State of the Nation

I read on that 50% of matriculants last year actually passed, of which only 7% will find jobs. So extrapolating that out, 96.5% of all matriculants will be unemployed.

Something to think about if you're planning to drop maths and / or science. If you do, you're just another dumbass tomcruise.

Spammer (Philip Copeman of TurboCASH): “Leave me alone”

A lot of things bug me (we all have issues, I guess), but when someone who runs a business like TurboCASH gets defensive and rude when I threaten legal action after my numerous requests to be removed from a mailing list go unanswered, this is the last straw.

Philip Copeman, of TurboCASH, refuses to speak to me. His last email said "leave me alone" when I asked how hard it was to read a simple request to be removed from a mailing list.

Philip Copeman, of TurboCASH, a company he runs in his own name, is hereby named and shamed, since the other people I've been in contact with have not been authorised to represent him.

Here are the details as provided to me, should I wish to take legal action against TurboCASH (run by Philip Copeman) for breaking the law by ignoring numerous requests to be removed from a mailing list.

Philip Copeman (remember, he runs TurboCASH)
Box 12728, 15 Cabernet Way
High Steenberg

Name and Shame of South African Spammers: Sahara Computers

The second crowd who can't seem to understand unsubscription requests is Sahara Computers. As in my previous incident with TurboCASH, I was receiving four copies of all their sales news. This is usually about ten emails a week, on average, including a price list exceeding 500KB. So, when the price list is sent out, I get over 1.5MB of spam.

I say spam, because I've asked them on at least two occasions to remove the domain and so far, nothing.

Name and Shame of South African Spammers: TurboCASH

I purchased a domain recently (in May 2008) that had just expired, and immediately started receiving emails from various newsletters that the previous owner had subscribed to. That was fine. I was able to find unsubscribe options in most cases, and was successful in all those cases. Except for two.

TurboCASH is the free alternative to Pastel and QuickBooks accounting software, and is maintained by Pink Software. I used it when it ran on DOS, and I used version 3 of the Windows version when I operated my own business. Naturally, I had my own subscription to their newsletter. Unfortunately, so did the previous owner of the domain I bought, as well as one of his staff members. I was getting the same email three times, every time.

I followed the instructions to unsubscribe, and received two confirmations, one for each address.

I did the same thing in June.

And July.

And August.

In September I just deleted the emails.

I got annoyed in October and sent their upstream ISPs an email respectfully requesting removal of emails to this new domain I bought. I received clear confirmation that it had been actioned.

Tonight I received thee more newsletters, two to the domain that was not supposed to get email anymore. I sent and email to everyone @ anywhere and will see what happens next.

EDIT: 22h03 – I got this reply after 21 minutes, on a Sunday night. Not bad.

Hi Randolph,

I have deleted you and have also discovered why previous deletions did not work. You appeared in our registered users as well as on our mailing list. Because of a shortcoming in our mailing program we had to delete the list and recreate it before sending.When it recreates the mailing list , it does so with reference to registered users , within which your were included.

I am certain that you appear on none now,
Kindly forgive the inconvenience,
Selwyn Wacks
Deleted Randolph

EDIT: 2008/11/28: Still getting spam. Obviously Selwyn Wacks is a tomcruise.

Yes We Can

This is a transcript of Barack Obama's acceptance speech, taken from

Hello, Chicago.

If there is anyone out there who still doubts that America is a place where all things are possible, who still wonders if the dream of our founders is alive in our time, who still questions the power of our democracy, tonight is your answer.

It's the answer told by lines that stretched around schools and churches in numbers this nation has never seen, by people who waited three hours and four hours, many for the first time in their lives, because they believed that this time must be different, that their voices could be that difference.
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