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Fri, Jul 30 2004

Old West, New Southwest, Great Britain

Thanks to Fire Ant Gazette, I just had to try my hand at writing this sentence using all those words:
The guard raised the back door of the lorry and then jumped when the head honcho of the gunslingers leaned out and poked a bony finger into the guard's forehead. "Ya'll got any fajita bars in England?"
I seem to have failed. That's two sentences. But we should still have great fun seeing what kind of traffic we get from the search engines.

posted at: 07:47 | category: /Writing Life | link to this entry

Would Liz Claiborne Spam You?

A lot of the spam I receive has to do with opt-in lists that are actually opt-out lists. The email welcomes me to some new group of mailings that will bring me good fortune or bargains, and then tells me I can certainly unsubscribe with one click. I don't ever use that click, because I've been told that spammers will only use that to verify that my email address is a hot one that works. I check other things and attempt to find out where the message actually originated. Some attempts are more successful than others, but it's been helping the task of building a blacklist a little easier.

I got an email this morning which claimed to be from realnewsletters. The actual mailing seems to have come from a machine at So I went and looked up their domain. At first glance, they would seem to be a legitimate hosting service, and their news page even claims ties with Liz Claiborne and other widely-known companies. Is the reason AboveNet is listed as an offender at Spamhaus because they also host companies or individuals who have set up accounts to spam? I wonder if the folks at Liz Claiborne (and other legitimate businesses) know that they are being put on email blacklists because they use the services of ISPs like AboveNet.

These days it would be a wise move for a business seeking an ISP for its communications to consider these things. A company could be very legitimate, but because of the reputation of the ISP, they could cripple their own ability to market their products and services.

posted at: 07:03 | category: /Miscellaneous | link to this entry

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