Saturday, August 14, 2010


Hi, you probably have in your email contacts an email address, I recently turned on the catchall on this account to find out that I am getting 100's of emails daily to various email accounts on this domain that I have owned for many years.

I use with colin@ and info@ as an alias, no other accounts exist. I have decided for the time being to put an auto responder in place to let people know that they have the wrong email address. Email are not being read and automatically deleted so do not be concerned about privacy.

Please feel free to subscribe to my blog, I post useful hints and tips here and you can unsubscribe any time if they annoy you. Please feel free to email me if you would like any help with your email.

I recently turned down a $15,000 offer for this domain name (  but I would consider offers an order of magnitude higher.

Regards Colin Dixon is my main email address and feel free to call me on 0419 415000 I live in WA so that's 2 or 3 hrs behind Melbourne, unless I am travelling.

Saturday, July 31, 2010

AUDA and where is your Domain

An update on where my clients domain names are:

on the 12st July 2010 registrar accreditation for Bottle Domains was terminated I was an agent for Bottle so my clients domains were transferred to AUDA these need to be transferred to a new registrar and I am now an agent for TPP Internet and this can be done at
Or send me your password email and I will do it for you. There is no cost to you.
Most of my clients were already with TPP so no action will be needed.

Here are some more tips.

You need to keep in control of your domain name, here's how to do it. is where to go to see who owns the name, look for the ownership and the

  • Registrant: needs to be you

  • Registrant Contact Name: needs to be your email address

For TLD ( eg not go to

To change things you need the Domain Password which is available from WARNING: see below

other things to note are the

  • Registrar Name: this will be the Service that I am a dealer for TPP Internet and the

  • Name Server: this is normally which directs to my Name Servers I also use several other domains look for ozol as well. is my site where you can change the contact email and name server, for example if you have a web developer who is designing your web site and he runs his own Name Server and Hosting Server Your hosting and email settings are defined via the Nameserver You may or may not have a login for this site, just ask if you want one, but take care it is easy to mess it up here.

I normally setup Google Apps for most domains This does the email and a lot more click on the link for more information.

Hosting links ( this may be relevant also) this is needed if you are hosting with me and need to make changes to your web server

But most customers just need the login for their web site, and their email.

WARNING: if you are selecting a new web hosting supplier and they don't know all of the above find a different one. You can tell if they tell you to go and find your domain password ( they can have it sent to you). When you want to change to me, I ask what is your domain name I then ask you if the email address I look up is yours, and then tell you to forward the Domain password I have just had emailed to you to me at or you can go to my web site and process the transfer yourself.

I would love to keep your business and I am open to resolving any concern or misunderstanding you may have had and work with you to achieve what ever you want to from your web site. As a gesture of Good Will if you agree to keep your site with me for a further 3 months I will send you this ($1,997) package for free.Just ask for it.

Thank you and all the best for the future Colin Dixon 0419 415000 or skype me.

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Thanks Colin

Friday, July 23, 2010

Red Bubble

This is a great Art sharing and sales web site, not for amateurs like me but great for some.

Saturday, June 5, 2010

Test of Three

In ancient Greece (469 - 399 BC), Socrates was widely lauded for his wisdom.
One day the great philosopher came upon an acquaintance, who ran up to him excitedly and said, "Socrates, do you know what I just heard about one of your students....?"
"Wait a moment," Socrates replied. "Before you tell me, I'd like you to pass a little test. It's called the Test of Three."
"Test of Three?"
"That's correct," Socrates continued. "Before you talk to me about my student let's take a moment to test what you're going to say. The first test is Truth. Have you made absolutely sure that what you are about to tell me is true?"
"No," the man replied, "actually I just heard about it."
"All right," said Socrates.. "So you don't really know if it's true or not. Now let's try the second test, the test of Goodness. Is what you are about to tell me about my student something good?"
"No, on the contrary..."
"So," Socrates continued, "you want to tell me something bad about him even though you're not certain it's true?"
The man shrugged, a little embarrassed.
Socrates continued, "You may still pass though, because there is a third test - the filter of Usefulness. Is what you want to tell me about my student going to be useful to me?"
"No, not really..."
"Well," concluded Socrates, "if what you want to tell me is neither True nor Good nor even Useful, why tell it to me at all?"
The man was defeated and ashamed and said no more.
This is the reason Socrates was a great philosopher and held in such high esteem.

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Google Wave, keep an eye on this

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If you would like to setup an account email me at from your gmail account.

Sunday, May 2, 2010

Firefox addons there are a lot of time saving features for Firefox

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

It's a jungle out there

Two men in a jungle come upon lion head-on pawing the ground.
One man, ever so carefully, reaches into his rucksack and slowly takes out a set of Nike running shoes, never once breaking eye contact with the lion.
The second man hisses: "What are you doing, you can't outrun the lion"
And the first man says: "No, but it's not the lion that I have to out run!"

The point of the story is that many of my colleagues and friends in business, as well as my self sometimes, look at some of the fantastic blogs out there and say "I can't compete with that", well is that the race your running?

Consider this, what are others in your industry doing? Have they even started yet, do they have support, you have most likely already come a long way, have a look at what Carollyn's web site is looking like now, not the best art site in the country but so much more than most have. is a course I am currently developing

login as guest and use the key p20nline if you would like to have a look at it.

Monday, April 26, 2010

Facebook at South Park

I know its funny. Just be careful of how you use facebook and what you post on line. I advise keep the close personal material personal not on facebook. It is social networking so it is personal and about you, that's fine if your happy that anything do can be seen by the public. I am mostly fine with that. I have reconnected with lots of old friends on face book and found some new business on facebook but for me its mostly personal. I use facebook my self to get an idea of who new business contacts are, its like doing research on a company before you apply for a job. Professionally I use linkedIn More
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Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Protecting your computer

Tips for protecting your computer and personal information

The internet has now become an essential business, social, entertainment and educational resource for most Australians. The increasing level of economic transactions on the internet is making it the focus of criminal activities. It is important that internet users protect themselves from falling prey to these activities. The following tips list some simple precautions you can take to minimise the chances of becoming a victim of online criminals.

  1. Install anti-virus and other security software, such as anti-spyware and anti-spam software. Use and update this software regularly. Use an auto-update facility if this is available. You can set most virus software to scan your computer at a set time. Information about anti-virus software is available from the Internet Industry Association website.

  2. Regularly download and install the latest security patches for your computer software, including your web-browser. Use automatic software security updates where possible.

  3. Use a firewall and make sure it is turned on. Firewalls help prevent unauthorised access to, and communications from, your computer. More information on the use of firewalls is found on the Internet Industry Association website.

  4. Delete suspect emails immediately. Don't open these emails - but if you open an email and it is any way suspect…

  5. Don't click on links in suspect emails. Visiting websites through clicking on links in suspect emails may result in malware (malicious software), such as a ‘trojan', being downloaded to your computer. This is a commonly used and effective means of compromising your computer.

  6. Only open an attachment to an email where the sender and the contents of the attachment are known to you. Suspect emails should be deleted immediately. If an attachment needs to be opened, it should be checked by anti-virus software before opening.

  7. Don't download files or applications from suspect websites. The file or application could be malware. Sometimes the malware may even be falsely represented as e-security software designed to protect you.

  8. Use long and random passwords for any application that provides access to your personal identity information, including logging onto your computer. Don't use dictionary words as a password. Ideally, the password should be eight or more characters in length. Change passwords regularly.

  9. Use a limited permission account for browsing the web, creating documents, reading email, and playing games. If your operating system allows you to create a limited permission account, this can prevent malicious code from being installed onto your computer. A ‘limited permission' account is an account that does not have ‘Administrator' status.

This is from this web site ( Point 9. will save you a lot of problems)

Sunday, April 11, 2010

Junk mail and how to spot a fraud

If you have friends that email you chain letters, do them and us all a favor and reply to them.

go to and get the truth, they research claims and Urban Legends and give you the background, interesting and informative.

I received the Kidney Theft email again recently, I have had it about a dozen times over the last 10 years. The email is clearly untrue, and designed to spread fear, we have enough of that in the world. I really do not think we need any more please don't sent them on.

Help fix the problem, my suggestion is google the claim or look up and reply to the email using reply to all to let the people know they don't need to be frightened of this, what ever it is.

Add a link to your blog and invite them to subscribe, after all your a knowledgeable person and check the facts before you spread rumors, and gossip.

Saturday, April 10, 2010

How Fast is your connection is a good web site to test this out.

It is good to know what your paying for I have found that it depends on where you are as who is the best option, as well as how much you use.

I upload a lot and require a permanent IP address so this is an important requirement, uploads are 10% of most accounts ( 20% in my case) some providers do not charge for uploads.  Email me your phone number and usage and I can look at it for you.

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Build your email list

This is often the 1st challenge, no one likes typing in 100's of addressees or cutting and pasting them one at a time, so why don't you export them.
Gmail and Hotmail collect them and allow you to export them.
You can export from Outlook and most other email programs as well. But what about all the emails you receive and send, there are a lot of email in them.
Here's a free utility to do that.

Email Address Extractor for Microsoft Outlook

Utility designed and developed to extract valid email addresses from your inbox, sentbox or personal folder of Microsoft outlook and create a text file with all the email addresses.

If you need any help see me, I also offer a service to clean your list, send it to me and I can sent it back to you split into 3 files.

  • Verified good emails

  • Emails that do not exist

  • Emails that may be OK

Sunday, April 4, 2010

Thursday, March 25, 2010

LinkedIn is my profile, I recommend that business professionals setup a profile at linked in if they want their Resume to be online for the world to see. It is yet another way to find people, and let people find you. I have been a User since May 16, 2007.

Friday, March 19, 2010

Footy Tipping AFL 2010

Footy Tipping

One of my clients runs a great footy tipping competition for his clients and he has put out an open invitation for  my clients (YOU) to join. Great prized and very easy to manage, if you forget to put in your weekly tips you get the home games, and you can tip multiple weeks in advance. click on the logo above to see.

Thursday, March 4, 2010

Roboforms Link

Roboforms password manager

I have been using this program since 2007, I have many passwords and keeping track of them would be impossible without this program, I also have the version that works on a USB Stick so I can take my passwords with me.  It is free if you use 10 or less passwords.

Roboforms (password tool)

RoboForm: Learn more...

I have been using this since 2007 the best Utility I have ever bought..

I have been using this program since 2007, I have many passwords and keeping track of them would be impossible without this program, I also have the version that works on a USB Stick so I can take my passwords with me.  It is free if you use 10 or less passwords.

Wednesday, March 3, 2010