Scam by Text

Folks, I’m getting more and more reports of scammers contacting people by text message every day. Please be aware that it happens regularly. I don’t have any rules against publishing phone numbers in ads. But if you publish a cell phone number, be aware that anyone in the world can contact you for practically free, and they may or may not be who they say they are.

Texting is a fast and convenient way to exchange information, but use caution.


Happy Thanksgiving

I hope everyone has stuffed themselves with some turkey and spent the day with some loved ones. I also hope you’ve found a moment or two to reflect on what you are thankful for.

One of the things I find myself thankful for is the opportunity to work in IT and provide a service that others find useful.

Thank you!


Election Day

Today is election day through most parts of the country. A large portion of the PennsWoods viewing audience is going to be eligible to vote in the race for PA governor.

Pay attention to your local races, these are the candidates that can do the most in your local area, and they are the ones you have the most control over.

But make sure you vote for governor as well. This year we have the Battle of the Toms.

Tom Wolf is the Democrat. Pro-abortion, pro-gun control, has expressed favor for raising taxes, though his current preferred plan is to target Marcellus shale companies if possible.

Tom Corbett is the seated Republican. He’s already demonstrated that his is not only pro-second amendment (which Obama also claims he is) but is actually takes a pro-gun ownership stance. Read the content of House Bill 80 which Corbett signed into law on Oct 28. He is also the pro-life candidate.

So get out there and vote!

iPhone and iPad 70007 issues

During the last few weeks I’ve encountered a number of people reporting an error along the lines of: “(70007) The timeout specified has expired”.

The only thing I could figure out for certain was that it seemed to happen only to users of apple devices, mostly iPhone6’s, and newer or recently updated iPhone5’s and iPads.

Today I discovered something of an explanation:

In the discussion linked above, several different solutions and workarounds have been described. I can’t vouch for any of the ideas, as I don’t have an apple based device that I can test with.

I can tell you that I have not been able to find a way to force it to work from my end. It seems to be something with the current version of safari (default web browser for apple devices).


Another Database Reboot

Another database was rebooted this morning, triggering what looks like an approximately 3 hour outage. If you placed an ad during this time and received a confirmation, your ad may not be on the site yet, but it will show up within the next 20 minutes.

If you paid for a premium feature during this time and it isn’t reflecting, please bring it to my attention so that I can make certain it is fixed.


improved image uploads

I’ve received a number of complaints regarding images uploaded from cell phones not being oriented correctly. I knew that the problem was that cell phones often tagged the image with orientation data according to how the phone was held during the photograph, but I didn’t have a good way to address the issue.

Today I’ve included a code change to the website that will attempt to detect the orientation of the image, and automatically change it so that it is upright.

Feedback is welcomed. If you’ve run into this problem before, and it is better or worse, please let me know. If you find a picture turned sideways or upside down in the future, please let me know.


more scam by text

I’ve had several people report to me that they’ve received text messages from “PennsWoods” requiring them to send their username and password to address one issue or another.

Folks, I do NOT need your password. It offends me when I receive an email asking for assistance, and including their password in the email. Don’t give your password to me. Don’t give it to your neighbor, don’t give it to anyone.

I don’t ask for passwords, and I’m not going to contact you via text unless we arrange something ahead of time. If someone contacts you via text out of the blue, it isn’t me, and it isn’t any representative of PennsWoods.