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Victorian Trolling: How Con Artists Spammed in a Time Before Email

The main difference between 21st-century scams and those of centuries past is one of delivery method.

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Attention:!!!, Behold, you are reading a letter from your President Barack Obama.

2012 Sep 26, 2:43

Eric gets the most entertaining mail.

You have failed to comply with them after all the warning and instructions given to you, but since you are also among the terrorist we are facing in the country, I will personal make sure that I wipe away the crime in the state and I promise you that you will definitely pay with your life because I am here to protect the interest of my people and not to put them in shame, you suppose to support this government and not to spoil it.

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Changing Windows Live IDs

2012 Jun 6, 2:54

Use of my old Hotmail account has really snuck up on me as I end up caring more and more about all of the services with which it is associated. The last straw is Windows 8 login, but previous straws include Xbox, Zune, SkyDrive, and my Windows 7 Phone. I like the features and sync'ing associated with the Windows Live ID, but I don't like my old, spam filled, hotmail email address on the Live ID account.

A coworker told me about creating a Live ID from a custom domain, which sounded like just the ticket for me. Following the instructions above I was able to create a new Live ID but the next step of actually using this new Live ID was much more difficult. My first hope was there would be some way to link my new and old Live IDs so as to make them interchangeable. As it turns out there is a way to link Live IDs but all that does is make it easy to switch between accounts on Live Mail, SkyDrive and some other webpages.

Instead one must change over each service or start over depending on the service:

In the Xbox 360 system menu you can change the Live ID associated with your gamertag. This worked fine for me and I got an email telling me about the transfer of my Microsoft Points.
There's no way to do this for the Zune specifically, however changing over your Xbox account also transfers over all your Zune purchased content. I don't have a Zune Pass so I can't confirm that, but all of my previously purchased television shows transferred over successfully.
Windows 7 Phone
To change the main Live ID associated with your phone, reset your phone to factory default and start over. All purchased applications are lost. Had I purchased any applications I would have been pissed, but instead I was just irritated that I had to reset my phone.
I don't use my Hotmail account for anything and it only sits and collects spam. Accordingly I didn't attempt switching this over.
I didn't have much in my SkyDrive account. I downloaded all files as a zip and then manually uploaded them to the new account.
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Schneier on Security: Ebook Fraud

2011 Apr 4, 11:18Two eBook frauds involving the automated creation and publishing of books in order to make money off the long tail. The spam of books.PermalinkCommentsebook fraud bruce-schneier security amazon copyright publishing

I get better spam than you - Boing Boing

2010 Dec 30, 6:42"Posted here, verbatim, is an example of the sort of spam I get. 'hello I am China dinosaur factory .Hope that you know our product more .Also hope that we can establish long-term cooperative relation.'"PermalinkCommentshumor spam robot dino


2009 Jul 6, 2:06"Considering the similarity of its ingredients, canned dog food could be a suitable and inexpensive substitute for pate or processed blended meat products such as Spam or liverwurst... Although 72% of subjects ranked the dog food as the worst of the five samples in terms of taste... subjects were not better than random at correctly identifying the dog food."PermalinkCommentshumor science statistics food culture research study paper

2009 Apr 20, 3:14This site does user generated reports on (mostly) spam phone numbers. They have a RESTful API to get at that data too! I'm looking for more like this.PermalinkCommentsapi phone spam search reference telemarketing telephone lookup

Bailout Satire

2008 Sep 23, 1:19The economic bailout program written as 419 spam. "I am Ministry of the Treasury of the Republic of America. My country has had crisis that has caused the need for large transfer of funds of 800 billion dollars US. If you would assist me in this transfer, it would be most profitable to you."PermalinkCommentshumor politics economics satire spam via:boingboing

Official Gmail Blog: 2 hidden ways to get more from your Gmail address

2008 Apr 11, 3:48Howto avoid spam with Gmail: "If your name was, you could send mail to or"PermalinkCommentsspam gmail blog google howto mail email

Mail a brick to junk mailers using paid postage - Creative tips with dealing with spammers and bulk mailers

2008 Apr 7, 1:50Attach spam's pre-paid postage to objects and mail them back. FTA: "Dear Bulk Mailer, Please find attached to your no-postage-necessary envelope, this brick."PermalinkCommentshumor box junk mail prank spam howto

Robert Hensing's Blog : Click-through cloaking (coming to a hacked site near you).

2008 Mar 31, 1:08"Why would the bad guys do this? To buy time. ...say you arrived at that site via a search engine and you were clueful and you got owned. You're going to give the URL that tried to exploit you to your local IT security geek and he's going to paste it iPermalinkCommentssecurity web internet spam microsoft blog research

The Future: Schizophrenia Is The New Ad Gimmick

2007 Dec 6, 5:18Billboards use hypersonic sound beams to make you hear voices in your head.PermalinkCommentsadvertising humor sound spam billboards

FOAF and OpenID: two great tastes that taste great together | Decentralized Information Group (DIG) Breadcrumbs

2007 Nov 28, 4:43How to use FOAF and OpenID together and how DIG used that as a basis for commenting on their blog.PermalinkCommentsfoaf openid authentication identity rdf semanticweb trust web spam

Communications: No Quechup please

2007 Sep 4, 1:28I got a quechup invite this morning. Thankfully not from someone I know so I was already tempted to trash the letter. Turns out to be a bit of a spamming issue.PermalinkCommentsspam quechup network social privacy

Human Computation - Google Video

2007 Jun 4, 2:44Presentation on incorporating humans into solving problems computers aren't good at.PermalinkCommentsai captcha google video spam human human-computation robot

Boing Boing: Solving and creating captchas with free porn

2007 Jun 4, 1:58Spammers can get around captchas by getting users to solve the captchas for them in order to access porn sitesPermalinkCommentscaptcha robot porn security article

Damien Katz: Negative CAPTCHA

2007 Jun 4, 1:41Negative captcha is described as tricking a robot to reveal itself rather than requiring humans to prove their humanity. The system uses CSS to hide an email form field.PermalinkCommentscss captcha robot spam

Difficult Captcha Screenshot

2007 Jun 3, 11:25Screenshot of a captcha involving math...PermalinkCommentscaptcha images humor math security spam robots.txt

xkcd - A webcomic of romance, sarcasm, math, and language - By Randall Munroe

2007 Jun 3, 11:22xkcd's captcha proposal.PermalinkCommentscaptcha comic humor security robot spam xkcd

What is reCAPTCHA?

2007 May 26, 7:21Captcha system that helps digitize books at the same time.PermalinkCommentscaptcha ocr spam free tool sollaboration book books
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