Leo’s Twitter Updates for 2008-06-02

  • Landmark day on TWiT Live – our first 5000+ viewer show. And Stickam handled it flawlessly. I’d like to reach 10,000 by year’s end. #
  • @heimmermann There are two chat rooms during TWiT Live. The Stickam room tops out at 500; http://irc.dslextreme.com is unlimited. #
  • Athough, when you get 500 people in a single chat room it’s virtually unusable. #
  • @luomat Bokeh uses pause() it doesn’t kill the process so it’s a little more complicated than I imagined. Fancier than the “nice” cmd, too. #
  • @danielpunkass Listen to the FLOSS Weekly on git – the biggest diff is that everyone has full copies of the repository, so it’s safer. #
  • I got ripped off on Ebay. Seller’s phone number was fraudulent. I paid $2200 a month ago – Canon XL2 for studio. Filed dispute – yeah sure. #
  • That’s my last Ebay purchase. #
  • @patricknorton It was through Paypal – so now the dispute is in their hands (Ebay passes it off). I still hold out hope. #

2 Replies to “Leo’s Twitter Updates for 2008-06-02”

  1. We bid on a Migun Massage Bed and did not have the winning bid, however the next day got an Email for a second chance saying that the winning bidder had defaulted and that we were the next highest bidder. This turned out to be fraudulent but was sent to my Email address! So the Scamartist somehow was able to get my Email address out of Ebay! This show's Ebay has bad,bad problems!

  2. It would be very useful to people if you would write up and discuss how this happened. I discovered the “phenomenon” by accident when I looked for an upscale pair of binoculars and found one starting at $100 with a 24 hour time remaining. When I looked closer, they wanted me to email for the item rather than bid. In the item list were literally a hundred items all with short closing times and low start prices. Not only that but when I looked at the items the seller had sold before, there were only dresses and children's toys– no high end optics!After thinking about this, I deduced how this happens:Someone phishes the person's eBay sign on and password through the usual phishing emails.Then, they hijack the account, change the personal info, and put up the items. With luck, they have phished the same account on PayPal or they create or use a fraudulent payment scheme like western union.What to do? When buying a high ticket item, check the feedback record with care and make sure the vendor has sold such items before. If not, ask for their phone number and contact them. Ask them to prove who they are– with a bank reference, street address you can check (and then you mail your payment to that address), or call back phone with a real area code, user ID and not a disposable cell. It won't be fool proof but most crooks won't humor you nor will they be able to respond appropriately.I've bought more than 600 items on eBay over the years, maybe a half dozen were high ticket. Rarely had trouble and never with the high ticket items. Phishing is a serious problem for all internet users and it's hard to overestimate the value of constant continuing efforts to educate the public about this.Finally, sorry you lost money and hope you get some back from PayPal.

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