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Time for your weekly dose of more the wierd, wacky and indescribably stupid
stuff from the web.
the contents of Aardvark's "million-dollar ideas" notebook
are revealed for all to see!
Spammers are stupid -- we all know that. Just how stupid they are is well
illustrated in the case of
who not only a spammer but also a thug and exhibitionist.
Here's a little gem
reported to me by a reader and found a lot closer to home than most of the
offerings in the Lighten Up section.
If you think you've got what it takes to become a web designer, this site
has just the Oppertunity
(screenshot) for you! No,
it can't be a typo -- it's repeated several times. But look, they
seem to have the concept of Design nailed.
Here's a little work of my own -- which isn't so much funny as worrying. Check
out just how easy it might be to build
a low cost cruise missile using
readily available components and materials. Place your order now :-)
ING Strike Again
Yes, just when you thought it was safe to open your mail and check your
faxes -- ING return!
They've switched from using snail mail to sending faxes in an attempt to
dupe unsuspecting victims into parting with their cold hard cash.
I note also that they're no longer requesting payment by credit card but
now they want you to deposit the money directly into their bank account.
Could this be because too many victims have requested a charge-back
from their credit card company once they discover they've been duped?
Based on a conversation I had with the ACCC (the Aussie version of our
Commerce Commission) it looks as if ING may have breached an agreement
they made with the court last month -- and that could result in their
little scammy bottoms being kicked for contempt.
That Tivo Idea
Wow.. I've had a mountain of email following my proposal to build a PC-based
Tivo-like home entertainment centre yesterday.
Obviously there are a lot of people who are just yearning to buy or build
such a device as a method of avoiding the endless ads, dross and self-promos
that clutter what little good TV viewing remains on our screens.
The other aspect I hadn't considered but which a couple of readers suggested
was that the unit could act as a PC games console, email client and web-surfing
tool. That ought to make Sky's Ludi(cris) games and lame (is it available yet?)
email service look a bit weak.
Unfortunately, the offers to help out with suitable hardware have been rather
limited -- so I'm prepared to throw in a few months of exclusive and prominent
placement on this website for whatever supplier is willing to lend their
gear for such evaluation purposes.
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