Monday, August 29, 2011

"Hey Cutie"

So over the weekend we had sort of a hurricane. I totally expected to be swamped with emails and messages about resulting technology problems I would be forced to deal with. This is the only message in my inbox:

I got this email and I’m not sure why…it is not even my address…..any ideas?

From: hayley lonergan []
Sent: Monday, August 29, 2011 7:13 AM
Subject: Re:

hey cutie, did you still want to hook up for some fun offline? should hit me up on yahoo messenger before I get off! Add astarte.rist9499 Im online now for a little longer!!!!! xoxo kisses
and had to call two or three times before she awoke.
into a sort of pillar of cloud in the room, through the top

Then came a sudden cry, "Look! Look! Look! See, two horsemen good women, whose lives and whose truths may make good lesson

driven with fury as it swept upon us in circling eddies.

Really? It's fucking 2011. Have you not received a piece of spam yet?!

Friday, June 3, 2011

Why I drink:

OK - here's a tech nerd post. I have several business clients, some large, some small. Some of what I do is difficult and advanced, and other times I feel like a glorified monkey.

So I have this one small client, and the business owner is a very nice woman. I would not however describe her as being computer savvy. I guess not many of my clients are. I mean Hell, that's why they're clients, right?

She is convinced that she is infected with a virus. Actually, she seems to be the only client I have who ISN'T. One of her complaints is that she receives viruses in her email, and they must be coming from her own computer, or something like that - I got confused. I looked at her email, and couldn't find anything terribly suspicious. So I performed some other fixes and repairs and gave it back to her. I also asked her to forward me any "viri" she received in her email, so that I could investigate.

This is what I received:
(I have done my best to protect the privacy of the uninformed)

I am forwarding the ‘virus’ to you. Thanks!

-----Original Message-----
Sent: Wednesday, June 01, 2011 9:54 AM
Subject: WWW Form Submission

Below is the result of your feedback form. It was submitted by
() on Wednesday, June 1, 2011 at 09:54:05
fName: xxxxxx
lName: xxxxxxxx
phone: xxx-xxx-xxxx

userMessage: I've driven by your place hundreds of times over the years on my way to my farm in xxxxxx coming from xxxxxx. I am in the process of trying to start cultivating our land more and I'm looking for local sources of manure, and it occurred to me that maybe you were in need of a way to get rid of it as it piles up. Is that something you might be interested in?

submit: Send

This doesn't look like a "virus" to me, something is definitely "piling" up. So this was my reply:

This appears to be a valid email sent from your website. There must be a form on your website that people can fill out to contact you, and the website forwards you these messages. When people communicate with you in this way, their name will not appear in the from field of the message.

But then I received this:

This is not a valid message. In fact, I don't have a site...
If it was valid, why does it say WWW form submission? And where does it come from?

Hmm... She doesn't have a website? Well that does sound fishy then. But first, I decided to check for myself. I looked at the email address the "suspicious" WWW form submission came from and put a www in front of the domain -

Sure enough, a website pops up. Yes, it is the website for her business. And look, there's a link that says "Contact Us". I click it and -GASP- there is a WWW form to fill out.

So I sent along this:


This is your website:

When you click "Contact Us", this page comes up:

If someone fills out this form and clicks send, you get an email. It is called a WWW Form Submission, and your website hosting company forwards them to you. I will send one after sending this message.

..and then filled out the Contact form like this:
(well, I left out the "Piggy" bits - don't want to get sacked)

Thank You For Filling Out This Form
Below is what you submitted to on Friday, June 3, 2011 at 09:08:49

fName: -Piggy-
lName: -Oink-
phone: -squeal-

userMessage: This is xxxx at xxxxxxxxxxxx sending you a WWW Form submission from your website.

submit: Send
FormMail V1.92 © 1995 - 2002

I am still waiting, with trepidation, for a response.

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Email from an asshole.

So according to some random twat, I am a fraudulent eBayer. This pisses me off more than it should, so consider the airing of this grievance in this forum as therapeutic.

Twat: "I was going to buy this phone until I noticed the shill bidding going on. Reported...Ooops."

Piggy: "Well thanks for being so diligent and reporting me, but I have absolutely no idea what you are talking about."

Twat: "current bidder has 50% of his bid activity with you, previous bidder has 100% of his bidding activity with you. I's not rocket science. After they check the IP address will tell the tale. Either way it's shill bidding. 324 bids all on your auctions get real."

Piggy: "Once again, thank you for your diligence on this matter.

But you are accusing me of bad behavior, and that makes me angry. I have no control over other bidders, and if some person with 1 feedback wants to bid on my auction eleven times, I cant stop him or her. I can assure you with 100% certainty, that I am not acquainted with any of the bidders on this auction, and can produce email exchanges with two of them. I doubt that you can be 100% assured of my guilt, your incredible knowledge of how the internet works notwithstanding.

All I ask is that if you are going to report me for bad behavior, that you be sure it is for something I am actually guilty of, like telling you to shit in your hat."