Sun, 26 Mar 2006

Richard Was Right

This is, of course, not news to him, and I acknowledged he was right when he made the point, but my technique of allowing * coming to my inbox proved to be unworkable.

You see, what I would typically do when signing up at certain businesses is to provide "" as the email address. This was for two reasons. First, it would provide a way to track down spammers who resell addresses (or businesses who get hacked or are easily hackable, i.e. NetSol, etc.). Second, and more useful, sorting e-mail by the actual recipient address could be a useful organization technique.

Recently, however, I've been getting emails from my IT department (who knew had an IT department beyond Richard and myself?) saying that my account has been inactivated, or my password was updated. Conveniently, these emails would contain ZIP files of some .exe file for me to run (strange, my IT department doesn't know I use a Macintosh?), and would be sent to addresses like "", and "" and many, many variations of the same.

I began getting in excess of 100 50KB messages a day of this sort over the past few days, and this led me to change my delivery mechanism, as Richard predicted I would several years ago.

This was a bit tedious (I had to log into sites like google, cnn, etc. and shift the registered address from to, and it took about 15 minutes to complete, but if it means I avoid 5MB of email downloads every day, seems well worth it.

Thu, 09 Mar 2006


Sorry Jason, this isn't what you were expecting, but I don't think you'll be disappointed either.

It's not some fancy TV, it's a pocket rocket Audi A3!

I will simply say this is such a joy to drive. WOW.

For now, the rest of the story can be told via the photo gallery.

I also put up a brief quicktime movie of the navigation system at work. (Basically manually zooming in from 400 miles to 150 foot views)

Name/Blog: rus
Title: Re: Naughtiness
Comment/Excerpt: look pretty gosh darn nice!

Name/Blog: Tom Bridge
URL: tom_bridge at_sign
Title: Nice Ride, yo.
Comment/Excerpt: Very nice. Let me know if you come out this way with it.

Name/Blog: Jason
Title: RE: Naughtiness
Comment/Excerpt: OMFG!!! Very impressive...

Wed, 08 Mar 2006

Spam Redux

Thanks to my friend Richard (by the way, welcome, finally, to the blogosphere), I realize the spammers had evened the score. The spammers had posted their csaino (sic) and icnset (sic) spam on my site again, despite my workaround.

I never claimed my workaround was particularly sophisticated or unbeatable, but in response, I've upped the ante. Again, nothing impenetrable, but just enough unpleasantry to make myself less of a target.

Name/Blog: rus
Title: on-line pharmacy - buy direct and save $$$
Comment/Excerpt: You're paying too much for your viag@r@!!! check our prices agianst your local pharmacy. lol.

Name/Blog: Khan
Title: They got through again?!
Comment/Excerpt: How did they fool me again?!

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