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October 30, 2006

WTF Spammers?

It looks like I had some sort of comment and trackback spam bomb go off over the weekend. Normally the comment and trackback filters work well at detecting spam, but these comments weren't strictly spam. In fact they were random sentences that obviously could not be construed as a comment with legitimate looking links.

Now this is just me hypothesizing, but they could have been probes. While the links looked okay, the email addresses were kind of horked up. How this probe would work is

  1. a spammer submits a comment via some automated means with some sort of identifying tag (like an email address)
  2. searches Google for pages containing the tag (in this case email address)
  3. generates a list of spammable sites from the Google results

This technique, while clever, is doing nothing more than poisoning legitimate comments. WTF spammers?

Posted by Guy at 7:28 AM | Permalink

October 19, 2006

Telecommuting Roundup

Now that I'm working (mostly) from home I've been more interested in what other's think about telecommuting. Here's some comments from around the web.

Posted by Guy at 3:58 PM | Permalink


Final Fantasy V Advance preview: I didn't even know that they were releaseing (re-releasing?) an updated version of FFV! I think I'll have to pick this up just to check out the new classes.

Posted by Guy at 12:19 PM | Permalink

October 13, 2006

It's Geek Time

Anyone else play Guild Wars [guildwars.com]? For the life of me I can't get past the Sanctum Cay mission using an E/N/20. I think I'll try to run it, but what skills should I use? I'm thinking protect and life steal. This weekend is also Green Drop Weekend for Factions, can't wait!

Posted by Guy at 8:59 AM | Permalink

Here I Am

So here I am in PA. I finally made the move from DCLand to Pennsylvania for personal (family) reasons. I keep on hearing more and more about how Americans are telecommuting, in fact I think2 recent articles just came across my desk about telecommuting. I'll have to make time to read each one.

So far my impressions are favorable. I don't have to drive anywhere (less stress) and I don't have the constant bother of people stopping by my office and other's peoples conversations. Not that I minded people stopping by, it was just a productivity killer. And don't even get me started on other peoples conversations...let's just say they were definitely productivity killers.

Posted by Guy at 8:31 AM | Permalink