June 11th, 2012

most interesting spam

I rarely pay one bit of attention to Spam. In fact, Gmail usually fixes it so I don't ever have to see it.  Once in a while something slips through and today's something was pretty interesting...

Clearly I am not a prostitute (although there's nothing wrong with that), but that's not even the interesting part.

It was addressed to a gmail account using my maiden name.  I last used my maiden name more than 30 years ago.  I don't even use it as a middle name.  My legal name and the name I use is susan dennis.  The name I have not used in more than 30 years (and, so, pre-gmail or my use of internet) is susan schubert.

And, yet, here the two names are linked.  

There is a susanschubert@gmail that is not me.  There is a professional singer in Germany who uses the name Susan Schubert.  I'm betting the gmail address is hers. 



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Subject: Dear Susan , your story of internet frauds will be published on my
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Dear Susan , your story of internet frauds will be published on my blog :

Come and check the article about you within days .

Have Fun , you are a prostitute and now all the World will know about it !

Sincerely yours,

Blogspot.com Blogger

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This is rapidly becoming my online pet peeve:
websites - particularly media outlets tied to a certain location - who make that location impossible to find.  
A friend posted a link to a story on a website called LJWorld.com.  It took lots of clicking and looking and detective work to ascertain that it's the website for the newspaper in Lawrence, Kansas.
But it's not just them.  Unless the name of the place is in the title of the website, one needs to share clues.  (NYTimes, you're cool.) The rest of of you, besides being annoying, you are missing a great and simple marketing opportunity!  And you're pissing me off.

A nice little monday

Today's work involves a task that needs no brain power.  I am going through a bunch of folders in this one tool, making a change - waiting about 90 seconds for the change to take and then moving on to the next one.  I've been at it for several and have what looks to be about an hour and a half's worth left.

In the meantime, I've been doing this chores.  Like looking up a package that FedEx Home said I wasn't home for on Friday.  They updated their website to say I wasn't home today either.  Interesting since 1.  I am home and 2.  The front door to the building has been open all day because someone's moving in.  So I called them and told them to send the package back to the shipper.  Life is too short to be fucked around like that.  Especially when FedEx Ground delivered a package to me Friday and FexEx Air delivered one to me today.  Clearly they have a black sheep of the family issue.

On the bright side, I sent a note to the vendor explaining why their shipment was coming back and that I wanted my money back PRONTO and their shipper sucks.  I got a very fast, very nice reply.  I was quite shocked.  He said that he would absolutely refund my money (and included the amount which means he had to look it up) and apologized and let me know that they were currently working out the bugs that will enable them to offer UPS as a shipping alternative.

I was all prepared to write them off in disgust.  Can't do that now!

I had a great, great pool session today.  I found this little piece of software that identifies beats per minute in mp3's.  So I ran it against my little collection and copied over a bunch at about 130 and put them on my player.  So today I had a lovely session of random upbeat tunes! Plus I really only scratched the surface of my collection so there's tons more where those came from.  

As soon as I finish this work task, I'm going to have to make a run to the pet food store.  

No ballgame tonight.  Porkchops and Anita's very delicious mac and cheese for dinner.

All is good here!