Archive for October, 2009

27
Oct
09

Spam…from friends

Can someone of a technically-minded nature explain this to me, as it’s beyond my capacities? Yesterday evening I received an email from a girl I knew in college. “Fabulous,” I thought, as I hadn’t heard from her in a while. This is a girl I always had a lot of time for, and I was interested to hear what she’s up to. However, the body of the email was a little weird.

Dear friend,
I am willing to give you a big surprise. I found
a website:  [I removed the link] last week. They mainly sell phones ,
laptops, tvs ,digital cameras and motorbikes. I ordered a tv . now I
have got the product after 5 days. Its quality is very good.
By the
way, they only sell new and original products and their products have
international warranty. Now , they are promoting their products, so
the prices are very competitives. If you need these products, you can
have a look. Don not miss the good chance !
Best wishes!

Clearly it’s spam. Even without the meaningless HTML symbols, I can’t imagine any situation where a girl I haven’t seen in a while would open an email with “I am willing to give you a big surprise”. I checked the website out, and it appears to be some Chinese operation. There were a few bugs. The layout wasn’t bad, but it could be better. I could be legit, but I’m not going to buy anything from it.

This might make be seem foolish, maybe this is a common problem, but I’ve never encountered this before. Is it possible for bots to send spam from legitimate email addresses?

EDIT: This is amazing. I’m now getting Facebook messages from someone I know claiming to be a “cool video”, but is actually a trojan download. What is this?

25
Oct
09

Bizkit the Sleepwalking Dog

I’m sorry for not posting anything in the last few weeks. I’ve been sorting out some major events in my own life, and as such I haven’t been keeping abreast of events of national importance. I’ll tell all later. For now I give you Bizkit (I realise this has been circulating the internet for some months now, but I’ve only just seen it).

12
Oct
09

The poor farmer

I spent the day with protesting farmers. It’s a habit of mine. Whenever I hear of a protest happening someplace I always go down for the craic. You might think this the attitude of a bandwagon revolutionist, and you might be right. In this case, however, the label doesn’t hold, as I find it very hard to muster much sympathy for the farmers’ plight.

Ok, the whole 20 cent per litre of milk, or whatever it is that Glanbia gives them, is hardly fair. But it’s difficult to believe they’re so hard up when they’re parading brand new tractors through half the country. As one guy said to me today, “if they sold all the tractors they could clear the national debt.”

And the IFA are seemingly aware of this contradiction. One of today’s protesters is a friend of my brother. He told me the farmers were instructed to take their oldest, dodgiest tractors to the protest, only some didn’t pick up the message. Incidentally, my brother’s friend is not a farmer. He just works for one occasionally. He was working today. He was actually being paid an hourly rate to attend the protest (and I very much doubt that was declared and taxed accordingly). I ask you, how badly can they really be doing if they can pay people to protest on their behalf?

I ran into John Deasy during my adventure, and he expressed his absolute support for the farmers. “It was farmers who kept this town alive during the 80s,” he told me. Bullshit, of course. This particular town was kept alive by two pharmaceutical plants and a Waterford Crystal factory, but he did get me wondering about certain politicians who are champion the farmers’ cause. I saw placards today stating: “Rural TDs defend farmers,” which I misread as, “Rural TDs depend on farmers,” which few would doubt is true. I can’t help but suspect this is an issue for political reasons rather than unjust milk prices.