Archive for April, 2010

We should be glad Darth Vader isn’t a spammer

Thursday, April 22nd, 2010

Right, so we’re busy doing some top secret email stuff in the office relating to client support and generally being more efficient when it comes to queries and stuff. And part of this testing involves the transmission of emails that needs to comply with RFC specifications, and generally having the correct headers and content in it, blah blah blah. All good fun. And then this gem landed in my inbox (tracing the Received headers reveals it was Stephen – perfectly spoofed in every other way from, quite a mean feat seeing that I haven’t yet received spam from professional fraudsters that managed this):

The Story of a Mugging

Friday, April 16th, 2010

So I’ve got a weird, non-tech one today.

Monday afternoon one of my technicians got mugged, they took his cellphone and his company issued laptop. Yesterday I get a weird phone call. The technician. Informing me he found the laptop in a pawn shop, being sold for R4000. Apparently nobody managed to get the ULS sticker off so it was still stuck on the laptop for easy recognition. He got hold of the cops and even had the laptop returned to him yesterday. The cops are busy following the sales trail in an attempt to locate the perpetrator (They sound positive … apparently threatening to arrest people and throw them in jail until they co-operate is still effective). Total damage? Laptop bag and hard drive needs to be replaced. The hard drive because they replaced it for whatever reason (Amongst others probably because having Linux on a notebook is bad for saleability). The bag because it’s, well, gone.