Spam now 85% of Irish email traffic

Spam, or junk mail, now accounts for over 85% of all email traffic in Ireland. The figures are based on the monitoring of more than 13 million email messages, sent to over 1000 domains, during the month of July.

I can totally believe that stat, because I would say that roughly 85% of the emails I receive are spam.

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Web Design Point Redesigned

Web Design Point (a site for web design articles) has been redesigned to comply with web standards (XHTML 1.0 Transitional). The layout is based on Layout 14 from the Layout Gala, with some minor tweaks to get the desired result.

The design has been in place for quite a while now, but I forgot to blog about it (coupled with the fact that I’ve had PC problems for about 8 weeks – sorted now!). The site in itself is still very young, and lots of articles still need to be added, so if you are interested in writing for Web Design Point please get in contact!

I’m looking forward to an influx of emails now, y’hear :D

Email Injection Attacks

Over the past week or so I’ve been the unfortunate bearer of email injection attacks on two of my sites. It’s no fun I can assure you!

So, I’ve had to search for anything that can help me overcome these nasty so and so’s. That’s when I came across an article called Email Injection – SecurePHP.

While it does explain how the spammers were able to exploit the contact forms on my sites, it’s example of how to stop it from happening doesn’t seem to have worked. I implemented the neccessary changes last nite, but first thing this morning I received the same junk emails in my inbox – which suggests I’ve not stopped the rot :(

I’ve also tried this suggestion on the PHP site, but I don’t believe that has worked either. Maybe I should give it a few days to see for sure.

* Fingers Crossed *

Update

The spam emails seem to have stopped from one domain but not the other, which is strange considering I implemented the same filter on both forms. So more searching was required to find an alternative solution. That’s when I came across this piece of code, which I hope will put an end to these email injection attacks once and for all.

* Fingers Crossed Again *

Update 2

Well, the last change seems to have done the trick. I haven’t received any more spam emails from my own forms. I just hope posting this update doesn’t put a curse on me :D

Car Audio Players

The cd player in my car has packed it in. At least I think it has considering it down right refuses to play any cd’s :(

Although I don’t really blame it. It’s been playing cd’s all the time for the past 5 years or so. It first began to signal it’s intent to pack in it by skipping every time the car hit a bump in the road. Then it began skipping on every crack in the road. Then it kept spitting the cd’s out with the error “CD ERROR”.

Anyway, my birthday is coming up pretty soon and mother dearest has agreed to buy me a brand spanking new cd player :D So I’ve spent the last few days researching cd players on the net, but I’m still undecided. If anyone knows of a really good one, I’d appreciate an email or a link. Bare in mind the budget is set at €250.

It’s got to be able to play MP3 and WMA files. And a detachable face would be nice too :)