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  • Blog Post: According to the World Economic Forum, I am helping to fight the seventh most dangerous global risk

    This is going to be a long post. How I spent my weekend This weekend I took a quick glance at the World Economic Forum’s Global Risks for 2014 report. The WEF is a Swiss nonprofit foundation that describes itself as an international organization that is dedicated to improving the state of the world by...
  • Blog Post: Are spammers just like high frequency traders? Or is it the other way around?

    A couple of weeks ago, we had a problem wherein a spammer signed up for our service tens of thousands of times and started sending out low volume spam. He would send a small blast and then discard the account. He would then move on to the next one and would send out the same spam campaign. He did this...
  • Blog Post: Free spam hosting

    Bulletproof spam hosting services (ie, internet service providers that will host your site and ignore spam complaints) are one of the techniques that spammers use to put up spam sites.  Knowing that their provider will never take them down, they can put up their stuff and not have to worry about...
  • Blog Post: E360 gets its cased tossed out

    I'm always the last spam blogger to comment on these legal cases.  I'll continue in that tradition by throwing in my two cents.  SpamSuite has a copy of the ruling which is only seven pages long.  Some highlights from the document: Plaintiff e360Insight, LLC is a marketer. It refers to...
  • Blog Post: EU fines Microsoft record $1.3 billion

    Originally from Yahoo Finance : BRUSSELS, Belgium - The European Union fined Microsoft Corp. a record $1.3 billion Wednesday for the amount it charges rivals for software information. EU regulators said the company charged "unreasonable prices" until last October to software developers who...
  • Blog Post: Stock spam and bear markets

    If you're a stock trader at all, it'll come as no surprise to you that over the past three months we've been in a correction.  If the definition of a bear market is a drop of 20%, then from peak to trough we have seen a bear market in the Nasdaq.  Other indexes like the SP-500 and Russell 1000...
  • Blog Post: A quick introduction to Web 2.0

    This post isn't all that spam-related, but I think it's an important topic because it represents a fundamental trend. I've always said (well, I say it sometimes), that if I wasn't involved in the anti-spam industry, other than the stock trading arena, my next industry of choice would be something to...
  • Blog Post: If you give stuff away for free, people will abuse it

    In what is starting to sound like a broken record, one of my favorite companies, Google, is being abused by spammers - again. First we found spam blogs in Blogspot, then we found spam coming from Gmail users, and now I have found a third abuse - spammers are using Google Analytics to track visitors to...
  • Blog Post: Buy stuff from Apple

    Before being bought out by Microsoft, a lot of my co-workers bought stuff from Apple (mostly mac laptops, but also iMacs).  I recently bought an iBook second hand, but in my team of 8 people, 4 have bought new Macbooks in the past 4 months.  A few people from other departments have also bought them....
  • Blog Post: Can spam be used as a leading stock market indicator?

    I was going over some of my stock charts last night when I thought to myself "Could the amount of spam hitting my inbox be used as an indicator of which way the market is going to move?" In stock speculation, there are two types of indicators - confirmation indicators and reversal indicators. Confirmation...
  • Blog Post: Gmail disappointing me... a lot like Walmart

    In the past week or so, I have been getting quite a bit of spam in my Gmail account. It's not image spam, it's stock spam. I blogged a few months ago that Gmail was allowing lots of spam through (no pun intended) but that may have been because an email account that I never use anymore was set to forward...
  • Blog Post: Interview with the spampire

    I had to modify the contents of this post. Move along, move along.
  • Blog Post: New Year's Resolution Update - Learning Unix better

    Earlier this month I made a New Year's Resolution, that I'm going to learn to use unix a little bit better. Well, so far I've made some good progress as in the past week I have been starting to get used to the sed command. I find it quite handy; how did I ever get along without it? The one thing that...
  • Blog Post: Jim Cramer likes iPod over Zune

    This post isn't spam-related, but Microsoft-related. I was watching Mad Money today and Cramer was giving his top 3 growth stock picks for 2007. I very rarely buy stock picks after Cramer recommends them but I do listen to his reasoning because he does do his research. Cramer's number 2 growth stock...
  • Blog Post: Cisco buys IronPort

    I was going to write a post on the story that Cisco just bought IronPort, but Richi Jennings beat me to it. :) I was an employee of Frontbridge Technologies when Microsoft bought us in July 2005. A year earlier, Symantec bought Brightmail. CipherTrust was bought by Secure Computing in 2006. I wonder...
  • Blog Post: Golden Crosses Not So Golden

    On Friday, Microsoft stock had a golden cross. A golden cross is when a stock's 50-day moving average crosses its 200-day moving average from below. This is usually interpreted as a positive sign for the stock. Conversely, a death cross is when a stock's 50-day moving average crosses its 200-day moving...
  • Blog Post: It turns out that stock spam works

    I just did a search for the topic of stock spam and it turns out that there is a noticeable effect of stock spam and the price of the stock. You can find an article here or another one here . The results, however, are just what I expect - investors who try to get into the stock after it has been pumped...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft shares look bullish to me

    As all Microsoft employees know, in April Microsoft shares gapped down 10% in one day. The preceded to sell of another few dollars and it caught me off-guard -- how does a large-cap like Microsoft experience so much volatility? This past Friday (August 18, 2006) Microsoft gapped up over 4% to close...
  • Blog Post: Thoughts on Microsoft stock

    I'm currently experiencing writer's block when it comes to writing about spam so I thought I'd post my thoughts on the recent action of Microsoft's share price. One thing companies do to encourage employees to stick around is offer them shares or stock options, which is the right to buy shares at...
  • Blog Post: Dow Theory and stock spam

    One of the things I do in my spare time is trade stocks on the stock market. With all of the stock spam we (ie, customers) receive I wondered if there were any applications to the market and market theory. Something I have learned about in the past two years of trading is Dow Theory . Dow Theory has...
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