Category Archives: Internet

Spyware

Here’s an interesting BusinessWeek article about spyware — specifically, about a company called Direct Revenue that has “generated sales of about $100 million since its start in 2002” by burrowing “into nearly 100 million computers” and producing “billions of pop-up … Continue reading

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Does the money in your bank account belong to you?

Not if you’ve given your account information to Paypal. If you’ve given your account information to Paypal, your account now belongs to Paypal, too. Some time ago, I signed up for a newsletter that was paid for through Paypal via … Continue reading

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It’s not a watchamajigger after all

It’s a captcha. Isn’t it a relief to find out something has a name? Not that “secret code word” doesn’t work in a pinch . . . Brought to you, btw, courtesy of the Wordcraft “word of the day.” [tags] … Continue reading

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There’s a really interesting article on Salon’s website

But I’m not going to post about it, or link to it, because I wasn’t able to negotiate their “watch an ad to read an article” hoop. I tried. Twice. Irritating enough when it does work — enough so that … Continue reading

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The Internet’s Cliff Clavin Conundrum

Somebody once said that the World Wide Web is like the biggest library in the world — too bad all the books are on the floor. That quote is from a long time ago in Internet years; improvements in search … Continue reading

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If it sounds too good to be true

What a story: a man who fell for a Nigerian “419” email scam. He’s ruined. The piece is by Mitchell Zuckoff at The New Yorker. [tags] 419 scam [/tags]

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It’s a credit card jungle out there

But look what I found: a website where people can post about their experiences with various cards. In a lot of cases, the complaints are obviously rants by people who share a good part of the blame for their problems. … Continue reading

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Tell “goto” where to go. To.

I received an email today, at my blogsite addy, from The Editor. It struck a kind of familiar tone, which is strange because I don’t recall having been introduced to The Editor before. And now he/she has popped up with … Continue reading

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How many did you fall for?

From Wired, the top 10 Internet hoaxes.

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Over the Borders

Sometimes I wonder if corporations understand what computers can do. Take Borders, for instance. The last time I shopped there, the clerk pounced on me, as I paid for my purchases, and pitched their new “rewards” program. I would get … Continue reading

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