Category Archives: Computers

Nigerian Scam Spam goes Meta

I thought that this piece of spam, which has a Meta-spam sort of feel to it, was relatively interesting…
Subject: Please Read!!!
Date: Fri, 27 May 2011 12:42:37 +0800
From: Tom Smith
To: undisclosed-recipients:;
My name is Tom Smith, I am a 48 year old US citizen, I reside here in
New York. My residential address is as follows 10. West 246th Street New
York, NY 10471. I am one of those that took part in the Compensation to
Nigeria many years ago and they refused to pay me, I had paid over
$50,000 trying to get my payment all to no avail.
So I decided to travel to Washington D.C with all of my compensation
documents, and I was directed by the FBI Director to contact Special
Agent kelvin williams, who is a Special Agent of the FBI that leads the
Compensation Department, working with the Nigerian Government. I
contacted him and he explained everything to me. He said whoever is
contacting us through email are frauds.
He directed me to the Claims Department for my capitalized payment.
Right now I am the happiest man on earth because I have received my
compensation funds of $1 Million US Dollars.
Special Agent kelvin williams, showed me the full information of some
others that are yet to receive their payments and I saw your name as one
of the beneficiaries, and your email address, This is why I decided to
email you to stop dealing with those people as they are not in
possession of your funds, and they are only making money off you. I will
advise you to contact Special Agent kelvin williams.
You have to contact him directly on this information below.
(FBI Claims Department)
Name: Special Agent kelvin williams
You really have to stop dealing with these people that are contacting
you and telling you that your funds are with them, it is not in anyway
with them, they are only taking advantage of you and they will dry you
up until you have nothing.
The only money I paid after I met Special Agent kelvin williams was just
$390 for the paper works, take note of that. Once again stop contacting
those people, I will advise you to contact Special Agent kelvin williams
so that he can help you to deliver your fund instead of dealing with
those liars that will be turning you around asking for different kind of
money to complete your transaction.
N.B you are strongly advised to contact him with your direct telephone
number for further confirmation and directives.
Tom Smith
10. West 246th Street
New York, NY 10471

I am PrinceJvstin even more than Jvstin…?

Googling “Jvstin” (my nom de plume on the Internet since there WAS an internet, brings up all sorts of characters besides me.
However, “PrinceJvstin” reliably and always brings up things relating to yours truly.
So Why Jvstin? And why PrinceJvstin?
I’ve answered this question before, but it amuses me to answer it again, especially for those in the studio audience not aware of the answers.
I was unfortunately not given a middle name. My older brother got one via the sacramental process in the Catholic church. By the time I was born, my Mother and Father had a lot less interest in having me go through the rigamarole. Why this is, perhaps my older brother can tell me.
Anyway, I’ve always wanted a middle name. I even created one in junior high. It was an ill chosen name that got me teased for the poor choice. (it was Douglas, okay, leading to taunts of “Dougie Fresh”).
So, Douglas would never be my middle name. When I was older, I came up with the idea that, unofficially (because to change it legally would be a pain), that my middle name would be Justin. Why *Justin*? Romanophilia, of course.
My first RPG character of any stripe was named “Justin of Aragorn”.
Anyway, when webpages and the internet took off, I wanted something other than my raw name to call myself out here. Justin itself was too common (I did actually have it on AOL as a s/n, but lost it). Furthering its romanization, I changed a u to a roman v, and Jvstin was born.
Over the years, though, other people have had the name idea of changing the u to a v…so, when I joined LJ, I decided to tack on the prince. Arref may think I am a prince amongst men, but the reason why I picked prince was a tip of the hat to my favorite literary universe: The Chronicles of amber.
And thus, PrinceJvstin.

ShyFoundry Fonts

ShyFoundry (formerly ShyFonts Type Foundry) :: Original free and pay fonts for Windows and Macintosh.
Once upon a time, a font designer named Derek Vogelpohl came up with a number of free fonts, released by himself and in conjunction with a type foundry called Apostrophic Labs.
I am pleased to discover that Derek has decided to return to font-making, with a new home for fonts old and new.
I look forward to the new fonts that Derek and his team have in store!

Auto Paintings

So I got picked to preview and try out Corel Painter Essentials 4.
It’s Corel’s answer, so it seems, to programs like Adobe Photoshop Elements. One of the two major things to do with the program are “auto paintings”, which allow you to take digital images, and alter them to digital works of art.
Here is an example of a “before” and “after” with a picture of one of the Waterfalls in Gooseberry Falls State Park up on the North Shore.

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