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As you can see, most of these bogus posts aren’t even scripted in the United States. They are inanely and generically friendly without saying anything about the article to which they might appear to be responding. That’s because they’re mass-mailed to blog-land, and linked to sleazy websites, some porno, some for trash products and services. If you click one, someone gets paid a fraction of a rupee or a yuan. It’s all a parasitical numbers game, fleas on the back of the great lumbering internet.
They also appear to be able to defeat or otherwise circumvent CAPTCHA, but I have a couple of other mechanisms that ensure they never get posted. I delete them periodically like a gardener pulling weeds.
I recently received an email from a friend: Good morning Al: How important would it be for me to download this? Do I really need it?
A non-clickable image of the “Adobe” email follows. See how many things you can find wrong with it! Below the picture, you’ll find my answer to this common question.
If this email were real, you wouldn't want to click any links it contained!
The short answer is, no. The email you received is SPAM, or worse so hope you did not click that link! (If you did, run your anti-virus program!)
The issue of links that open into a “New Window” have bothered many people for some time. At long last I am joining them. Included in this post are some sample SQL statements to help get rid of them.
It might be useful to put this tag,
"target="_blank" , into a historical context.
For non-programmers: an automotive analogy for a programming problem.
Gather round the fire, kids. Don’t get so close your sneakers start steaming. And don’t burn those marshmallows.
Back in the old days when folks could still tune up their own cars, we would put in new points and plugs, and a rotor, and and air filter and change of oil and oil filter while we were at it, and we might even check the timing with the timing light and adjust it (by rotating the distributor, how crude!) if needed.
I’m super-pleased to have developed a master Perl script for deploying the new WordPress builds that get released every few weeks. It’s an enormous time-saver. It relieves me of the one time-trap chore I absolutely hated, which was FTP’ing the builds to each of my WordPress departments. Since some of this article is of general interest, and some is probably only interesting to Perl geeks, I’ll divide the article into General and Technical parts.
I’m training a new Spam manager program to block unwanted mail and content patterns, while “Trusting” mail from friends. For a while, this requires me to spend a little more time looking at my junk mail than normal. I’m proud to report: the quality hasn’t improved.
There are the obligatory messages inviting the reader to lengthen the male member – ”Be the stallion you always wanted to be”, or to buy Cialis – ”nitrates are also found in amyl nitrate or poppers“, the ad hints.
First it was the cable internet connection. Then it was the living room PC I use as a music server. And then it was the Terminix report. This was supposed to be the Phoenix vacation where I dabble a little at the chores and relax a lot. It turned out to be more work than I signed on for. It sounds like “bad juju” to me.
I first heard the term “bad juju” on Deadliest Catch, the Discovery series on king crab fishing in the Bering Sea. The captain used the phrase. He and the crew had a bad day. I looked the term up on the internet. In Western vernacular it seem to stem loosely from a West African concept meaning “bad luck”. Supposedly it is attributed to a malevolent force, such as a voodoo hex.
Some people love shopping trips. They thrill to the sale, the newspaper inserts, the call of the malls. I’m the opposite. I dislike crowds, parking lots, poorly-trained or intrusive salespeople, cluttered store aisles, and sales hype.
I’ll drive to the store if I need something today: groceries, pool supplies, or something I want to see first-hand before I buy. I worked in retail sales for eleven years, so I appreciate it when I find good service, selections and price at a store (increasingly rare).
Today’s news reveals rumors that Google, Microsoft and Yahoo are exploring bids to acquire the premier internet advertisement firm DoubleClick, for something in the range of $3 billion. It’s even on the radio, but this may be stale. WikiPedia states Google has reached a deal to acquire DoubleClick for $3.1 billion.