Thursday, October 01, 2009

And if you act now, you get a lifetime supply of Turtle-wax...

(recently arrived in my email inbox)
date Wed, Sep 30, 2009 at 01:53
subject Attn: Sir, Madam

Attn: Sir, Madam

This is to inform you that Saudi Aramco, the state-owned oil company of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Headquartered in Dhahran, has recently done an email selection vancation via curacao flight agencies onfurtuinately your email address appear to be one of the lucky winniners with the sum of 150,000.00 USD as contribution to world food security and travellers in the context of the company's and also to recruit 6000 workers to achieve our goal as set by the Petroleum Minister

To this effect, we implore you to submit your full name and address , Telephone number or company brochure to our office for your claim bonus and for your Opportunities to emplore your relationship with curacao vancation period.

TeleFax: 0031 847 305 161
Contact person Name: Dr. Packyson Van Bomen

Thanks for your coorperation

Announcement office
Mr: Alhaji Al-Wajud Moen

Thursday, August 06, 2009

My ferret, Pixel, has passed away

On July 28th, 2009 at around 8AM Denmark-time, my ferret Pixel, not wanting to wait for her sleepy owners to get out of bed and let her out of her room for the usual ritual of morning ham or chicken, took matters into her own paws.

At around 8:30 a neighbor contacted us to report Pixel was on the ground outside the front entrance of the apartment block, not moving.

She had fallen six floors to her death.

Pixel was always an impatient girl, and smart enough to remember that she had made this Houdini escape once before. It was just a matter of being persistent enough to climb to the top of her cage, jump across a 1-foot (30 cm) gap to the window sill, squeeze herself through the partially-open window, and head for the nearby balcony, where she could scratch at the door to get our attention. She likely tried to turn around on the short window ledge or the balcony railing looking for a good spot to jump down into the balcony, and lost her balance.

When I arrived on the ground floor, her body was already beginning to cool. I took her upstairs and realized it was probably a very quick death, as I could see she hit the ground chin-first. One of her front paw fingers appeared to be broken too.

My girlfriend and I blame ourselves for two mistakes: first, I had left the window partially open to allow a breeze to keep the room cool during the day, and secondly the girlfriend did not put Pixel back in to her cage before going to bed (I was at work at the time) and only closed the door to my office, where Pixel's cage is. In itself this is not unusual, because it was common to find her curled up inside a blanket or sleeping-bag *outside* the cage next to my computer desk. She preferred to be nearby whenever she had the chance, so if we found her sleeping we just left her alone and closed the door to the room when we had to leave the apartment without her. The big error was in leaving the window open overnight, giving Pixel her opportunity the next morning.

She was 6 years old - that's roughly 55-60 years old in human terms. Her birthday would have been this week. While sometimes acting like an old lady, she still had the attitude and energy of a kid. Even after 2 tumor surgeries, she never gave up enjoying her life with every waking moment.

Pixel was a remarkable ferret, energetic, quite intelligent for someone of her size, and an ambassador-of-sorts in educating people young and old about ferrets and what wonderful pets they can be. She was capable of displaying a wide range of body language and small facial expressions that made her more of a "little person" to me than just an animal.

She was my first pet after arriving in Europe, and she will not be the last. She brought joy to my life (and to others) that no other animal has to-date, and I will miss her terribly.

I post this to let people who knew her -- either through pictures, video, or heard her laughing/dooking over SL Voice or Skype as she played with me -- that she has passed away.

No memorial is needed - beyond this blog post. Online cemeteries and virtual worlds are inadequate or incomplete for me to properly express my loss. Perhaps you will understand if I occasionally babble-on with stories about her antics and adventures in future blog posts. She meant a lot to me in so many ways.

Since she loved to dig in plant dirt, I had her sent off to be cremated in the hope that she gets 'play in the dirt' forever in someone's garden.

Photos of her can be found here:

Thanks for listening!


Friday, April 17, 2009

Current spammer/phishing technique

Over the last month or so, I've begun to receive emails like the following:

Subject: Hi its me rita ,how are you today?
2009/4/17 Miss Rita :

Hi,i have accpted you as my gud friend,so reply and let us knw each other more ok am rita and u?

Now, if Miss Rita was a 'gud friend', she would know how to spell 'gud'.

Looking at the email headers (the bits that get sent along with the email so that it knows where to go), I see some information that looks fishy:

Received: from unknown (HELO User) ([])
by with ESMTP; 17 Apr 2009 16:09:50 +0800
Reply-To: <>
From: "Miss Rita"<>
Subject: Hi its me rita ,how are you today?
Date: Fri, 17 Apr 2009 08:10:17 -0000
If you look at the text in red, you'll see that the 'From' and 'Reply-To' email addresses are different.

It's clearly an attempt to 'fish' for information, mostly to learn if the email receiver is a real or active person, so that the sender can add your email to a spammer/advertising list. DO NOT REPLY! Add them to your spam-blocking lists.

Friday, February 06, 2009

New member of the family!

In this case, a near mint-condition Mac Color Classic!

The old and the new: Mac Color Classic alongside a modern MacBook laptop

I got this Mac for free via the local Copenhagen chapter of The Freecycle Network - Works great, and should be a fun winter/spring project to upgrade (raise the resolution to 640x480, add ethernet card, etc) and install Debian Linux on it.

Friday, January 09, 2009

A funny thing happened on the way to the email box...

from: john mathew
date Fri, Dec 5, 2008 at 8:27 PM

Hello my Dear,

You may find it so difficult to remember me. Though, it has indeed been, a very long time. Personally, I am so delighted and privileged to contact you once again after all these years. It takes fate, courage and the fear of God to remember old friends and at the sametime, to show gratification to them, irrespective of the circumstances that made things work contrary to our expectations.

"Dear"? and since when does it take "the fear of god" to remember old friends?

I sieze this liberty to inform you that, the transaction we were pursing together finally worked out and I decided to contact you, for the reason of informing you on the success of the just ended transaction. You are advised to stop any further communication with your local representative(s), agent(s), official(s), or department whom may call you or email you concerning the cheque draft with the sum of $800, 000,00,us dollar (USD). I introduce you to Mathew Paul, You are advise not to accept any fax or telephone call(s) that does not come from him (Mathew Paul).

Since this mystery man does not have my telephone or fax number, I look forward to seeing how he pulls that trick out of his butt!

He is our best man on the job and He alone did I leave specific instructions on how to deliver the cheque to you. You may want to call him immediately for more information as regard the instruction I left him on your account,

It is only proper that I compencate you for all your effort and pains taking through out the entire period. I have a conscience as a human beign,and with due consideration to your tremendious effort and contribution to make things work out,please do accept my goodwill.

"Compencate" me? Oh, it was nothing - really! We human "beigns" must stick together!

Meanwhile,I must inform you that,I am presently in Paraguay for numerous business negotiations and establishments.I just arrived yesterday night, checked into a hotel and decided to go down the hotel lobby, to the cyber cafe section to drop this piece of note you.

Well ain't that convenient. No chance to contact you directly eh?

Now, from a heart full of honesty and deligence, I have raised and signed an International Cashier's Bank Draft, to the tune of $800,000.00 US DOLLAR ( EIGHT HUNDRED THOUSAND UNITED STATES DOLLARS)in your name as compensation to your dedication, humanity and contribution, and most of all for your noble trust in me, I must say it is one of a kind.

Please, do contact him now, my confidential secretary, He is in the person of
Mathew Paul Ifesinachi ( Secretary) with email address -:
You are to forward to him, the following

1.Your names in full,
2.Your day time phone number,
3.Residential address,
4.Number of the members of your family and,
5.Next of kin (NOK).

Um... wait a moment. Is this money for my funeral?

He, will advise you further about the shipment of the ICBD to your residential or office address, such as you must have afore provided.
Please note that the ICBD has a validity period of 21 banking days. So, the earlier your response the better for both of us. You have to be cautious of the route shipment days to avoid unendung stories.
Sincerely Yours,
Your one time business partner.

Yeah, right. And I've got land on the moon I'll sell you.

Oddly enough, the above text squeaked by GMail's usually smart filtering of such nonsense.

Instead of replying, I forwarded his email to the Google phishing department, and signed him up for all sorts of random porn email. That's my way to 'compencate' him for all his worthless efforts. Hopefully no-one falls for this kind of stupidity.