Ramblings & ephemera

Embarassing email story #1056

From MedZilla’s “Emails ‘gone bad’“: In another example of embarrassing and damaging emails sent during work is an investigation that uncovered 622 emails exchanged between Arapahoe County (Colo.) Clerk and Recorder Tracy K. Baker and his Assistant Chief Deputy Leesa Sale. Of those emails, 570 were sexually explicit. That’s not the only thing Baker’s lawyers […]

Free markets need visibility to work

From Slashdot’s “Pay-per-email and the ‘Market Myth’“: But I think there’s a bigger problem underlying all of this. It’s not about specific problems with GoodMail’s or AOL’s or Hotmail’s system. The problem is that many advocates of these systems say that any flaws will get sorted out automatically by “the market” — and in this […]

Greetings from beyond

From PCWorld.com: Imagine receiving a new e-mail from an old friend that begins, ‘By the time you read this, I will have passed on.’ It could happen, as a result of a new Internet service called TimelessMail.com . Through this new service (which costs $12 to $24 annually), subscribers create and store e-mail messages containing […]

Social engineering via celebrities

From PC World’s “Britney Spears Ranked Top Virus Celebrity“: Researchers combed through the seven years of virus-laden messages stored in Panda’s malware database to determine which celebrities most often had their names involuntarily used in association with malicious spam. … The top ten list of celebrity virus rankings (in descending order) is: Britney Spears, Bill […]