Saturday, April 25, 2009

Sigh another app at Yahoo being closed down.

Changes, changes changes. Yahoo is making more. I learned of this latest change they are going to do from a blog I follow Eye of Polyphemus. Yahoo is closing down their free website hosting "Geocities". They have just made the announcement so far, and say that the shut down will happen around the summer. Details on how to save current accounts will be given a little later. They will no longer have a free service you will have to pay $4.95/month for their Yahoo domain service. At least it looks like you can choose your own domain name.

Back in 1997 when I first set up my free account with Geocities the choices of free website hosting was limited to about 3 or 4 services, and the webhosting services that you had to pay for had prices that were skyhigh. Also at the time when you set up your Geocities website you chose a neighborhood to move into there were neighborhood categories like "Hollywood" for entertainment related sites, "Soho" for arts related sights yadda yadda. For my sight I chose the Athens/Olympus area because I wanted mysite to be mostly original poems and writings I wrote, well I branched out in to other areas. Shortly there after Yahoo bought Geocities and the website urls were renamed from the long neighborhood addresses to simply "". For extra $$ you can get your own domain name and that eliminates the ads that appear on your site.

Oh getting back to my main part of this rant. Earlier this year Yahoo shut down it's Breifcase function, which was primarily another storage area for all sorts of files. It was primarily designed to shuttle files from your home computer to work or vice versa. At least that they gave some warning about. About a year or two ago they got rid of their Yahoo Photos service, which was like photobucket, or flickr without any warning (at least without any warning I remember). Unfortunately for me I didn't know about the photo shut down and lost who knows how many photos. I think anything of any real importance I still have elsewhere, but since I didn't have anytime to make preparations I don't know if I lost anything that was just over there. Sigh. With the briefcase, which I used a little bit but not too much, I was able to save whatever was there that I wanted. Hopefully with Geocities I will be able to save what I want. Right now there are some photos there that are only there that I know of so I'll have to do some saving. Most of my regular pages over there I have updated/duplicated at my own website

Gee thanks Yahoo.

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Gotta Get Blogging More.

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Yeah, OK I've gotta get offa my tush and get blogging more often. It's Mid-April and I've only done 4 posts this year. Lets see, I average about 37 posts a year, which is only about 3 posts a month. Hmmm not bad, but not good as far as the blogging world is concerned. I guess it's all that time I spend on Facebook and Twitter. One thing about Twitter that I don't like is when you follow someone (or a group) you get ALL their updates whenever they update, so for twits that Twit (or is it Tweet?) constantly your homepage is filled updates from that one group. You can't follow someone and only occasionally check their updates. OH Well.

Anyway I have two books that I need to review here, and add to my A Recent Read listing. I also need to update and fix somethings on my website For that I was going to try learning about Cascading Style Sheets (CSS) and started doing that, because that is how most websites now-a-days are coded. My big problem with it though is I want a link list on a side bar like my site has so I don't have to always update a million pages when I want to add or delete a link. So far I'm confused as to how to get that actually done, because when I experiment with it the ways people have mentioned how to do it don't seem to work. So I will probably have to continue to do things the very long old-school HTML way.

A Spam of all Spams

OK so we have all gotten Spam email, or at least have heard about it. You know there are the "Chain-Letter" spams that are now on email, there's the Get Rich Quick scams, and the "Bank Of Anerica" (notice there is usually a misspelling such as I did here) Well in my Yahoo email, oddly enough on my birthday (I just now noticed that, weird or coincidence?) I got the Mother of all Spam-Scam-Emails. This is supposedly from of all places THE FBI Um yeah, like the FBI would send an anonymous email instead of sending an official letter via the USPS or a Hand Delivered subpoena or some other real official notice.

I originally didn't even bother reading what the thing was saying, I just read it while posting this message about it. I only saved it for the purpose of posting here just to say Neah neah neah neah, neah. The text was all in bold font. A couple of the big RED Flags that indicate it's a scam: All the misspellings, the email address. If it had really been from the FBI it would have had an email address of and it would probably have had some sort of extra stuff in the header or footer that had some sort of "this is official government correspondence" and mentions of official use and abuse of government documents yadda yadda yadda.

So here is the email I got directly cut & pasted:


Saturday, April 4, 2009 8:03 AM

From: "Federal Bureau of Investigation"
Add sender to Contacts
To: undisclosed-recipients

FROM: Federal Bureau of Investigation

This is an official advice from the FEDERAL BUREAU OF INVESTIGATION (FBI). It has come to our notice that some certain individuals have used your name as the beneficiary of funds worth Millions of United States Dollars from abroad. These individuals with their collaborating banks knowing fully well that they do not have enough facilities to effect this payment from any part of the world to your account, used what we know as a Secret Diplomatic Transit Payment (S.T.D.P) as well as the ATM card system to pay this fund which has not been completed till this day. Direct transfers are difficult and Secret Diplomatic Transit Payment (S.T.D.P) are not made unless the funds are related to terrorism activities and we ask why must your payment be made in secret transfer, if your transaction is legitimate. We do not want you to get into trouble as soon as these funds reflect

We decided to contact you directly to acquire the proper verifications and proof from you to show that you are the rightful person to receive this fund, because of the amount involved. Be informed that the funds are now with a top bank in the United State in your name and under the monitoring/custody of the FBI. At the moment, we have asked the bank not to release the fund to anybody that comes to them, unless we instruct them to do so, this is to enable us carry out a comprehensive investigations first before releasing the fund to you. Hence, you are to forward the document to us immediately if you have it in your possession, if you do not have it, let us know so that we will direct you where to obtain the document and send to us. Thereafter, we will ask the bank holding the funds, to go ahead and credit your account immediately. FBI Identification Record and Diplomatic Immunity Seal of Transfer (DIST) often referred to as a Criminal History Record or Rap Sheet is a listing o

Final Instruction;
1. Credit payment instruction: Irrevocable credit guarantee. 2. Beneficiary has full power when validation is cleared. 3. Beneficiaries bank in U.S.A. can only release funds. 4. Upon confirmation from the World Bank / United nations. 5. Bearers must clear bank protocol and validation request.

NOTE: We have asked for the Diplomatic Immunity Seal of Transfer (DIST) document to ensure the most complete and up-to date records possible for the enhancement of public safety, welfare and security of society while recognizing the importance of individual privacy rights. If you fail to provide the Documents to us, we will charge you and take appropriate action against you for not proving the legality of the funds. The United States Department of Justice Order 556-73 establishes rules and regulations for the subject of an FBI Identification Record to obtain a copy of his or her own Record for review. The FBI Criminal Justice Information Services (CJIS) division processes these requests to check illegal activities in USA and beyond. An individual may request a copy of his or her own FBI Identification Record for personal review or to challenge information on the Record. Other reasons an individual may request a copy of his or her own Identification Record may include internati

FBI Director,
Robert S. Mueller, III.

What the heck did that say anyway. It was all just nonsense to me. It sounds like a variation on the Nigerian Scam but it doesn't seem to give any instructions on what they want you to do or to reply, if you are stupid, or gullible enough to reply to them.

Oh it apparently is The 419 Scam a form of the Nigerian Scam. I forwarded it just now to the abuse email at ( and I will mark it as spam in my Yahoo Mailbox.

Here is a link to a Hoax Alert from about a similar email

Who the Frack are these scammers and how stupid do they think people are? OK so they are not relying on people being stupid, they are relying on people being naive about financial matters and hoping that people will just see the You can get $1 Million in the notice or however much they say you supposedly Won, inherited etc..