Usenet [en]

I’m amazed it took me so long to discover usenet. I had heard about it a lot, of course, but I simply couldn’t figure out how to access it. First, you need a news server. I recommend http://news.cis.dfn.de/ as a free news server. I used my ISP’s previously, but it became really sick a few weeks ago, so I gave up on it.

All you need to do is sign up with the news server, and once you have received the confirmation email, follow the instructions to set up your news account in your newsreader. If you’re using windows, Outlook Express is perfectly acceptable as a newsreader.

Once your account is set up, just choose the newsgroups you want to follow, and start reading and posting!

If you don’t feel like signing up for an account but want to experience usenet a bit, you can use a web-based newsreader like mailgate.

Warning: time-consuming activity.

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Web [en]

Writing for the Web II [en]

Thanks to Zeldman and webtype, here are a few more links on the writing for the web issues – and a bit on CSS.

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Spam Satisfaction [en]

Dealing with Spammers [en]

I’ve finally worked down my procedure for dealing with spammers. : )
Now, this isn’t the ultimate solution, and it isn’t guaranteed to work – it is just an account of what I do when I receive junk email: report spammers.

  1. First, as I use Outlook, I have to find the headers of the email (under “properties” of the said mail) – and copy them at the beginning of the mail I am forwarding.
  2. Then starts the “investigation” part: using the “IP Whois” and the “Worldwide Whois” of UXN Spam Combat, I look up
    • IP addresses (those are the numbers, formatted like “000.000.000.000”)
    • domain names (like “www.anydomain.com”)

    and add to the recipient list of the email I am forwarding [email protected]” or “[email protected] (email hosting services will probably have an “abuse” address… “postmaster” is the more sure bet – it has to exist).

  3. I add [email protected] in the “CC” field – as they are supposed to monitor UCE (Unsollicited Commercial Email) issues and take action to solve the problem.
  4. Finally, I paste some text (I personally use the text listed under “1”, without the bracketed paragraph) at the top of the mail, and send.

Advice

  • Don’t follow any links on the email (especially “remove” or “unsubscribe” links), or reply to it. It will only confirm to the spammers that your email address is a “good” one!
  • Take care in who you forward the email to: you don’t want to bug the wrong people, do you? Check the abuse.net contact database if you aren’t sure.
  • Make sure you forward the whole email, including the headers.
  • Keep the accompanying message polite and to-the-point.

Some links and resources about UCE and spammer tracking:

  • abuse.net – general resources and information
  • spam.abuse.net – information and faqs: why it is important to fight spam
  • UXN tracing spam – good step-by-step guide to header reading and IP tracking
  • anti-spam tips – How to Get Rid of Junk Mail, Spam, and Telemarketers
  • more links – more links and resources: fighting european spam

That should be enough to get you started!

Update 01.06.2004: use SpamCop instead, much simpler!

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Crashing Macs [en]

What’s the point in filling the university with iMACs, if they crash as much as PCs?

For the first time in ages, I decided to check my mail before going to class. It took me 15 minutes to find a computer that would allow me to move the mouse over the screen.
I’m better at coping with crashed PCs than crashed MACs, I guess.

Class is going to start soon, got to run!

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