Friday, July 22, 2011

Scam Alert: Unsolicited computer support phone call

Not related to books at all, but I just received a cold phone call from someone who told me that my computer was 'causing problems' and infected. They then directed me to my system log where they pointed out yellow (warning) and red (error) log entries (which ANY windows system will have, mine were mainly power related).

They told me I was horribly infected, and directed me to loginmein.com where they were going to 'fix it' for me for the nominal fee of $70-$150. I went with the scam for a while just to see where they were going, but certainly was not going to grant access to my computer to a scam artist just to see what they were going to do.

The interesting fact is that they pulled my phone number from somewhere and called me.

Apparently this scam is common in the UK, however I don't see a lot of links when I google for it in the US. They used to claim to be from Microsoft, however when I asked this fellow who they were, I couldn't understand what he said with his accent.

I knew instantly that no real company calls unsolicited like this, I just wanted to see the scam in action while it was verbal. When I saw what he was using to 'diagnose' the error, I knew that it was bogus. I can see how less technically savvy people might be taken in by this one. I bet their success rate is high.

As a general rule, NEVER GRANT ACCESS TO YOUR COMPUTER to anyone who calls or emails you. It can sometimes be OK if you contact a known support from a reputable site, but only if you dial the phone yourself.

[Updated with a few more details]

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Children's Chapter Books 7/13/2011-7/19/2011

Children's Chapter Books Kindle ebooks between 7/13/2011 and 7/19/2011.

For a general introduction and statement about why this blog exists see About the New Ebook Release Blog.

The book lists is divided into two portions, the books that are published by an agency publisher (which generally means they are of more interest) or which I personally found interesting, and those which are not.

The second list will contain some very interesting books on average, but will also have a much larger number of books to look through. For a more detailed discussion of this distinction see Agency Books

Horror 7/13/2011-7/19/2011

Horror Kindle ebooks between 6/1/2011 and 7/19/2011.

For a general introduction and statement about why this blog exists see About the New Ebook Release Blog.

The book lists is divided into two portions, the books that are published by an agency publisher (which generally means they are of more interest) or which I personally found interesting, and those which are not.

The second list will contain some very interesting books on average, but will also have a much larger number of books to look through. For a more detailed discussion of this distinction see Agency Books

Professional & Technical 7/13/2011-7/19/2011

Professional & Technical Kindle ebooks between 6/1/2011 and 7/19/2011.

For a general introduction and statement about why this blog exists see About the New Ebook Release Blog.

The book lists is divided into two portions, the books that are published by an agency publisher (which generally means they are of more interest) or which I personally found interesting, and those which are not.

The second list will contain some very interesting books on average, but will also have a much larger number of books to look through. For a more detailed discussion of this distinction see Agency Books

Nonfiction 7/13/2011-7/19/2011

Nonfiction Kindle ebooks between 7/13/2011 and 7/19/2011.

For a general introduction and statement about why this blog exists see About the New Ebook Release Blog.

The book lists is divided into two portions, the books that are published by an agency publisher (which generally means they are of more interest) or which I personally found interesting, and those which are not.

The second list will contain some very interesting books on average, but will also have a much larger number of books to look through. For a more detailed discussion of this distinction see Agency Books

Romance Harlequin Treasury 7/13/2011-7/19/2011

List of all Harlequin Treasury ebook releases

List of Romance Kindle ebooks between 7/13/2011 and 7/19/2011.


Last Friday Harlequin released over a thousand backlist ebooks as Harlequin Treasury books. This page has a list of the books that were released sorted by author. Finding those books on Amazon is painful, and even more so for Barnes & Noble from what I've been told.

These new books are at a good pricepoint as well. $3.99 & $4.99 seems to be the prices.

I have links directly to Amazon for the Kindle version, and if you are a nook user, hopefully the webpage will help you find titles you are interested in so that you can do a direct search on Barnes & Noble's website.

For a general introduction and statement about why this blog exists see About the New Ebook Release Blog.

Fantasy 7/13/2011-7/19/2011

Fantasy Kindle ebooks between 7/13/2011 and 7/19/2011.

For a general introduction and statement about why this blog exists see About the New Ebook Release Blog.
The book lists is divided into two portions, the books that are published by an agency publisher (which generally means they are of more interest) or which I personally found interesting, and those which are not.
The second list will contain some very interesting books on average, but will also have a much larger number of books to look through. For a more detailed discussion of this distinction see Agency Books

Below are some books that I found interesting during this timeperiod. I'm sure that there are other interesting books, I encourage people to point out good books in the comments.

Recomended Releases

TitleAuthorNotes
The Doomfarers of CoramondeBrian DaleyThe Doomfarers of Coramonde are an early cross dimension fantasy with a modern character in a fantasy world. It is a great fantasy.
The Starfollowers of CoramondeBrian DaleyThe sequel to the Doomfarers.
Out of the WatersDavid DrakeDavid drake is a good writer.
The Black Ospreys (Essalieyan Chronicles)Michelle WestI love Michelle West, and this looks like a fun story.

Mystery and Thriller 7/13/2011-7/19/2011

Mystery & Thrillers Kindle ebooks between 7/13/2011 and 7/19/2011.

For a general introduction and statement about why this blog exists see About the New Ebook Release Blog.

The book lists is divided into two portions, the books that are published by an agency publisher (which generally means they are of more interest) or which I personally found interesting, and those which are not.

The second list will contain some very interesting books on average, but will also have a much larger number of books to look through. For a more detailed discussion of this distinction see Agency Books

Science Fiction 7/13/2011-7/19/2011

Science Fiction Kindle ebooks between 7/13/2011 and 7/19/2011.

For a general introduction and statement about why this blog exists see About the New Ebook Release Blog.
The book lists is divided into two portions, the books that are published by an agency publisher (which generally means they are of more interest) or which I personally found interesting, and those which are not.
The second list will contain some very interesting books on average, but will also have a much larger number of books to look through. For a more detailed discussion of this distinction see Agency Books

Below are some books that I found interesting during this timeperiod. I'm sure that there are other interesting books, I encourage people to point out good books in the comments.

Recomended Releases

TitleAuthorNotes
Cerberus: A Wolf in the Fold (The Four Lord of the Diamond)Jack L. ChalkerI like the 4 lords of the Diamond series, however releasing each at $8.00 is way to high. Sell the collection for $10 and it is a good price.
Passage at ArmsGlen CookAnother good Glen Cook science fiction novel
The Forever WarJoe HaldemanA true classic of science fiction for a very reasonable $4.95. A great buy.