October 04, 2003

Hit Any Key

We knew PC users were dumb, but this is ridiculous.

Posted by Karen at October 4, 2003 01:06 AM in humour

so homer simpson really does exist!

i wish i could upload some pics onto your snogster…

Posted by: elijah at October 4, 2003 08:32 AM

Aw, come on! I’m a PC user and I’m not dumb… or so I would like to believe!

Posted by: Adriano at October 6, 2003 07:28 PM

Hi Adriano,

Good to see you here! I’ve seen you over at typophile.

It was a tongue-in-cheek comment. :-)

I don’t think you need to “scramble” your email though. I think Movable Type has some anti-spam device. But I’m no expert.

Posted by: Karen at October 7, 2003 01:12 AM

I’m just used to doing it. After having to kill a few email addresses because of evil harvesting-bots, one gets wary…

Posted by: Adriano at October 7, 2003 02:31 AM

Tell me about it. The amount of spam I get is just insane. But killing my email address is not really an option.

Posted by: Karen at October 7, 2003 11:46 AM

I had to build a network of spamcatchers on my domain - since I have unlimited email accounts, I create a new account for every site I sign up for, so I can point exactly where the spam comes from. If an account begins to get spammed, I make it an alias to site-blackhole and I never see the spam.
I don’t use my main accounts (the one I used to email you, for one) on any sites or mailing lists - those are for friends only.

Posted by: Adriano at October 7, 2003 09:12 PM

This is much too technical for me. Can you explain? What is site-blackhole? How do you do it?

Posted by: Karen at October 8, 2003 12:08 AM

hi adriano,

you must be getting tons of spam to have actually gone through all that effort.


sounds nice. i like the fact that there’s this blackhole out there sucking in all the spam.

btw: i’m a pc user too and frankly, true to form, i do tend to do dumb things now and then. i wonder if there really is some kind of correlation? but i don’t have an excessively large forehead and my knuckles don’t drag along the ground as i walk…

and i really wish my keyboard has the ‘any’ key.

and i think the guy who answered the question is a class act:

The term “any key” does not refer to a particular key on the keyboard. It simply means to strike any one of the keys on your keyboard…

I don’t think i would have been that polite.

Posted by: elijah at October 8, 2003 04:33 PM

Tons of spam, indeed. 50 - 60 spam messages a day. It truly was hell.

I’ll try to explain in less technical terms.
Usually, your web site’s control panel will have an option to add/remove email accounts as well as email aliases. Aliases (or Forwarders, as they are sometimes referred to) have to redirect somewhere. Just say it should redirect to “site-blackhole”.

Another thing that seems to work with some spambots is, instead of redirecting the spammed addresses to site-blackhole, create a new email account with a ridiculously small space quota (like 500k). It will eventually fill up and messages will begin to bounce. Some spambots will begin to ignore it after it bounces too many messages.

Posted by: Adriano at October 8, 2003 07:15 PM