Month: October 2008

Malware Time

One of the PCs I use day to day is infected with some malware.  *sigh*

This means there may be a slight delay while I first attempt to clean it up and then finally decide that re-installing is the only way to go.

At the moment it’s popping up a balloon in the system tray telling me the PC is infected with spyware and to click to download software to fix it.  Yeah right.

Apart from the terrible spelling errors in the balloon message – “pervent” and “recomend” and no space between a full stop (period) and the next sentence – that PC won’t let me run my anti-virus or use a browser to connect to the net to look for a solution, and has disabled the security services running.  It’s quite convincing looking and I can understand how people would be fooled by it.

Whatever it is, it’s quite sophisticated and a lot of effort has been put into it to think of most things someone would do to clean up their system.  For instance it won’t even let me reboot the PC in safe mode which tells me that something has been installed to do that.

After pressing F8, the DOS menu to select safe mode is displayed, but I can’t move the menu selection to select it, and shortly afterwards (within about 3 seconds) it locks up.

A clever piece of software then, totally ruined by typos.

You have to laugh that someone is so clever to be able to do this, but is also enough of a dummy not to be able to use a simple English spell checker, and to not know the basics of grammar and sentence formation.

-Frank Haywood

Posted by Frank Haywood in internet business

SmartDD v3 Videos

The first of the new SmartDD videos are up.

I apologise for the delay in doing this, it was because of some reported bugs that it now looks like we’ve completely cleared (so far).  Those bugs were:-

#1 – A foreach() error on the Inventory page for some server configurations.
#2 – No records on the Customer Search page.
#3 – The free sign up form was broken for some reason – we spotted that one.

So, onto the new videos.  Two so far on using Kunaki and ClickBank with SmartDD, and you can find links to them on the videos page on the site, or you can just go to them directly here:-

More to follow tomorrow.

-Frank Haywood

Posted by Frank Haywood in internet business

SmartDD V3 – A Few Bugs

Well, we knew it was inevitable.  There’s a LOT of code in SmartDD v3 and so we would have been surprised if there wasn’t a single bug when we released it.

We’ve fixed the two reported now, and also spotted a third which has also been fixed.  Answering the support tickets and duplicating the circumstances that have caused the bugs has taken quite a while, and so I had to put the videos and docs back a few days while we sorted everything else out.

You can probably appreciate it’s been *very* time consuming and I think Paul is probably fed up of me by now.  And maybe you are too.

You can grab the hotfix for the FULL version here:-

Just unzip to your hard drive retaining the folder structure within the zip, then FTP all the files up to your v3 installation, overwriting the existing files.  FileZilla will do a perfect job of it for you.

If you’ve already downloaded but not installed v3, delete it and grab a new copy from the members area.  It’s been updated with all the changes in the hotfix above.

Now that the bugs have been sorted I’ll start to release the videos showing you how to use the new features.

-Frank Haywood

Posted by Frank Haywood in internet business


Why would anyone NOT want help from me?

I’ve offered on several occasions to take a look at what people are doing in their internet business that isn’t working for them, and on every occasion except for one, I’ve been blanked.

Why is that?

I think it’s FEAR.

I don’t mean fear, although that is part of it, I mean FEAR.


I read about this in Glen Hopkins “Lucrative List Building” quite a while back, and I always bear it in mind just before I do anything.

FEAR used to paralyse me into doing nothing as I was frightened of what people might think or say about me.

But you know what? I’m never going to please everybody, it’s impossible. I realised that as long as I please myself, and “keep it real”, then enough people are going to agree with me to make it worthwhile. And on the upside, those that don’t agree will disappear in time anyway.

(I once sat at a seminar with FEAR stopping me from raising my hand to get my site reviewed by the panel of experts. Someone else got the benefit instead. Madness.)

I’ll just give you three paragraphs from the book, about the draining effects of FEAR. I’m sure Glen won’t mind and after all he’s getting a plug from me and so will make some more sales. 😉

You see, your subconscious mind has a hard time determining whether you’ve actually experienced the failure or just imagined it. Either way, you feel the physiological symptoms of the fear, such as an upset stomach.

Mark Twain explained it best: ‘I have been through some terrible things in my life, some of which have actually happened.’

Often we believe our imagined failure will come true, and so we don’t even try to do what we’re afraid of failing at in the first place! That is what makes a failure: a person who is afraid to try because he fears the potential of a negative outcome.

The “POTENTIAL” of a negative outcome.

I choose to believe it’s FEAR that have held people back from accepting my help when I’ve offered it.

Maybe they think I’m going to ridicule them, or make them feel stupid and then tell everyone here on my blog so the whole world can point and laugh – but that’s not the case.

If I choose to offer my help freely, then it comes with no conditions. I’m not by nature a horrible or hard person (unless it’s asked for and required) and I easily empathise with people and often find myself mirroring their behaviour without realising it – I want to be liked, and I guess you do too.

People won’t like me if I’m horrible to them, and I fully sympathise with someone who’s having a hard time in getting things off the ground.


One of the differences between successful people and failures is the failures give up when they fail.

The successful fail too. But they try again and try again until they succeed. Then everybody says “Ooh! Look how successful she is.”

If you’re going to fail at something, do it early, and do it quickly. Get it over with and learn from the lessons.

Many things you HAVE to do before you can understand them. Learning and theory is great, but it’s only when you put it into practice that it all comes together, and you can then decide which bits of the things you’ve learned are worth keeping.

Let’s face it, most of the theoretical stuff you’ve learned from books or otherwise, you’ve forgotten. But the practical stuff will almost always stay with you for good.

I know people who have spent years learning and never put any of it into practice, and I bet you do too. I’ve done it myself.

Now, if I choose to learn something, I try to put it into practice right away, otherwise what’s the point in learning it?

In closing, if I (or anyone else) offer you some help, or offer to take a look at your sales copy or whatever, DON’T be scared of accepting that help. It may be the one thing that makes a real difference for you.

-Frank Haywood

Posted by Frank Haywood in internet business

Annoying Plugins

Have you ever wondered why your blog sometimes takes ages to draw?

I came across a blog the other day that used some strange sounding plugin name, and the plugin for some reason relied on connecting to the publishers site to do something or other.  The publishers site must have been down and so the page was never drawn, it just sat there for ages.

I’ve just noticed the same thing with my own blog after I’d activated the ShareThis plugin the other day.  I wondered why I’d deactivated it, and of course clearly I’d forgotten it causes my blog to hang.

So I’ve turned it off again.

Annoying isn’t it?

-Frank Haywood

Posted by Frank Haywood in internet business