Wednesday, May 25 has a new approach for teaching foreign languages. There are some cool tools here. For example, you can see my website in Spanish learn mode. WordChamp was created by Daniel Blumenthal, one of the star members of the old Interleaf Japan team.
8:04 PM; digg

Saturday, May 14

Bank of America Fraud - I got a voice mail yesterday from the "Bank of America Fraud Protection Team", saying they had observed unusual activity on one of my credit cards, and asking me to call them back. I called the number they left me, and a recording asked me to enter my credit card number.

Are you kidding me? This is a bank security team?

I think I'm going to start leaving voice mails for people claiming to be a fraud protection team, and asking them to call me back and leave their credit card number and PIN so I can quickly print up some fake cards and withdraw all the funds from their accounts.

BOFA, if you are listening-- the message you left me should have said "Please call the phone number on the back of your BOFA credit card and press 9 to be connected to our fraud protection scheme" or something like that.
3:49 PM; digg

Tuesday, May 10

Trend Micro acquires Intermute - today my brother Ed sold his company Intermute to Trend Micro, where they will jointly work on growing the anti-spyware software market in the US. Ed's product SpySubtract has been very successful in the consumer market and recently in the enterprise software market as well. Intermute's other products include SpamSubract and AdSubtract.
5:56 PM; digg

Monday, May 9

Amazon Spam: I use coded email addresses and coded physical addresses so any email or paper spam will identify who sold my address. I have been a fanaticaly loyal Amazon customer for many years and today I received my first paper spam from someone who got my address from Amazon. :(

The envelope was marked from "PO Box 1093, Skokie, IL 60076-9556" sent via presorted first class mail, with a scummy "ACTIVATION NOTICE" written on the envelope.

The letter was dated May 6, 2005, and said "You have been selected by the publishers of InformationWeek, the award-winning information technology newsweekly, to apply for a complimentary subscription... Confirm free subscription at

I hate this.
9:12 PM; digg


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