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23 November, 2002

Alan Ralsky: Proud to be the Spam King

Did you ever wonder what spammers look like? The photo on the left depicts a world-class spammer named Alan Ralsky.

There's an excellent chance that you've received dozens (perhaps hundreds) of unwanted email messages from this guy. You can read a recent interview of him here. As you will see, spamming millions of people can be a very lucrative job -- a perfect occupation for an ex-convict like Ralsky.

"I'll never quit," said the 57-year-old master of spam. "I like what I do. This is the greatest business in the world."

You can read more about this delightful fellow at the Spamhaus Project.

Posted on 23 November, 2002

The Blue Marble, AKA Earth

True color global imagery. Yeah, it does look like a marble.

Posted on 23 November, 2002

Movielink is Flopping

A few weeks ago I mentioned the new Movielink service, and compared it with Circuit City's ill-fated divX service. Well, the reviews are in, and they are not exactly positive. See the Seattle Times, the Washington Post, and Wired.

I think the Washington Post review summed it up best:

Just because you can do something on the Internet doesn't mean you should.

Posted on 23 November, 2002