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Poison blogging and comments

Posted by Michael Bloch in online world (Tuesday March 27, 2007 )

Give some people a keyboard and a sense of anonymity and they’ll abuse it any way they can. sometimes the abuse will escalate to ridiculous levels as a prominent blogger recently experienced – and that experience has her terrified. (more…)


Image spammer tricks

Posted by Michael Bloch in online world (Thursday March 22, 2007 )

The pump and dump stock spam scams that are reliant on images to relay their pitch continue with seeming increasing ferocity. How do they continue to push this garbage through even some of the most tweaked filters that employ OCR (optical character recognition)? A security firm has published some tricks of the trade. (more…)


Search and win with..

Posted by Michael Bloch in online world (Tuesday March 20, 2007 )

MSNSearch ran a search and win competition a while back and judging by their lacklustre performance in terms of market share, it doesn’t seem it was such a raging success. Other companies are now tapping into the “search to win” concept and given their different focus, perhaps they’ll have better luck. (more…)


25 years of smileys online :)

Posted by Michael Bloch in online world (Thursday March 15, 2007 )

Where would we be without smileys? No doubt many email and other forms of text communications would be misunderstood. After all, writing “you’re an idiot :)” has a different meaning to writing “you’re an idiot” – the latter leaves you hanging as to whether the author meant it literally. (more…)


Pump and dump spam crackdown

Posted by Michael Bloch in online world (Saturday March 10, 2007 )

I first wrote about pump and dump stock spam scams around a year ago. Since that time I haven’t seen much of a let up on these sorts of spam emails; so I was thinking it must be still profitable for the perpetrators. According to the SEC, it certainly is. (more…)


Internet population grows 10%

Posted by Michael Bloch in online world (Wednesday March 7, 2007 )

Close to 750 million people over the age of 15 accessed the Internet globally in January 2007, representing a 10% increase over January last year. (more…)


Productivity tip

Posted by Michael Bloch in online world (Tuesday March 6, 2007 )

I’m finding it increasingly difficult to get solid chunks of time to focus on any single task these days; many items are completed in a piecemeal fashion, creating multiple tasks that need to be remembered. (more…)


Spammer strategies

Posted by Michael Bloch in online world (Sunday March 4, 2007 )

Ever wondered about some of the weird and wonderful ways that spammers get their messages through to you and avoid detection? (more…)


Email and large file transfers

Posted by Michael Bloch in online world (Tuesday February 27, 2007 )

If you really want to annoy someone, send them a 10 megabyte file via email unannounced :). It’s certainly not a great tactic for impressing potential partners and clients. There are some very simple and free ways to get large files to others without bogging down their email connection. (more…)


Road to an online career

Posted by Michael Bloch in online world (Friday February 23, 2007 )

I was reflecting on my life to date and thinking about the various jobs I’ve had before my career became 100% online in 2001. It’s quite a list :). I was also wondering about the paths of other readers before they dived into online business. (more…)