Kentico First Support Request

I am looking for some help with a document design. I have some training courses that occur at specific locations. So the structure I have so far is something like this:


+>Course {"name","description"}




+>Location {"Name","Address","Postcode","MapLink","Directions"}


I'd like to have a simple one to many relationship between Locations & Courses.

EG: Location -<+ Course

So on the page for a location I can list all the courses showing at the location with a simple repeater, and on the page for the course I can pick the single location and display information such as the name and address within the repeater for each of the course events. It doesn't warrant having a repeater for each of the locations within the course event as there will only be a single course.


The relation will always be set by choosing the location from the course event.


I have a few questions about this scenario:


1) I see the "Document Relations" form control, but this only allows me to select multiple documents, and I can't see how to restrict this to picking a single location or how to restrict only to selecting "Location" document types. I imagine perhaps I could develop my own picker control that listed all the locations (eg as a drop down) and picked one from those. Is this the only approach or is their a simpler way? The user needs to be restricted from picking two locations for the event, and also the current UI is confusing for the user, it needs to be simpler.


2) In the transformation (I'm using ASCX, happy to use XSLT or other) is there a way to use the reference to the single picked location and access the fields of that location.

(pseudo code: var l = getcontent(eval("location-code")); eval("l.address") eval("l.maplink")

how would you best approach this, it seems wrong to have an additional repeater when there is only this single item.


3) This course event has a SKU and is a product which can be purchased. Can the location name be part of the description of the item which is purchased?

4) I'd like to use a LINQ expression to list all the courseevents linked to a location page to be shown on the location page. Is there a good example available of how to approach this?

Can a paypal order be for nothing

Well someone just asked me if it is possible to have a paypal payment for nothing. As in no charge. Zilch. Nada. etc

So here is your opportunity to join this test with me and see :)

Here I give you the opportunity to buy absolutely nothing, for absolutely nothing.

Will it work? Let's see...

To see the paypal button you need to reload the page with this link


ASDA in Frome

This is the response I sent in to


I am writing to request that my views are known regarding the proposed extension at ASDA in Frome.

I feel strongly that the proposal requires significant modification or rejection.
I write as a Frome resident and regular user of the store.
It makes a valuable contribution as a food retailer.
I feel the aspect of their proposal to provide a home delivery service is a good innovation that should be applauded and encouraged.
However the increase in homewares and non-food retail is not in the best interests of residents of the town.
Their "when-it's-gone-it's-gone" general promotional method and service delivery best explains the nature of my objection.
There is unquestionably a relationship between their increased provision of non-food sales and closure of similar retailers in the town.
The store in Palmer Street (Kemsley's?) that sold a wide range of good value home ware items closed shortly after ASDA opened and remains unoccupied. They stocked a consistent range of goods and you could rely on the range of items available. However ASDA provide these goods with little or no support or meaningful customer service and items are not consistently stocked, they rarely offer spares or goods that can be maintained but goods that are designed to be disposed in landfill and replaced,.
The range of goods they stock is not driven by the needs of shoppers but the goods they can offer at best profit. They do not stock reliably a range of goods and some times have one thing and some times another. To allow them expand this provision to the detriment of existing providers is to transfer from resilient services for the town to a less reliable range of goods.In the range of books, magazines, music etc. one sees a vastly reduced range of options and so to allow them to expand is to effectively reduce choice where that would lead to the reduction of choice from other outlets that cannot be sustained and so close. These outlets provide an excellent and broad range of services, but they cannot compete on price alone with a multinational giant who have effectively unlimited capital resources.
It is the responsibility Mendip District Council to ensure a sensible level of provision and protect local jobs and businesses from agressive expansion. It is beyond question that once competition is eliminated then the price levels increase and so overall the profit disappears back to the corporate centre and away from local employers. These local employers are typically more responsible to the local community developing their staff skills over a longer term basis and offering a more effective long term commitment to the viability of our community. Jobs are not created in a supermarket they are simply transferred there with a far greater proportion of the profit then leaving the local economy.
In Mendip District Council's own words:
"Due to the numerous foodstore commitments, there is limited capacity to support any additional  (supermarket) floorspace (to 2031)."
On this basis to support a viable local economy and develop a more sustainable future for the town this expansion should be curtailed.
The supermarket just-in-time supply model is highly vulnerable to shocks in the weather, fuel price and import markets and currency fluctuations. As all these factors are  likely to increase over the period from now until 2031 Mendip District Council should be doing all it can to ensure the vitality and effectiveness of the current local heritage and our future as a shopping destination depends upon support for our unique and often exceptional local suppliers. Many businesses in Frome are competing above their weight in national and international markets and deserve all the support of their local councillors.
However development of a home delivery food business is in my opinion logical and sensible as it makes sense for one journey to be fulfilling the needs of many homes shopping requirements, instead of one journey per household shop. Also this will allow many people to use 1 car instead of 2 or have no car at all, as well as enfranchising those with no private transport to avail of the advantages of out of town shopping. This could also bring the benefit of reduced car congestion around the already strained Wallbridge area. Expansion would likely increase the road congestion to the detriment of all users including drivers.
I am not against supermarkets but the provision of supermarkets in our town is already adequate and one of the highest rates of supermarket floor space per capita of all towns in the UK. Local businesses should compete fairly on price and choice with larger multinational businesses. However there are many documented examples of the Wall-mart group not competing fairly. I am not asking for any special advantage to be given to local businesses. I have no particular personal interest in any local retail business other than I greatly enjoy the current range of provision available to me as a shopper. The balance is currently fine and there is no justification to increase the supermarket space available to the town.
I would be grateful if you could keep me informed of any other way I can share my feelings on this matter, or of any advice you can give to me to best make this point as expressed above, and would welcome any questions you have about any of the sources of the argument or facts underlying all the assertions made that can be proven via evidence based studies and many documented cases.
yours sincerely,
John Scott
55 Ashtree Road
Frome BA11 2SE
Creative Content  Coding eXtensibly . 
frome: 01373 473939 mobile: 07938 166101
c3x ltd registered in England & Wales no 7444396

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I have struggled for years with this problem. Today I finally found a solution that seems to work everytime. Brilliant. So happy I have to share it here, mainly in case I lose it :)

It came from here:


For cracking this issue, do the following steps

1) stop www services

2) delete all the cache from C:\windows\\framework\v2.0.50727\Temporary ASP.NET Files

3) delete all the PDB and Dll file which in bin & obj directory of project

4) start the service and compile the project.

It will work.


Thanks, Suresh M :)


my Glastonbury History Part 2 - 1999

Glastonbury History Part 2


Myself and a friend Travis Pedley spent a lot of time talking about the power of websites as a social medium, especialy where you could have a web site that was based on a database which allowed the division of people writing good quality content and outputting the code to the internet to build a website. We saw this as a change with far reaching consquences as no longer would web sites need to be a geeky preoccupation obsessed with the topics of the technically obsessed but would bring the reach of websites to new audiences.

We'd been looking at websites since 1996 when we were involved with Lionel Lodge in founding a free magazine in Stroud Gloucestershire to promote a patchy live entertainment scene which generated a large amount of high quality original writing and new writers but with economics that could never work. We saw a potential for the web to radically change this so long as it could provide material that would interest it's potential new audience.

What was this material? What was the big secret that we could write about comfortably and present as a web site that could assist in really changing the audience outlook - of going through all the effort of using a computer to read news at 28Kbits when picking up a newspaper was so easy?

Lionel's father, Tom Lodge, was an interesting character and had come to Stroud from California from where he brought society changing artefacts like inkjet printers and AOL disks! He had been heavily involved in Radio Caroline, Britains major pirate radio station, as a young man he'd written best selling books, he's been involved in the struggle for freedom against conservative administrations his whole life. He would constantly pepper conversations with fascinating references to writers and thinkers. He introduced me to the phrase "the medium is the message" and many other ideas and people who had changed the world of broadcasting in the 1960s. Stroud was a great place for the kind of conversations that could span weeks and months.

So with this illumination we thought about the question of web content. What was it about the medium that would inform the message? The fact that it was non broadcast. In a web application an individual copy is "served" to each individual user, it is not presented to the user as part of a programme but the user has to choose it and choose every step and turn they take. Therefore it is driven by the interests of the being exploring it and

In press, cinema, radio, record production and television a master copy is made and mass produced virtually unchanged for all who consume it. This acted to force the producer and consumer into a one size fits all mentality. There are seams of difference, tribes and nations but all communication radiates from a centrally produced point to be consumed by it's subscribers. In effect it acts as a conservative force where change to the core values represents a threat to the continuum. When newspaper production was more organic with regional offices and regional printing presses and much more significant local news organisations you had more chance of knowing the local journalists, but with the advent of radio, the cinema and then television the media was produced at such a distance that it was not part of the everyday world of which you were part but just an input into your everyday world from a distant endpoint. When people become more alienated from the story that makes their lives in turn the inhibitions to violence decrease. This is manifested not only at it's end point of physical violence but also in a decrease in peace loving harmony and a sense of belonging to the people around you, so this violence can be in discourtesy, petty criminality and gratuitous hurt as the person feels less connected to the people around them, as if they are living in different narratives. It's long been impossible to prove that violent video games and movies lead to actual violence but the need to consume these products is demonstrably anti-social and does nothing to foster an understanding and cooperation between people.

So what was in our world that would most benefit from this? Stroud has a long standing connection to the Glastonbury Festival. There are many strands to this connection, including musicians who played big slots at the first and early festivals and especially the annual decampment of many of the town to work on the acoustic stage. This was led by a quite brilliant, fondly remembered but sadly deceased man, Andrew Thomas who had been involved in the production of the acoustic stage since it began. I don't know the whole story but it is my understanding that Andy was involved in managing some of the great music pubs in Bath whilst Michael was using the theatre there to source the acts for the festival. When he came to Stroud to run the Pelican it had a profound effect on thousands of people's lives. He encouraged vast amounts of creativity putting bands on almost every night of the week, tours, opening a theatre in his pub. It attracted some trouble but there was an overwhelming sense of engagement between everyone who was part of the story. His funeral in the winter of 2002 was a day that changed my life very positively too.

A festival very much is a place where each and every person there contributes to making it happen. Just by being there, enjoying it and being part of it and being. The festival needs every single person from the biggest headliner, every trader, all crew and every single ticket holder. Once you are part of it most people realise really quickly that their enjoyment is driven by what they give and not what they take. Most realise they're not depending on a story being fed from somewhere else but they're adding their story to the whole thing. The best moments come from the heart and are shared with those around you. If you're not engaged then it's not happening and the festival loses the strength of one heart so all around act to bring all hearts into the one being. This is not a conscious act but it's in the nature of festival. That's not to say that this is universal, there are still some unable to engage, but the many do feel part of it

Travis and I came to a view that the best way to build a website that could really showcase the power of content management and community engagement on the web was to build a website that covered Glastonbury Festival. There was just so much content there you would always have an engaging site with something for everyone. There had been a number of websites before this but they had focussed on basic information rather than the content of the festival itself. They'd also appeared to be run from a broadcast perspective rather than a community one. Information was centrally debated and then disseminated. Contributions from the public were submitted, assessed and rebroadcast if they were acceptable. The new website we wanted to create would be owned by the festival and the contributors and not by private individuals with their own needs to fulfil.

So at the time Content Management software cost many hundreds of thousands so I took to my room and wrote a new version of my CMS in Visual FoxPro that operated on a LAN. Internet connection speeds at the time were too slow to allow lots of people to connect to a server so instead we had a database server and a number of workstations attached to it that allowed about 6 people at a time to connect and enter content. This then was compiled into a site and uploaded. We spoke to Andy who spoke to Michael Eavis and we had permission and ten passes to have a table in a portacabin and an ISDN line. We came up with a truly terrible pun and (see what I did there!) was born.

I'm very sad to say though that it didn't actually happen. It wasn't all bad - I sold my CMS to 14 customers at about £3000 a time. Where it went wrong though was I hit the giant crocodile filled moat that is the festival politics. The official site had a box for you to submit links, and so I put a link to in there. Within hours I had a phone call telling me that I couldn't do this. That I had to stop. They told Michael Eavis this too, who told Andy, who told me. I told the other 9 who thought they were coming. I didn't let this go without an argument. There was grave concern that we would infringe the copyright of performers, and the rights of the official press and broadcasters. I had an exceptionally long telephone conversation with a festival production manager, who subsequently became a good friend and I'd prefer not to name, and I recall it in every 3 hour 20 minute detail. I was flat sitting in Kensington hanging out the front window to get mobile signal, then I went pacing around Kensington and ended up sitting amongst the flags outside the Commonwealth Institute in Holland Park. There are so many things remarkable about that conversation not least that I held the attention of the person I was talking with whilst he had the whole site build going on around him, and that his mobile signal on the Glastonbury site held for so long. I feel that I won the debate but by that time the passes and the portakabin had been cancelled and there was no getting them back. I don't think Andy was too happy with me for "getting him into trouble" with Michael, I never got to really talk with him properly again after that. The most memrable part of the conversation for me was the threat that my photo would be placed at every gate with instructions to ensure that I could not get onsite with my equipment! That was a little scarey.

All we were seeking to do was an experiment with content management, and share the joy of the festival with people on the web who couldn't be there, or at least see how or if that could be achieved. It wasn't to be. The 9 were quite unhappy. I bought a ticket from HMV in Swindon I think I offerred to do the same for them but they were too bummed out. There is a happy ending to this story in the year 2000, but I think only 2 of them came back.

I must admit I had a brilliant festival. 1999 was outrageously sunny which was especially sweet after two horrendous years of mud. I caught up with some of my best friends in the world. I had an excellent time of music, dancing and campfires. The stress of all this soon melted away.

Apologies for the long ramble and congratulations if you got this far through the story. This year was a real turning point for me. What followed was seven long years of really testing out these theories. Total immersion in it. I didn't take a single computer with me in the end in 1999, or a camera but I do have a lot of happy memories.

More Trains For Bristol

Anyone who reads my CV will know that listed in my interests is "representing rail travellers as part of the First Great Western Customer Panel". We meet directors of the railway on a quarterly basis and listen to and comment on plans for improvements to the service, usually meeting the MD each year. I represent customers from Freshford, Avoncliffe, Bradford-on-Avon, Trowbridge, Westbury, Melksham, Frome, Bruton, Castle Cary and all stations to Weymouth, including Yeovil Pen Mill and Dorchester West. It's a lively session and surprisingly I'm known for getting a little bit aggitated.

Most of my business is conducted either writing code on the train or travelling to customers sites on the train, where I can give rapid feedback by writing up reports etc. on the way home instead of lots of frustrating driving. As such I travel extensively over the rail network in FGW area, and originally came to Frome & Westbury via a commute from Brighton on the now FGW line, formerly the "Wessex main line". When this service was incorporated into the "Greater Western Franchise" I applied to join the panel to try and ensure the smiley and pleasant service didn't degrade. Many of the people I work with also travels these routes by train and many ad-hoc and informal project meetings occur in this space too.

Just thought I'd share my response to these press release for further comments.

DfT: 8,800 extra spaces for busy trains on key routes


FIRST GREAT WESTERN: Additional Carriages for Bristol

The feedback I've received from other channels also suggests that these numbers are a little bit misleading as they do not take into account the outflow of stock from FGW over a similar time period. However hopefully at least this new stock is more relaible than what we lose.

I'd really value your comments especially if you live in the rail area I represent.

So this is what I wrote to the customer panel in response:

to: customer.panel@firstgroup,com

That's fantastic news.

Just out of interest, it's worth noting a couple of things about the Bath-Bristol-Westbury service that then either terminating at Westbury/Frome or onwards to Weymouth or Portsmouth/Brighton service.

Obviously this was one of the pinch points that caused the vocal protests and "rail fare strikes" some years ago. It has been the case recently that due to frequent stock failures that these trains have recently often been formed of 2 instead of 3 car services and this still causes massive overcrowding and people not being allowed to board on a regular basis.

The over crowding is now to a comparable level to the highly contraversial overcrowding that occurred around the start of the Greater Western Franchise.

So as I say fantastic news.

The other thing that has been really good is the use of trains that have extra carriages between Westbury and Bristol and then these detach for the less busy services onwards to Cheltenham/Worcester etc, or Weymouth/Portsmouth.

However what is really worth noting, the trains that are just shuttling from Bristol / Westbury tend to be more lightly loaded as they don't have the base load of passengers travelling further afield, these passengers tend to have more luggage and bicycles etc. but as these services are relatively infrequent it is these services that have the heaviest load. The stress level is raised further if you try and board a train at Bath Spa which is overcrowded and you know it is 2 hours until the next service, the passenger is far less likely to take no for an answer and then delays ensue whilst passengers scuffle and argue to get on the train, making the whole experience one that denigrates the FGW brand as a whole.

I understand that the reason why there are service gaps of up to 3 hours between trains to Weymouth is due to a lack of stock. Maybe McNulty will lead to the prices for these tickets also increasing - and so making it economically more viable to run more trains without the risk of not breaking even on extra provision of rolling-stock. Frome is a major population centre, compared to other freqeuently served stops such as Bradford-on-Avon, Freshford & Westbury. In Frome there is a strong local will for greener travel but with service pattern of up to 3 hours between trains travel is frequently unviable for many travellers. There is a totally unacceptable gap in the evening service provisions meaning that you either need to depart Bristol at 17:49 or 19:49 (with an unreliable changing option in between and a greatly extended journey time). If it is possible more trains that start/terminate at Westbury should be considered to go from Frome as was previously the case, eg the Trans Wilts train (once a day via Melksham & Chippenham to Swindon) used to start in Frome and there are many Frome based people who travel to these towns but the change at Westbury again makes this route less reliable and more time consuming.

Yeovil is also another major population centre with stong transport demand to Bristol & intermediate stops but with this terrible service pattern. Maybe a train that stopped at Yeovil or Taunton to meet with services that no longer stop at Castle Cary/Westbury to make for a faster journey time.

The travelling experience from Westbury to Exeter in the day time is now woeful with this lack of connection possibilites to Taunton.

It has been stated in the past that more services to Weymouth (via Frome) are not possible due to a lack of units. I hope it can be considered that if there are more units this service provision can be improved.

The use of spare units to travel just between Westbury & Bristol does increase the journey time, sometimes by only a few minutes which is more than acceptable but at certain times of the day it is 25 minutes or more.

The last "before work" train leaves Frome at 8:05 and then there is no service until the 10:15  departure that starts from Weymouth. This then holds at Westbury for 25 minutes timetabled delay and the guard advises people to go to the cafe whilst they wait for the extra carriages to be joined on. So then the journey time to Bristol is significantly extented, and you get to Bristol at nearly noon. Just not a useful service provision for serious business or time constrained travellers.

There would definitely be significant revenue returns from very slight improvements to the service pattern. There are big holes here that need to be filled.

But brilliant news that there is now more stock.


Response to Government' IE6 Petition

I am really not happy about the governments response to the IE6 petition. SO I wrote this letter to my MP. I suggest if you care that you do the same through the link below.

WriteToThem (home)


David Heath MP
Somerton and Frome

Friday 30 July 2010

John Scott

Dear David Heath,

I wanted to draw to your attention a small issue that would make a huge difference if your government would respond appropriately.

The governments response to the Internet Explorer 6 (IE6) petition here is completely wrong and inadequate.

It is clear from the response that they simply don't understand that the UK government is necessitating the addition of up to 25-40% of cost to every website created. Holding back the creative industries of the UK by enforcing the support of these antideluvian practices when instead the industry could free this time and resources to devote to making great usable products at the cutting edge.

I am a retained consultant website manager for the Government Drugs Advice website for which my client is the C.O.I. and D.o.H. on behalf of Profero in Camden, London. A job I am very happy to do from my Frome home. In this project a highly disproportional amount of time and resouces is directed to ensuring compatibility with IE6 so as to allow the site to be compatible with users in government departments - instead of producing work to engage with the target audience of those who may be tempted to use drugs. Less than 0.05% of the target audience use IE6 and yet nearly 50% of the development effort goes to support it, so these prehistoric IT systems can view it. Children's lives and futures are at stake over this issue.

For a point of comparison I also am a lead web consultant on the highly effective / campaign on behalf of the BBPA & Apex. Visually you can immediately see the difference in terms of the level of engagement achieved by reducing the importance of IE6 compatibility if you look at this site side by side with FRANK. AxTBTx is viewable in IE6 but the same effort has not gone into ensuring all features operate as they have in FRANK due to the absence of the throttling UK HMG policy referred to in the petition.

I have been encouraging as many people as possible to sign this petition as the governments position on this issue is counter-productive and damaging. I naively believed that the forces of democracy would bring some common sense to bear on this issue.

I write mainly to share the disappointment I feel due to this weasel worded and foolishly misguided response. The fact that the government still standardises on IE6 (which is nearly a decade out of date) is indicative of a government which simply doesn't understand or correctly harness the internet and new or social media.

I wish to reiterate again how pleased I am that you are part of the governing coalition, but that when I see car-crash internet content like the PM talking to Mark Zucherberg of Facebook where his ignorance is palpable, whilst he repeatedly makes self-congratulatory nods when praised for the initiatives of the previous government that he clearly doesn't understand, I believe this is now the time when the liberal coalition partners should inject some common sense into this policy.

I request that as my constituency representative you can do what is available to you to ensure that this measure is properly debated by those MPs with a demonstrated understanding of these IT issues and the government is held to account on this misguided response to a sensible proposal.

kind regards,

John Scott.

Link to c3x site home page.

Watch Out For Tab Scamming

In a world of so many false reported threats it's rare to see a warning that is not a hoax. This is however a very clever new way of stealing  your login details in  multi-tabbed browsers. I first read about it on my favourite on-line community  and you can see the original post here:

There is also another article about it here:

Spooky Angel writes:

SpookyAngel Posted: Jun 9 2010, 11:42 AM
internet scammers get more sophisticcated

Watchout for been tab scammed. I've actually had something like this happen to me with FB where i've logged on then opened a new tab to come on VC, gone back to FB & its asked me to log in again. If it ever happens again i'm gona make sure to close the browser down & open a new one.

Watch out for this new online phishing scam which uses 'tab napping' to attack your computer - and your finances...

As internet users we're all vulnerable to online scams. Unluckily for us, as soon as we become pretty good as spotting one type of attack, another more sophisticated version comes along in its place. In fact, technology company Mozilla - which developed the Firefox web browser - has recently warned against a possible threat from a new scam known as 'tap napping' which takes phishing one step further.

What is tab napping?

Tab napping is essentially a new kind of phishing scam. Until now phishing has involved sending hoax emails in an attempt to steal your usernames, passwords and bank details. Often the sender will claim to be from your bank and will ask you to verify your bank details by clicking on a link contained in the email.

The link actually directs you to a fake website which looks just like your bank's own website. Once you have typed in your login details they can be accessed by the criminals who set the fake site up.

But we're beginning to wise up to phishing attacks like this, and many of us know we should be very wary of clicking URLs even if they appear to be in a legitimate email.

With awareness of phishing on the up, making it more difficult for scammers to succeed, tab napping could be the scam to watch out for next.

How does tab napping work?

Tab napping is more sophisticated than the phishing scams we've seen so far, and it no longer relies on persuading you to click on a dodgy link. Instead it targets internet users who open lots of tabs on their browser at the same time (for example, by pressing CTRL + T).

How does it work? By replacing an inactive browser tab with a fake page set up specifically to obtain your personal data - without you even realising it has happened.

Believe it or not, fraudsters can actually detect when a tab has been left inactive for a while, and spy on your browser history to find out which websites you regularly visit, and therefore which pages to fake.

So don't assume that after you have opened a new tab and visited a web page, that web page will stay the same even if you don't return to it for a time while you use other windows and tabs. Malicious code can replace the web page you opened with a fake version which looks virtually identical to the legitimate page you originally visited.

How might tab napping work in practice?

Imagine you open the login page for your online bank account, but then you open a new tab to visit another website for a few minutes, leaving the first tab unattended. When you return to your bank's site the login page looks exactly how you left it. What you haven't realised is that a fake page has taken its place, so when you type in your username and password, you have inadvertently given the fraudster easy access to your account.

Even if you have already logged into your bank account before opening another tab, when you return you might find you're being asked to login again. This may not necessarily rouse any suspicion since you might simply assume your bank has logged you out because you left your account inactive for too long. You probably won't even think twice before logging in for a second time. But this time round you have accidently inputted your security details into a fraudster's fake page which have been sent back to their server.

Once you have done so, you can then be easily redirected to your bank's genuine website since you never actually logged out in the first place, giving you the impression that all is well.

How can you protect yourself against tab napping?

This is pretty scary stuff but thankfully tab napping should be relatively easy to avoid. Here are five simple ways you can prevent yourself from falling victim:

Make sure you always check the URL in the browser address page is correct before you enter any login details. A fake tabbed page will have a different URL to the website you think you're using.
Always check the URL has a secure https:// address even if you don't have tabs open on the browser.
If the URL looks suspicious in any way, close the tab and reopen it by entering the correct URL again.
Avoid leaving tabs open which require you to type in secure login details. Don't open any tabs while doing online banking - open new windows instead (CTL + N).
Finally, take a look at Online banking: How to stay safe to find out other ways to protect yourself from online scams.

Facebook Post about the Pirate Party

so - facebook is a closed book and if a discussion happens there then no one can read it unless they are my "friend" which means this discussion can't see a wider audience, so I thought I'd try reposting it here. if anyone is interested being my "friend" do please come by at where I spend just a little bit too much of my time, but I don't think time spent in the company of friends is wasted.

John C Scott this short film from the BBC first alerted me to the pirate party, it's about 10 minutes long and definitely worth a looksie

BBC NEWS | Programmes | Newsnight | Why the pirates are on the rise in Sweden

Newsnight's Matt Prodger visits Sweden's Peace and Love music festival in Borlange to investigate what it is about the Swedes that has put them at the heart of a raging debate about internet freedom.
Alfie Goodrich

Alfie Goodrich
Very interesting. So, John, what in your opinion is the future for people wanting to make aliving out of creating things like music, film, photographs, etc etc ?

Wed at 12:08 · Delete

John C Scott

John C Scott
people who create music and all works of art generally should and must be paid for it. however the current oppressive and beaureucratic system urgently needs reform. if something requires a protection racket level of oppressive reinforcement then to all intents and purposes it is a protection racket. if it barks like a dog it is a dog. i always predicted in the early 90s that live music would become the main value proposition again, and this has become true and this has got to be good news for the whole keeping it live agenda. creative commons licensing i think provides the best model yet to have a fair system of distribution. distribution networks like the original napster were very effective ways of allowing individuals to explore interesting music and so let the quality of the music itself dictate the taste of the end-user and not the hype and manipulation of market places. CC certainly allows you to make a revenue from commercial exploitation of your works.

Wed at 12:31 · Delete

John C Scott

John C Scott
free use becomes the "long tail" and so you are freely allowing sharing of material and this is your "overhead" instead of a large collection system existing purely for it's own perpetuations sake - what i want to see is a fairer distribution of income among artists where far more could have a living wage and fewer have excessive incomes (£1M+) and i see this as entirely possible through a much greater set of diverse tastes in the "market-place" and a preparedness for people to pay for things of value when the value proposition is other than give us money or we'll duff you up

Wed at 12:34 · Delete

Ben Evans

Ben Evans
Interesting film, the problem is they do have this right to roam policy which is crossing the boundaries into the internet. You have to ask yourself though, you wouldn't walk into Waterstones and take a book for yourself without paying for it? Someone has had to write the book, publish it and print the book which all costs money. The same applies to Film, TV, music and photography does it not?

Wed at 12:39 · Delete

John C Scott

John C Scott
You wouldn't steal a handbag? You wouldn't steal a car?

Of course not but that's a silly characterisation of the argument that hides the truth.

Of course you wouldn't go into waterstones and take a book without paying unless you were a criminal.

But if I buy a tune for my DRM protected device ( i dont actually have one btw ) and I can't play it on another device without paying again for it then they are effectively stealing from me! Can you imagine having to buy 3 copies of the same CD one for the kitchen, the bedroom and the car?

The important thing to understand is the long tail argument that says we can give things away for free and still make a handsome living. Works very nicely for google.

People do go into Waterstones read a chapter or two of several books and decide which one to buy, or buy none at all and just leave with the information in their heads. OMG THIEVES! No that's the long tail sometimes you sell the book sometimes you don't.

Wed at 12:52 · Delete

Alfie Goodrich

Alfie Goodrich
With self-publishing via the likes of Blurb, books have become easier to get out there without a publisher. Still, with Blurb or any other medium for music, photos, etc... there is still a maker and a distributor taking a cut. True, the artist probably gets more of a cut than with a royalty scheme from a traditional publisher. I think the real keyfor people to make a living from it is to get noticed... that was always the trick before and the thing that, generally, getting a 'deal' was the pathway to; having someone with clout, worldwide distribution deals, marketing and PR budgets to get the artist noticed. One could say that the internet has levelled the playing-field for getting noticed, with all the tools available to the main in the street to get noticed by himself. But, internet culture is about 'free' stuff... as the Swedish crowd show. So, even if you create a sensation on the web, get noticed via the web... you still need traditional 'hard' media to make the bucks?

Wed at 12:55 · Delete

Alfie Goodrich

Alfie Goodrich
Good points, John.....above.

Wed at 12:56 · Delete

John C Scott

John C Scott
You can make money out of web media too. People are right now. Thousands of them. The problem is trying to make the new media work the same as the old, it's square peg into round hole stuff, and all that squeezing is futile and someone gets hurt by the squeeze, real lives of real people.

Back in the early 60s records couldn't be played on the radio. The music establishment saying they'd be crazy to allow it when they get money from the jukebox from every play. It made a few people who cooperated such as Dylan, Branson, The Stones, and many others who cooperated with breaking these practices very successful indeed. It took pirate radio to really change things.

At the moment the system works to the favour of the large corporations not the small guy.

Wed at 13:02 · Delete

Alfie Goodrich

Alfie Goodrich
All true. And I know people are making good money out of the web. Like all good success-stories, it means having a very clear strategy and putting in a shit-load of work. Quite often that's what the good people in the music and publishing business would do for you and what they would take their [at least] 20% for.

Wed at 13:05 · Delete

My Glastonbury History -pt1

A few people have asked me recently what I have been doing at past Glastonbury festivals. So I thought it would be worth posting:

1992, 1993, 1994

I went for the first time with my girlfriend Jenny Beasley because the Cud band were in the advert in the NME. Truth is I didn't actually get to see  Cud play but I did have an amazing time. Too many stories to tell, mostly more suitable for over a beer than a blog. I think my favourite tale is as it was my first time camping since the scouts I'd borrowed a hopelessly impractical tent from a friends Mum, it was a big 3 room frame tent thing and all orange nylon - nice! Back in 92 the bus used to drop you on the main road and you walked about 2 miles down the lane to the site. I'd already been introduced to the very strong Glastonbury serendipity earlier in the day - when begging Jenny to lend me some money (i wasn't proud) I showed her my empty cashpoint balance - only it wasn't empty there was a random £340 paid in - this was "holiday pay" a totally new concept to me that I had no idea was coming and being paid in that day and in the end I lent  Jenny money. So anyway  we arrive, we choose a spot, I look at this 50KG 70s marvel I've carried all the way  here and remember that I don't actually have a clue about putting tents up, I hadn't thought about this part until  now at all. Luckily Jenny was fairly sublime in nature and agreed with me that the best plan was to have a beer and think about it. We'd also  carried quite a lot of beer quite a long way. The weather was nice. It was a holiday. Why rush? So another beer, as no ideas had yet come. If Jenny was getting stressed she wasn't showing it. After 2 beers nature takes its course and so I head for my first Glastonbury toilet experience. I had no reason to fear anything, I had never heard stories of Glastonbury toilets before. As I queue and await my turn and naturally get to the front of the queue the next door to swing open ejects a character that I know. In fact in the most bizarre of coincidences ever it's my old room mate, a man called Andrew Demster, known as Demo, who had often shared a room with Jenny & I. More fantastic was the fact that Demo was something of a Venture Scout. He wasn't just good at camping, he loved camping and tents and that sort of thing. If there was one thing that could improve a less than dreary day for Demo it was some idiot with a random tent they couldn't put up. I had no idea he was going to be there. He did  come, he did help, we did have a tent. I was sold. Glastonbury was the most amazing place on earth. The bizarre events continued, the amazing coincidences abounded. We had a wonderful time. It opened our eyes to a world we knew was there but didn't know was so real. I returned in 1993 & 1994. Each time we bought tickets at HMV on the way to the festival. In 1993 I had my boots, money and car keys stolen in a tent slashing on the Friday morning but had an amazing festival living entirely on the charity of strangers.


I played bass guitar in an Irishy folk rock band called Reincarnation. It was great fun, these were great times. Reincarnation was a vehicle created by fiddler Peter Miln and singer / guitarist Dan James. There were many often bizarre lineups and gigs. The glastonbury lineup was Dan & Pete, Neil Baker later of Flipside on latin percussion, farrier Garrick Nelson on Bodhran, Steve Paul (a man like myself and half the band with no convincing surname) playing rock kit drums, plus a couple of friends who danced on stage. At glastonbury we were booked by Arabela Churchill to open the outside theatre stage at 10:30am each day, and to play in the fire procession on the saturday night that was arranged to celebrate this being the 25th Glastonbury festival. This procession gig was awesome and we played, carnival style on the back of a truck, for about 3.5 hours to 10,0000s of people and they all danced. The absolute high-point of my musical career :D


My very dear and deceased friend David Fleetham & I went as guests of Dubstar. I think on paper we were the woodwind section, and we took my flute and David's clarinet with us as props in case there were any awkward questions. Now David was haeomophilliac with many extreme complications including terrible arthritic ankles that made it incredibly difficult for him to walk. So I spent a fairly intense weekend with him, he was far too proud to use crutches and so most of the weekend I was his crutch, and also his drinking buddy. I think as usual we drank most of Dubstar's fairly substantial rider, just to help save Christian from liver failure. I have hazy memories involving David Baddiel and Hanson's Mum's who were camped next to us. I got very clear insights into being at Glastonbury with a disability too. It was extremely muddy. We did get out to see Radiohead and that set was lifechanging. We did also see Dubstar on the other stage and that was lifechanging too in a not so manic way.


For the first time I bought tickets in advance, framed them put them on bedroom wall and then had them stolen at quite a good party, so again bought tickets on the way down from HMV in Reading. Again an incredibly muddy year. By the time I got there all of the friends I was meeting had left. I spent the time with my new South African girlfriend Shaldean Van Der Merwe her French friend Nadine and her American boyfriend, I felt like a cultural attache explaining everything that was going on. We made some amazing friends in the campsite, we worked together and kept a massive fire going all weekend, and I will always remember the Sunday morning Hothouse Flowers set (I think) where he started "WELCOME TO THE SURVIVOR'S CLUB" it was electric and great fun. That year the website had been run by the Guardian and I'd found it very annoying as it really wasn't very updated, there was very little of  the information I was looking for and I started thinking I could do a better job.


With my friend Travis Pedley we worked  on this idea of a much  better Glastonbury Festival website. We wrote some quite detailed proposals and essentially the idea was to create something that today you'd call Social Networking and Content Management. It's name was a terrible pun ( but it still  makes me smile. I wrote an application that was essentially a networked database that could output web pages via FTP and could be contributed to by many people. We had an agreement with Andy Thomas who, had spoken with Michael Eavis about it, to have six people in a space in a portacabin in the acoustic field to take photos, write, get data, upload stuff and generally capture the richness of info available and make the internet a little bit less boring. The guiding creative principle was that in the way I had just stumbled into the festival 7 years before, someone could stumble  into  this website and confront some ideas that may inspire or entertain or maybe educate them. There was a new official website at that had been put together by Simon Glinn of the JazzWorld stage and Neil Greenway of - when we sent a link to them for them to link to us and vice versa all hell broke loose. Essentialy we were threatened with a lot of "heavy shit" if we did this and compromised the festivals rights agreements with others. At one point I was told a photo of my face from my personal website would be distributed to all gates to stop me entering. On the Tuesday night before the festival I had a mobile  phone conversation of over 2 hours with Simon Glinn that we both laughed about afterwards, especially as  we don't even know how it was possible for the signal to hold out that long never mind distract  him from the setup. In the end I had to let my friends down and it didn't happen. But I went to HMV in Swindon, bought a ticket, came to the festival and had a fantastic time at the best festival I can remember.


my Glastonbury History  Part 2 :