Various news on the spam front. The minor good news is that I got another cheerful note from the folks at Project Honeypot telling me this site has helped indentify another spambot. The bad news is that I got a couple dozen spam messages in my inbox this morning that had made it through the maze of blacklists I’m using.
Once again, this site has been the victim of scumsucking spammers. If these guys weren’t so loathsome, I would admire their tenacity and creativity. It really is amazing to see how much brains and brute force they devote to their misguided mission. But unfortunately, the net pollution they cause eliminates any admiration for them. For geeks like me, the game can actually be fun to a point, as it keeps us on our toes. But eventually it becomes not worth the trouble.
Unlike a lot of blogging techno-geeks, I don’t spend a lot of time writing about my latest gadgets, mainly because I don’t buy a lot of gadgets. I have gotten a little crazy about the cameras lately, but so far I haven’t had a lot to say about them other than a casual comment along with some of the pictures. About the only other gadget that has seduced me (and possibly broken my heart) recently is the iPod RoadTrip adapter from Griffin Technology.
If you don’t even know what RSS stands for, it’s Really Simple Syndication. Now you know almost as much about it as I do. If you’re a hard-core webhead that thinks RSS is the greatest thing since Google, you may be pleased to know that this site now has an
I got an interesting email from a co-worker about a new TV “reality” show. Rainer and I think a lot alike (he’s the one who sent me this earlier item), and we share a common disinterest in reality shows, and TV in general. But he thought (correctly) that I might find this advertisement amusing.
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.
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?
This site is now a proud participant in
Project Honey Pot, a new campaign to thwart one of spammers’ favorite tools. Many spammers harvest email address with spiders that crawl the web sucking up anything that looks like an email address. Project Honey Pot is an innovative effort to trap them.
There’s a lot of buzz in the news this week about the Mac Mini. And it deserves a lot of buzz. It’s way cool. There’s also an irresistible urge to compare it to the (in)famous Cube. Most of the comparisons are somewhat unflattering to the Cube, and some Apple reps bristled at the suggestion, as if Cube was a four-letter word. As a Cube owner, should I be offended?
I haven’t indulged in much technobabble here recently, so I guess today is as good a time as any for a good geek rant, since I scored another casualty in my long-running personal crusade to banish meaningless buzzwords from the vocabulary of morons. People who work with me have learned to humor me, with some occasional eye-rolling when they slip up and I attack them. Marketing sleazoids usually don’t fare so well, as one hapless Computer Associates wench learned today.