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More junk mail

More junk mail

Despite being signed up to the Mailing Preference Service I still get some junk mail. One such item arrived in today’s post from the Domain Renewal Group, helpfully pointing out that one of the domain names which I own expires later this year. It is worth noting that this event is a good six months away. The letter informs me that I must renew my domain name “to retain exclusive rights to it on the Web” so far so good. It then goes on to say “now is the time to transfer and renew your name from your current Registrar to the Domain Renewal Group. Failure to renew your domain name by the expiration date may result in a loss of your online identity” Well yes, but my current Registrar will contact me in good time, usually a month before. So I really don’t need to be told six months ahead by the Domain Renewal Group, and they give no good reason why I should change to their more expensive service. The Domain Renewal Group is of course just a scam, they aren’t acting in my interests, they just trying to rip me off.

So what to do? I could take the advice of domainscams.co.uk which mainly seems to be to return the addressed envelope, enclosed with the letter, without a stamp and with a short message, but none too polite telling them where to go. While this maybe briefly satisfying, I doubt it will have much real effect as they have probably taken this cost into account in their “business model”. No, what is really need is a heavy fine, so I think it better to take the MPS advice and send them a full copy of the mailing including the envelope. I am also thinking of taking it up with Trading Standards, but I suspect they will just tell me to take it up with the MPS in the first instance. What ever I do, this time I am not just going to shred it, I am going to fight back.

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Google Chrome

Google Chrome

I saw an advertising poster for Google Chrome the other day, it has set me thinking. I have never seen a poster for a web browser before, why do Google feel the need to take out expensive advertising? Just cast your mind back a few years to when Google first appeared as a search engine was there a large expensive advertising campaign? No, of course not, its reputation as the most powerful search engine was spread by word of mouth and within a year of launch it was dominant around the world, a real killer app! Whereas, now Google is resorting to convention advertising to promote it’s products, could it be that that Google has lost it’s edge? That Chrome is not the killer browser it is hyped to be? Certainly looking round a few tech web sites the User ratings are far lower than the “Expert” ratings. Time will tell.

Just one further thought, when Google was hacked in China which browser were the Google employees using? Oh yes, they were using Internet Explorer for there personal browsing. Now why that browser??

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Project Honey Pot receives its 1 billionth spam message

Project Honey Pot receives its 1 billionth spam message

Project Honey Pot is a community of tens of thousands of web and email administrators from more than 170 countries around the world who are working together to track online fraud and abuse. The Project has been online since 2004 and each day receives millions of email and comment spam messages which are catalogued and shared with law enforcement and security partners.

On Wednesday, December 9, 2009 at 06:20 (GMT) Project Honey Pot received its billionth email spam message. The message, a picture of which is displayed below, was a United States Internal Revenue Service (IRS) phishing scam. The spam email was sent by a bot running on a compromised machine in India (122.167.68.1). The spamtrap address to which the message was sent was originally harvested on November 4, 2007 by a particularly nasty harvester (74.53.249.34) that is responsible for 53,022,293 other spam messages that have been received by Project Honey Pot.

image of spam message

Every time Project Honey Pot receives a message it is estimate that another 125,000 are sent to real victims. This one billionth message represents approximately 125 trillion spam messages that have been sent since Project Honey Pot started in 2004.

If you run a website, own a domain, or contribute to an online forum you can join Project Honey Pot and help stop online fraud and abuse today.

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The Koala climbs

The Koala climbs

Canonical, and the Ubuntu developers, have now released the final version of Ubuntu 9.10 Karmic Koala.

On a new installation of Ubuntu 9.10, the system uses the Ext4 file system, the GNOME 2.28 desktop environment and the GRUB 2 boot manager, by default. However, it should be noted that neither of these is implemented if you update from Ubuntu 9.04 (Jaunty Jackalope). The Kernel has been updated to kernel 2.6.31 and now offers kernel-based mode setting, which should make the graphics issues in Ubuntu 9.04 a thing of the past. DeviceKit and udev have replaced HAL as the system’s hardware interface. The boot system has largely been transitioned to Upstart. The AppArmor security extension offers protective profiles for a range of applications.

On the desktop, “Add/Remove” on the Ubuntu application menu has been replacing by the new Ubuntu Software Centre, designed to simplify adding applications with a friendlier interface for package management. Ubuntu One, the Cloud backup and sharing system, is also included which installs CouchDB in the background to synchronise local data with a server on the network. Empathy has replaced Pidgin as the default instant messaging client.

For servers, Ubuntu 9.10 has versions that are designed to run on the Ubuntu Enterprise Cloud (UEC) or on Amazon’s EC2 cloud. UEC is based on Eucalyptus, an API compatible, open source implementation, of Amazon’s EC2 cloud system.

As usual the various desktop/laptop, server edition and netbook remix versions are available to download from Ubuntu.com and for those that prefer the KDE desktop there is also Kubuntu 9.10.

I haven’t yet tried Ubuntu 9.10 as I am still running Ubuntu 9.04, but intend to do so soon and will write a post about my experiences when I have done so.

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Eight days to go…

Eight days to go…

There is a Operating System coming out soon. No not Microsoft Windows 7, better than that Ubuntu 9.10 The Karmic Koala! Let face it the name is far more interesting 😉

Just got a new computer? Ask for a refund on windows and save some money by installing Linux!! It’s FREE…

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