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Anti Email Spam in the UK

Many years back I began investigating anti email spam in the UK as a way to defend against the amount amount of email spam we were receiving to certain email addresses.

The reason this email address was getting so much spam is because it was harvested by a website spider bot, as the email address was placed on company website by the previous webmaster.

DO NOT put your email address or any email addresses directly on your website, instead use a form.

Back then there was only examples of support for US, but very little support in the UK.

One thing I did find was the Office Of Fair Trading Spam Tips but they were not very useful, the website has some nice tips on “junk email“, if only something existed like this for the UK.

I discovered that in the US you can send your junk/spam email to and they will pursue law enforcement actions against people sending the emails.

After I read the NEW RULES ON EMAIL MARKETING article, I figured I could issue a complaint with the Information Commissioner via this form.

Update: In 2010 the BBC offered an article entitled: “How can I stop getting spam emails?” which seems to offer sufficient advice, there’s also a whole heap of resources in the Dmoz “email spam” directory.


eggtcl project

I’m pleased to announce that the eggdrop TCL scripts from the HM2K code repository will become part of the eggtcl project.

The eggtcl project is a repository of approved TCL scripts for eggdrop that allow you to easily update them as new versions are released.

The plan is to maintain a library collection of good quality eggdrop tcl scripts to ensure the longevity of this project and the eggdrop project.

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Announcing Phurix Labs

I’ve been thinking about retiring this site for some time now, but have been toying with the pros and cons.

A decision had to be made.

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Has friendster been hacked?

I noticed an unusual email when I checked my Gmail account today.

Sure it was spam, but this one was tagged with a “Password” tag, a tag that I used to filter any emails that contain an old password.

Low and behold there was my password displayed right in the email. So, of course, the first thing to do was to check the email headers to see how the email was routed.

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Converting your logo to ASCII art

If you’re a geek like me or you’ve just  seen Iron Man 2 you’ll probably like the idea of having a custom motd display something cool when you login to your shell or terminal server.

Sure, you can use figlet to create a text banner, but how cool would it be if you could display your own logo instead. Right?

Can an image be converted into ASCII art?

Challenge accepted.

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