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Careful Where You Submit Your E-mail

Posted by Michael | Posted in 4 Men, 4 Women, Oh My Spam, Oh no they didnt!, Seriously?, SPAM, WTF | Posted on 08-07-2012

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SPAM seems to come from everywhere, and just like the hay-days of telemarketing your information is key to luring you in. Except the internet is a very grey world, there is no do not e-mail list or caller ID for SPAM and SPAMers use that to their advantage. Most common SPAM is noticed in your inbox, but how did it get there?

SPAM on websites often asks for information in exchange for something you might be interested in, but 99% don’t end up receiving; the pop ads that offer a free iPad by enter your name, e-mail, and zip code. Also there is SPAM forms attached to things you participate in online. When I was filling out job applications on sites like Career Builder I was surprised but the amount of external SPAM forums I was encourage to fill out between all my profile data entry. After every saved page I got a forum from with online school, or that newsletter, things I do not want.

Best advice I can give to avoid this is check the page carefully. Sometimes they hide a skip or an exit window button to fool you into filling the forum out. Otherwise you can do what I do and make a separate e-mail address for sign up for things.

Blinky Spam

Posted by Michael | Posted in 4 Men, 4 Women, Fail, Misc, Oh My Spam, Oh no they didnt!, Seriously?, SPAM, WTF | Posted on 08-07-2012

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SPAM used to be an internet nightmare. Filling your screen, passing off viruses, and crashing your computer. Nothing was worst and it seemed every site was buying into. Now a days SPAM is often over looked by natural habit. We have trained ourselves not to acknowledge it, not to be bothered. Pop up blocks are the first line of defense, then SPAM folders and anti-virus soft wear, finally we just choose not to look to the side bars of webpages.

Yet SPAM is still out there, otherwise there would be no reason for this blog right? But why? Well to get websites more clicks and online traffic to sites I guess. But SPAMers are doing a lot more now to grab your attention. Some are coding SPAM to move passed the pop up blockers. Some have fabulous prizes such as free iPads and island get aways. The worst of all are the blinky SPAM. Ever seen one? It’s a worthless ad like any other SPAM but flashes and blinks bright usually surprising the user into clicking on the ad.

 

Jewelry Avoid Scams – Don’t Buy Online

Posted by Michael | Posted in 4 Men, 4 Women, Financial Scams! | Posted on 05-07-2012

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In my yahoo inbox I ran into a bunch of spam and scams. I use that email to sign up for things online or order from places I know I will get spam from. A few years back I sent flowers to my girlfriend using a online delivery service. Ever since I’ve been getting emails by the dozens every week from them offering deals on flowers, jewelry or chocolates.

Chocolates and flowers are one thing but I don’t think I feel comfortable buying jewelry online. Not only can I not see the product or try it on, I have no guarantee that the material used is genuine. I feel much better buying my jewelry in the store even if it’s a little more expensive I know I got what I wanted. Simone and Son would be my first choice in jewelry shopping because they offer great deals on custom designed jewelry.

Looking for a GPS Navigation App for iPhone

Posted by Michael | Posted in 4 Men, 4 Women, Beneficiary Emails, Oh no they didnt!, Seriously?, sms spam!, SPAM | Posted on 05-07-2012

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I recently switch from an Android powered My Touch 3G to Apple’s iPhone and I couldn’t be happier. It’s a switch I’ve wanted to make for some time now but couldn’t because I’m still under contract with T-moblie who doesn’t not support the iPhone. Everything about the ISO system running on the iPhone is pretty similar to the Android platform but seems to much much sleeker and user friendly.

There are some things about the my old Android phone that I miss however. Like the widgets on the home screens for one. Apple was the first to introduce widgets on their dashboard but never utilized the idea on ISO and I don’t understand why. I also miss the GPS on my Android. Although the iPhone’s mapping is powered but Google maps, it is no faster than the Android’s and it does not offer turn by turn navigation or automatic rerouting. I know there are navigation apps out there on the iTunes store but I can’t seem to find a free one that isn’t covered with SPAMy ads.

Anyone out there know of a good free GPS navigation app for iPhone?

 

 

App Spam – No Such Thing as a Free App

Posted by Michael | Posted in 4 Men, 4 Women, Movies, Music, Oh My Spam, Seriously?, SPAM | Posted on 29-06-2012

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Apple’s App store was one of the first places Apple opened the doors for outside developers to create software for Mac products. Before everything bought for a Mac had to be purchased from Apple directly. It makes sense to try and keep all the money in house but the move to outside development has seemed to pay off for Apple as they compete with the Android market.

I’ve now experienced both sides, Mac and Android, of the mobile battle and to be honest I think both App Markets seem to do their job very well. In fact you’d be hard pressed to find a popular app available for only one of the platforms. With both markets allowing outside software or app development theres is now a great wealth of free apps. Most of the really popular pay for apps out there have a free or lite version that are much more appealing than paying for everything you download.

Only problem is most of these free apps are free because of advertisements which come in all the old SPAM versions now availble of the mobile platform. Take Pandora for example, free app but is becoming progressively more SPAMy with adds between songs or my flashlight app that wont let me illuminate without x’ing out of an ad first.

This is the price I pay for a free app, but is it worth it?

Oh My Spam – Post #400!

Posted by Michael | Posted in 4 Men, 4 Women, Misc, Oh My Spam, SPAM | Posted on 21-06-2012

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Welcome to ohmyspam.com’s post #400!

To celebrate I went out and bought some Spam and fried it up with some eggs this morning. Believe me the real thing is just as nasty as the internet version. I can’t believe Spam is still on the market. Is it a niche thing? Like are there a few pockets of the world that just love the shit? I never would have tried it to be honest if I wasn’t managing this blog, the thought of meat in a can kind of creeps me out – canned ham? No thanks.

I guess my conclusion is fitting for the site though. It’s all about internet SPAM that irritates online users and well the real thing urks me just as much. So what kind of SPAM irritates you? Leave a comment to let me know about SPAM that’s been getting to you. I’ll tell you what gets me is spammy comments in blogs though haha.

Well I’m glad to be here to post #400, hopefully I’ll see you around for #500!

Yahoo Chat is Full of Spam

Posted by Michael | Posted in 4 Men, 4 Women, Fail, Financial Scams!, Jokes!, Oh My Spam, Oh no they didnt!, Seriously?, SPAM, WTF | Posted on 20-06-2012

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I stopped using my Yahoo e-mail in high school but held on to the address so I had a valid e-mail to sign up for sketchy looking things on the inter web. Largibe@yahoo.com has been my e-mail since before 2000. Why largibe? It’s a scramble of my middle name: Gabriel. Simple enough right, and now you know a bit more about me :)

I moved to G-mail and have never been happier. What drove me from Yahoo in the first place? You mean other than Google’s obvious online dominance and the fact that it runs my smart phone (I like poking peoples faces to call, not phone numbers)?

Again, it’s simple: I hate that the Yahoo chat pops all over while I’m trying to check my mail. This wouldn’t be such an issue if it were actually IMs from friends or real people looking to chat. Every damn time its “make money online” or “check out my live show” or “win a free Ipad today!” I don’t have time for this, and I don’t have time for Yahoo mail anymore. No wonder my inbox is +2000!

 

Three Alternatives to Pandora

Posted by Michael | Posted in 4 Men, 4 Women, Music, Oh My Spam, Seriously?, SPAM | Posted on 20-06-2012

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I have always had beef with the corporate radio Clear Channel pours over us from coast to coast. The same top forty, the same oldies, the same “alternative” music, way to many commercials and hokey DJs have ruled the land since the dawn of radio. Even trying to switch to public radio like our local Minnesota Public Radio (MPR) was a pain; always one good song followed by two or more that I wish I’d never heard.

When I was little this was all I knew, then one Christmas I got my first personal Walkman CD player and my whole life changed. Now I could listen to what I want when I wanted; listening to three crappy songs on the radio to get to hear one good tune was a thing of the past. As I grew older I grew tired of having to constantly change CDs to listen to different music and I moved into the MP3. Now I had even more control as to what I wanted to hear. I got my first iPod in high school and was literally attached at the hip. The shuffle button became my best friend; it was like creating radio but with only music I liked! Only problem was how do I discover new music? It became a word of mouth search, that is, until Pandora and internet radio entered my life…

Working over the summers in college I had a desk job pushing paper through a scanner all day, boring work, paid well. I seriously thought about putting my head through the computer screen unless I was blissfully else where in the music world. This is when I discovered Pandora. Now I didn’t need an external device to listen to tunes; all I needed was my computer and a little internet.  The first few years were great! I’d plug in and tune out, listening to my favorite artists and finding new ones similar to with bearaly any interruption. But more recently I’ve noticed more and more Ads and to be honest it’s beginning to feel like old time radio with the same songs interrupted by the same Ads, and I’m too cheap to sign up for premium membership. So lately I’ve been searching for an alternative…

 

1. Grooveshark – Less Ads, playlists, and save songs for later.

2. Slacker – A lot like Pandora, less Ads for now.

3. Spotify- Now owned by Facebook. Has about as many Ads as Pandora but more music oriented. Also can pick the songs you play or listen in radio mode. Huge database of music is almost endless. Free for computers but not for mobile.

Job Search Full of SPAM

Posted by Michael | Posted in 4 Men, 4 Women, Fake Jobs!, Financial Scams!, Jobs, Oh My Spam, Oh no they didnt!, Seriously?, SPAM | Posted on 17-06-2012

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I just graduated college and I’m now hard on the job search. It’s weird to think how different the job search game is now compared to even just five years ago – the last time I had a job interview. Its all done online now. You want a job Target? Cub Foods? Even McDonalds?! Don’t bother going in for an application – “you gotta apply online.”

I started out small and looked at my schools job search data base and found a few interesting positions. The cool thing about job search sites is there pretty much just a search engine; click, type, boom, a whole list of jobs. Also you can just upload your resume once and then it’s always just one click away from being sent. I applied for like 30 jobs in an hour.

Then I moved on to Monster and although it does seem to have a much deeper job pool it also has its fair share of spamy repetitive posts for “stay at home” jobs doing surveys and what have you. What a waste of time; the same kind of thing that ends up in my inbox and straight in the trash.

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Facebook Testing Call Button for Video Chat

Posted by Michael | Posted in 4 Men, 4 Women | Posted on 15-06-2012

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The word has been spread that Facebook has been working on a video chat system that they are looking to integrate into the new time line profile. The “call” button can be seen on some timeline profiles with for members using a desk top and hardwired connected Internet. This isn’t the first time Facebook has played with the concept of a “Call” button. It was featured on the previous version of profile pages, but it was hard to find in the settings drop-down menu.

It is interesting to hear that Facebook is still in the testing stages of video chat possibilities seeing that they made a partnership with one of the webs leading video chat services Skype almost a year ago now. With all the popularity of programs like FaceTime, google hangout, and Airtime you would think that Facebook would be trying to be on the forefront of this movement but all sources I’ve found say that Facebook is not 100% sure that they are going to incorporate the “call” button anytime soon.

Personally I think this should be a top priority for them; I really think the convenience and active use that Facebook chat already supports would make Facebook a very popular video chat source. Currently I only use FaceTime which doesn’t show when users are available for video chat so I get a lot of missed calls, but I believe Facebook chat would help eliminate that problem making an easier transition into the world of video chat.

For more on this and a list of video chat alternatives click here

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