Net Weird

It’s a weird world

I’m always amazed at how far the on-line world has come in the last ten years.

I’m even more amazed at how much I assume everyone else is amazed by that. 

  • I live in a special little world called Silicon Valley.

  • I live in a world where everyone has an e-mail address (and most have three). 

  • I live in a world where I look suspiciously at any business that doesn’t have a web site (even Internet addiction centers have web sites).

  • I live in a world where anything that can’t be Googled doesn’t exist.

  • I live in a world where most things that can be Googled still don’t exist (killed in a rocket car?  yeah, right).

  • I live in a world where WWJD stands for What Would Jobs Do?

  • I live in a world where people will buy a Mini because it’s compatible with their iPod.

  • I live in a world where a reality distortion field isn’t science fiction, it’s protected by the ADA.

  • I live in a world where the coolest computer company only has a fraction of the market and makes most of their money selling MP3 players.

  • I live in a world where a project doesn’t end when you ship, it ends when you get the T-Shirt.

Ah… paradise.

Hotmail Net

Hmm, I was going to charge more than that

While I was only joking about selling addresses (see comments) it appears the AOL workers are a little less loyal to their users.

A snippet of the whole article from Reuters:

US Charges AOL Worker Sold Customer List for Spam
Wed Jun 23, 2004 07:07 PM ET

By Andy Sullivan

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. investigators said on Wednesday they had arrested an America Online employee and a Las Vegas marketer for stealing the Internet provider’s customer list and selling it to a purveyor of “spam” e-mail.

AOL members were flooded with millions of unwanted messages because of the scheme, according to a criminal complaint filed in U.S. district court in New York.

Jason Smathers of Harpers Ferry, West Virginia, was charged with stealing a list of 92 million AOL customer screen names and selling them to Internet marketer Sean Dunaway of Las Vegas.


Net Weird

It’s like crack… for pranksters

You always hear about people getting scammed, you can’t swing a cat without hitting a little old lady who lost her identity on the Internet.  How often do you ever hear about scammers getting scammed?

Mike pointed me to the hilarious bulletin board discussion chronicling the exploits of community of tech savvy people and what happens when a con artist tries to cheat one of them out of a laptop.

A warning in advance… the thread is really really really long.  You may want to start by reading it to get the feel (it is worth digging in a little to enjoy the group as they feed off each other).  When you get overwhelmed by the volume move over to one of the summary pages to get the Cliff’s Notes version.


Userfriendly web comics: good ol’ geek humor

I heart userfriendly

Are you a geek? C’mon, it’s not that bad, beats being a nerd. Geeks can be cool in their own way, but nerds, well, you know… At any rate… go get some geek humor from User Friendly Comics, you’ll be glad you did. Embrace your inner geek.

Net continues to bring random traffic my way

You wanna hear the story? I was always amused at how many people put their e-mail address as “” in NNTP forums. Noting that wasn’t registered I decided to be THE, yeah, I’m a geek (I have personalized plates to match too). So you see, I’m attached to the domain.

Is it for sale? Sure, everything is. Come to me with 7 figures and we’ll talk. 😀