Monthly Archive for January, 2008

Transferring ratings from Gallery2 to ACDSee

Recently I wanted to transfer the image ratings from one of my online photo galleries into the ACDSee program I use to manage my photos at home. It was a large album, thousands of photos, so doing this by hand was just not going to happen. Here’s how I did it. Continue reading ‘Transferring ratings from Gallery2 to ACDSee’

God dammit, I hate spammers!

I have a default forwarding rule on my domain, which has the effect that any email sent to any address at all, at my domain, will come to me. I do that so that whenever I have to give my email to some CompanyA, I can give them “companyA?thegatesofdawn?ca” (change ‘?’ to you-know-what.) Then if that company ever sells my address to a spammer, I can easily block it, and I’ll know who betrayed my trust. So far, that’s never actually happened.

But lately, somewhere out there in the world, some worthless, good-for-nothing, shit-for-brains spammer has started spamming people using random forged “From” addresses at my domain. He’s done two spam runs that way, once on Dec. 24, and again yesterday.

Every time this useless piece of shit does this, my mailbox gets bombed with thousands of bounces. Even though he’s using all random “From” address, I get every one of the bounces, because of the default forwarding rule.

I swear to God, if I had the power to erase every last fucking spammer from the face of the earth with just a snap of my fingers, I would do it. And not feel the slightest twinge of guilt. I would even look them in the eye, say “you are a fucking spammer”, and do it. Spamming demonstrates a complete and utter lack of even the smallest consideration for your fellow man. They are evil people. I’m pretty confident if these asshats were somehow prevented from spamming, they’d find something else at least as evil to do. Rob convenience stores, torture small animals, become an executive at the next Enron, whatever. These people are useless wastes of oxygen, we don’t need them. They are worth less to the world than the monetary value of the chemicals their bodies are made of.

Now, I suppose it’s possible that some small number of spammers might realize the error of their ways, turn around and make some kind of valuable contribution. Write a great novel, win the Nobel price in physics, or something. I know some of them must actually be fairly talented computer programmers, though unfortunately warped and twisted by the Dark Side.

But I’m prepared to take that chance. I would kill every last one of them anyway. With or without that hypothetical valuable contribution, the world will find a way to continue. Even if Einstein had been run over by a carriage in childhood, the world would still have found a way. I feel quite comfortable giving up the unknown hypothetical future benefits that reformed spammers might give us, in exchange for the very real immediate and lasting benefit that would come from sending every last one of them straight to Hell.

That’s how I really feel. If only I had the power.