8 Nov 2001
(updated 8 Nov 2001 at 21:25 UTC) »
As predicted, I didn't get to play much with C++ today. I've decided
on a pet project though; adding some functionality to an existing C++
response to paypalwarning.com, I'd like to say that they're probably right
in everything they say. I don't really use Pay Pal, fortunately. Sometimes
I still think it would be good to find a US bank account though.
Anyways, the problems that paypalwarning.com mentions about their support
reminds me of a problem I've had with Juno Internet Services. You see,
every now and then I get a message from their abuse department telling
me about a spam message that they say originated from my network. Looking
at the headers, the spam messages always come from completely different
Not only is this a problem, but they also send the messages to bug-jwhois
at gnu.org, which is an address specifically for reporting bugs about the
GNU jwhois program. This had me confused for a while and I didn't receive
a reply to my inquiries sent to them aside from an automatic response telling
me they'd look into whatever it was I wrote to them about.
After a few months though, I figured out that they must be using jwhois
in their backend systems for finding out who to send abuse reports to. When
they call jwhois with invalid options, or no options, it will answer with
some information telling the caller about the syntax he or she should use.
This syntax ends with this;
Report bugs to firstname.lastname@example.org
Their system apparently matches this email in the belief that it's a valid
address to report spam to and offers it to the abuse person who then sends
the message to me through that address.
Now, I still havn't received a message from them about this, and I must have
mailed both Juno and their Internet uplink 6 or 7 times over as many months.
I havn't received a letter in almost a month though, so I'm hoping that the
strongly worded letter I sent to them via the normal postal service actually
made a difference. Of course, I still havn't received a reply to that message
Regarding the job I went to look at; the woman I spoke to said I most likely
had the qualifications for the job but had problems with two things; (1) that I don't
have a drivers license yet, and (2) that I'm apparently about six years too
young for their taste. The second one I can't do very much about, but the first
one I can and should. I only need to find about $5,000 or so to get my
personal economy back on track. This should be fun..