David Baer boosted
David Baer boosted

Can we do away with the anti-pattern of presenting a huge box that looks like a login, but is "Create Account" with a little tiny link that says, "Already a member? Sign in here."

Can we at least recognize that if I entered my valid credentials in the "Create Account" box you can just log me in.

I really hate it when a business treats the paying customer as a second-rate citizen and crafts their landing page with only potential customers in mind.

It's been long enough that I felt comfortable setting the church domain's DMARC record to p=reject. Very satisfying to see the first report from Google that shows spoofed messages from IP addresses in Portugal and Morocco were caught this way.

David Baer boosted
David Baer boosted
David Baer boosted
David Baer boosted

COVID 

An (occasionally) unmasked, unvaccinated teacher infected half the students in the classroom. Delta is not here to play. Take it seriously: get vaccinated, and mask up around children especially, please!

cdc.gov/mmwr/volumes/70/wr/mm7

I’m grateful for colleagues and friends who are testifying at school board meetings around the country in favor of masking. I’m doubly grateful that it’s not even a question in my town, and that I don’t have to subject myself to this nonsense.

David Baer boosted

The remnants of Tropical Storm Fred raised the level of the lake where we’re staying 16 inches.

Knowing when to rest and attend to your needs can help you succeed. This is a good thing for me to hear as I get ready for vacation...

nytimes.com/2021/08/11/opinion

Spam mystery 

If it was run-of-the-mill phishing ("Need ca$h now, pls!"), why go to the trouble of using Qualtrics? Why not just spew messages from your freemail account until they shut you down?

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Spam mystery 

There's some X-(...) base64 goobledygook in the email headers that Qualtrics can presumably decipher, so I sent the message with full headers to their abuse address, on the premise that someone has either hacked or spoofed UVA. I'd really love to learn what the story is here, but it doesn't seem likely that I will.

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Spam mystery 

So I contacted the office of the UVA VP for Research, asking whether it was a legitimate study, but I got a reply saying that it wasn't.

This leaves another mystery. The Received-From headers show that the message came to my Gmail account from a Qualtrics server. Somebody is using Qualtrics to send these messages out, and they’ve either compromised a UVA account, or else they’re spoofing, but in a way that is really unlikely to be seen.

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