Stodghill Says So

An opinionated posting on a variety of subjects by a former newspaper reporter and columnist whose daily column was named best in Indiana by UPI. The Blog title is that used in his high school sports predictions for the Muncie Evening Press.

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At the age of 18 I was a 4th Infantry Division rifleman in the invasion of Normandy, then later was called back for the Korean War. Put in a couple of years as a Pinkerton detective. Much of my life was spent as a newspaper reporter, sports writer and daily columnist. Published three books on high school sports in Ohio and Indiana. I write mystery fiction for Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine and others. Three books, Normandy 1944 - A Young Rifleman's War, The Hoosier Hot Shots, and From Devout Catholic to Communist Agitator are now available from Amazon, Barnes & Noble and other booksellers. So are four collections of short mysteries: Jack Eddy Stories Volumes 1 and 2, Midland Murders, and The Rough Old Stuff From Mike Shayne Mystery Magazine.

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Tuesday, June 23, 2009

A Virus that didn't make it

Thanks to a number of people I now know the Fathers Day card purportedly from Hallmark was an attempt to infect my computer with a virus. It didn't work, thanks to one of four programs on the computer that made it impossible to open the so-called card.
Sending such things on a holiday is clever, but only a fool would waste his time doing it. That he is a fool was proved by the fact he can't spell received.
This is just one of the annoyances that go with owning a computer. Another are the messages from Princess Fruity-Tootie or a barrister in Hoo-Hoo Land needing your help with a financial transaction. A third are messages saying you must update your personal information with a bank you have never used.
Apparently there are people who fall for this stuff or they'd quit doing it. Perpetrators with enough intelligence to do this sort of thing could probably make a lot more money by getting an honest job. They would tell you that working a scam is more exciting and more fun. Many career criminals feel the say way. It isn't just the money that entices them into a life of crime.
I have always been careful about opening attachments from anyone I don't know and trust. From now on, e-cards are added to the list so don't bother sending me one.


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