Fake DX-Delivery Scam Text Message

The website www.dx-delivery.co.uk is fraudulent and this is a scam.

Dx-Delivery are a legitimate delivery company, this is not from them. Their website is https://www.dxdelivery.com (not.co.uk)

I received a text message this morning claiming to be from a company called dx-delivery, stating

URGENT: DX-DELIVERY is holding your parcel. Please visit www.dx-delivery.co.uk and enter tracking number 41504599787

This is nothing to do with Dx-Delivery. This is a scam to defraud people into sending £50 to get a fictitious package redelivered. Do not action this.

Dx-Delivery are aware of this. From their website:


Fraudulent text messages have been sent by someone trying to defraud people by asking them to visit dx-delivery.co.uk to make a payment of £50 for redelivery of a parcel.

DO NOT ACTION THIS MESSAGE. This has nothing to do with DX and we are doing all we can to close this site down urgently and are working with the authorities to resolve this situation.

Please provide your details to ‘social@thedx.co.uk’ placing ‘Text Fraud’ in the subject line as we are collating a list of all people contacted.

Friday Reads – 18th December 2015 – #14

Ho ho ho, and all that.

It’s the last Friday reads of 2015. I’ve resisted the temptation to Christmasify this, so here’s a bog-standard list of reads.

Happy Christmas and new year.

An Engineer Explains Why You Should Always Order the Larger Pizza

Do you know how hard it is to organise pizzas for group of people at a meeting? ‘Very’, is the answer I found out this week.  Whilst it sounds a bit like stating the obvious, there’s some sound reasoning here:


90:9:1 – the odd ratio that technology keeps creating

Something to rival Moore’s Law?


Avoiding The Politics of Code Review

There’s been a quite a code-review theme of late to these posts. It continues here with some patterns and anti-patters regarding office politics and pitfalls involved in getting a process in place.


Web Scraping in C#

I’ve used HTMLAgilityPack in the past with various degrees of annoyance. But this now seems to have gone dead, and hasn’t been updated for since September 2014. AgileSharp seems to be current and do so much more.


Microsoft Edge’s JavaScript engine to go open-source

Continuing with Microsoft’s impressive drive towards open source.


The Rules Of Attraction

I’ve posted in the past about company culture, recruitment and attracting talent. This continues in the same vein. A though-provoking read.

Language: http://blog.ploeh.dk/2015/12/03/the-rules-of-attraction-language/

Location: http://blog.ploeh.dk/2015/12/04/the-rules-of-attraction-location/


A whole coders life: http://www.commitstrip.com/en/2015/12/11/a-whole-coders-life/

When you’ve been keeping a project running by the skin of your teeth: http://www.commitstrip.com/en/2015/12/16/when-youve-been-keeping-a-project-running-by-the-skin-of-your-teeth/

Friday Reads – 11th December 2015 – #13

The Most Important Code Metrics You’ve Never Heard Of

Actually, you’ve probably heard of some of them. I’d be interested to understand how they measure them, though.


Can you solve GCHQ’s Christmas card puzzle?


People not processes – a personal lament

The author did not mention it, but the title is a key part of the Agile manifesto


Unit Tests are Your Specification

A critique of a unit test suite. Well worth reading if you’re regularly reviewing code that includes unit tests.



Wiki Patterns

What are the good and bad behaviours that are often observed when running a wiki within an organisation?


Do Interfaces Terminate Dependencies?

Great discussion on the possibly-misguided notion that substituting an interface in place of a concrete class automatically removes that dependency.


New Language Support in Visual Studio 2015

The latest update to Visual Studio includes syntax highlighting and the beginnings of IntelliSense for over a dozen new languages.


Given the Java IDE wars that have been raging for a decade, Is VS looking to challenge the remaining warriors (Eclipse, Netbeans & IntelliJ)?

And for the Java aficionados, here’s the latest twist in that war!


Bitcoin’s Creator Satoshi Nakamoto Is Probably This Unknown Australian Genius

I’m a great believer in the future of bitcoin, or a bitcoin-like model. Up until now it’s creator has been largely anonymous. Looks like he’s been outed now, though.



Colds: http://xkcd.com/1612/

This language sucks: http://www.commitstrip.com/en/2015/12/09/this-language-sucks/

Drop all SQL Database Connections

I must have run this a dozen times in the last few days. Dead useful, which is why I’m posting it. Mostly for my own reference

USE master

DECLARE @kill varchar(8000) = '';
SELECT @kill = @kill + 'kill ' + CONVERT(varchar(5), spid) + ';'
FROM master..sysprocesses 
WHERE dbid = db_id('MyDatabaseName')


Friday Reads – 27th November 2015 – #12

Code Coverage is a Useless Target Measure

You can have 100% code coverage and no asserts. Code coverage is still very useful for a measure of paths tested, just not very good for setting is as a target.


Test-Driven Development Is Stupid

Focusses on the lunacy of writing ALL your test cases first, rather than the Red-Green-Refactor pattern.


What Do Programmers Want?

Pretty much says it all.


3 Reasons Why Daily Scrums Take So Much Time

I remember working on a project with 45 minute scrums daily! Fortunately, these are banished to the distant past.


The Day Google Deleted Me

A small warning: some colourful language in this one. Pretty funny, though.



After a chance discussion with a colleague, I thought I’d share this. It’s an older article from 2013, but documents  why the creator of MySQL decided to fork it to create a MariaDB.


DB-Engines Ranking

Despite the sentiment of its original creator (see above article) the popularity of MySQL (now Oracle-owned) remains in rude health.



The New Framework: http://www.commitstrip.com/en/2015/11/24/the-new-framework/

Arbitrary Goals: http://dilbert.com/strip/2015-11-22