rel=”spam” rel=”mal” MicroFormat for Spam? rel=”???”

IDEA: A MicroFormat for when it may be necessary to link to a Malicious, Dangerous, or Unethical Site?

Funny, the first thing that came to mind was using rel=”spam”  …but really what brought this up was a site that isn’t necessarily “Spam” in the traditional sense.  The site was a pyramid scheme, the operators of which were posting ads on my local craigslist for “social media” something or other.  This isn’t by definition, Spam.

The Wikipedia currently says:

“Spamming is the abuse of electronic messaging systems to indiscriminately send unsolicited bulk messages…”

The quantity is what makes spam spam, not the uselessness of what’s being promoted.

Maybe rel=”mal” as in malicious??

I’m not the only one thinking about this idea.

WordPress Blog Deleted/Archived for TOS Violation

If your blog has been deleted suddenly by WordPress.com, DON’T PANIC!  …that is, unless you use your blog for phishing scams or spam-commenting or anything else that brings down the experience of other people on the Web and/or makes it harder for people to find the information they need.  In that case, panic.  Scream and cry.  I hope your blog is permanently deleted, and everything you eat for the rest of you life tastes horrible. The Web is our garden!  

Assuming you are an ethical participant of The Cloud, pretty soon you should get an email from WordPress.com explaining the nature of the take-down.

[Anyway, my blog is back, obviously.  I guess I need to start backing up my blog? Jeeez.  What a hassle.]

[begin story]

I regularly blog about scams/spam on the Web.  It’s a way for me be discovered by, and to provide guidance to, people who happen to be googling around about some questionable content they find or are emailed.

One example of this is this search result for “paypal-cgi.com,” a site that mimics PayPal in order to trick people into handing over their paypal login info.  I come up number one for the search, and the title of the result makes it clear that you shouln’t trust PayPal-CGI.com… If you click thru to my post, I explain why these things exist and how to detect this kind of crap.

You see, I’m actually doing something good here.  And it’s good for me too.

Anyway, recently I encountered some scam crap on craigslist and blogged about it. And since my blog post contained a link to the spam/scam site I was exposing, WordPress.com’s evil-detectors went ape shit and my blog got automatically removed by wordpress.com.  

I was in the middle editing a post and suddenly my category selection buttons stopped working.  And there was a thing saying somethin like “you do not have permission to edit this..” or something like that.  When I refreshed the page, I got “The authors have deleted this blog. The content is no longer available”

…and my blog had been completely removed leaving only this scary screen saying: “This blog has been archived or suspended for a violation of our Terms of Service.”

Ironic. I got banned for merely exposing something malicious.

Current Spam-Filter technology isn’t context-aware. This is a slippery slope: Using words or links alone, without regard to context, to define what is untrustworthy content.

See the post in question for yourself HERE

Fortunately, about an hour later, I got a message from WordPress.com: 

from: Anthony – WordPress.com:

Hi,

Your blog was automatically flagged, as links to overnightcashexplosion.com were detected (and these are certainly not permitted). The blog is back – please remove all such links.

Best,

Anthony

Automattic | WordPress.com

I responded with:

if it’s a url in text, is that different in the eyes of your spam defenses from an actual link?  I’d like to leave the url if possible so I can still come up in searches for that url. 

WHat’s your take on that?

Thanks for communicating with me. :)

-A

Anthony from WordPress replied:

Hi,
Sure, you can leave it – I understand the context.

Best,
Anthony
Automattic | WordPress.com

So, there is a layer of discretion here?  That’s good I guess.

BitTorrent Tracker Specifically for Independent Artists

(just an idea I had in the middle of the night… maybe it’s a good one?)

It just occurred to me that what artists like me, who are non-label, totally independent, need is a tracker/directory site for us to upload out torrents to.  A tracker that’s 100% legal music.  

I’m thinking since when you launch a .torrent file, depending on the client, you can select what files you want to download, artists can include in one torrent, a few different versions of their releases.  For instance, I could include a flac version, and two different mp3 bitrates, all album artwork bundled with each compression scheme  separately, and each version in it’s own folder.  

The user selects the one torrent, launches it, selects the folder for the version they want, and they get what they want.  

*Artist is distributing without needing a central server…

*Fans of indie/niche music are getting what they want the way they want it. And there’s a central place  for hard-to-find and/or totally legally-distributed-via-P2P music. 

 

There may also be advantages to creating a recommendation engine that excludes major-label music:  Maybe major label music obscures the analysis of music taste in some cases?  Just a thought.

I wrote a letter to the peeps at The Pirate Bay.  Maybe they’ll read it and write me back.

Missing MAS Plug-Ins ParaEQ & MW Equalizer in MOTU Digital Performer (DP5.13))

Here’s what I did that finally solved this problem after 2 full days of suffering and searching for answers.

 

  1. I uninstalled the DP software reverse-incrementally, starting with 5.13 in UNINSTALL mode, then DP 5.1 and finally the original DP 5 Installer on the CD.
  2. I repeated the same process AGAIN, but this time selected “MyHardDrive” rather than the “Applications Folder” as the target install directory, again selecting UNINSTALL rather than Easy Install
  3. I Manually deleted all remaining Plug-Ins that came with DP from username/Library/Audio/Plug-Ins/MAS/
  4. I manually moved my remaining [dot-bundle] .bundle files (other MAS plugins that didn’t come with DP) from my user directory to my hard-drive directory.  Originally, some were at UserName/Library/Audio/Plug-Ins/MAS/  and I moved all those files to HardDriveName/Library/Audio/Plug-Ins/MAS/
  5. I manually deleted the folder called MAS from username/Library/Audio/Plug-Ins/
  6. I manually I deleted all files from both the user and hard-drive versions of Library/Preferences/ that had “motu” in their names, all “.plist” files
  7. I manually Deleted a folder called “Digital Performer™” from UserName/Library/Preferences/
  8. I manually Deleted  HardDrive/Library/Audio/presets/Digital Performer/
  9. I manually Deleted the Auth-DigitalPerformer 5.0 file from my hard-drive via the Terminal (it’s an invisible file)
  10. I manually deleted any/all extra/unnecessary MOTU apps/utilities from my Applications Folder… I had some out-dated FireWire Audio shit and some Un-Needed PCI shit.
  11. I re-booted from MAC OSX CD and REPAIRED PERMISSIONS (which incidentally were all good)
  12. After rebooting, I re-installed MOTU DP5, which does not run on my Leopard machine as version 5.0 (Unexpectedly Quits Etc)
  13. Installed the MOTU 5.1 Update
  14. Installed the MOTU 5.13 Update
  15. My Equalizer  Plugins are back.
  16. Repaired Permissions (and the plugins are still back) DP is back to normal, at least for now.
Let me know if this solution doesn’t work for you.  I deleted so much shit manually that I may have left something out.   48 Hours of this kind of hell will do that to a guy.

HELP! DP5 MAS Plugins Missing, Para EQ and MW Equalizer

PROBLEM: In MOTU Digital Performer (DP5), at least 2 of the Plug-Ins that came with the software are missing from within the program.  Both of the ones I know are missing for sure are Parametric Equalizers, which is an odd coincidence.

SOLVED! Click Here To Read The Solution

 

The following is a copy of a forum post I made to MotuNation.com.  I never post to forums so this is an indication of how desperate I’m getting.

Please help me. This is driving me crazy.
Suddenly my MW Equlaizer and my Para EQ Plugins don’t show up in the list of plugins available from the Mixer. They do get scanned/loaded during the splash screen at startup. They’re just not listed via the mixer or via the Audio Menu (Audio>Audio Plug-Ins).
This is what I’ve tried, not necessarily in this order and some of these things I’ve done multiple times:

  • *Repaired Permissions (All were/are correct according to Disk Utility)
  • *Varified/Repaired Hard Drive (Disk Utility said it’s fine)
  • *Uninstalled and Re-Installed DP
  • *Trashed User/Library/Preferences/com.motu.DigitalPerformer.plist
  • *Deleted Auth-DigitalPerformer 5.0
  • *Renamed User/Library/Preferences to Preferences-old (to flush all system prefs at the user level)
  • *Renamed ParaEQ.bundle (By this time I’m making solutions up!)
  • *Moved Plugins from HardDrive/Library… to User/Library… (and back)

The .bundle files are there in HardDrive/Library/Audio/Plug-Ins/MAS/ but they just wont become available via the UI. I have been googling like mad since yesterday and getting nowhere. I’m going crazy. 

Does anyone have any suggestions? 

http://www.bigbluelounge.com/forums/vie … p?p=351040 …This Person on this other forum is having the same problem it sounds like, but no solution there (I will post the solution here and there if I can find one) …Interesting that it’s the 2 built-in EQ’s for both of us… Interesting and completely horrible.

Please help me if you can. Thank You.

Peter Hirshberg: The Web and TV, a sibling rivalry (TED)

read below if you want my introduction/thoughts on this video…

This is an interesting presentation. It’s not told quite right for my taste, but it emphasizes how hard it is to see outside the current technology/media paradigm, mostly by showing clips from the early days of TV and computing… The similarities in the language between then and now are pretty stunning.

Very notable for me was a clip of Marshall McCluhan in the 1960’s speaking about how audiences want to feel included in media.  Sound familiar?  

Also touched on is McCluhan’s “Global Village” concept which will surely inspire much near-future reading for me.  The ‘Global Village’ is basically a visionary concept to this day.  

McCluhan, thanks to Peter Hirshberg, will probably become a new teacher of mine.  At this rate, I may have a college level education by the time I’m 40 years old.

Really, I should say that Peter Hirshberg does a really good job in this presentaion compiling a lot for us to chew on in a short amount of time, even if it is all a little bit scatter-brained in my opinion.  My preview notes don’t do justice to the ground covered.  I couldn’t do better.

OH! He even touches on how the late 60’s, counter-culture and LSD may have influenced the birth of Open-Source and Personal Computing!  Interesting stuff. 

Peter Hirshberg is a veteran of old media as well as new, and now, new-new media (now just considered new)… The list of companies he’s been involved with is amazing:

And finally, don’t miss the cameo by James Burke who we all know (or should know) and love from the show Connections (about the history of technology and innovation).  In the presentation, Peter Hirshberg shows a commercial in which Burke is a spokesperson for Apple, promoting “HyperCard,” a predecessor to HTML (HyperCard is not networked).

Hirshberg’s list of companies he’s been involved with is pretty impressive and includes some of my favorites, Technorati and Apple. Copied from his TypePad Bio:

Biography

Peter Hirshberg is a Silicon Valley executive, entrepreneur and marketing innovator who most recently served as president and CEO of Gloss.com, the major multi-brand beauty ecommerce business co-owned by Estee Lauder Companies, Chanel and Clarins. Launched in Fall 2001, Gloss features prestige cosmetic brands including Clinique, MAC, Prescriptives, Estee Lauder, Origins, Bobbi Brown, Stila, Chanel and Clarins.

Hirshberg served as Chairman of Interpacket Networks, the global leader in Internet Via Satellite, before its acquisition by American Tower Corporation in October 2000. From 1996-1999, Hirshberg was founder/CEO of Elemental Software, developer of the award- winning Drumbeat 2000 family of e-business web development software. Backed by Accel partners, AT&T Corporation, and Microsoft, Elemental Software was acquired by Macromedia Incorporated in September 1999.

During a nine-year tenure at Apple Computer, Hirshberg headed Enterprise Marketing, where he grew Apple’s large business and government revenue to $1 billion annually and helped lead the company’s entry into the online service arena. After leaving Apple, Hirshberg’s new-media strategy firm served clients including America Online, Microsoft, NBC Television Network, Estee Lauder, Pacific Bell and Silicon Graphics.

Hirshberg is a founder of Goodmail Systems, a board member of ICTV, and serves on the advisory boards of start-ups Technorati and Informative. He is a Trustee of The Computer History Museum and a Henry Crown Fellow of the Aspen Institute. Peter earned his bachelor’s degree at Dartmouth College and his MBA at Wharton.

Spam Emails and URLs

Here in one post, I will start collecting curious little spam messages and emails I get.  These aren’t interesting enough to get their own posts, but I still like to be found in searches for their emails, urls etc.    

MySpace Spam (mariebashor@gmail.com and myspace.com/269092691):
Hi sweetie!      

I’d like to avoid any confusion, I’m writing this on behalf of my mother. She was searching for guys online and came upon your irresistible profile (her words). She’s single and HOT! She wants to experience new things, meet a great guy for dating and more! She’s very alluring, men turn around when she walks? she has very nice curves. She likes going to the movies, drinking coffee and enjoys smart conversation. She plays a few musical instruments but prefers the cello. She’s humorous, romantic and easy-going. I’d like to add that she’s a very perceptive and spiritual person. I hope you’ll write back, you sure won’t regret it. FYI, this is MY account, so don..t reply directly to this message Instead, please use her email address, MarieBashor at gmail..

Well thank you very much

http://myspace.com/269092691

Via Email From tonybenson02@yahoo.com.hk

You can now email me at: sgttonybenson002@yahoo.com

– Dear Friend, I know you would be surprised to read from someone relatively unknown to you before now. My name is Tony Benson, a master sgt. of The U.S. Marine, deployed to Iraq in the beginning of the war in 2003.I would like to share some highly personal classified information about my personal experience and role which I played in the pursuit of my career serving under the U.S ARMY which was at the fore-front of the war in Iraq. Though, I would like to hold back certai n information for security reasons for now until you have found time to visit the BBC website stated below to enable you have insight regarding what I intend to share with you, believing that it would be of your desired interest in one way or the other.Here is a BBC news listing that confirms what I share with you.http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/2988455.stm Also, could you get back to me having visited the above website to enable us discuss in a more vivid manner to the best of your understanding. I must say that I’m very uncomfortable sending this message to you without knowing truly if you would misconstrue the importance and decide to go public.In this regards,I will not hold backto say that the essence of this letter is strictly for mutual benefit of you and I and nothing more.I will be more vivid and coherent in my next email in this regards. Meanwhile,could you send me a mail confirming you have visited the site and understood my intentions?Standing by for you r response. warm regards, master sgt.Tony Benson secured email:tonybenson02@yahoo.com.hk

 

From MySpace

is it u there?:

http://ofthehub. com/go/ms. php?ch=cb8c411a8037611c46a0b5fba697c260 

(ofthehub.com appears to be a virus thing)

 

 

I keep getting this email from “Solomon Guei solo.guei1@gmail.com in an email asking me to open an attachment: 

PLEASE OPEN THE ATTACHMENT TO SEE DETAILS.
FROM SOLOMON

the attachment reads:

From: Solomon Kone Guei          

I am Solomon Kone Guei from Coted Ivoire. I am 26 years old; I lost my father a couple of years ago. My father late General Robert Guei was a Ex-Military head of State of Ivory Coast until his untimely death,(You can visit http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/africa/2269238.stm for complete report on this incident).

He was assassinated on the 19th of September 2002 by an unknown group of heavily armed gunmen following the political uprising. To be brief and straight to the point, before his untimely death, he deposited with a finance security company a metal safe box containing

the sum of (Twenty Million United States Dollars Only) $20 million meant for the purchase of heavy artilleries, armored tank, ammunitions and security equipments.

The security company do not know the real contents of the metal safe box is money, because he convincingly told them at the time of deposit that it only contains African Artefact treasures and computer security consumables that does not need air and sun rays, that

will be ship to his foreign business associate in abroad. 

I want you to do me a favor to claim the box as my late father foreign business associate overseas in your country, so that I will come over to your country for investment and resettlement, since the present administration is no more in cordial relationship with my families. 

I will go into partnership investment with you in your country, such as Real Estate and Hotel ownership this is my reason for writing to you. Please if you are willing to assist me, indicate your interest in replying soonest, I will offer you 30% only for your kind and honest assistance. Do kindly send me your direct telephone and fax numbers for an easy communication-mail me:

solo.guei@gmail.com

Mr. Solomon Guei