Posts tagged “spam”

Personal Library Hack

Here’s a little trick to help you keep your books from getting lost forever. If you’re like me, you get a ton of snail-mail spam, what we used to call “junk mail”. Lots and lots of companies — especially those concerned with getting your money to save the whales, the environment, the lives of endangered

Cell Phone Spam

I have gotten over a dozen phone calls today from (949) 374-5125 and (208) 650-4253. I had been answering the phone on the first or second ring and there would be nobody there. At first I assumed it was just some moron repeatedly calling the wrong number. But just now a call from the first

Akismet Works

The best spam-blocker

A Chick with Problems Big and Small

Wow. You have got to feel bad for Kaitlin Corcoran. She’s got identity issues; she’s unclear on what her middle name is. She’s dating two guys at the same time, and they both have drastic problems with their anatomy. And she feels the need to tell me — a complete stranger — all about it.

Turn On Links

One of the world’s worst, most-annoying spam-prevention systems is the one in my current version of Outlook — Microsoft® Outlook® 2003 (11.8002.6568) SP2. I’d say about one out of every three times I attempt to click on a link in an email, I get a warning telling me that all links in the message have

AmericanGreetings Valentine Virus

If you get an email with the subject line “Valentine’s Day eCard !” that looks like it came from AmericanGreetings <>, it’s most likely a virus. I’m not even going to take a chance by clicking the link. The link appears to be to the domain, but if you hover your mouse over it

Akismet and Comment Spam

Akismet and Comment Spam

In which I recommend a good WordPress plugin

Weight Spam

I receive an incredible amount of spam. I have a dozen or so email accounts and I manage about two dozen websites. Plus I run the IT department at my office. I get about 500 spam comments and 1500 spam pingbacks and / or trackbacks on blogs each day, and that’s with Akismet and a

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