The Boston Diaries

The ongoing saga of a programmer who doesn't live in Boston, nor does he even like Boston, but yet named his weblog/journal “The Boston Diaries.”

Go figure.

Wednesday, February 02, 2000

A load of Microsoft

Some random Microsoft links from Mark. Read and enjoy.

Not a load of Microsoft

And some more random (non-Microsoft) links from Mark.

Spam spam spam spam!

I'm checking my email when I come across this:

From: <>
To: Sean Conner
Date: Wed, 2 Feb 2000 13:45:01
Subject: Sean, your website…

This message is for Sean Conner
Ft. Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel

Hi Sean,

My first thought is Holy Cow! The Sun Sentinel wants to do a story on my site! And they even spelled my name right!

In my excitement I skip a crucial paragraph and pick up here:

While visiting your site I noticed your web pages could use a few simple adjustments to make them easier to find on the search engines. I also noticed your page layout and customer navigation could be optimized to increase customer responsiveness.

Okay, now I know something is wrong. My pages are already easy to find on the search engines. Heck, they're the only agents coming to my website with any regularity and any searches on “Sean Conner” or “Captain Napalm” usually bring back links to my website on the first or second page (at worse). Now, what was that paragraph I missed?

I am writing to you because you are listed as the site administrator at and I have some information that should be of interest to you.

What the … ? News to me. Quick check at Network Solutions:

Ft. Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel (SUNSENT-DOM)
   200 East Las Olas Blvd
   Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301

   Domain Name: SUNSENT.COM

   Administrative Contact:
      Meiners, Michael  (MM130)  meiners@SUNSENT.COM
      (305) 356-4744
   Technical Contact, Zone Contact:
      Conner, Sean  (SC47)
      (407) 395-6655

   Record last updated on 16-Dec-1996.
   Record created on 16-Mar-1994.
   Database last updated on 2-Feb-2000 03:18:36 EST.

   Domain servers in listed order:


Ah, now it's clear. Spam.

I was most likely still working at CyberGate when this was registered. At the time, I was Head Sysadmin, Head Programmer, Head Technical Support and Chief Bottle Washer (I left shortly thereafter, that being my first real experience with the whole net.slave thang). The records never got updated.

And I know the email was spam because the site doesn't exist anymore.

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