Today’s spam

Here’s what’s in my junk mail folder today: What is up with all that? Apparently I sent a payment to myself, I initiated another payment to myself, I am a user of myself who’s received exclusive offers for January, and I received a payment from myself. Wow! Furthermore, an internal discussion group (IPv6) is apparently…

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The opt-out from hell

One problem with making your email address available (which I will continue to do, don’t worry) is that folks with something to sell assume you’re interested in their stuff. To wit, let’s consider an email I received today (copied, headers and all, after my griping). Note that if I want to opt out of further…

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Blamestorming

So, let’s recap the sequence of events: The Sun-Sentinel newspaper in Fort Lauderdale accidentally republishes a six-year-old news story about the bankruptcy of UAL. It wasn’t on the home page, but instead buried somewhere inside the web site. Google’s news crawler (an automated thing, remember) finds the story and incorporates it as part of its…

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[OT rant] Are there any home WiFi routers that DON'T SUCK?

Warning: rant ahead, and names named. When I’m not traveling, I like to work from home some days rather than endure the trek from Seattle to Redmond (although it’s much better now that our own employee transit service has expanded into my neighborhood — the existence of which is sad commentary on the availability and…

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FanBox: the latest in password scams

Looks like spammers have found yet another way to worm (ha ha) themselves into the computers of the unsuspecting. In my junk email folder this morning, I saw this message: From: Question It [mailto:question_it@fanboxapps.com] Sent: Monday, January 07, 2008 2:34To: Steve RileySubject: Ratul has asked you a question on FanBox <http://ai.hitbox.com/ai?hb=DM550726CGWB&ai=EMC-FBX_Questionit_sync> Ratul asked you a…

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America, wake up: stop being "security sheep"

OK, I need to complain a bit here. Yesterday I went to Best Buy to get a new digital camera. I already knew which one I wanted, so I found a sales guy, pointed to the display unit, and said, “I’d like one of these.” “Sure,” he replied. He found the keys, unlocked the cabinet, pulled…

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iPods spread disease?

Well well. Looks like a few new iPod owners are getting infected when they attach their players to their computers. I’ll quote the first paragraph from Apple’s web site: We recently discovered that a small number – less than 1% – of the Video iPods available for purchase after September 12, 2006, left our contract…

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Must be a slow news day: reporter writes 100% crap

Imagine my surprise to read that Microsoft is removing NAP from Windows Vista! Does this guy actually get paid money to write this drivel? The particular folks quoted in the article all have their own agendas, of course. News flash: we aren’t dropping NAP. It’s in the product now, we’re actually running it on part of…

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My blog is not a forum for advertisements

It’s bad enough that the blasted spammers pollute the value of blogs and open forums by hijacking them with their nefarious comments for questionable pharmaceuticals claiming to extend particular body parts. I have recently received, only via private email so far, exhortations to explore mostly unknown security products claiming to magically eliminate a variety of security…

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F*#$!@g spam!

Yeah, it’s been a while since I’ve written a post, and I have some ideas I’ll get to once the prep work for TechEd this year settles down a bit. But look — why in the world do the freaking spammers have to start targetting blogs now? I keep my comments open and unmoderated because…

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