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January 26, 2006

419er Gets What He Deserves

This guy was selling a nice video camera used on Amazon and was being pestered by Nigerian 419 scammers. When they went to the extreme of faking Amazon purchase conformations he decided to get revenge. Instead of getting a Cannon GL2 in his scamming little hands, this Nigerian recieved a box of feces, and had to pay the FedEx bill to boot.

"A day or so after listing the GL2 I started receiving emails from interested parties. I was immediately suspicious when I received multiple inquiries wanting to pay for the GL2 via Bidpay and requesting that I ship the Canon GL2 to Nigeria. Each time I responded that the Canon GL2 had to be purchased via the amazon.com purchasing system and that I could ship the GL2 to Nigeria. I also would inform the prospective buyer that I would ship the GL2 as soon as I received confirmation from amazon.com confirming the sale of the GL2. Soon after responding I would receive another email  that looked as if it originated from amazon.com, I believe this is called phishing, stating that my camera had been sold and to ship it to some person in Nigeria. Whenever I receive a sale confirmation email from amazon.com I log into my account at amazon.com to verify the legitimacy of the email and each time the camera was still listed as not sold and there was not any money transfered into my amazon.com account. At this point I was certain that the confirmation emails from amazon.com were fraudulent and I was being scammed."

The above photo is from the always excellent 419Eater.

-CGP fo Life-

January 24, 2006

The Pirate eBay


The Pirate Bay is auctioning off a single shirt and a night of drinking for a ridiculous amount of money. From the auction:

"The Pirate Bay is the worlds largest bittorrent tracker. It also has one of the world's most obnoxious, retarded yet pleasant crews behind it. You probably know who we are since you found this auction.
Since we have a lot of bandwidth usage and low salaries for working on our site, we've decided to sell a one of a kind t-shirt.
Yes, you heard us. We're selling out a really nice t-shirt. The t-shirt (as pictured below) is a an original copy of the original itself.

Anyhow, if you win this auction you will receive the "honor" of paying your own fare to Stockholm, Sweden, and pay for all your own expenses (i.e. hotel, food, 1337, whatever you're into). You will also get to treat the seller to a nice dinner in town with pleasant conversations about happy times and joy-joy feelings. And yeah, we need something to wash down the food with as well.

So, who will you be able to hang with? All of the crew basically. Anakata, Tiamo, and the non-mentionable behind the scenes-people. We're about 4-5 people that you are interested in meeting and showing of your precious new t-shirt to.

The pick-up date and size will be negotiated with the buyer."

As of this writing the auction is almost at $4,000.

-CGP fo Life-

January 14, 2006

Tickr For Flickr


Tickr for Flickr is a really nice and simple Flickr desktop ticker. Type in a tag, pick an image size and screen location, and watch the pictures scroll. Under the hood are tons of little features that make this one elegant application.

"But you probably want to know a little more about the images you're seeing, so you can point to them with your mouse and see the title the photographer gave the image, the tags which people have given the image, and the original image's size in pixels. If you double-click the image, its flickr page will open in your web browser.

tickr's contextual menu deserves a little discussion. By right- or Control-clicking on an image, you can bring up a contextual menu from which you can pause and resume the tickrshow, open the image's flickr page (same as a double-click), open a larger version of the image, or open the photographer's photostream page. All of these options will open a new window in your favorite web browser. You can also copy a link to the image's flickr page (great for showing your friends an image in Newspeak!) or copy the image itself to the clipboard. If you save the image to your Pictures folder, they'll be saved in a subfolder called tickr Downloads."

-CGP fo Life-

January 7, 2006

TivoToGo for Mac NOT Vaporware!


Long promised but never delivered, Tivo is showing early test versions of TivoToGo for Mac OS X at CES. TivoToGo lets you download recordings from Tivo Series 2 and presumably the newly annouced series 3 to your Mac and from there move it to other media devices. Burn a DVD, put it on your PSP, or watch it on your iPod Video. The question is: "How long till this shows up on BitTorrent?"

-CGP fo Lifə-

January 5, 2006

Clear Cover WD Hard Drive


For about 12 seconds in 2001, putting a clear window on your hard drive was about the coolest a modder could do to his CPU. Then everyone came to their senses and decided risking their health and data just wasnt as cool as hyper-bright blue LEDs. 5 years later, Western Digital has released The Raptor X series. 10,000 RPM, 150gb, SATA, and they have a clear plastic cover so the head and spindles can be seen, all for $349. Now when your drive dies 3 days out of warranty you can visually see how cheaply made they are.

-CGP fo Life-

January 3, 2006

Real Tomacco


In one the greatest Simpson episodes ever Homer planted tobacco seeds, tomato seeds, gummi bears, and some plutonium and was rewarded with an excellent crop of Tomacco.This guy couldn't find any plutonium (or the gummi bears??) so he grafted a tomato plant right to some tobacco roots. Genius!

-CGP fo Life-

Sign of the Year

It's only the 3rd day of 2006, but I can already claim this as Sign of the Year. A warning sign, that warns you about itself. Found here.

-CGP fo Life-

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