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Month: August 2003 (page 1 of 3)

Two thoughts on spam.

Others have noticed this, but it’s starting to crop up on my weblog too: Seemingly vacuous, empty, or merely off-topic comments that appear to have no purpose — until you notice the URL of the commenter. For instance, today I noticed a new comment on this blog that said nothing but “I really agree with that last comment.” Checked the URL, and sure enough, it pointed to a site claiming to offer “free DVDs.” Sheesh.… Read the rest

New sight.

Halley the blogger has new vision thanks to cataract surgery she had this week: Doctors removed the lens from her eye and replaced it with a new, plastic one, like an internal contact lens. She describes how rich and intense the colors are after this surgery, like an illuminated manuscript.… Read the rest

BlackBerry reveals bank secrets.

A man bought a used BlackBerry from a former Morgan Stanley vice president and discovered that it still contains the VP’s email messages, revealing a treasure trove of confidential information, according to this Wired News story by Kim Zetter.

In addition to personal e-mails that reveal the VP’s own Charles Schwab IRA account numbers, the name and phone number of his mother and the amounts he paid for his monthly mortgage, car and Visa bills, the e-mails discuss confidential information about loan terms for Morgan Stanley clients, debt-restructuring strategies for specific companies, preliminary talks for potential merger deals and even some creative ways of interpreting contracts.

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GPS + SMS = James Bond.

The UK Telegraph reports on a matchbox-sized GPS receiver / mobile phone transmitter called the Followit, which transmits its location back to its owner using SMS (mobile phone text messaging). Strap it to your dog’s collar, or tuck it under someone’s dashboard, and then sit back and keep tabs on where they go.… Read the rest

Living dead.

Mercury News reporter Matt Marshall looks at what happened to ten telecom and networking companies that each received more than $150 million of investment during the bubble years of 1999-2001. These companies include such household names as Zhone Technologies, Yipes Enterprise Services, and Calient Networks.… Read the rest

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