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Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Spam Warning

This isn't as insidious as the bank scams but it could be a nuisance if we fall for it.

An anonymous blogging friend (I won't put you on the spot if you're reading this) "invited" me to join an online social group called Quechup. I emailed her to say thanks but the blog and Facebook are all I can manage. I don't even keep up with MySpace except to answer messages. She wrote back and said she was so glad I turned it down and directed me to Here in the Hills written by a funny and interesting woman in Los Angeles.

You'll have to scroll down about three posts because I couldn't find her perma-link but it's worth it. She has a lot to say about Quechup and spam and her graphics are hilarious.

Quechup will use your address book to automatically send out invitations to everyone. Then it covers you and your friends with spam. I'm not sure if she means spam that comes into our mailboxes or those dreadful pop-ups and hijackers which are even worse. I don't need that aggravation and I'm sure you don't either.

Incidentally, Facebook has a similar system but it's not automatic. You can say no or you can restrict the invitations it sends to include only Facebook members. I've never seen any spam attributable to them.


Ray may be the hospital for a little longer and may require some relatively minor surgery which could involve a trip the the larger hospital in Modesto. I'll know more tomorrow when I see him again. Meantime, I'm hanging in here.

Update: I'd no sooner typed this than he called back. They're transferring him at 6:00 a.m. tomorrow and he'll call as soon as he's settled. I've been without a vehicle for some time now but I'm sure friends here will drive the 45 miles if I need to go. It may be a one day stay - I don't know yet.

More when I know more.

Glad you enjoyed the pictures, Pirate meme and Constitution Day. Thanks for the comments and take care one and all.


Peter said...

Hi Ann, nice to see that you seem to be settling in a bit, sorry to hear that Ray isn't doing so well though.

Puss-in-Boots said...

Hi Ann, sorry to hear Ray is in hospital again and that he's been transferred further away.

Hugs to you both.

Hootin' Anni said...

Thanks for the spam alert. And I hope for the best for Ray. [and you!!]

Diane@Diane's Place said...

Never heard of Quechup, but thanks for the warning. If my dippy niece emails wanting me to join that one I'll tell her thanks, but no thanks.

Hope Ray does well with his surgery and is home soon, bless his heart.

I didn't know you were without a vehicle. What a bad time for that to happen.

Love and hugs,


Merle said...

Dear Ann ~~ Thanks for the spam warning. I do hope that Ray comes through the surgery well and will be much better for it. Keeping you both in my prayers and thoughts. Things must get better for you - so keep on keeping on Ann. Glad you liked the joke. Take care, Much love, Merle.

Anonymous said...

Hello there, I'm a new visitor but I too wish Ray all the very best. :o) The pictures of the girls on the right, :o) My right! are just beautiful. I'll be sure to visit again. As you were involved in Pirates Day yesterday, perhaps you would be interested to know it's National Poetry Day on Thursday 4th October.

Susie said...

Hi Ann,
I've also reading about five invitations to Quechup. One of the ones who invited me sent me a followup email and told me she had found out what it was about (spammers) Fortunately, I had not joined any of them.
Keeping Ray (and you) in my prayers..

peppylady (Dora) said...

Sorry that is in the hospital but wish him a speedy recovery.
This is first time I heard of Quechup and thanks for the warning.
I guess no one want to invite me to there group and I guess I ought to be Thankful and I am.

Anonymous said...

Hope Ray will have a quick recovery from his surgery and you two can get back to settling in.

Turtle Guy said...

On line communities like blogs and Facebook are quite demanding, if you allow them to be, and it seems they can often rob you of the time you need for 'real life'. In fact, I wonder sometimes how YOU have so much time to keep such a detailed blog. I've looked over my posts from the beginning (back to November of '05) to notice that the more 'life' I live, the less time I have to blog about it.

Tif said...

quechup? ketchup? now I want fries!
i'm keeping you guys in my prayers, i hope all goes well for ray. i was going to offer a ride but they've been screwing with my schedule at work and i don't know what i'm doing anymore. i don't want to offer and have to back out :(
are you enjoying your new place? tim told me that you've got it all decorated up :D

Unknown said...

Thanks, Ann, for the warning—and the link!

Ray remains in my prayers.

The Future Was Yesterday said...

I don't do the myface thing, so I have no worries there.

Sorry to hear about Ray. Keep us posted when you can, and hugs to both of you!

The Future Was Yesterday said...

ROTFL!! I think that was supposed to be "my space" thing!:) Oh Well.:)

*Tanyetta* said...

hi granny! i hope ray's surgery goes well. and you already know if i lived there i would drive you! ;)

thanks for the heads up about the spam stuff too. i can't stand spam (in the can or in my inbox) i hate it all. ;)

hugs to you. keep us posted about ray. hope you're getting some rest.

Anonymous said...

Thought I'd drop in, and say hello.

I wish I had a "Roc Rebel Granny."

My granny was a Wingnut Baptist.

Rowan Dawn said...

Thanks for the spam warning!


eyes_only4him said...

well spam just sucks no matter how u look at it..its nice giving the heads up on that crap.

sorry about ray, hope its nothing too seroius..

Heidi said...

Thanks for the warning and I hope Ray has a speedy recovery after surgery.