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Archive: 2012

A Clever Spam Delivery Mechanism

This week a client forwarded me a spam email he received that I thought was interesting. It is reproduced below, with sensitive information and spam links redacted out:

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A Payload Dump from a Malfunctioning Wordpress Spam Bot

I stumbled onto this comment in a client's Wordpress database, and thought it was interesting. It looks like a spam bot malfunctioned and output all of (or at least, a large portion of) its comments. They are reproduced below:

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Building a DIY Standing Desk

I spend a lot of time in front of a computer, and thus, a lot of time at a desk. Because I generally don't like sitting still, and because I recently learned that sitting all day can kill you, I decided to try to build a standing desk. I'm documenting here a design that I came up with that is inexpensive, easy to build, and has proven to be very practical.

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Installing Lubuntu 12.04 on a Samsung Series 9 Laptop

I recently reformatted my system for the first time since I originally installed Ubuntu 11.04 on it, and I want to document some of the "gotchas" I encountered. I unnecessarily lost a few hours to trial-and-error, and I hope to spare you the same frustration.

For this rebuild, I personally installed Lubuntu (with an "L") 12.04, because I hate Unity, and because gnome-panel shares too many of Unity's constraints (like only supporting four workspaces) to be useful. With that said, I'd imagine that the following advice applies to some of the other *buntus as well.

This was the process I used to install Lubuntu 12.04 on a clean system:

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Introducing "Foresight" - A Wordpress Security Plugin

I recently published a new plugin to the Wordpress.org Plugins Directory. I call it Foresight. It is available for download here:


Foresight is a simple plugin that serves a simple purpose: it helps blog administrators to stay current on known exploits for Wordpress and for Wordpress plugins.

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