Today’s award for the best use of a highly-visited commercial Web site goes to Apple Computer Inc. In a change from the usual “Look what we’ve got!” site (and mind you, ambulance they’ve got some neat stuff!), they’ve taken a break from hawking the latest iPod flavor this week and replaced their usual front page with a simple panel that includes links to charities dedicated to helping the victims and survivors of last weekend’s Indian Ocean tsunamis. No mention of U2 iPods; no pictures of the latest G5 towers or PowerBooks.
I encourage everyone to see what you can do to help the victims of these tidal waves. Rather than list the same sites again, I encourage you to visit www.apple.com and/or www.google.com, both of which have dedicated sections of their Web sites to this tragedy.
Thanks, happy New Year, and God bless us, every one!
A curious side-effect of owning a domain name with such global appeal as “Turdhead.com” is that apparently, the name tends to trip off the fingertips of people typing in bogus email addresses. Apparently, turdhead.com is a favorite surname for people registering to use questionable Web sites. I’ve received registration confirmations from sites intended for delivery to turdturdhead.com, nobodyturdhead.com and, of course, yourmommaturdhead.com. But none of these have received the number of offers that one fictitious Horace Fartenheimer, aka horacefartenheimerturdhead.com, has received.
Whoever you really are, Mr. Fartenheimer, I have your mail, and I hope you’re finding happiness out there on the Web somewhere.
And I hope you’re enjoying your free gifts, your low-interest mortgage, your month’s supply of Viagra and your newly enlarged private areas. I’ve heard about them all, Horace, thanks to your use of our domain name as your personal spam can. I understand that lonely housewives are waiting for you, Horace, but that between your online degree classes and your meetings with Christian-valued tax preparers (WTF?), you haven’t had the time to please that special someone in your life (or maybe you haven’t met her? The emails are conflicting here). Perhaps the timeshare specials will help… or the discounted flowers… or the discrete herpes treatments.
Regardless, Horace Fartenheimer, wherever you are, say hi to nobodyhome.net and billgatesmicrosoft.com for us.
And tell Bambi we said hi (She’s left several messages already.)
Additional note: Anyone interested in the art of hating spam might get a kick out of Spamusement.com, one of our favorite channels of laughing at the common, everyday spam beasts.