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Rick Rolled – SPAM at it’s best

Posted by Michael | Posted in 4 Men, 4 Women, Beneficiary Emails, Coupon, Drugs, Fail, Fake Jobs!, Financial Scams!, Gift Cards, I WON!!!!, Jobs, Jokes!, Misc, Movies, Music, Oh My Spam, Oh no they didnt!, Seriously?, sms spam!, SPAM, Sports, WTF | Posted on 25-07-2012

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I heard the song “Never Gonna Give You Up” the other day and the memories just flooded in…

The biggest wave came in 2008 on April Fools’ Day where thousands of YouTube’s front page videos had the clasic bait and switch to the legendary Rick Astley that will make this writer smile forever. This is the kind of SPAM that is awesome and the reason for viral content and good meme’s online. From Scientology protest to sporting events all the way to the White House Twitter feed Rick Rolling is probably that most popular prank on the internet… or at least the most beloved.

The cool thing about the Rick Roll SPAM is that it made it off the web and into real life, that, and no one can really ever be too mad about a good ole Rick Roll, in fact I find it a delight.

Whoever thought of this idea is amazing and I salute you. Sha-wing. 

SPAM – Are We Asking For It?

Posted by Michael | Posted in 4 Men, 4 Women, Misc, Oh My Spam, Oh no they didnt!, Seriously?, SPAM, WTF | Posted on 18-07-2012

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This whole website is dedicated to complaining about how much  of a pain in the ass SPAM can be. Pop ups, hacked profiles, hidden links, and stuffed inboxes can get old really quick. I doubt there is anyone out there that would state that they love internet SPAM and its efforts. Even the people you create SPAM probably get bothered by it while surfing the web like anyone else. I still think the number one cause of computer viruses is internet SPAM but for real occurrences that severe are uncommon for the most part if you use common sense online the web.

You should know that filling out this forum and that contest will lead the SPAM directly towards you like blood to a shark fight. Yes, the side bar ads can be appealing and look like the easiest decision of your life but they’re made that way. It isn’t that hard to avoid the tell tale signs of internet SPAM.

Be safe surfers.

Byproduct SPAM

Posted by Michael | Posted in 4 Men, 4 Women, Drugs, Oh My Spam, Seriously?, SPAM | Posted on 17-07-2012

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I’m sick of buying this online and then boom SPAM every day from the people I just gave money to. I mean I just bought something leave me alone already. I buy an amp and subwoofer on Amazon and suddenly Amazon thinks I need eight more and maybe $15 off will convince me to buy them. I buy a hat from Zummiez and now I need sweatshirt discounts and Volcom promotions. If I’m going to buy anything it’s because I need it or I want that product, not because of some e-mail ad.

My mother buy a onesy  for her niece a couple of years ago and we’re still getting baby formula coupons in the junk mail. Companies need to put their time and energy in to their products and costumer service not SPAM mail. There should be more companies like smi4motion. I bought a ball bearing slide from them the other day and they asked me if I’d like to be put on their e-mail list. To which I replied no, but at least they had the courtesy to ask before filling my inbox with SPAM.

Video Game SPAM

Posted by Michael | Posted in 4 Men, 4 Women, Beneficiary Emails, I WON!!!!, Jokes!, Oh My Spam, Oh no they didnt!, SPAM, WTF | Posted on 17-07-2012

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My brother and I have never really seen eye to eye on common interests. While I round my bike around with my friends and played in bands he was was busying playing dungeons and dragons and building computers with his friends. It’s not that I don’t play my fair share of video games but I just don’t understand the World of Warcraft or Mario’s Galaxy. So I thought I’d put together a SPAM blog about what gets computer gamers riled up.

My brother says the worst SPAM are the fake games that when you lose (or even worst when you win, he says) you get pushed to an add or forced to sign up for some mailing list to get more. I guess nothing if worst than getting a taste of what you want (in this case a video game) and not being able to have it. I guess I feel him, I get tricked in the fake PAC Man adds every now and than.

Do you consider video ads SPAM?

Posted by Michael | Posted in 4 Men, 4 Women, Oh My Spam, SPAM | Posted on 08-07-2012

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As the internet gets faster and faster and websites like Netflix and YouTube keep popping up video content seems to be more and more mainstream. The old days of internet video did not really seem worth it; an hours of wait time only to buffer every two minutes and over work your computer. Now it seems video is all over the internet. Even SPAMers have caught on, using video ads to lurer unsuspecting net browsers.

But are commercials on popular YouTube videos and Hulu television shows considered SPAM?

It sure is irritating to run into a 30 second ad before being able to view a YouTube video. Users online today want things instant and ads get in the way of that dream. If you used Hulu before the sponsored commercial breaks you were most likely frustrated with the advertisements.

But is the internet really that different from radio or television?

We’ve been dealing with TV and radio ads from decades now and most people have just grown accustom to it. Personally I’m okay with the sponsored ads that make view my media for free. It’s those ads that offer me nothing in return that I have a problem with.

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.

 

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?

 

 

The Origin’s of Internet SPAM

Posted by Michael | Posted in Jokes!, Oh My Spam, Seriously?, SPAM | Posted on 01-07-2012

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This whole blog is about SPAM on the internet. Everyone experiences it and no body likes it, well maybe the jerks who make it. But what really is internet SPAM and where did it come from?
Well, according to Wikipedia internet SPAM got it’s name from a Monty Python sketch in which Spam is included in almost every dish. SPAMing is a pretty logical practice in advertisement, it’s always going to be easier to reach a wide audience by sending the same message out to multiple people rather than an individual message for each, much like the days of snail mail junk mail. But today it is much more cost effective (and greener I guess) to send the message online. No need for paper or printing costs, no postage, and no operating costs beyond the management of their mailing lists. Also it is very difficult to hold senders accountable for their mass mailings so it is no wonder our inboxes are stuffed.
Some of the most well know internet SPAM:

  • instant messaging spam
  • Usenet newsgroup spam
  • Web search engine spam
  • spam in blogs
  • wiki spam
  • online classified ads spam
  • mobile phone messaging spam
  • Internet forum spam
  • junk fax transmissions
  • social networking spam
  • television advertising
  • file sharing network spam.

 

 

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?