May 2008 - Posts

This is a must-have bookmark: http://live.sysinternals.com. Basically as simple as an IIS box with Directory Browsing on, but dude how convenient. I have various USB sticks with those tools but either they got out of sync or I couldn't find any of the USB sticks when I needed them. More information is available on http://blogs.technet.com/sysinternals/archive/2008/05/28/updates-process-explorer-v11-20-zoomit-v2-0-sigcheck-v1-53-handle-v3-4-and-introducing-sysinternals-live-beta.aspx.

 Enjoy!

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On my corporate mail address I get almost no single piece of SPAM. However, on my private address - running on some Belgian hoster - I get a bunch of it, and to some extent I really enjoy doing the manual SPAM filtering (I got really good at it already). However, this one caught my attention today:

Bacheelor, MasteerMBA, and Doctoraate diplomas available in the field of your choice that's right, you can even become a Doctor and receive all the benefits that comes with it!

The three spelling mistakes are clearly there to mislead SPAM filters. So, I decided to do a little test. Using a plain telnet session like this:

telnet smpt.myundisclosedISP.com 25
HELO someirrelevantdomain.com
MAIL FROM:<same address as the original spam mail>
RCPT TO:<my undisclosed mail address>
DATA
Bachelor, MasterMBA, and Doctorate diplomas available in the field of your choice that's right, you can even become a Doctor and receive all the benefits that comes with it! 
.
QUIT

Guess what? The mail ended up in the webmail SPAM folder. Looks like putting a spell checker in a SPAM filter and bring all the checker's word suggestions in the equation for the SPAM score would be a good idea. On to reading even more generous offers in my inbox now :-)...

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