September 25th, 2002

Computers

Switching connectivity

Just placed the order for DSL with Bevcomm. They say it should be installed in 10-14 days. Whee! It's going on the second phone line here, so we'll have connectivity with both Frontiernet and Bevcomm until we're satisfied the new link works properly.
  • Current Mood
    cheerful cheerful
Splut

Idiot renfaire organizers

The organizer of one renfaire has demanded that another in the same area (for Iowa values of "same area") take down their advertising posters because one picture on the poster was taken at their event. In the process, they're irritating every rennie in the area (and this area stretches to Illinois and Minnesota, too). Why do people have to be idiots?

The whole saga is on the At the Faire web site, if you're curious.
  • Current Music
    J Geils Band - Freeze Frame
Mail

No, I'm not SPEWS.

Got an email, and then a phone call, from a guy at Verizon. It seems that they've got a customer who's complaining about being included in http://www.spews.org/html/S355.html. This guy is under the mistaken impression that SPEWS contacts people. Since I posted to news.admin.net-abuse.email that SPEWS doesn't, he leaped to the conclusion that I must somehow be associated with SPEWS. He was disappointed when I explained to him that I'm not. When I told him that the only way to get the blocklist entry removed was to terminate the spammer, he said that that wasn't going to happen, and was even less happy when I told him that in that case, the blocklist entry wasn't going away...

I wish I knew who SPEWS was, so I could buy them a case of their favorite beverage. Since I don't, though, I'll have to settle for singing their praises publicly. It's an effective resource for stopping spam dead. If you run your own mail server, I strongly recommend it. If not, get your ISP (or whoever runs your mail server) to use it.
  • Current Music
    Eagles - Get Over It