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Hackers and Spammers are Scum

Monday, December 12, 2011

The good – Nothing

The bad – They are a bunch of losers without a real life

The ugly – They are trying to ruin the Internet

 

I get a bunch of spam email every day. I just delete them without reading/opening them.

This web site gets spam comments nearly every week. My spam filter catches them and I delete them. I require ALL comments to be approved by me before they are posted, just in case a spammer’s comment might fool my spam filter, which hasn’t happened yet.

This web site has been the target of hackers many times. Fortunately, my web site has proven to be secure to this point, and all attempts to gain access have failed. My logs show where the hackers have tried to gain access, and the IP address the attack was launched from. The IP addresses track back to locations all over the globe. However, I doubt that any of these IP addresses are the actual source of the attacks, since it is easy to use a proxy server to hide the true IP address.

If a hacker ever does manage to gain access to my site, and alter its contents, I will immediately shut down this site. I can’t take the chance that they’d use it to post pornography, for terrorist purposes, or any other vile or malicious purpose.

Yep, it’s a strange world that we live in, filled with all types of losers, weirdoes, and scumbags—people without a meaningful purpose in life, and no real life at all, actually. Be aware.

…jf…

BP’s Oil Leak/Spill In The Gulf of Mexico

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

The good – Maybe citizens will finally wake up

The bad – Our government & corporations really don’t care about the environment

The ugly – Incompetence & corruption is the status quo

 

I was an Environmental Manager for a large worldwide corporation based in the U.S. The opinions expressed in this blog post are based on my 16 years’ experience as an environmental professional, and 50+ years of life experience as an American citizen.

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Now Walking All Three Cats

Thursday, April 29, 2010

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The good – They enjoy it, & so do I

The bad – Twilight doesn’t like the harness

The ugly – Buddy gets spooked easily

 

You may have seen my previous post about taking my cat Louis for walks on a leash. Louis begs me every day to take him outisde. He is an old pro now. Cold, rain, and even snow do not deter him from going out, although he tries to find clear spots when there’s an inch or more of snow on the ground. He also doesn’t like being pelted with steady rain, and will stay close to the house, under the roof’s overhang, or on the covered deck. Of course, we always stay on our own property, walking up and down the driveway and around the front and back yard.

We rescued Louis from an animal shelter in 2007. Although Nancy wanted Louis to be “her” cat, he has definitely chosen to be loyal to me. We were told his previous owners allowed him to run outside, and it shows. He’s very comfortable outside, and has been since the first time I took him out. The only thing he shies away from is traffic. He doesn’t panic—that just doesn’t fit “The King’s” personality. He simply turns and starts walking back up the driveway, away from the street.

 

 

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Walking My Cat Louis

Saturday, October 10, 2009

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The good – It’s fun and he enjoys it

The bad – He begs for it every day

The ugly – We’ve even gone out in the rain

 

For about 6 weeks now, I’ve been taking our male alpha cat, Louis, out for walks every day. I put a harness on him—one that goes around his neck and chest—and he’s attached with a leash. We stay on our property, walking up and down the driveway several times, and checking out his favorite spots in the front and back yard. The walks usually last around 15 to 20 minutes, although he would happily stay out much longer.

Louis is very well behaved when we’re out for our walks. He’s learned to go where I want him to go, most of the time. When it’s time to go back in, he’s even started to walk right up to the back door, willingly. He’s so cute when he’s outside. He walks up and down the driveway with such purpose, like he’s on a mission. He occasionally stops to roll on the driveway and sidewalk.

It all started when I would carry him outside with me when I’d retrieve the mail. He really enjoyed it, so I’d take him out for a “carry” almost daily. We’d stop and sit on the back deck sometimes, while I held him on my lap. We rescued Louis from a shelter, and we were told that he was accustomed to spending a lot of time outdoors, even though he had his front claws removed. We don’t let our cats (current or previous) outdoors, because bad things could happen to them.

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Nowhere To Hide

Friday, August 28, 2009

The good – Friends can find you

The bad – Even people you don’t want to can find you

The ugly – Someone could use the info maliciously

 

Last night I received a phone call from an old friend I last talked to over 20 years ago. I was totally shocked, to say the least. She said she found my phone number and address on the Yellow Pages web site. This morning I checked, and sure enough, there was a listing for me on yellowpages.com.

I’ve never advertised in the Yellow Pages, and don’t have an account on yellowpages.com. I do work out of my home, when I’m fortunate enough to have work, which lately has been VERY rare. But I have never registered my address or phone number as a place of business. I do have business class phone service, only to have better ADSL service. So I suppose that’s how my info got into the databases at yellowpages.com.

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I hate blog spammers

Monday, August 3, 2009

The good – Spam is only marginally okay as a food product

The bad – Spam & spammers are ruining the Internet

The ugly – Laws need to be enacted & enforced to stop all spam

 

I may shut down this blog site due to spam. I’m growing tired of it being bombarded with spam. Thank goodness I have Akismet & Spam Karma 2 installed. They have stopped all attempted spam comments.

I suppose I could go back to using a CAPTCHA anti-spam solution. This would stop the automatic spam bots. But I always hate it when I run into a CAPTCHA on the web. It’s such a hassle. I normally just quickly exit the site and move on. So why would I want to subject nice people, who only want to post legitimate comments on my blog, to such nonsense?

…jf…

Shattering Plexiglas

Monday, December 1, 2008

The good – Hopefully, this will be the event that “shatters the Plexiglas”

The bad – His self-destructive behavior may put his NFL career in jeopardy, and land him in prison

The ugly – Unfortunately, children, teens, and young adults look up to him, and other professional athletes and entertainers, as role models

 

In the latest edition of “How to destroy a very lucrative, multi-million dollar a year career,” New York Giants wide receiver Plaxico (“Plexiglas”) Burress stated that he “accidently shot himself in the leg” at a nightclub in midtown Manhattan. Why was he carrying a gun?

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And I was like…

Sunday, November 30, 2008

The good – She seemed like a reasonably intelligent, well-spoken young woman

The bad – Until she repeatedly said “And I was like…” “And he was like…”

The ugly – I must be getting old

 

Several months ago, I sat in the reception area at the corporate headquarters of an international company. I arrived early for a scheduled meeting, had checked in with the receptionist, and was instructed to sit and wait until the person with whom I was to meet was ready for me.

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Terror Strikes Mumbai, India

Saturday, November 29, 2008

The good – Nothing

The bad – A small army of well-armed terrorists launched coordinated attacks on 10 sites in Mumbai

The ugly – At least 195 dead, 300 wounded

 

The terrorists arrived in Mumbai by boat on Wednesday, November 26, 2008. The siege ended Saturday, November 29, 2008. The attackers seem to have ties to Pakistan.

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