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Go Read This

I just finished reading a link from DaringFireball and so moved by it, I had to share it on my blog. I’m at a loss of words on how to introduce these two pieces, but thankfully Gruber has done all the hard work for me. Paul Ford, back in July, a lovely gut-wrenching piece for […]

I Love This Freak-er

This is a fantastic example of adding personality to a Kickstarker project. I may have no real interest in the product, but I had to contribute just because I love their marketing style. Brilliant.

Going Flashless

Taking a page from Daring Fireball and going flash free. I like the fact that I can fall back to Chrome when I need to for Flash, but I’m eager to see how much content is out there in HTML 5. I’ll keep you posted.

Inbox Zero, If Only For A Nanosecond

Over the past two years, I’ve been working on refining my workflows and making small adjustments to how I handle and process information. One of the chief areas of concern has been e-mail. I know I’m not alone in feeling overwhelmed by e-mail and one of the habits I’ve been trying to implement has been […]

Been Busy Streaming

Recently Dan and I have been doing some video streaming gigs with a buddy of ours Nic Dugger. I came across the on demand links on uStream, so I thought I’d share. Pre-Show: Carrie Underwood at the Grand Ole Opry Carrie Underwood at the Grand Ole Opry Jimmy Wayne Live Chat and Performance

The Road Less Traveled — E-mail Archives

I recently upgraded from version 1.0 of the iPhone to the iPhone 3Gs and did so using the “Restore from backup” feature. For the most part everything went fine, but for a couple of security apps that I use, the transition was all but smooth. Without getting too technical, what I learned was that these […]

Considering A 365 Photo Project

I’m considering doing a 365 Photo Project and I’m curious to hear what others think about it. Have you done one and did you like it? If you haven’t done one personally, do you like seeing them? What Is It? The link in the above paragraph goes into great detail, but in a nutshell, it’s […]

Help Me, I Don’t Get Facebook

I’ve heard Leo Laporte talk about Facebook at lot on the TWIT Podcasts and I have an account, but I have to confess that I just don’t get it. To me it looks as if Facebook is nothing more than LinkedIn, but for personal stuff. Am I wrong? At first I thought it was more […]

A Scam I Almost Fell For

Sherlock HolmesA few weeks ago I received an e-mail asking if I was interested in selling one of my domain names. I’ve sent e-mails like this for clients of mine from time-to-time, so I thought nothing of it. I almost deleted it, but decided to respond to it on a lark, just to see what would happen. What I discovered was that I was walking into a scam. So if you own any domain names of your own, I highly encourage you to read on.

Here’s the original e-mail that I received:

To: Michael Ashby []
From: Jan Schmidt []
Date: 12/05/2004
Subject: for sale?

Our company is interested in your domain name. Is it available for sale?

If it is available for sale please email me your asking price. (Please note that we are willing to buy only the domain name, not a web site)

In case you have no idea what price you should ask for, we recommend you to use free appraisal service at

If our company can afford your domain I will contact you as soon as possible.

We run a software development company. We provide custom software development on different platforms (Unix, Windows, Apache etc). Selling and buying names is not our main business but we have done it quite long as a side business.

More information of our company:

Best regards,

Jan Schmidt
Business Manager, Warmesoft

Seemed professional enough and on the surface quite valid. I went to the domain name and browsed it briefly. There wasn’t much there, but neither does my own corporate site. I’m always working on someone else’s and not my own, so it’s still “under construction” and has been for many years. Anyway, at this point, nothing seemed out of the ordinary, so I decided to respond.

To: Jan Schmidt []
From: Michael Ashby []
Date: 12/08/2004
Subject: RE: for sale?

Thank you for your interest in one of my domain names. I don’t have any plans to sell the domain, however I would entertain an offer. You never know, it may just be too good to pass up.

Michael T. Ashby
The Ashby Group

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