Scam: “URGENT Brand Registration Confirmation”

Yet another scam that goes around. This time it`s an attempt to brand owners to “register” their brands in China before “some company steals it”. And as usually, just to ignore.

(Letter to the President or Brand Owner, thanks)

Dear Sir/Madam,

We are the department of Asian Domain Registration Service in China. I have something to confirm with you. We formally received an application on April 22, 2013 that a company which self-styled “YaZi Int’l Company” were applying to register “<brand>” as their Brand Name and some domain names through our firm.

Now we are handling this registration, and after our initial checking, we found the name were similar to your company’s, so we need to check with you whether your company has authorized that company to register these names. If you authorized this, we will finish the registration at once. If you did not authorize, please let us know within 7 workdays, so that we will handle this issue better. After the deadline we will unconditionally finish the registration for “YaZi Int’l Company”. Looking forward to your prompt reply.

List of people twittering about the Israel/Gaza clashes

Blog post last updated 12:53 GMT, 15.november 2012

This is a manually updated list of people twittering about the new conflict that has erupted in Israel / Gaza.

Note: please comment if you miss anybody/anything here.

Twitter accounts updated within the last hour:
@IDFSpokesperson, Official Israel Defense Forces Twitter account
@RT_COM, Russia Today, follows the event
@BBCWorld, BBC World News follows this event
@Palestinianism, tweets about it
@DannyNis, tweets about it
@harryfear, tweets about it

Twitter accounts updated within the last three hours:
@AJEnglish, Al Jazeera, follows the event

Twitter accounts updated later:
@netanyahu, prime minister of Israel, Benjamin Netanyahu
@ASE, tweets about it

Hashtags:
#Israel
#Gaza
#Palestine
#Hamas

Review of Netflix Norway

So Netflix has just launched in Norway, and i have finally had some time to test it, get used to it, and simply enjoy some movies.

The good:

  • The interface has been tested in the US and is well used, to big stability issues to get it working.
  • As a Spotify user, i get it for free out 2012. So i get some time to make up my mind.
  • When i have seen some movies, Netflix starts to suggest other movies within the same genres, pretty nice when i “just want a film”. ­čÖé
  • When the movie is over and the credits starts showing, Netflix starts to suggest other movies “inside” the movie, a small nice little feature.
  • And not least ,i can actually watch as many movies that i want, for a┬áreasonably┬áprice, and without having to buy it, rent it, wait for it to arrive, and so on.

The bad:

  • Apparently, many movies comes with subtext hard-coded into the movie, pretty annoying when you actually do not want to have it. I have┬áall though┬ánot noticed this on the movies i have tested.
  • When the recommendations algorithm used in Netflix don`t know anything about you, you can get some rather strange results. Like getting up many cartoon movies when you have not selected anything related to cartoons. This might also be related to the fact that Netflix Norway still do not have too big of a collection.
  • The search engine appears to just make up results. As an example, i searched for “Hairspray“, a feel good musical. The results did not contain this movie, but instead i got a Norwegian movie named “Varg Veum” up, which is a drama/action movie. Totally irrelevant!
  • There will some times be lag in the movies, which is very irritating. I hope this will become less frequent as the system gets more mature in Scandinavia. At least i do not expect my internet connection to be the issue, as this is a 50/10 VDSL line.

In conclusion:

I am not totally convinced that i should give up my hobbies(like having fun on Team Fortress 2, playing on >casinos etc) for Netflix just now, but if they actually start to get more fresh content into the system. Then i will have a hard time keeping myself away! ­čÖé

Scam: RuneScape – Final warning: Legal actions for Real-World Trading (case No. gsUVpdKZl)

If you got this in your inbox and wonder if it is a spam, then i can confirm it. It is a spam mail that tries to phish your account information. Do NOT click the link in the mail.

Dear Customer,

We have strong evidence that you may have attempted a transfer of RuneScape accounts or traded virtual items outside of the game environment.

Real-world trading destroys the economy of RuneScape, violates your agreement with us, and any player that continues to engage in the illegal activity has no place in our community.

All of your accounts, main and otherwise, are now on our watch list and will be monitored for real-world trading. Regardless of who you are or how long you’ve been with us, if you decide to real-world trade ever again we will have no hesitation in: (1) permanently removing your account from our wonderful community in order to protect Jagex’s rights, and (2) naming you as a defendant in Jagex Limited v. John Does, which is a lawsuit based on antitrust law violations that is currently pending in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California (Civ. Action No. SANC-V12-00972-CGC).

If you decide to ignore this email and instead continue Real-World Trading, we (Jagex Ltd) reserve our rights to pursue statutory damages against you for between $200 to $2,500 per act of past, present, and/or future real-world trading in accordance with 18 U.S.C. 1304(c)(2).

In addition, new infractions have been added to your RuneScape account. If left unchallenged your account will be temporarily or permanently suspended.

Please complete the following security form to monitor your account’s status or to appeal the infractions you have recieved:
http://**********************

Please note: Due to recent technical problems, some accounts were unfairly punished. Most of the void infractions have been removed. You should visit the appeal section to appeal any unjustified infractions received due to system errors.

Sincerely,
Mod Mark.

┬ę 2012 All rights reserved by Jagex Ltd. and RuneScape.
Privacy Policy, Terms And Conditions: ****
St. John’s Innovation Centre, Cowley Road, Cambridge, CB5 1WS, England.

WordPress giving maintenance error message

If you have tried to upgrade a WordPress plugin or WordPress itself, and failed. You might have ended up with your blog only returning “Briefly unavailable for scheduled maintenance. Check back in a minute.” error message. The reason for this is that WordPress takes the blog down before running any upgrades, so the users wont get any nasty error messages. But in some rare cases, WordPress cant seem to turn itself back on afterwards.

The solution is to delete the file “.maintenance” in your WWW-folder/website root folder. Your blog will then again begin to work as it should.

List of people twittering about Libya

Blog post last updated 16:04 GMT, 23.february 2010

This is a manually updated list of people twittering about the clashes that have now spread to Libya

Note: please comment if you miss anybody/anything here.

Twitter accounts updated within the last hour:
feb17voices, tweets about ti
alihabibi1, tweets about it
F_albinali, tweets about it
BBC World news, tweets about it
AJEnglish, tweets about it
Jnoubiyeh, tweets about it

Twitter accounts updated within the last three hours:
n/a

Twitter accounts updated later:
n/a

Hashtags:
#Tripoli

List of people twittering about the clashes in Egypt

Blog post last updated 18:14 GMT,29.january 2010

This is a manually updated list of people twittering about the clashes that have now spread to Egypt

Note: please comment if you miss anybody/anything here.

Twitter accounts updated within the last hour:
lars_akerhaug, Lars Akerhaug, norwegian Journalist from VG.no in Cairo
AJEnglish, Al Jazeera in english, tweets about it
cnnbrk, CNN Breaking News, tweets breaking events
exiledsurfer, tweets about it
acarvin, tweets about it
data4all, tweets about it
SultanAlQassemi, tweets about it
Dany_k, (re)tweets about it
bencnn, tweets from Egypt
shmpOngO, (re)tweets about it
liamooo, tweets about it

Twitter accounts updated within the last three hours:
n/a

Twitter accounts updated later:
RHelmii, tweets about it
xenijardin, tweets about it

Hashtags:
#egypt
#jan25

List of people twittering about the new Wikileaks (Cablegate)

Blog post last updated 19:45 GMT,28.november 2010

This is a manually updated list of people twittering about the new releases from Wikileaks, also called Cablegate now

Note: please comment if you miss anybody/anything here.

Twitter accounts updated within the last hour:
wikileaks, WikiLeaks official twitter account
fmeichel, tweets about it
JimMacMillan, tweets about it
TheLede, does some tweeting about it
mparent77772, tweets about it
arusbridger, tweets about it
Drudge_Report, tweets about it
johntmarohn, tweets about it
LeMondeFr, tweets about it in french

Twitter accounts updated within the last three hours:
guardiannews, The Guardian has special coverage

Twitter accounts updated later:
blakehounshell, tweets and summaries the content
akpworld, tweets about it

Hashtags:

#cablegate
#wikileaks

(Once again, Twitter appears to be cencoring the WikiLeaks & trending topic, so people should use the Cablegate hashtag.

Other resources:

n/a

US government has seized multiple torrent (and other) sites

The US government has now gone directly to ICANN and taken over a bunch of domains that was focused around torrents and counterfeit products. The strange part about this is that they have done so with no written notice to the site owners or even registrars, they simply got a court order and went straight to ICANN.

The first thing that comes to mind now is, will the US government in the future simply take over any domain with content they do not approve of? And what can stop them?

These sites where seized in this round:

2009jerseys.com
51607.com
amoyhy.com
b2corder.com
bishoe.com
borntrade.com
borntrade.net
boxedtvseries.com
boxset4less.com
boxsetseries.com
burberryoutletshop.com
cartoon77.com
cheapscarfshop.com
coachoutletfactory.com
dajaz1.com
discountscarvesonsale.com
dvdcollectionsale.com
dvdcollects.com
dvdorderonline.com
dvdprostore.com
dvdscollection.com
dvdsetcollection.com
dvdsetsonline.com
dvdsuperdeal.com
eluxury-outlet.com
getdvdset.com
gofactoryoutlet.com
golfstaring.com
golfwholesale18.com
handbag9.com
handbagcom.com
handbagspop.com
icqshoes.com
ipodnanouk.com
jersey-china.com
jerseyclubhouse.com
jordansbox.com
lifetimereplicas.com
louis-vuitton-outlet-store.com
lv-outlets.com
lv-outlets.net
lv-outletstore.com
massnike.com
merrytimberland.com
mycollects.com
mydreamwatches.com
mygolfwholesale.com
newstylerolex.com
nfljerseysupply.com
nibdvd.com
odvdo.com
oebags.com
onsmash.com
overbestmall.com
rapgodfathers.com
realtimberland.com
rmx4u.com
scarfonlineshop.com
scarfviponsale.com
shawls-store.com
silkscarf-shop.com
silkscarfonsale.com
skyergolf.com
sohob2b.com
sohob2c.com
storeofeast.com
stuff-trade.com
sunglasses-mall.com
sunogolf.com
tbl-sports.com
throwbackguy.com
tiesonsale.com
timberlandlike.com
topabuy.com
torrent-finder.com
usaburberryscarf.com
usaoutlets.net

List of people twittering about the new Korea clashes

Blog post last updated 12:22 GMT,23.november 2010

This is a manually updated list of people twittering about the release of Aung San Suu Kyi in Burma

Note: please comment if you miss anybody/anything here.

Twitter accounts updated within the last hour:
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade of the Republic of Korea
kimkevin, tweets very detailed abut it
samuel_rhodes, tweets from South Korea
colocelt, tweets from South Korea
rjmlee, tweets from South Korea
W7VOA, tweets from South Korea
KJBar, tweets a bit about it

Twitter accounts updated within the last three hours:
n/a

Twitter accounts updated later:
n/a

Hashtags:
#prayforkorea
#koreapeace
#koreas

Other resources:

List of people twittering about the release of Aung San Suu Kyi

Blog post last updated 11:51 GMT,13.november 2010

This is a manually updated list of people twittering about the release of Aung San Suu Kyi in Burma

Note: please comment if you miss anybody/anything here.

Twitter accounts updated within the last hour:
DalaiLama, Dalai Lama`s opions about the release
BurmaToday, NY based newspaper
markmackinnon, tweets about it
thaitvnews, tweets about it

Twitter accounts updated within the last three hours:
n/a

Twitter accounts updated later:
myanmarmonitor, tweets about it and the election

Hashtags:
Kyi

Other resources: