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2021-02-04 De hardnekkige spamlijst voor een belg 1 month ago
Ook 'Jeroen van Icttechnics' lijkt aan het patroon te voldoen wat past bij dezelfde bron van spam die ik al jaren zie. Website www.icttechnics.be waar staat dat hij niet meer dan 40 kilometer afstand wil voor klantbezoeken. Ook al staat er geen fysiek adres in Belgie bij, ik weet vrij zeker dat er geen adres in Belgie op minder dan 40 kilometer is.

Eerder, eerder, eerder, eerder, eerder, eerder, eerder, eerder, eerder, eerder.

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2020-12-11 Put all the scams together, maybe one of them works... 2 months ago
Interesting scam e-mail today, I guess it tries all possible scams and hopes to find out which one(s) work. Sent using the invite option of google forms, which seems to be popular with scammers recently.
I've invited you to fill out a form:
Attention Dear Customer
Attention Dear Customer,

We attempted to dispatch your item at 11:29 AM GMT+1 on the 19th of November, 2020 [11-19-2020].

Your delivery attempted to be delivered was affirmed to be among the list of deliveries abandoned in our delivery factory loft in the category

of the delivery file cases that consist of Stimulus Payment, Lottery Winners/Contract payments, Compensation & Inheritance Payments and

unclaimed consignments(concealed funds) From 2017 - 2020 and was abandoned due to the the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic that has

caused the lockdown in the country at large including the Holiday that has stopped it from getting to you respectively.

The shipping charge of this delivery has been paid & covered, so this notification has been automatically sent to notify you of this parcel

because if the parcel is not re-scheduled for delivery or picked up within 72 hours, it will be cancelled/confiscated along with the Tracking

details which will be null & void.

Yours sincerely,
Bruce Springs
404-666-6485
fedexpress109@hotmail.com
Secretary, FedEx Factory Loft


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2020-10-20 Vergeet niet de text/plain versie in je mail 4 months ago
Uit de text/plain versie van de laatste mail van azerty:

DUMMY HEADER

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llentesque facilisis. Etiam imperdiet imperdiet orci. Nunc nec neque. Phasellus
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rdiet iaculis, ipsum.

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meer info

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rdiet iaculis, ipsum.

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meer info
De text/html versie bevat wel informatie. Iets met hardware voor gamers, dus ik kan verder de mail van harte weggooien.

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2020-07-23 Twitter pointing me right at the dark side of social media 7 months ago
I separated my amateur radio twitter from my work and other contacts twitter to get less depressing world politics in my timeline and today Twitter showed me very clearly that I'm supposed to get agitated and depressed and not retreat into a safer bubble.

I got notifications on the @PE4KH account (including on my phone) to look at this tweet by Phil Karn KA9Q: Fascism has arrived in America. which quotes another political tweet.

I really appreciate the work Phil Karn has done in the past for networking and amateur radio, and as a person I feel sorry for him and others to have to live their daily lives in a situation like this.

But at the same time I don't want to be reminded constantly, because I can't do much about it and I will just feel more depressed. So it really annoys me that Twitter goes out of its way to point me to something that will agitate and depress me.

It seems like Twitter wants more doomscrolling and more depression to increase "engagement" at the short term.
Read the rest of Twitter pointing me right at the dark side of social media

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2020-07-21 Spam trying to sell me PC hardware 7 months ago
Since a few weeks I notice a lot of spam with deals in PC and mobile phone hardware. Several different domain names, but all with an overview of latest models and prices. When searching in the log for the names, the patterns are visible:
info2@bulk-laptops-europe.com
info2@notebooks-store-flow.com
info2@pc-b2bsales.com
info3@bigbuyit.eu
info3@computer-eu-trading.com
info3@elektronikresale.eu
info3@global-hardware-trading.eu
info3@notebook-resale.com
info4@laptopspro.eu
info6@bulk-laptops-europe.com
info6@it-stock-trade.eu
info6@technology-wholesale.com
info7@bigbuyit.eu
info7@elektronikresale.eu
info7@notebookb2bpartners.eu
info8@notebook-resale.com
info9@pc-stock-resales.com
Hosting seems to be at 2 or three places.

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2020-07-16 En weer spam voor een Belg, misschien moet ik maar eens schadevergoeding gaan eisen 7 months ago
Weer eens spam voor een belg, met zelfs de naam "Maes-Swerts/A." weer in de adressering, wat dus betekent dat ze het bestand gebruiken wat ik in augustus 2012 traceerde als illegale bron.

Dat voldoet dus absoluut niet aan de huidige wetgeving op dit gebied en zowel de Nederlandse als de Belgische toezichthouder hebben ondertussen stevige boetes uitgedeeld voor het niet opvolgen van verwijderverzoeken. Een leuk overzicht bij dailybits.be: Overzicht GDPR/AVG boetes en schadevergoedingen.

Misschien maak ik ook wel kans op schadevergoeding, na 8 jaar ergernis.

Eerder, eerder, eerder, eerder, eerder, eerder, eerder, eerder, eerder.

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2020-07-15 I tamed systemd 7 months ago
I shared my earlier mishap with systemd on twitter: @khoos: Another run-in with systemd and got a reply to check the prerequisites: @devbeard: Is there something that needs to come after, before the thing is there for gpsctl to configure? and I added a dependency on the serial driver for the right port.

This seems to work now, it all comes up as planned. Updated file /etc/systemd/system/ublox-init.service:
[Unit]
Description=u-blox initialisation
Before=gpsd.service
Before=ntp.service
Requires=sys-devices-platform-soc-3f201000.serial-tty-ttyAMA0.device

[Service]
Type=oneshot
ExecStart=/usr/local/bin/gpsctl -q -a -B 115200 --configure_for_timing

[Install]
WantedBy=multi-user.target
And now I'm greeted by a working ntpd at 115200 bps when I log in to the Pi.

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2020-07-04 Again with systemd in the new GPS Pi 8 months ago
Again and again systemd annoys me. This time in the GPS Pi configured for timing.

Since I want it to work perfectly at start I added the systemd rules as suggested by A Raspberry Pi Stratum 1 NTP Server - Phil's Occasional Blog with /etc/systemd/system/ublox-init.service containing:
[Unit]
Description=u-blox initialisation
Before=gpsd.service
Before=ntp.service

[Service]
Type=oneshot
ExecStart=/usr/local/bin/gpsctl -q -a -B 115200 --configure_for_timing

[Install]
WantedBy=multi-user.target
After reboot ntp was running, but no data at all from the gps unit, and gpsctl was unable to revive it. The solution was to disable the above unit and ntpd, powerdown and restart the whole system and try again. After that doing the changes by hand and starting ntpd worked fine.

It's probably some sort of race condition, but any time I try to make a system with systemd do something reliably I run into things like this.

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2020-07-02 My social media accounts 8 months ago
Social media is a nice and easy way to interact with people. There was and is a lot of choice in social media. Ages ago I started with fidonet echomail groups, later with usenet and recently with web-based social media.

But that's also a development from volunteer-run systems to commercially run systems. Companies like twitter, google and facebook are in the world to make a profit. With echomail and usenet the protocols and software were not linked to the operator of the service, someone else was able to run the same service and allow access to the network again. When google+ stopped the ties to people I knew were broken and I had to find them again on other networks.

I am somewhat active on twitter. My 'main' twitter account is twitter.com/khoos but I was getting a lot of negative messages about world politics which got depressing. Since twitter has made it a lot easier to manage more than one twitter account from the twitter web interface I decided to add a specific account for amateur radio with the predictable name twitter.com/PE4KH. Amateur radio twitter is not completely free of politics, but it's a lot more sane view of twitter.

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2020-04-07 Troy Hunt: No I won't link to your spammy article 11 months ago
A recurring theme in rants here: link request spam written to look like a serious and personal request to improve an article on my site.

Troy Hunt seems to get a lot of those too, so he wrote No, I Won't Link to Your Spammy Article.

So we can now all stop doing stupid 'search engine optimization' and go back to sharing actual good content.

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