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This week’s funniest spam email, and why a strong email password is good

I don't normally see much spam thanks to the spam filters, but I did see this funny one a few days ago: IMF APPROVED PAYMENT LETTER. GOOD DAY TO YOU, It is a great pleasure to contact you this day as i have just been appointed the new Chief of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and on assumption in office i have seen your untreated transaction with my else while predecessor Dr Domini

Net

A photo of mine reused by the Myki Customer Experience Panel (but I don’t mind)

Yesterday I was taking a look at the Myki Customer Experience Panel web site -- that's the set up where they ask a cross-section of Myki users about the system; get them to answer questions about what they've seen and how things are working for them. While some may moan about the extra cost, it's tiny compared to the total budget for the system, and it's the very type of consultation we need more

Net, Twitter

I be influential in piracy, me hearties (according to Klout)

Some interesting stuff on social media in the Financial Review the other week: This month, Cathay Pacific partnered with Klout to offer to anyone with a score over 40 free entry to the airline's business class and first class lounge at San Francisco International Airport, the key hub for those working in Silicon Valley. Neat, but it appears you had to show your Klout score on an iPhone app.

Home life, Net

Oh no! Home Interwebs is down

Disaster! No internet at home. Yesterday iiNet/Netspace had major outage in Victoria. It was eventually fixed, but even after a modem reboot we couldn't get back online. Then I noticed the home phone (yes, I still have one of those) was getting no dial tone. My assumption initially was that this was just an unhappy coincidence; I'm unclear as to how a widespread ISP outage would somehow affect a

Bentleigh, Net

We spotted ourselves on Google Street View

In January 2010 we spotted a Google Streetview car passing the post office in Bentleigh. Google Streetview finally updated its pictures, and it includes imagery from that day. Alas, it wasn't shooting when the car passed us, but it did once it entered the nearby side street -- that's why you can see it turning. So while we're in view, it's only from a distance. Still, myself and the boys ar

Geek, Net

Shaped! Oh the humanity!

My Internet access account got shaped on Sunday afternoon, for the last day-and-a-half of the billing cycle, as we apparently burnt through 30 Gb (peak) in the month. No big deal -- it may just mean Youtube is unbearably slow for 36 hours, and I'll have to curb my practice of having lots of browser tabs all doing stuff at once. On poking around in the account, I find that Netspace has again upg

Net, Retrospectives, transport

Retired

The other day I retired one of my oldest web pages, an FAQ on Melbourne public transport. It started life (I think around 1993, before the Web was around) as a Usenet FAQ for the misc.transport.urban-transit group. In 1994 it was posted (with an incomplete attempt to convert it to HTML) on Railpage -- where unfortunately it is still online, as I haven't been able to find someone who can remo

Net

The A to Z of online stores

Pondering the fact that I'd browsed both dstore.com.au and estore.com.au, I was curious as to what others exist... astore.com.au -- watches and jewellery bstore.com.au -- Birkenstock shoes cstore.com.au -- forwards to Codagenic, selling an ecommerce platform dstore.com.au -- all sorts of stuff; been around for years estore.com.au -- geeky stuff; a division of City Software fstore

Net, Politics and activism

The importance of context (even on Twitter)

I'm not having a go at anybody in particular here, but making a point. I tweeted what I thought was an amusing comment from someone I don't always find myself in thorough agreement with, Roads Minister Tim Pallas: Tim Pallas's pledge: "I will never, ever, wear lycra in public." http://j.mp/9Z9zlB #vicvotes -- danielbowen A couple of people re-tweeted it, with this one adding a comment.

Consumerism, Geek, Net

Domain Registry of America/Domain Renewal Group – scammers

If you have your own internet domain name, you may have come across the Domain Registry of America (DROA), also known as the Domain Renewal Group. They're a bunch of scammers who regularly and repeatedly send out letters which look like an invoice for a domain name, but are in fact custom advertisements for overpriced online services. If you blindly follow the form and send them money, you'll t