Spamming and Scheming Through Electronic Communications Parallel to Email

I received an interesting message via Tribe.net recently:

From Miss Finna Gausa Please write me at (@yahoo.com )
Dear Rob,
I am Miss Finna Gausa the only daughter of late Mr. & Mrs. Philip Gausa. I go through your profile and God lead me to contact you, My father and mother were very wealthy farmers and cocoa merchant when they were both alive After the death of my father,long ago,my mother Mrs. Rebecca Gausa was controling his business untill she was poisoned by her business associates which she surffered and died.

Before the death of my mother on Nov. 2005 in a private hospital here in Abidjan where she was admitted,she secretly called me on her bed side and disclosed to me about the sum of Five Million US Dollars .(USD$5 million )

She left in suspense account in one of the bank here in Abidjan,it was the money she intended to transfer oversea for investment before she was strucked down by the poison.

She also instructed me that I should seek for a foreign partner in any country of my choice who will assist me transfer this money in oversea account where the money will be save and invested wisely.
Because of the current political problem here in Ivory Coast I decided to transfer the money to abroad where it will be save and invested. therefore,I am crying and seeking for your kind assistance in the following ways:
(1) To provide a safe bank account into where the money will be transferred for investment.
(2) To serve as a guardian of this fund since I am a girl of 18 years old.
(3) To make arrangement for me to come over to your country to further my education and to secure a resident permit for me in your country.
As soon as I receive your urgent reply indicating your interest to assist me to successfuly transfer the money into your yet nominated account,I will give you every information and contact of the bank where the money is deposited. please I will be waiting for your urgent reply please.
Thanks and God bless you
Yours lovely,
Miss Finna Gausa.

I found this to be very striking, not because poor Finna Gausa had her sister poisoned, (which is admittedly very sad), but that someone has realized that it may be more worthwhile to attempt a 419 scam over a social networking website rather than over random emails.

Unless the person had built automation, they were most likely hand personalizing the messages. The story itself says that it reached me via my profile, (and God).

It makes sense to sacrificing the swiftness of spamming and scheming over email in favor of an intrasite messaging system on a website set up under social networking auspices. You avoid the spam filters and may be drumming up better leads.
What an interesting idea that there are growing electronic messaging systems blooming in near-parallel with the standard email protocol. I may expound upon this in the future here.
yours lovely,

rob

Celebrate the Election With Firefox Extensions (Add-ons)

rob banagaleA hearty congratulations to the democrats in successfully channeling public discontent with the war in Iraq, political corruption, our nation’s economy into votes. I made over a hundred calls on behalf the party from the headquarter off NE 9th and Burnside, and stood on the corner of the street with a go Vote sign on election day. I only wish more people in my age group would register and vote! Anna Urban is awesome.
Anyway–since we have plans to get out to the bars for a few celebratory drinks this evening, I thought it might be nice to treat myself to a self-expressive technological blog entry on my favorite Firefox extensions aka Add-ons. Since Firefox 2.0 came out many of my perfectly configured FF 1.5.x extensions (plugins) have broken so I’ll share what’s working in 2.0:

Fission

Fission is a little extension that gives you a visual indicator of the progress of web pages loading. It draws a colored progress bar across the URL entry text area which is way better than just waiting for web pages to load which is really boring. Try it, you’ll like it.

Tab Mix Plus

Tab Mix Plus is probably my favorite FF Add-on, extension, plugin, what-have-you. This thing has all kinds of features, but most having to do with tab behavior within the FF window.
TMP also offers a great session manger and recovery tool, that is way better than the junky-no-good one that comes with FF2.0. This is particularly handy for projects that require a dozen webpages to work on. For instance, my current Drupal conversion on Weekly Davespeak often needs the Drupal forums, technical documentation, the old Weekly Davespeak page, the new testing version, Gmail, and perhaps kexp.org open. Saving this session as my New WDS backend means that I can restore and get back to work quickly and efficiently.

Clone Window

I like my tab duplication (ctrl-t) to also duplicate the current tab’s page and the browsing history. FF 2.0 does not offer this as an option, which is pretty weak. This is an essential extension.

Mouse Gestures

Mouse gestures are a really handy way of accomplishing common navigation and browser requests without taking your hand off the mouse. While I prefer to use keyboard and menu shortcuts at all possible moments in a program like Adobe Dreamweaver, you can’t really surf the web easily without a fair amount of mousing about. Also, you get to draw little lines and things which is kind of fun.

Mouse Gestures also supports mouse rocking, which is like clicking the left-mouse button then the right in sequence, as if you were rolling your fingers across the top of the mouse. This lets you go forward and back in your browser really really easily. Once you modify your surfing behavior you’ll never look back and always get annoyed on your unsavy friend or partner doesn’t have the extension installed on their laptop.

Web Developer

I’m pretty new to the Web Developer Add-on, but it has been instrumental in my most recent design activity. While there are many features and options, my favorite is that you can edit the CSS for a webpage in a browser panel on the left (hit ctrl-h in FF to see the history panel) and see the changes on-the-fly in page display on the right. Though Dreamweaver is supposed to have oh-i-don’t-know the most advanced WYSIWYG html/css renderer in the whole wide world, nothing beats seeing it for yourself in the world’s best browser, Firefox!

Adsense Notifier

Adsense notifier displays your current daily earnings from Google advertisements you display in the bottom on your browser. (see screenshot). This is really handy, as you can right-click the statistics and bypass the Adsense login screen. I’m not actively developing sites running Adsense at this time, but it is nice to know how all my old stuff is doing.

If you don’t run any Adsense campaigns, you should. It is incredibly easy to create web content that turns up search results, and as my friend Scott Dunlap can testify, creating only eight pages in a single week or so can turn out to you finding between 10 cents and a few dollars on the street every day for months and months at a time.