WordPress Spam

We don’t get a lot of Comments on Summitlake.com posts, but we DO get a lot you never see. If you ever wondered why we use those annoying CAPTCHA screening devices (“type the letters you see in the box”), here’s a sampling of why:

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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.

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SPAM: “Adobe” Reader emails

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.

Bogus upgrade invitation (picture)

If this email were real, you wouldn't want to click any links it contained!

Good morning!

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!)

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Voodoo Perl

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.
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Perl Lib for WordPress Deployment

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.
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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.
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Bad Juju

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.
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Shopping: Signs of the Times

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).
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Google Bid for DoubleClick?

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.
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Password ‘Explosion’

From BBC.org (2-19-07):

UN warns on password ‘explosion’ The proliferation of passwords is putting privacy at risk.
Growing use of the web is stripping people of their personal privacy, warns a UN agency report.
The number of passwords and logins web users need makes it inevitable they will re-use phrases, warned the International Telecommunications Union.
Re-using these identifiers puts people at serious risk of falling victim to identity theft, said the ITU report.

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