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WCDesign.com, Changing Email

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Posted by:Deej on Wednesday, 11 Jun, 2003 @ 11:26 AM
 
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Just want to throw out a couple of small bits…

John Fehr, the man behind WCDesign, Civ:CTP and many other cool games ported to BeOS, has been through some tough times. He is now selling off the last reminant of his ties to BeOS and his legacy there - the wcdesign.com domain name. It is up for auction here. It’s already up to $100USD, so evidently there is some demand for it. So you BeOS collector’s out there can now own a domain with a bit o’ history, if that interests you. Happy bidding - and it’s still for a good cause! :)

Next up… I’ll be changing my email address over the next couple of months. I am getting about a 5-1 ratio of spam to regular traffic on deej@beunited.org now, and that includes mailing list traffic on the side of regular traffic - and I’m on a lot of mailing lists! I’ve used deej@beunited.org for so long, I feel that I can’t just shut it off anymore… so, keep your eye out on my posts and/or replies for the new email address, as I’m not going to post it here (a lot of spam comes from posting to this site - it’s been around for going on 5 years now). Around Aug, deej@beunited.org will start bouncing. Also, you can always get me at my personal email address, which is firstname@lastname.com (of course, changing that to reflect _my_ name). :)



2 Responses to “WCDesign.com, Changing Email”

  1. Beryllium Says:

    I recently read a study which documented ways of preventing spam …

    http://www.cdt.org/speech/spam/030319spamreport.shtml

    In it, it mentions a form of “html obscuring” which resulted in zero spam email for them. Doing some research, I found that the php-based “ord()” function can be used to create this obscuration process; I even found sample code at php.net! Here goes:

    merwetta_at_hotmail.com
    17-Aug-2002 10:01
    In the notes for bin2hex, there is a function for hex encoding an email address in a “mailto” tag to avoid spam bots. The hex encoding works in the anchor tag itself, but not for the link text. To display the email address as the link text, you can use the function below to ascii encode the address and keep the spam bots at bay.

    function ascii_encode($string) {
    for ($i=0; $i < strlen($string); $i++) {
    $encoded .= ‘&#’.ord(substr($string,$i)).’;';
    }
    return $encoded;
    }

    Maybe that will help?

  2. Deej Says:

    Yeah, that’s pretty cool! I have a couple of other “permanent” email address that I keep very low key, one I’ve had for over 7 years now, which gets very little spam (maybe 1 or 2 a day). I just think the public nature of running websites will eventually lead to getting lots of spam. I will look into the ord function more for use with a newer address, as that sounds like a good solution! Thanks! :)

    Deej

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