You know, I did a Google search for “Jon’s Ramblings”, what I’ve been calling my blog up ’till now, and was utterly surprised at how may other doofuses like me call their own blogs by the same name.
Now, let’s rewind a few days.
I was sitting on my bed, reading into the late hours of the night (or early hours of the morning, as the case my be). On the door to a self-like box I have on my wall, I have a picture of an LDS Temple (a concept render of the Draper Utah temple, in fact, which will open later this year).
As I finished my reading for the night and just as I closed my book, the picture, printed on glossy card stock and held in place with sticky-tack, happened to, at that very moment, relinquish its hold on the the surface, swing freely as it pivoted on upper-left corner, and fall on the ground. To which I thought: +10 Points: Random.
And – seeing as how I needed a new name for my blog, decided to try and see but not if that would stick.
So the other day I enabled my catch-all mail account. (A catch-all account is an e-mail account that get’s all the e-mail going to non-real e-mail addresses like email@example.com.)
As you would expect, I got the regular share of SPAM from the regular random spamming, but I noticed something else that was a little more interesting: mail from newsletters and sites that didn’t appear to be the regular, per se SPAM random addresses: many of them were rather specific along the lines of asdfs, sdfasdfasd, asdf, asdfahf, etc.
Which raises the question: when the spammers were setting up and testing their scripts, is it these addresses they used to test it? I can easily see someone going through and filing out a form and entering firstname.lastname@example.org as their e-mail address, just to fill the bo. Of course, this is in total contravention to RFC 2606, which says that if you’re gonna test something on a live server/document something, you should use the dummy domain example.com.
But hey, like like any thing else ever stopped them.