Friday, June 21, 2013

NSA PRISM for Dummies: Email


Postcard = Normal (Unencrypted) email
Letter in a sealed envelope = Secure (Encrypted) email
Postal service = internet backbone and the SMTP email delivery protocol
Mail box at your house = Gmail/Hotmail/Inbox
Public road next to your mailbox = Internet Service Provider (AT&T, etc)
Camera on the public road pointed at your mailbox = PRISM

Basically the NSA PRISM program is making a copy of every piece of mail you send as the postal service moves it from your mailbox into the postal system.

If you are not encrypting the email (like sealing a written letter in an envelope) before you put it in your mail box, anyone with access to the backbone (where SMTP protocol handles delivery between mail servers in plain text) can read it.

Anything you attach to that unsealed email (documents, pictures, etc) can also be read.

Friday, March 12, 2010 going up for auction!

Looks like some schmuck wasted their money. AGAIN!

Hello Markus,

You were previously in contact with Acquire This Name about purchasing the domain name While we were not able to reach a sale agreement for the domain at that time, we want to let you know that the domain will soon be available in auction thru If you are interested in bidding on the name in auction, please visit the domain for more information. In general, the bid minimum bid price for the domains at NameJet start between $69-69 USD.

Feel free to contact us if you have any additional questions.

Your AcquireThisName Team

As for the "previous contact", here's what they offered to sell me my old domain name for...

Hello Markus,

We have received your email regarding the domain

The owner of the domain has listed the sales price at $ 2,600 for this domain.

If your next offer is reasonable for this domain, an (ATN) representative will contact the owner on your behalf. Upon hearing from the domain owner, we will notify you.

Please note: Owners of valuable domains will often receive several offers per week. Your offer should be great enough to motivate the domain owner to reply.

Best regards,


Meh. Not worth it.

Monday, December 21, 2009

Bye Bye

It's obvious this blog is going nowhere right now.

I don't have the time or the motivation to write anything for it. I've shifted over to using Facebook and Friendfeed for my daily updates. will cease to work, but will continue to be here.

Have at it, squatters. Waste your money on again. I dare you!

Markus, OUT!

Thursday, July 2, 2009

I'm testing Posterous.

Please ignore the Posterous randomness that will likely ensue.

Posted via email from Markus's posterous

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Hello 2009

No new resolutions this year. Last year's resolutions are still in effect.

Saturday, December 27, 2008 LIVES!

After a year of some squatters sitting on my site name, is finally mine again. I guess they finally realized that the traffic for my personal blog wasn't worth $20K. Surprise surprise.

Right on. Now I can continue my plans of world domination... as soon as I hit the level cap with my Undead Rogue.

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