After discovering that the G1 had a hidden proxy configuration that allowed all internet traffic to be routed through a proxy of your choosing, I decided to dust off the old Internet Junkbuster, an Adblock predecessor from 1996 or so.
Like Adblock, Junkbuster allows one to specify via regular expressions a list of URL conditions to treat as advertisements, replacing them with 1-pixel transparent gifs before they get to your browser, effectively blocking any sort of unwanted intrusion into your web experience.
I tracked it down, compiled it from source, and got it running on my Dreamhost account. After configuring the G1 to use it, I found that it worked amazingly well. I fed it the current snapshot of the community-maintained "filterset.G" blocking rules, and banished ads virtually entirely from my phone. Awesome.
Until, that is, Deamhost's Abuse Department dropped me a line asking if I was aware that copious amounts of spam were being sent by my account, and notifying me that they were able to track all of the spam messages to my running Junkbuster installation.
I haven't yet investigated to determine whether Junkbuster itself has been compromised by spammers or whether it's just badly coded so as to allow this sort of abuse, but the discovery of my active installation and subsequent spam messages that were resultant from it happened within hours of me turning it on. Startlingly fast, in fact. I'm not sure there's really any explanation other than Junkbuster itself now containing malicious code, but I'll be looking into that shortly.
Either way, finding that the tool you're using to remove the spam from your web surfing is, in fact, resulting in spam showing up in the email of strangers is delightfully ironic.
As promised, I was just about to write a review recommending simplyaudiobooks.com for all your non-encrypted audiobook rental needs. Aside from the incredibly slow turnaround time on rentals (I had 3 shipments in the month of December, amounting to one and a half books and am looking at about the same this month, despite the fact that I rip them and return them the same day) I've been pretty happy with them.
Unfortunately, I just received my third "you really should pay us more money and upgrade your account, because only losers pay for the cheap plan. What's another $10 a month, anyway??" email in under a month.
I am no longer able make such a recommendation, and am now obligated to find a different mail-order audiobook rental service. (Boy am I glad I didn't pay for a whole year in advance.) I'll post another update regarding my next audiobook provider after I find one.
Why companies would think that badgering their customers is a good idea is beyond me, as it's the best sure-fire way to ensure that I stop being one.
I get a lot of comment/trackback spam attempts on the various blogs in my bloglomerate, which I have always attributed to the ginormous amount of traffic I get. Until today, that is.
Take a peek at the top of my inbox this morning:
That's 36 attempts, all involving diabetes awareness.
What once seemed like a random, scattered smattering of spam attempts now looks like a direct attack from one specific individual. Long time readers may immediately know who I suspect, but for the new folk I'm gonna spell it out.
I suspect that -- for some crazy reason -- Mr. Brimley is upset about the fact that he makes up much of the content here at nyquil.org, including my repeated outings of his... achem... personal dealings with hot young celebrities. This quick search will give you an idea of the frequency of his appearances here.
I believe this is just a warning of things to come, but rest assured: I will not bend under the threats of terrorists -- no matter how tasty their oatmeal is. I'll keep you posted; I may be forced to call for an oatmeal boycott.
Know those email recommendations Amazon frequently sends out informing you of a new item it thinks you will like because Hugh Jackman was somehow involved in its creation? ("You were recommended this item because come on, everybody loves Hugh Jackman.") I just got one informing me that there's a new "art house comedy" starring Hugh Jackman playing in select theaters around the country.
I'd been weary of Amazon's email recommendations for some time now -- honestly, those Hugh Jackman tube socks I bought were stiff and uncomfortable; I could practically see right through them -- but this new one pushed me over the top. The item advertised isn't even available on Amazon (not to mention the fact that it isn't even an "item" to begin with), but they're encouraging me to pay for it anyway? It was time for this to stop.
Being the straw that broke the camel's Jackman, this email finally convinced me to click on that "You don't want to get emails like this from us anymore? Just click here" link I always see. It (eventually) took me to a page where I could select the types of communication I want to receive. After deselecting every type, I noticed an additional checkbox that said "receive no email from Amazon." That being exactly the goal I was trying to accomplish, I quickly checked it and clicked Submit.
Here's what the next page said:
Your E-mail Notification Settings have been saved.
You will receive an e-mail confirming your choices.
I get fairly frequent trackbacks posted to my site from spammers. The blog software I use (serendipity) is very smart about spam detection, and generally does a great job preventing anyone but me from seeing these trackbacks, but they're annoying nonetheless.
This afternoon I took a look at my email, and this is what I saw:
Those are all emails from my blog to me, telling me there are new trackbacks that it thinks might be spam, and that I have to explicity say 'allow' if they arent. Well, all 50 or so of them are the same exact spam message about a prescription drug, with the words 'lol, great post' before them. Like I wouldn't notice.
I just tweaked the template for my site layout to no longer display email addresses of commenting users (the ones who enter one). I have no idea why this wasn't the default behavior to begin with, but now the comments are displayed like most other sites. If you specify a homepage, that link will be used to display your name. If not, there will be no link. You can now feel secure in putting your email address there; I'm the only one who will see it, and you can have replies to your comment automatically mailed to you.
Sorry for the prior inconvenience this may have caused anyone who entered their email not expecting it to be displayed.
In the last couple weeks, I've been getting progressively more and more spam via my Comcast mail accounts. Thankfully, I've got them forwarding through gmail, which does a wonderful job of realizing that they're spam and sticking them in my spam folder.
I find trends in spam behavior kind of interesting. For the last few months most of the spam has consisted of online pharmacies where I can "legally" acquire any number of misspelled brand name drugs without a prescription. Before that, pills that enlarge my penis. Before that, hot young sluts. I can't remember what was before that.
Presumably, since I had all these hot young sluts at my disposal, I would be interested in increasing the size of my penus. Being sluts, they're probably used to a larger caliber of man than me. I'm glad they're looking out for me. Now that I've got a larger penis however, I've found that the increased amount of blood required to send down to my penis is getting harder and harder to manage. Luckily I've got the spammers looking out for me.
Since I've been ordering "v1agra" off the internet, I no longer have difficulty becoming erect to my newly increased size potential. Because of the hot sluts, I've had to do this alot more frequently, which is no longer a problem. Thanks spammers!
The latest batch of spam emails -- 30 of them so far in the last 2 weeks -- is advertising places to buy imitation "R olex" watches. I can only assume I'm supposed to adorn my huge erect penis with these to impress the hot young sluts.