix. It’s starting to look like treacle! “It is essential, in business, that there is transparency between the customer and the brand management team,” says, which is no doubt perfectly true when their definition of “customer” — viz. whoever is buying the reviews — is used.

The link to reviews on Yelp actually is “” — note the “not recommended” part. That is because there are no recommended reviews of 1-to-1, much less five-star ones. On is the best one: “Only wanted a small website for my cleaning business but they provided a 20 page site for less than £200,” says Sam Sharp, indicating just how delightfully persuasive Macbeth is when he gets one to one with you… Despite this, he still feels that “Simon Macbeth was very cooperative and insightful.” (Source:

They have quality designers, you know!

Another incoming link is from reddit where user cristalion (sum total one post) managed to spam their company name:

“I learned how to design a website by myself…using youtube and researching in google.

I earn some money as a {cheap web designer} [duly linked to this outfit].

I have to thx youtube for teach me all I know…you can see my portfolio to see the exp I got from youtube ….wish you luck [formatting in original]”

It’s good to know that these top-notch designers can insert superscript at will!

advert#U00a359They’re #1, you know!

On the is a prominent display saying “1 to 1 Web Dsign [sic] have won the {Best Low Cost Design Agency} [linked pointed to] award and came second overall.” And guess who registered that “” domain? Why, 1 to 1 Web Design, of course. Although it must be pretty amazing to come second in your own competition, I will presume, until otherwise informed, that Philip Letts (registrant of the “winning” designer’s domain) has something to do with Macbeth, since the site in third place is duly registered by “1 to 1″ too.

From here on it is like I have lifted the lid off a cesspit. I can’t even begin to think what Macbeth’s domain renewals must cost him every year. Some of his domains have been registered for ten years in advance, so he is in this for the long haul.

It would appear that Macbeth once had a different name, Naylor, and whilst he is relatively new to internet scams, he is not at all new to rip-off plans in other fields. The proliferation of jobs this man, who states he was born in 1976, lists on various websites can only mean he never did anything for longer than four months. And all that in his spare time when he is not attending University to become a counsellor.

I have not found any site where he sells his gambling system, though.

Apache mod_lazy

Whoever set up the web server conveniently allowed the “directory index” feature on their Apache/2.2.27 (Unix) mod_ssl/2.2.27 OpenSSL/1.0.1e-fips mod_bwlimited/1.4 Server at In this directory, it can be seen that they can’t make their minds up what they actually want to charge for their site design: there are gifs with various pricing indicated, ranging from £59 to £79.



Excessive sales demand a lavish abode

“Simon is the only person that we are aware of that has invented a gambling system that is 100% successful and legal. [...] He invented a system of gambling on reverse auctions which has made him financially secure.”  (Source:

In case you thought I was being overly positive about Macbeth, these would make an interesting read: as well as this:

It’s so nice to see that the Jobcentre do so very much vetting before adding to their enormous pool of “available jobs”, so that they can moan more insistently about all these people that don’t want to work despite the myriad openings available.


The Oldest Domains on the Internet

I just noticed that the domain name “” sold two days ago for $57,500.00. For now, it still redirects to (creation date 3rd March 1986). The Heritage Auction website provided the following blurb as an enticement:

This is a unique is the 5th oldest domain name ever registered on the Internet. Originally registered by the Digital Equipment Corporation in 1985, that company was later acquired by Compaq in 1998. Compaq merged with Hewlett Packard in 2002, and the domain name was an asset that HP acquired in the merger. HP has contracted with Heritage Auctions to sell publicly, and we feel this is an opportunity unlike one that you will ever see again.There are over 260,000,000 domain names registered.
Thousands of domain names are being registered each day. Yet, will always be the 5 sup th /sup oldest domain name ever registered. Not only would be a great corporate brand, the historical significance of this asset is what makes it very desirable. was registered in September of 1985, only missing (the first registered domain name) by a few months.

So I wondered about the few that went before. Wikipedia provides a list. (March 15, 1985)

The oldest domain is, and these days exists to gain advertising revenue from link spam.

symbolicsLorem ipsum to you too. (April 24, 1985)

The second oldest is, and houses a regular business website for Raytheon BBN Technologies.

bbnThe domain itself is handled by that benighted outfit “Markmonitor”, scourge of many a photo-heavy blog. (May 24, 1985)

The third is which redirects to and then proceeds to tell me

Content Server Request Failed
Error Failed to locate document information for document with content ID ‘down-189973.html’. The document is no longer in the system.

Some good web use of this elderly domain (Creation Date: 1985-05-24 04:00:00), then. (July 11, 1985)

The fourth oldest is, and whatever else it serves, the webserver at this address isn’t up to much.

mccThis page has an advertising riot going on, being unable to make up its mind whether it’s fake degrees or shipping containers it wants to promote. At is a little summary which implicates the IP address at which is hosted in a lack of pleasantness. 2014-07-26 11-28-11 (September 30, 1985), (November 7, 1985)

Then there’s itself, and after that comes, whose website is not available. (January 9, 1986)

This is followed by which is still convenienly owned by Xerox. Now we’re into 1986, almost the modern day.

I wonder why domain registrations came off the ground so very slowly. I do remember (at a point in time when was ‘server not found,’ and thus before 1994-10-14) that it was originally free to register, and debating whether it would be worthwhile to register a whole bunch of them with the aim of flogging them to the brand owners. But this domain-squatting did seem a bit louche, so it did not happen.


New Microscope!

Since last year’s birthday gift was such a success, I decided to treat myself to the same thing again this year. This year’s USB microscope is a different model though. It has a Genesys chipset, runs great on Linux, and seems to have slightly better magnification than last year’s model. Also, it came with a little stand, unlike the old one, and was about a third of the price. It’s actually quite amazingly good, considering it cost just under £13.

Now they are both stuck on to the Banana Pi, serving images of flea eggs. :-D

UNIMAKE USB Microscope in action

Massive Cookie

In the logs today is a server, identified by IP address, sending me a cookie, of sorts. No GET, POST, or HEAD, just “Cookie.” This was followed by a “normal” request to spam, with the supposed referrer being “” which is just another spammy front page to a bunch of eBay listings. I suppose the unusual aspect of this is that they are actually listing them “Wii” toys.
The user agent is “Mozilla/5.0 (Windows U Windows NT 5.1 uk rv: Gecko/20110319 MRA 5.5 (build 02842) Firefox/3.6.16 ( .NET CLR 3.5.30729) sputnik″. MRA is meant to be “ agent”: an instant messenger. Firefox 3.6.16 dates back to 2011, but then Windows XP is even older. Sputnik is a bit of mystery to me.
Question is, then, which autospam-software is producing this cookie.

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A Rolling Van Gathers a Lot of Moss

My van is parked under a tree. Despite enough good intentions to pave a six-lane highway to hell, it doesn’t get washed much. I can’t remember the last time, but yesterday I had a go. That is when I noticed the pattern that had appeared in the green algae or whatever it is that are coating the paintwork on the roof. It really is very pretty.
interesting looking patterns in the green gunk that is on my van