Don’t Cross Bo

A few days ago, I hinted about some impending horse news. I’m sure some of my loyal readers have been waiting with bated breath. Your wait is over. At this time, it gives me great pleasure to virtually introduce the latest member of Matt’s Motley Menagerie, an 8-year-old thoroughbred gelding named Don’t Cross Bo, aka Crossbo. I would have called him Bo, but Crossbo seemed to be his former barn name, and it’s acceptable enough that I decided not to risk the bad luck that reputedly results from changing a horse’s name.

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Spam Bad – Blacklist Good – Filters Worthless

Okay, more geek stuff. Apologies to the non-geek readers; you’ll just have to wait a few days for more horse news, but I hope it’s worth waiting for. In the never-ending battle against the evil forces of spam, I have put my trust in the goodness of blacklisting, for a number of reasons. Recent experiences with lost mail, combined with a recent discussion on the topic, suddenly awakened me to yet another reason why blacklisting is preferable to the less effective filtering solution.

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A Geek’s Delight

It’s probably a sign that you’re a hopeless geek pathetically in need of a life if you’re the happy recipient of email that says:

Regardless of how the rest of your day goes, here’s something to be happy about — today a honey pot you installed successfully identified a previously unknown email harvester…

Don’t forget to tell your friends you made the Internet a little better today. Thanks from the entire Project Honey Pot team and, we’re sure if they knew, from the Internet community as a whole.

Actually, maybe there’s some hope for me in the fact that I decided that posting it here might be a more reasonable (or possibly even geekier) alternative than telling all my friends. So what does this mean?

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Soul Food?

t’s good to know Christian charity is alive and well in the good old US of A. A Guardian article reports that malnutrition rates in children under five have almost doubled in Iraq since the US-led invasion. And while those pesky British are just whining about it, folks over here are doing something. Email from a friend tells what one local church is doing about the problem.

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