Thursday, July 20, 2006

On the plus side...

...Robert Allen found me another new job. You know, it's nice to have such a tireless advocate in my corner.

8 comments:

Rodger Johnson said...

Eureka!!! Steve. He found me a new job too.

I think we need to crack his code -- his zip code, that is.

Are you game for a good flogging?

By the way, his opt-out choice on his e-mail still doesn't work. So don't bother. This is the fifth time I've opted out.

Steve Salerno said...

I actually think that by trying to opt out so often--in his twisted scheme of things--you're exhibiting a high degree of "interest," Rodg. I'm betting it's the people who just ignore him that he removes from the list, after a while.

It's like the old line in PR (a subject dear to your heart these days): "Just spell my name right." In other words, if you give the guy any attention at all--even if it's negative attention--he probably counts it as a plus. A "response." (Or am I overthinking things--as usual, I'm told.)

Don Frances, Tulsa said...

These guys are soulless Steve. It's just about hooking as many customers as they can. You're not overthinking it, in fact you're giving them too much credit. They will say anything, try anything, promise anything in order to get you to buy what they're selling, and what happens to you after the fact, they could care less. I'm sure they've made a lot more people broke than they have "millionaires".

Cosmic Connie said...

Y'all are all correct. In fact, "opting out" with a spammer is the surest way to continue receiving spam from that person. All you're doing is verifying that your e-mail address is legit -- and spammable.

I much prefer the spam-o-grams that are written by people for whom English is very obviously not the primary language. At least those are amusing, and some make me laugh out loud.

Steve Salerno said...

How true (the ESL spam)! I am reminded, also, of Dave Barry's hilarious column about the good old days when VCRs and such came with instruction manuals that had clearly been translated from Japanese to English by people who were not, shall we say, expert in the latter. E.g., "For results that can be the finest, never to hold these buttons two times, or it may cause a large occurrence!"

Rodger Johnson said...

You know, I wish some Harvard computer programming wiz would make a program for us to combat spammers.

Say when we got spam, we could just download that e-mail into the new software and hit a button and the spamming computer systems get infected with the Black death of all computer viruses.

Steve Salerno said...

Funny story, apropos of Rodg's idea: Some years back I read a piece in one of the car mags about this Machiavellian electronics wiz who designed an anti-radar gun device that would actually amplify the signal from the cop's unit and bounce it back at him in super-intensified form, thus frying his circuitry and disabling the radar gun altogether. I guess we need the anti-spam analogue of that device...

Anonymous said...

Where can I buy that device? :)