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PHUKET: Have you ever received a message like the following and wondered who sent it to you?

I have a group of 24 people who will be traveling in your vicinity in December and we would like to book reservations at your establishment. We will pay for services, including tax and tips, in advance. Please advise what you have available and how much it costs. Send your bank details for full remittance.

Here’s another message I received recently: YouTube Service <service@youtube.com>: Your message was not delivered you have sent the maximum number of messages per day. https://www.youtube.com.support/ticket_id=1497. © 2011 YouTube, LLC, San Bruno, CA 94066

By now you’re savvy enough to know that a message sent From Citibank Customer Service asking for your password – or a message from UPS saying you need to run an EXE file, or from Microsoft saying you have to install the attached program – is probably completely bogus. You also no doubt know that the “From” address can be faked (the technical term is “spoofed”): no, that message didn’t come from Barack Obama or Bill Gates or Warren Buffet.

But what about the messages that look like they may – just maybe – be real? How can you see who the message really came from?

The short answer: you can’t. The bad guys know it’s easy to send out a message that looks like it’s from Yingluck Shinawatra or Brad Pitt. That’s kiddie stuff. Getting beyond the kiddie level isn’t easy. Few spammers are smart enough to disguise the originating point of their message, for example, or strip off other, often hidden, telltale information. If you’re curious about the real source of a message, you should look at the innards of the message, in something called the header.

A message header is the text that wraps around a message. It encapsulates the message, making sure it gets to its intended destination. To a first approximation, the message header resembles a snailmail envelope, with an addressee, return address, and a series of cancellations that trace where the message has been.

Some email programs make it easy to look at each message’s header. In Gmail, for example, if you open the message, click the down arrow next to Reply, and then Show Original, the message header appears in a new window. In Hotmail, you click Inbox on the left-hand menu, right-click the message and choose View Message Source. In Outlook Express or Windows Live Mail, right-click on the message, choose Properties, then click on the Details tab.

Outlook makes it difficult to see the headers. Fortunately, there’s a program that makes it easy to see your message headers in Outlook. PocketKnife Peek makes it right-click easy to see any message’s header. To use it, exit Outlook. Go to xintercept.com/peek/pkpeek.htm. Download and install PocketKnife Peek (it’s free). Start Outlook again, and PocketKnife Peek will work. Check it by right-clicking on any message in Outlook, choosing Peek, and clicking the tab marked Internet Header. The entire header appears.

Sorting through an internet header can be challenging. Fortunately, there’s a web site that will do all the hard work. To use it, copy the header. Go to the IP Tracker web site, iptrackeronline.com/header.php. Copy the header into the Email header analysis box and click Submit Header for Analysis. You’ll see a full parsing of the header, part of which is shown in the screen shot on this page.

So the next time somebody sends you an offer you can’t refuse – or a poor suffering widows asks you for $1,000 to unlock her poor departed husband’s $100 million – take a look at the message’s header, and run it through IP Tracker Online. If the message came from Nigeria or Kazbukistan, well, you’ve been warned.

If you aren’t yet posting your international downloads speeds on www.PhuketInternetSpeed.com, I hope this column gives you an idea of why it’s more important than ever to keep everybody in Phuket apprised of how your internet connection is working. Even if you have a simple 3BB 6 Mbps line, you’re helping yourself – and everybody else – by regularly testing and posting your results. It takes less than a minute. Drop by the speed reporting site and sign up. If you have problems – forgot your logon id or password, or you can’t get it to work – drop me a line. It’s free, fast and easy and the connection you save may be your own.

Live Wire is Phuket Gazette columnist Woody Leonhard’s weekly snapshot of all things internet in Phuket.

Follow him on Twitter: @PhuketLiveWire; “like” his page at facebook.com/SandwichShoppe; or facebook.com/phuketgazette.net, or visit his free Sunday morning computer clinics at Woody’s Sandwich Shoppes.

— Woody Leonhard

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Strong wind and waves this morning closes Phuket’s beaches, one swimmer rescued

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Phuket’s Rawai Mayor, Aroon Solos, ordered all beaches in the area to close after a foreigner was rescued this morning after being unable to make it back to shore. The foreigner was swimming off Ao Sane beach, just north of the popular Nai Harn Beach, when lifeguards were sent out to help bring him back to shore. The recent weather has been partly attributed to Tropical Storm Noul as other beaches areas around Patong have been closed since Friday.

Mayor Aroon ordered both the Nai Harn and Ya Nui beaches closed until further notice.

Noul crossed over the Vietnamese coastline in the early hours of Friday morning and tracked westwards into Laos, then Thailand’s north east, dragging in moisture from the Indian Ocean and intensifying the south-west monsoon.

The Chief of the Cherngtalay Tambon says that, once weather is more stable, the island’s beaches will reopen.

“All beaches in our area, Surin Beach, Bang Tao beach and other beaches, are closed today. We will reopen them when the weather improves.” Strong winds have contributed to falling trees and power outages across the island with one tree falling on the island’s main traffic artery, Thepkasattri Road, blocking traffic.

Officials are also warning road travellers to drive carefully after a car reportedly flipped over yesterday during wet conditions. The Thai Meteorological Department has also re-issued a weather warning today, saying that Noul has been now downgraded from a Category 3 tropical storm to a tropical depression.

The remnants of Noul currently sit over the Kancanaburi province after surging through Thailand’s north eastern and central provinces earlier today.

“Strong wind waves are likely in the Andaman Sea and the Gulf of Thailand. In the upper portion of both seas, the waves will be likely 2-4 meters high and more than 4 meters high in thundershowers. In the lower portion, the waves will be likely about 2 meters and in thundershower areas more than 3 meters high. All ships keep ashore through 20 September.”

SOURCE: The Phuket News

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Phuket residents going hungry after local government assistance runs out

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Residents in Phuket, particularly those living in and around the west coast townships, are reportedly going hungry as the government’s municipal budget to provide food has been depleted. Despite efforts to revive tourism in the area, thousands of people are still in need of donated food to survive and continue to queue up for donated food every day. A public relations staff member at the Patong municipality says, sadly, there is no budget to do any more food handouts in the near future and that there is no word on when or if there will be any more handouts.

The Phuket Town Deputy Mayor told The Phuket News that there has only been 2 handouts since the pandemic struck the tourist-reliant area. One handout was in March while the last handout was in June with the mayor saying 28 million baht was spent in those 2 handouts. Meanwhile a number of foreign residents in the town have been providing supplies for food queues for many months to help the impoverished residents.

One Phuket expat says the majority of those affected in the Patong area are Burmese migrant workers, with long queues for private donations still being seen on the streets of Patong. Such private donations are a result of charity events that are being held across the island with the assistance of dedicated volunteers.

Like Thailand’s Mental Health Department, many are concerned about the impact that food insecurity is having on those struggling. According to the department, 2,551 people had killed themselves across Thailand in the first half of 2020, a 22 % increase, year on year. In response, the National Reform Committee on Labour was ordered on September 11 to issue an amnesty on all outstanding debts, while providing financial support anyone who remains unemployed on the island.

At a recent meeting, other requests were made that include the government giving incentives for more Thais to visit the island and to use social security funds and soft loans as support for local business owners. For now, the situation is grim as Phuket residents are resorting to relying on private charities for food donations.

Phuket’s vice governor Phichet saysd that Phuket has been badly affected by the Covid crises, and delivered 3 requests to the Senate Standing Committee on Tourism… to extend the financial support by the Social Security Office for a further 3 months, allow workers from other provinces to transfer their house registration to Phuket so the Phuket government can receive more funds to provide better care for them, and ask the Ministry of Labour to provide assistance to at least 1,000 unemployed in Phuket.

Whilst the government unveiled plans for a “Phuket Model” to revive tourism on the island, it came to nothing, despite a high power delegation of Ministers and Bangkok officials who visited Phuket 2 weekends ago.

One such charity is set to record a song by leading Phuket musicians with the hopes of continuing to help feed those in need on the island.

SOURCE: The Phuket News

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Heavy rain across the country this weekend – local forecasts

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Heavy rain is expected across much of Thailand over the next few days, mostly as a result of the intensity of a tropical storm crossing into Vietnam today, ‘Noul’, from the South China Sea. The low pressure cell will help intensify the effects of the south west monsoon too. But the remnants of the storm won’t “slam” into Northern Thailand as one news site claimed – rather it will be a lot of rain and increased winds. The storm is expected to cross into Thailand around the Mukdahan province some time early tomorrow,

Around the country, Saturday will be the worst with rains easing during Sunday. Thailand north east ‘Isaan’ provinces will be the worst affected as they are in the direct track of the storm as it crosses Vietnam, into Laos, and then crossing Thailand’s borders in the upper north east in the early hours of tomorrow morning.

Whilst tropical storm ‘Noul’ has been packing winds from 80 – 120 kilometres per hour as it reaches the central Vietnam coast areas, including popular tourist locations like Da Nang and Hoi An, the storm will continue to dissipate as it moves inland. The storm has been tracking across the South China Sea this week, gathering strength, in a west northwesterly direction.

Residents in the coastal town of Hoi An report that it rained continuously last night, with strong winds, and that they expect widespread flooding to be reported during the day.

The forecast for heavy rain in Bangkok will probably dampen some of the enthusiasm for tomorrow’s anti-government rally to be held in and around the Thammasat University Tha Prachan campus.

Here are the forecasts for Saturday and Sunday around the country…

Bangkok

Heavy rain across the country this weekend - local forecasts | News by The Thaiger

Phuket

Heavy rain across the country this weekend - local forecasts | News by The Thaiger

Chiang Mai

Heavy rain across the country this weekend - local forecasts | News by The Thaiger

Pattaya

Heavy rain across the country this weekend - local forecasts | News by The Thaiger

Khon Kaen

Heavy rain across the country this weekend - local forecasts | News by The Thaiger

Koh Samui

Heavy rain across the country this weekend - local forecasts | News by The Thaiger

Read more about Thailand’s annual monsoons HERE.

SOURCE: weather.com

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