The owner of email@example.com provides spam mail services but does not want to receive spam himself. Which is why I ask everybody not to publish the address firstname.lastname@example.org in their blogs. Publishing the address email@example.com would be an unfriendly act against a major spammer so please do not publish it.
Just by saying that your spam is not spam you do not relief yourself from a legal responsibility for having spammed a number of blogs that we represent. The below message makes you sueable in a number of countries and if our clients continue to receive these messages, Mr Campbell, I am going to make an appointment with you in front of a court of law.
Abmahnanwalt von Scheissenstiefel
I have had a domain, larko.org, for several years to keep my stuff accessible from blogs and other sites. I never meant to use the e-mail accounts attached to that domain as my primary mail address but I used larko[at]larko.org quite a lot before I was one of the first users invited to GMail by Google. Now the inbox mainly collects spam but I occasionally receive valid mail there from people who may have the old address left from the old times.
In order to get hold of the proper mail, I have hitherto had to access the account by webmail to keep it getting jammed altogether by spam. The spam filters provided by the ISP are not very efficient and they would require quite a lot of manual configurations. Thus, I have not wanted to let my mail client check out that mail account as I would end up getting the load of spam in my hard drive.
This morning I read this nice hint by Oliver about letting GMail collect the mail from services outside Google. I logged in to my GMail account and went to Settings/Accounts. I then added the account larko[at]larko.org to be read by GMail in POP. I entered the details of the mail server, user ID and password and instructed Gmail not to leave the letters at the mail server.
The cool part of this is that GMail’s spam filters comb through all the letters they fetch from larko.org so only valid mail ends up to my inbox. It could also be archived direct but I opted to let GMail automatically label the messages as “larko.org”. I could also have chosen to send mail under larko[at]larko.org but I did not think that was necessary. When I choose to reply a message, the person may just as well get to know my GMail address.
Now my Thunderbird brings all the good mail to my computer leaving the spam in GMail’s spam folder. The Gmail pop client also empties the inbox of larko[at]larko.org without me having to lift a finger. Ergo, that inbox is never again going to get jammed and I get my mail instantly and properly filtered.
Thanks, Oliver, for the good hint! I may even try this on my hot.ee account, the first e-mail address that I ever had. I let the modest limit of 10 MB be exhausted some time ago but I still sometimes get good mail to that inbox as well.
A while ago I wrote about a jerk who has set up a robot to monitor and steal contents from blogs around WordPress.com. It looks like just about every post in blogs hosted by WordPress.com eventually end up being displayed together with Google ads at http://ultravb.com/arsiv/.
When somebody steals food from your table, you would want to know who the filthy bastard is, at least. Which is exactly why I WHOISed the domain ultravb.com:
So, Mr. Deniz Yakut in Izmir, Turkey, I wonder how you are going to feel if you detect that your bot stole this post as well. Mr Deniz Yakut, you are a filthy thief! Shame on you!
Edit: Yes indeed! He stole this one as well. http://ultravb.com/arsiv/deniz-yakut-is-a-thief/
There is another thief around whose robot monitors and steals posts from allover WordPress.com. I am not linking to this bastard but the URL is http://ultravb.com/arsiv/. The dude calls himself Webmaster Arşivi.
He did, however, make the mistake of pinging to one of my posts so I got his IP 188.8.131.52. Apparently, this clown sits in Turkey. My suggestion to WordPress team is to block all traffic from him.
Edit: Just as I expected, the jerk has even stolen this post: http://ultravb.com/arsiv/another-blog-contents-thief/
My friend Peter writes that his other blog Fabriknahrung was last night exposed to an extremely heavy spam attack. The attack was carried out by thousands of IP addresses in Asia who attempted to pollute the blog with more than 26.000 spam comments during the night.
Interestingly, some of those comments were in German which causes some speculation. Could it be that this cowardly action was initiated by food industry or somebody running a cook book or kitchen site? Did they consider Peter’s blog as competition to their own business?
The attacked blog has an interesting collection of posts about all aspects of food, nourishment and related topics. I did know about its existence but had forgotten to subscribe to the feed. That error has now been corrected. Needless to say that the blog is as from now in my dynamic blogroll.
Tags: new year
Andre has an effective spam filter. Occasionally you get this response for trying to post a comment:
Spamschutz: Ungültiger Kommentar!
Kommentar wurde nicht hinzugefügt, da Kommentare für diesen Eintrag entweder deaktiviert sind, Sie ungültige Eingaben gemacht haben oder Anti-Spam-Maßnahmen angewendet wurden.
Yes, it happened to me just a moment ago, once again. I was trying to leave a comment to his New Year’s greeting. Which, I guess, is just fair. Christmas and New Year generate a whole lot of spam.
However, as I checked it over, the comment was there. So I guess I will be allowed to spam ahead.
Lycos Germany are
spamming sending me an offer for a 30 day free trial of their Lycos Extra e-mail account. Should I want to keep all the goodies after the trial period, it would cost me less than a glass of beer a month:
Wenn Ihnen LycosExtra gefällt, können Sie natürlich auch LycosExtra-Mitglied werden: Das kostet Sie am Ende der 30-tägigen Probezeit gerade mal weniger als ein Glas Bier im Monat. Was haben Sie da schon zu verlieren?
I dunno about that. I already have an e-mail account with lots of more goodies, bells and whistles attatched and they are not asking me to pay the price of a beer still after good two years. So I guess, this
spam offer is not my pint of bitter or nicht mein Bier, as it were.