Does It Blog – 2013 in Review

December 31, 2013 Leave a comment

The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2013 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 26,000 times in 2013. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 10 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

Click here to see the complete report.

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Bell Canada Telemarketer

March 11, 2013 Leave a comment

A telemarketer from Bell Canada phoned me today:

Telemarketer: I’m calling to talk to you about some deals from Bell Canada for Home Phone, TV and Internet.

Me: I’m not interested in anything from Bell.

Telemarketer: Why are you not interested in Bell?

Me: Bell is the worst company in Canada.

Telemarketer: Why do you say that?

Me: Bell is trying to stamp out competition and corner the market to force everyone to pay whatever Bell asks.

Telemarketer: With Rogers, you’re in the same boat.

Me: Rogers is almost as bad as Bell.

Telemarketer: Well I see here that you’re with Rogers.

Me: No, I’m not using Rogers, where did you hear that?

Telemarketer: Well I’m sorry to hear that you’re not interested.

I find it very amusing that he didn’t even dispute my assertion that Bell is a terrible company, and instead argued that Rogers is just as bad. Really, your business is pitifully repugnant if your sales argument is that the competition is just as terrible as you.


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Was Hacked?

February 10, 2013 Leave a comment

I have blogged about the possible hacking of DnyDns and Infonec.

Today I am blogging about the the company who makes the Photon Light, a brilliant tiny LED-based flashlight. I own 2 of them.

The situation (once again…)

I use a separate unique e-mail address with almost every company / entity that I deal with. This helps me identify the source of any spam or unauthorized sales of my e-mail address because the only groups that know said addresses are myself and the individual company I am dealing with.

For example, I use a unique e-mail address for this WordPress account. So if I hypothetically started receiving spam urging me to “Enlarge your *****” at that e-mail address, I know that either WordPress was hacked or they sold my address.

Fast Forward To Today (Once Again…)

I received a spam e-mail for some “Asian Bride” website at the e-mail address used for The only parties outside myself that know this address are my e-mail services provider (who hosts dozens of these forwarders) and How did the spammers get my e-mail address? You, the reader, can connect the dots.

General Recommendations

Everybody should use unique passwords for every website / service. This is because, if one site gets compromised, your information might be used to compromise your accounts on other sites. If you used a password on that was used elsewhere, you should change those passwords immediately.

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Spammer Fail?

January 7, 2013 Leave a comment

I received a really strange comment on this blog. This appears to be some kind of hilariously failed spamming script!

Judging from the submitter’s information, it appears that they were trying to create a stealth advertisement for a certain brand of women’s clothing.

The spam text follows…

Read more…

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SSD: Enable Write Caching? The Difference Write Caching Makes

November 22, 2012 Leave a comment

I got a new SSD. It’s a Plextor M5 Pro 256 GB (PX-256M5P). I followed some guide on how to optimize your system for SSDs. One of its suggestions is to disable write-caching on the drive. Here are my benchmarks.

Write-Caching disabled:


Write-caching enabled:


Device Manager, with Write-Caching enabled:


Moral of the story: Don’t disable write caching. 🙂

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Was Dyn DNS Hacked?

October 31, 2012 1 comment

Similar to the apparent re-hacking of Infonec, the lovely e-mail privacy service SneakeMail has again exposed another possible security breach.

The e-mail address I use on the Dyn service is unique and randomly generated. The only parties that have the address are myself and Dyn.

Today, I received a phishing message at that e-mail. How did the crooks get my address? You connect the dots!

I recommend that all users of Dyn change their passwords.

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Was Infonec Hacked? (Again?)

October 9, 2012 1 comment

Last year, I blogged about a possible hacking of Infonec.

Ken from Infonec management was nice enough to give us an update on the situation, and recommended that users update their password frequently.

After that incident, I changed the unique forwarding address for my Infonec account. The only parties that know this address are myself, Infonec and my mail-forwarding service.

This week, I received “Viagra” spam at this new unique address. How did spammers get the address? I think Infonec has some security holes. Again.

Lessons Learned:

  1. Don’t use the same password across many sites. If just one site gets hacked, all of your accounts could be compromised.
  2. Use a forwarding service like Sneakemail so you can cut off compromised addresses, and so spammers won’t get the e-mail addresses for your other accounts.

In the past, I spent thousands of dollars at Infonec. Still, I haven’t shopped there in years. The closing of their Mississauga branch and opening of a local NCIX sealed the deal. This kind of incident makes me less likely to shop at Infonec in the future.

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