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hard facts about shitcoins

Got a new spam today, subject “hard facts”, which was actually kind of interesting. There was a link, which obviously not clicking, but the body was a reply to an email I had allegedly sent. Here’s what I said:

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Posted 2017-06-30 19:48:15 by tedu Updated: 2017-06-30 19:48:15
Tagged: mailfail rants

html email comments

Normally I don’t look at the source for HTML emails, but sometimes I end up scrounging around for some important data that didn’t survive the conversion to plaintext. And so that’s how I stumbled upon these gems.

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Posted 2016-09-08 15:45:41 by tedu Updated: 2016-09-09 12:20:59
Tagged: mailfail

refined spam typography

From a random spam:

font-family: Cambria, "Hoefler Text", "Liberation Serif", Times, "Times New Roman", serif;

So we’ve got Windows, Mac, and... Linux? Well, some Linux. No love for DejaVu fonts I guess.

Posted 2015-08-10 00:33:22 by tedu Updated: 2015-08-10 00:33:22
Tagged: mailfail

conditionally mitigated by

Sometimes I receive mail from people with (or or email addresses. Legit mail, even including patches for OpenBSD (crazy!). Unfortunately my IP address was blacklisted, so my direct replies would bounce back to me. The good news is that Microsoft has a support form you can use to resolve this issue. The bad news is it asks 30 (thirty!) questions (all required!) about my business and my mailing list.

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Posted 2014-05-20 01:34:34 by tedu Updated: 2014-05-20 01:34:34
Tagged: mailfail rants

secure email hashing

Received an email this morning about a package containing a large amount of cash being held by DHL (yippee!). As befits important email of a security sensitive nature, they tried to sign the message, or at least I think that’s what they were trying to do.

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Posted 2014-03-23 21:21:26 by tedu Updated: 2014-03-23 21:21:26
Tagged: mailfail

Heroku subscription status

Several years ago, when Heroku was young and fresh, I had a question about their service. The only way to ask them a question was to create an account and file a support ticket, so that’s what I did. Some time passed and then suddenly I started receiving monthly Heroku newsletters. While I don’t recall there even being such a checkbox when I signed up, I am always fastidious about not opting in to receive such junk, even with fiendish “By not unchecking this box, you agree to not unsubscribe from our crap” phrasing, but nevertheless I find myself enrolled in their newsletter.

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Posted 2014-02-20 22:14:34 by tedu Updated: 2014-03-20 16:48:16
Tagged: mailfail rants

erroneous delayed shipment notification

Not really a failing of the email format, but of its contents. Last weekend I ordered a new iPhone for my dad. It was supposed to arrive today. Yesterday, Apple sends me an email that it’s going to ship soon and will arrive next week. That’s no good. I call Apple and talk to a real person on the phone, who confirms the phone is in Apple’s warehouse, they’re going to ship it real soon now, and I should expect it next week. That’s too late, so I cancel the order, but it’s too late for that too, so instead it’s converted to a return request. Today the phone arrived after all. What a waste of time and frustration.

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Posted 2013-12-19 21:40:44 by tedu Updated: 2013-12-19 21:40:44
Tagged: business mailfail rants

surprise gift from Amazon

Amazon has a trade-in program where they buy back electronics (and books, etc.) and give you store credit. If the item isn’t in good enough condition, they’ll return it to you. About two weeks ago, I sent in a Canon camcorder I never really used. Got a credit. Then today I received a package from Amazon. The magic camera elves in Kentucky (where the Amazon trade-in depot is located) turned my camcorder into a Canon DSLR camera. The box even included the camcorder packing slip I printed out and sent with the first package.

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Posted 2013-10-08 22:17:26 by tedu Updated: 2013-10-08 22:17:26
Tagged: mailfail rants

amping up my expertise

I’m not sure what trickery LinkedIn uses to trick my connections into endorsing me, since they don’t seem like the kinds of people who would do so voluntarily, but LinkedIn never fails to notify me of my ever growing reputation. (I wonder if and how many people I’ve endorsed.) Today’s email was pretty sweet:

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Posted 2013-06-25 19:36:37 by tedu Updated: 2013-06-25 19:36:37
Tagged: mailfail

Windows 8 order mail fail

I order my Windows 8 upgrade and get an email receipt. “See this email online here: http://localhost/NeptuneEmail/Templates/Confirmation.aspx?cid=...”. Hey, that’s a neat trick. They put a copy of the email on my computer for me so I can view it online even when I’m offline!

Posted 2012-11-10 02:16:15 by tedu Updated: 2012-11-10 02:16:15
Tagged: mailfail

AppleID confirm mail fail

I realized I was using an old email address for my Apple account. Besides some bizarre rules which make it hard to juggle active and backup emails, they send broken confirmation emails.

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Posted 2012-09-01 21:04:15 by tedu Updated: 2012-09-01 21:09:44
Tagged: mailfail

mail fail

I’m going to start posting examples of broken emails that companies send me. It’s 2012. What are you using to send this crap? I plan to exclude spam, which is almost always broken in some way (perhaps on purpose, the theory being that spam is designed to target the people who don’t filter it), but large companies which should know better.
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Posted 2012-08-31 17:32:48 by tedu Updated: 2012-08-31 17:32:48
Tagged: mailfail rants

amazon mail charset fail

Amazon can’t pick a charset in their order emails. I bought an MP3 album by The Crüxshadows (let’s not discuss that right now, or ever). Here’s part of the email:

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Posted 2012-08-31 17:32:33 by tedu Updated: 2012-08-31 17:32:33
Tagged: mailfail

unable to view this email

Every couple days I get an email from some group because I found my way onto their mailing list. The message body: “Our system has detected that your e-mail reader does not support HTML and you are therefore unable to view the content of this e-mail.” Thanks for trying, maybe? Really, the message just infuriates me far more than typical content free text emails because I know your system hasn’t detected shit. Maybe you should upgrade to a system that detects I don’t want your email.
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Posted 2011-12-17 00:10:15 by tedu Updated: 2012-08-31 17:33:20
Tagged: mailfail