December 30, 2002

Guess-the-Spam Contest

With great fanfare, I'm pleased to announce the First Annual IJTLCSH Guess-the-Spam Contest. It's good clean fun for the whole family, and your chance to win a fabulous prize. The... (read more)

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December 29, 2002

Spammer Host Surfaces: Innocent Victim or Spammer Chutzpah?

Last week, I wrote about a horribly rude and invasive spam I received for a web site hosted at www.amazinghealthconcepts.com. (View a copy of the original spam here.) The network... (read more)

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December 28, 2002

A cc Update

cc the cat was a total bitch last night. He's something like fifty pounds overweight and is on this diet that makes him completely miserable. He's not losing any weight... (read more)

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Santa Comes Late: New pxytest Released

I bet you thought I was being a lazy slug, shirking my weblog duties over the holiday week. Ha! Nothing could be further from the truth. I was doing something... (read more)

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December 23, 2002

Spammer Says: We Know Who You Are, We Know Where You Live

When you receive dozens of spams a day, not much shocks you anymore. Yesterday's inbox, however, provided a surprising new low. Here is an excerpt: Click Here: http://www.amazinghealthconcepts.com/mortgage1/ Mark Harper... (read more)

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December 21, 2002

Windows in Austin: Insult and Injury

Link: Seeing through the Linux-Windows TCO comparisons. Joe Barr reports a story that is distressing in so many ways. Last August, Joe reported how the City of Austin responded to... (read more)

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Sometimes Everybody's a Loser

In the ongoing spam wars, sometimes everybody loses. We're all victimized by the actions of the spammers, and sometimes we're harmed by those fighting back. A friend wrote to me... (read more)

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December 15, 2002

Lowe's: Spamming Home Improvement

Link: Letter from Lowe's (95KB scanned image). Lowe's spammed Dave Lugo with unsolicited email. Dave complained, because he never gave Lowe's permission to email him. Instead, Lowe's probably acquired Dave's... (read more)

Posted by chip at 05:09 PM to: Spam
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Santa Likes Beer!

Link: You Better Watch Out! Is there anything more distressing than turning the corner and seeing a hoard of rowdy, drunken Santas bearing down on you? Why, it's Santarchy! (via... (read more)

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December 14, 2002

pxytest News

I released the pxytest open proxy tester last month, and it's received a great response. When I released the program, I did so without testing the cisco module. This test... (read more)

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December 13, 2002

My Boner is Screaming Hello

Link: Busy Marquee. Some immature, juvenille pranksters are running around South Austin rearranging letters on signs. And, of course, I think this is the damned funniest thing I've seen on... (read more)

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May I Fix You a Nice Roast Beef Sandwich?

I believe the most powerful commercial use of the web is the most mundane: using it to deliver better service at less cost. Unfortunately, too many companies believe web-based customer... (read more)

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December 11, 2002

Yes, Commissioner

This month I started serving on the City of Austin Telecommunications Commission. Tonight was the first meeting. I was all excited to come back and blog all the exciting geeky... (read more)

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Cognitive Dissonance

Alright, let me admit right now the utter hypocracy of railing about copyright and public domain and illustrating the rant with stolen artwork. But, see, I've got a very good... (read more)

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Public Domain: A Metaphor

Last night, I was involved in a discussion regarding copyright issues. Some of the concerns mentioned include shrinking fair use rights as well as devaluation of the public domain. During... (read more)

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December 10, 2002

Rah! Rah! Open Source

Today, I participated in a panel at the Fifth Annual National Community Network Conference called Open Source Issues. It was the first outing of the EFF-Austin Open Source Posse (open... (read more)

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