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Posted Sep 17, 2008 - 12:14:04 InsanitySo, there's a new article up on the website. I've been talking about posting this for the last couple of days, but now I think I've got it down as well as I'm going to. It's a follow up to my earlier article about "Kimberly Rose's" Scam website. I did a lot more digging, and besides uncovering another scam they ran over a year ago, I dig right into who "Kimberly Rose" really is... including her real name. Go ahead and read about how The FastSpells Insanity Continues.

Honestly, this has been 90% done since this weekend, which is when I did the majority of the research. It's really scary how much information a little bit of Googling and just a pinch of social engineering can get you in a pinch. If you want to know why I talked to Vomit Hat Steve in this particular process, it's because I was going to send him out with a Digital Camera.

If you read the article, and know where Vomit Hat Steve lives, you'd know why.

Honestly, if I had the time and budget, I would have dug even deeper and tried to have Steve stakeout something for me, but I'm not Dateline NBC here. I'm just Trae. I think that's what's really frightening -- just how easy it is to track people across the internet. While I'd like to brag about how it was my master skills that got me the information, I really do assume that there are a lot of people out there just as good as me.

And I use my powers for good. Some of those other guys don't.

In the future, I'll probably do a new entry in The Craptacular Web once a month or so -- just to keep it fresh. That area was originally about reviewing terrible websites, but I've decided that from now on it's going to be about the terrible things that happen on websites.

Or something. Whatever.

I'm having an annoying issue with my '98 Chevy Venture Van. It's something I might be able to fix myself, but I might end up having to take it in. The low beams just won't turn on. Oddly enough, the high beams will still turn on... which means it's not the bulbs, as they appear to be working just fine. It's also not the fuses or the circuit breaker for the headlights, so it's likely an electrical short or a bad connection. I'm going to try and clean out the connections first, but if I can't do this on my own... well... crap.

Until then, I really can't drive at night without blinding half the town.

I discovered it last night driving home from the grocery store, which was a panic inducing moment. I was so relieved when the high beams worked, allowing me to get home safely. I know they were working fine on Thursday night (which was the last time I drove in darkness) but... yeesh.
- Traegorn

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