This morning I found in my E-Mail 73 W32.Novarg.A@mm viruses. In order to reduce my bandwidth consumption from this attack, I am taking the following actions: The "sending" E-Mail server must declare the size of the E-Mail, in advance (practically all do this, however the zombie spammers/virus ridden systems don’t). Any E-Mail over 30,000 bytes is rejected and the connection is dropped before it is even sent across the internet. Any particular IP address may only send me one E-Mail every 30 minutes. This restriction may be lifted after the [Continue Reading]
I knew the virus outlined below was going to be big. This morning at 10:15 AM, I found in my E-Mail a CERT security warning about this latest virus issue. You can view the complete warning at this link: http://www.cert.org/advisories/CA-2004-02.html I knew this virus was going to be big. Why? Due to the volume I have been getting. This morning I found in my E-Mail 57 W32.Novarg.A@mm viruses. You may have misunderstood my previous posting, though. I am NOT sending out these viruses. A reader asked "If I am so [Continue Reading]
In the last 6 hours, I have found in my E-Mail 38 W32.Novarg.A@mm viruses. This includes "the one" that spoofed my "from" E-Mail address and sent it back to me. The IP address it was "actually" sent from is located in Canada. This does not include the 27 "bounced" messages from servers telling me the "user does not exist." It also does not include the 15 automated messages some system administrators insisting on "warning" the sender of the "virus" attachment. I have Ranted about viruses before and this is no [Continue Reading]
I have (finally) completely caught up on E-Mail. If you did not get a reply, I apologize in advance, but I sifted through 300 E-Mails today and you must understand that I cannot reply to everyone.
I have sifted through another couple hundred E-mails today and made it up to January 19th. Many more to go, but I hope to be caught up soon. I apologize for the delay.
Several months ago, I posted the UCE@FTC.GOV Rant [link removed]. Initially, I posted this page on September 17, 2003. In its previous state, I had screen shots with "proof" and much more details and background than I currently have. However, due to the phase of the moon and other unforeseen circumstances, the "original" page was overwritten by a "blank" page. As such, I spent many hours of research writing it all up and making it perfect… just to have it all go away into the void. This frustrated me to [Continue Reading]
Another couple to add to the list after reading another hundred or so in an attempt to catch up my backlog of E-Mail: Why don’t you just charge people for information/answering questions? I do not post information and help people to make money. I am a geek and enjoy my hobby. The moment I would start "charging" would be the exact moment the "hobby" would turn into work and I fear the result would be less than fun. Regardless of amount of cash someone may have access to and be [Continue Reading]
Because I do not have the desire to write a novel length E-Mail back to everyone when “one word” or link says it all. Some other reasons include: I know exactly where everything is on my site, but I do not expect everyone to have the ability or the time to get there. However, I also do not have the time to be a personal internet guide. Usually, the answer to the question is either on the Frequently Asked Questions page, of which I send the URL to the answer, [Continue Reading]
At one time, I did offer News Group access on my network. I even posted a guide to help people configure their computer to access it. Some of the reasons I no longer offer forums include: It took about three times as much effort to offer that resource than anything else because it actually “increased” the amount of “stuff” I had to deal with daily. I “had” to check it often because of the amount of “bad” people out there. Flame wars and advertising started happening. I pulled the plug [Continue Reading]