Retiring, March 2020 - sorry, you have missed our final public course.
The Coronavirus situation has lead us to suspend public training - which was on the cards anyway, with no plans to resume
Please ask about private 'maintenance' training for Python, Tcl, Perl, PHP, Lua, etc
Happily continuing private consultancy / programming work
Lisa writes: "Suresh from Tratum Technologies phoned; he is interested in a technical partnership. 07977 487 214. Please call him back.
I reply: "Hmm. Have done.
I got an answerphone message after a long ringout and left a message inviting him to email me. So that was followed a few seconds later by a callback ("I just missed a call from this number".)
Suresh's idea of a "technical partnership" is that his company writes software offshore for us in a country where labour is cheaper so that we don't actually have to employ programmers to cover our peaks and troughs .... much more of a cold sales call that a partnership if you ask me. I suggested that to make it truely a partnership, he should also consider using our services to have his people trained, but he seemed strangley disinterested in the idea.
When I suggested that his call was misleading - that this was really just a sales call - he sheepishly admitted it. Once I asked him for his credit card details so that I could charge him for our wasted time, he told me he had a call coming in on another line and hung up to take it."
We get a lot of telephone calls trying to sell us things and Lisa is excellent at weeding them out - but just occasionally one is sufficiently obscured for it to get through the net. We're in a business where companies we cooperate with and companies we compete with can be very hard to differentiate, so it pays to err on the side of safety occasionally and follow up on some questionable calls. But congratulations to Suresh from Tratum Technologies for getting me to return his offshore outsourcing misleading sales call! (written 2007-08-21)
Associated topics are indexed as below, or enter http://melksh.am/nnnn for individual articlesG910 - Well House Consultants - Scams 
Pressure selling in the fire safety business - (2016-02-19) 
A booking that looks too good to be true? It probably is too good to be true! - (2015-01-05) 
Youve Been Selected for the 2012 Edition of the Global Registry - (2012-09-16) 
Direct Message: Really horrible blog about you ... a clever phishing trip, said to be from an MP - (2011-10-14) 
Pay and refund scam - alive and kicking against Melksham businesses - (2011-05-16) 
Clickjacking - another way to get you to follow a malicious link - Facebook issue - (2011-03-29) 
Not mugged in London! - (2010-10-08) 
Global Computer Maintenance Department - (2010-07-29) 
The World Company Register - is it another scam? - (2010-03-23) 
An update on legal changes from the FSB? - (2009-12-03) 
Hotel Booking Scam / Cost of calls to 070 numbers - (2009-09-12) 
Translation from Ghanaian to English - (2009-08-23) 
What have iTime, honeytrapagency and domain listing center got in common? - (2008-09-12) 
Ken Palm, iTime, and Domain Name Tasting - (2008-08-25) 
Astroturfing - the online definition - (2008-06-17) 
Google, wwmdirectory, Freshwater, ATP - new scam? - (2007-09-09) 
Warning - false emails, said to be from Paypal - (2006-09-09) 
Frightening and from-friend viruses and spams - (2005-06-14) 
Calling a spade a spade - (2005-01-15) 
Domain Registry of America - (2004-10-07)
Some other Articles
2008 course schedule - Perl, Python, PHP, Linux, Java Deployment, Ruby and moreFiltering and altering Perl lists with grep and mapTwo years of campaigning for a train serviceBusiness travel by train in the USATratum TechnologiesSome one line Perl tips and techniquesWhat do people look for on a hotel web site?Callbacks - a more complex code sandwichDates for Easter - 2008 to 2015Good to be home
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