Archive for April, 2008

BlogSpot SPAM Heuristics

Saturday, April 19th, 2008

Like many people I too get a lot of SPAM containing links to BlogSpot pages. The whole point is for a user to see a fairly trustworthy domain in an e-mail and click on it, then get quickly redirected to the intended site. I always thought it was strange because while the e-mails can not be stopped, Google could perform heuristics based scanning of the BlogSpot pages for questionable HTML and JavaScript.

Taking a few minutes, I decided to visit one of the BlogSpot SPAM sites with JavaScript off. I fully expected to see an instance of window.location, instead it was similar to:

document.write("<meta content='0;URL=http://www.example.com/?"+location.search.substring(1)+"' http-equiv='refresh'/>");

The page also was for the most part blank. It wouldn’t be much of a stretch to say that many of the other BlogSpot SPAM pages were employing similar methods. I attempted to find a Google Search that would let me search only within site source code, but was unable to.

It is my hope that within Google either efforts to do this are already underway or could be considered. Even if just given the right starting point I’d be glad to help come up with a set of heuristics to quickly flag-out these sites. If anyone reading this knows of search engine that is capable of doing HTML source searching, let me know.

Recent Illiteracy Winner: Superior Design Enterprises

Wednesday, April 16th, 2008

Many thanks to Shawn Hill at Superior Design Enterprises (www.sdeonline.us) for participating in our illiteracy contest. They glossed over our threat to any service providers that contacted us in reference to our recent job posting. They also ignored the corresponding Craig’s List flag.

So thanks for playing. I hope some of your potential clients get to read this, and you seek an education.

Our First Winner

Wednesday, April 2nd, 2008

We have our first winner:

http:// lmdesigning.com” (redirects from: www.CheapDesignsOnLine.com)

They decided to gloss over the part of the job posting that says, “I will personally gut whoever contacts us with staffing or outsourcing solutions.

While I don’t think I should reply to [email protected] I encourage anyone else with the time and motivation to drop them a message, or perhaps call them at 310-312-9597.

They wrote:

I wanted to introduce our services to you, perhaps you may find us
financially relieving.
We are running a website, printing production and graphic design
company with very little overhead so our prices are very competitive.
Our designs are fantastic so I invite you to take a look at our
portfolio by clicking the link provided.
Any questions you have please email or call anytime.

One of the real gems of the message was this attached picture:

With that fantastic quality, how could anyone go wrong. I almost regret forbidding commercial interests from contacting me.

If you’d like to know more about LM Design, and how they can ignore basic fundamentals and use shady marketing methods please address your concerns to:


LM Designing
[email protected]
1410 barrington #3
los angeles, CA 90025
US
Phone: 310.444.9509

- Source whois

Thanks LM Designing for making my hopes and dreams come true. This was the perfect way to start my morning.

Job Description: Project Coordinator

Tuesday, April 1st, 2008

Project Coordinator

Firefall Pro, LLC, a small, super-relaxed consulting firm in Chelsea seeks a Project Coordinator who speaks effectively, writes well, and enjoys being immersed in technology.

For the most part, you’ll be utilizing our project management system to keep track of what’s in progress, as well as creating and scheduling new projects. There will be many opportunities to contribute to projects, once you have the skills and confidence to contribute to them.

Excellent communication, organizational, and planning skills are a must. You should be able to easily juggle between meeting clients, writing e-mails, and making telephone calls. Simultaneously.

One of the most important aspects of managing a project is the ability to keep a project moving towards its completion. Occasionally, a project will lose its momentum due to insufficient information with the tasks at hand, and/or the need to follow up with the client to get the project moving again. When you see this happening, you’ll need to jump in, figure out what’s going on, and determine ways to resolve these project bottlenecks.

If you’re up for the challenge and believe that this could fit your career goals, send us your cover letter and resume to [email protected] for immediate consideration.

Perks:
– Drawer of Vice
– Relaxed Dress Policy
– Accrued Vacation Days

This is a 1099 contract position.
NO relocation assistance is offered.
MUST be authorized to work in the US.
NO Visa sponsorship available.

P.S. – I will personally gut whoever contacts us with staffing or outsourcing solutions.

Take a Screenshot on your PC with Windows XP

Tuesday, April 1st, 2008

I couldn’t find an explanation fast enough with Google, so:

How to take a screenshot on your PC with Windows XP:

1. Press the Print Screen key on your keyboard. Sometimes its abbreviated as PrtScn.

2. Right click on your desktop and select New -> Bitmap Image.

3. Right click on the file that was just created, New Bitmap Image and select Edit. Paint should open.

4. Within Paint go to the Edit menu and select Paste. The window should now contain the contents of the screenshot you took earlier.

5. Go to the File menu and select Save As….

6. Name your file, and save it as a JPEG. You could have just saved it normally as a Bitmap, but a JPEG will be much smaller.

7. Close Paint, and delete the New Bitmap Image if you Saved As. Alternatively you can keep it around if you find yourself taking screenshots often.

Not quite as easy as a Mac, but what do you expect.