Sunday, 20 May 2018

DrayTek Security Advisory: CSRF & DNS Changed Web Interface Attacks

TL;DR - Check the DNS settings on your DrayTek router and install new firmware.

In May 2018, we became aware of new attacks against web-enabled devices, which includes DrayTek routers. The recent attacks have attempted to change DNS settings of routers.  We are in the process of releasing updated firmware which you should upgrade to as soon as it is available but also immediately follow the advice below:

Update your firmware immediately, or as soon as updated software is available. Before doing the upgrade, take a backup of your current config in case you need to restore it later.

Take Don's two fave bikes & blend them together - what do you get? The 2018 Honda CB1000R!

I have adored two Honda bikes for some time:
The CB1100RS - proper 80's musclebike vibe, with modern build quality.
The CB1000R - A retuned blade minus the fairing: modern & aggressive.
Honda have taken the best of both bikes & squished them into the all new CB1000R!

While Crescent Honda were running a MOT on my beloved Crosstourer (passed, flying colours), I took the opportunity to take out a new & very much improved CB1000R. The styling is a bit retro ("Neo Sports Cafe" - as Honda's marketing guru's would call it) while also feeling modern, just not muddled. The engine note is fabulous - free revving, and howling. A pleasure to ride fast & hard. Steering is precise & fast, suspension is firm - but not too hard. Riding position is sports business like, but not too angular for an old git like me. 143bhp - lots of power for a 212Kg naked sports bike. Engine modes - I tried "standard" - plenty quick, and "sport" - mad & brilliant! The bike is stumpy, light & fast - I love it!

Somehow Honda have taken two quite different bikes, and combined them to make something which has typically great Honda build quality, feels modern & yet nods to a retro aesthetic - so ticks all of my boxes! Take one for a spin, it's a wrench to hand it back... Dear Santa...

Friday, 18 May 2018

Bosch is developing rocket boosters to prevent lowside motorcycle crashes!

Well known for ABS, traction control systems, IMUs, and other sophisticated tech, Bosch combined motorcycle safety with its rocket expertise to address the danger of lowside crashes. When a motorcycle slides out in a turn, it’s up to the rider to control and correct the loss of traction. All too often, riders aren’t able to make the recovery.

Bosch’s solution introduces a new player to the situation: pressurized gas boosters. Bosch builds them for steering spacecraft, but their instant blasts are useful for keeping a motorcycle upright, as well (though anyone who’s ever been nine years old is wondering if we can’t just point them backwards and go faster). Watch their video a few times to see the comparison, and look for the quick recovery after the rider hits the gravel patch. As soon as the system detects an impending lowside, the booster kicks in to counteract the slide and right the bike.

Thursday, 17 May 2018

Thy Kingdom Come. What does God actually want from us?

'My God and my awe, my God and my awe' the words of St Francis of Assisi - one the great Saints of Adoration according to Pete Greig.

Watch this beautiful reflection from Pete Greig, 24-7 Prayer, as he shares on what it means to Adore the Lord.

#StandTogether this Christian Aid Week

For over 70 years, along with our amazing supporters, Christian Aid has been helping change the lives of people of all faiths and none in the poorest communities around the world.

This Christian Aid Week (13-19 May 2018), we’re asking everyone to #StandTogether and help families like those of Jocelyne, Marcelin and Vilia to weather future storms.

Please consider supporting those in need this Christian Aid Week:

Wednesday, 16 May 2018

What do we mean when we pray Thy Kingdom Come?

As part of this special series, Archbishop Justin Welby spoke with Cardinal Vincent Nichols from the Roman Catholic Church (Archbishop of Westminster & President of the Catholic Bishops' Conference of England and Wales) to discuss what it means when we pray Thy Kingdom Come?

Watch this fantastic discussion between the two on this subject.

To find out more about this year's Thy Kingdom Come, taking place from 10-20 May, visit

Do you have keyless car and a garage? Better read this!

Dozens of people have been poisoned by carbon monoxide after failing to turn off the ignition on keyless cars, according to the New York Times.

Its report found that 28 people had died and 45 others had suffered injuries since 2006.

More than half of the 17 million vehicles sold annually in the US now have keyless ignitions.

Keyless ignition systems - widely used in cars around the world - consist of a device that is carried by the driver, allowing them to start the car with the press of a button linked to the fob.

The car will not start if the key fob is not detected but once the car has been started it continues to run even if the device is removed from the vehicle.

In some hybrid car models, the engine may not be running when the driver gets out of the car but could come on later when batteries run low.

The recorded deaths had been caused by drivers leaving their vehicles running in enclosed garages which allowed carbon monoxide gas to get into their homes, according to the New York Times.