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Bluefish GPL (and Lanham Act) Violation Case is proceeding

    Our FSF-appointed attorney sent the initial letter to Bluefish Wireless today for their GPL violation of Plucker. She also is going to be persuing them on violation(s) of the Lanham Act.

    This is good news. The letter was emailed to James Fisher, CEO of Bluefish Wireless and sent via Federal Express

    They have ten (10) days to respond.

So much going on lately. Need to find work, doing tons of code, more cross-country server relocations, fraudulent moving companies, and much more.

I definately do not like this full-width colored table madness in the diary headers.

Can we make this a togglable option?


..just got back from 11 wonderful days in Grenada. More later.

    Congratulations Rasmus and Christine on the birth of their first child, a healthy baby boy.

    Anything at all we can do to help, you know how to find us.

lilo, the success of a project is often watermarked and deemed "successful" if it survives past it's first maintainer.

Why not just hand the project/maintenance off to someone who can work on it without requiring a salary to do so?

OPN does not need to be micromanaged to survive. It was created by the community, supported by the community, why not give it a chance at being managed responsible members of the community as well?

3 Mar 2002 (updated 1 Jun 2002 at 20:28 UTC) »


The Ebay Laptop Auction Fraud Continues

    All I wanted was a laptop so I could work on the road.

  • 1/18/2002
    I won a bid on an IBM Thinkpad T23 laptop on Ebay, sold by a one "Brian Silverman", aka "electro_depot", and overnighted the payment to him in certified funds (as required by his terms) within 5 days of auction close.

  • 1/25/2002
    The payment was received on 1/25/2002 and signed by one "Jena/Tina A. Waterman" and immediately deposited. Based on the terms of the auction, this individual had 2-4 weeks to ship the laptop from this date.

  • 1/31/2002 09:50:31 -0800 (PST)
    Received an email from Brian acknowledging the receipt of the payment.

    1/31/2002 10:19:13 -0800 (PST)
    Requested a tracking number for the shipment.

  • 2/18/2002 16:41:26 -0800 (PST)
    Received email from Brian asking for the ebay tracking number. This number was clearly written on the cashier's check, and on an included note that was shipped with the check, which he recieved and signed for on 1/25/2002.

    2/18/2002 17:11:28 -0800 (PST)
    Responded with tracking number within 30 minutes.

  • 2/19/2002 16:47:17 -0800 (PST)
    Received an email from Brian stating that my Sony Vaio 300 series (PCG-FX370 or PCG-FX390) laptop was no longer available, and asked that I select another model.

    2/19/2002 17:11:28 -0800 (PST)Responded to this email, clarifying that my auction was for an IBM Thinkpad T23 laptop, model 26479LU, not a Sony VAIO.

    2/19/2002 17:53:04 -0800 (PST)Received an email acknowledging the error, and stating that the item would ship "shortly".

  • 2/20/2002 04:57:56 -0800 (PST)
    Responded to last email from Brian, stating that it was now a month after the date of the auction close and over three weeks since he received and deposited my payment into his account. "Where is my laptop?!"

    2/20/2002 06:30:59 -0800 (PST)
    Received email from Brian stating that they're "running the full shipping time" on this item, and that I should be glad to wait the extra time to save the money on

    the hardware.

  • 2/27/2002 12:18:48 -0800 (PST)
    Sent email to Brian clarifying his violation of his own auction

    terms. It is now 40 days past the close of auction. After researching his feedback profile on ebay it became clear that this person has a real problem with shipping dates and times.

    2/27/2002 12:18:48 -0800 (PST)
    Made it very clear that if he could not ship the laptop to meet my deadline of March 4th (I had a speaking engagement in Berkeley, CA), to overnight me a full refund, so I could use the cash to purchase another laptop in time for my speaking engagement.

  • 3/1/2002 09:15:25 -0800 (PST)
    Sent email to Brian with my telephone number requesting that he contact me directly to work out issues related to shipping and delays.

    3/1/2002 18:20:34 -0800 (PST)
    Receive an email from Brian asking for my shipping name and address. He stated that he sent me an email "several days ago" asking for this information.

    3/1/2002 18:58:14 -0800 (PST)
    Requested copies of the original emails sent "several days ago", to try to track down what may have caused the disconnect. Never received copies of his emails. I receive over 400 emails a day, and never lose a single one. Brian never emailed me, this was a delay tactic.

    Demanded refund or laptop by Monday 3/4/2002, or I would initiate an investigation. Also requested a full receipt for the item, if it shipped. Brian's feedback profile led me to believe that he does not provide receipts, and hence no way to secure the manufacturer warantee.

    3/1/2002 19:27:36 -0800 (PST)
    Received email from Brian stating that the "warehouse" was closed on the weekend, and the best way to proceed was to refund my payment by wire transfer.

    3/1/2002 19:30:30 -0800 (PST)
    Received email from Brian stating that a "printout of the ebay auction webpage" is a valid receipt. He also states that he is not late in delivering the laptop (he's 42 days past the close of the auction at this point). He also states that he does $1,000,000 annually in sales, and asks me not to start quoting him federal infractions and IRS tax laws regarding his questionable business practices.

    3/1/2002 19:52:09 -0800 (PST)
    Received email from Brian stating that he could come in on Saturday (3/2/2002) to check on his email, presumably in anticipation of my rapid response.

  • 3/2/2002 09:07:03 -0800 (PST)
    Sent email to Brian: "Do you have the laptop or not? You've had 42 days to obtain the merchandise. Do you have it or not?!"

    3/2/2002 14:29:51 -0800 (PST)
    Received email from Brian stating that these items ship "warehouse-direct" and that they usually have no problems shipping on time (another lie, since his feedback profile has 60% or more of his buyers complaining about incorrect or "epic" shipping delays). He states that he thinks the T23 is in stock, and could ship in 1-2 days. He also states that he can upgrade it to overnight shipping "..if that helps".

    3/2/2002 14:39:34 -0800 (PST)
    Responded to Brian stating that even if he shipped the laptop on Monday, it wouldn't get to me in time for my departure to Berkeley and my speaking engagement. The delays and the transaction in general have caused me to miss two speaking engagements already, and will now cause me to miss a third.

    I request that he upgrade it to overnight shipping, and if possible, upgrade the RAM in the laptop as a complimentary compensation for my troubles.

  • 3/3/2002 12:45:23 -0800 (PST)
    Received email from Brian stating that they cannot help me, and that he will be sending me back my money.

At this point, the scam becomes abundantly clear. He's had my $2350.00/USD in his bank account for 37 days, gaining him interest on my money. In this time, I have seen Brian put identical laptops up onto ebay for sale, and seen other bidders bid, win, and be successfully shipped their laptops, all in less time than I've had, and I still have no laptop, and no money back from Brian.

Based on his current auctions, and this scam he's got running, he's making literally thousands of dollars a month in interest alone on these "sales". I'll bet he double and triple sells the same laptops to different bidders, gains the interest from all of them sending him their money, then cancels out on all but one bidder, refunding their payment, minus the interest he's gained on their money in his account. Some bidders have even waited up to 8 weeks to receive their purchases, all the while, Brian states he's still within his auction terms of 2-4 weeks. Where? On Jupiter?

If I do not receive the exact funds in return on Monday, I will be calling the FBI and the IRS on Brian Silverman. Perhaps they'd be interested in his "$1,000,000 in sales annually". If he's doing that much business, why is it so hard to ship a single laptop 100 miles away? Why is it so hard to provide a valid receipt? Why is it so hard to keep your word without excuses and lies? Well, I'll let the FBI and IRS figure it all out on Monday.

Meanwhile, I'm out one laptop and $2350.00/USD.

I'm pissed. Why does so much "dark cloud" always come my way. I'm a vortex for bad luck.

"Junkyard" LAN
    Crippling and hobbling through spare parts while the movers make more excuses about missing boxes, I managed to get a NetBSD firewall set up, in preparation for the relocation of about 15 or so domains from Rasmus' DSL connection to my LAN here (cable modem currently, while I figure out T1/T3 pricing plans).

    I still don't quite have all the parts needed to do this right, so I'm hijacking an IP from my provider over dhcp right now until I can get my router, switch and power brick back from the movers.

eBay Fraud redux

    The next step, once this fraudulent ebay laptop purchase is settled, is to get a laptop and get wireless back up, then I can start "selling" 802.11b to my neighbors, which is going to be MUCH cheaper than the broadband rape artists around here ($299.00/mo. for 1.5 SDSL, $249.00/mo. for 512/512 cable). If I sell off 128k slots to the neighbors at $50.00/month, I'm doing good, and they're still getting it at 1/2 price.

    I'm trying to sell my DSL router on eBay now too, what a pain, tons of little "micro-charges" they tack on when you create your entry.

Furniture, or Doors

    I'm still trying to figure out what I want to do about a desk. The movers completely trashed it, so I went out and bought a solid-core birch door, 36x80. I'll drop some legs under it, and add some shelves around the sides and back, and still come in sturdier and more indestructable than the original desk. Hrm, drawers..

Then I can get back to billing customers, since that was never taken care of when I delegated it to someone else (isn't that always the case, nothing gets done right unless you end up doing it yourself).

Then I can get started working on the design for the Plucker t-shirts. Anyone want one?

Then there's the job search.. I suppose I should get started soon, but I am so busy travelling this month, and getting things back on track, trying to sweep up the pieces of all my damaged belongings from all over the country, shore up overdue bills, and stay afloat. It's not quite time to start selling the bike or snowboard yet.


    I decided to clean up the "office" today and connect my LAN back together. It was successfully boxed up in California, and relocated to my new home in Westerly, RI by the movers. I had separately bagged, tagged, and labeled every single cable, power adapter, and dongle/adapter to make sure I knew where it all went when I re-assembled it.


I am incredibly angry. Not only did they destroy over $4,000.00/USD of my posessions, causing my "office" to become a pile of cardboard boxes, but they're ignoring my requests for information, which have now become demands for answers.

Now I have no LAN, no network, and a pile of machines gathering dust in the corner with data I need to access on them.

24 Feb 2002 (updated 24 Feb 2002 at 16:12 UTC) »

Executioner Paperback Series Missing Issues Wanted

    I have been unboxing my belongings here, and one of the boxes has my collection of Executioner paperback books in it. I used to read these when I was in my teens. I have quite a few in the series, except the following missing issues.

    If anyone has these missing issues and is willing to part with them, please contact me, and I will gladly pay for the shipping/etc. to obtain them.

      #7: Assault on Soho
      #10: Carribian Kill
      #15: Panic in Philly
      #17: Jersey Guns
      #20: New Orleans Knockout
      #22: Hawaiian Hellground
      #23: St. Louis Showdown
      #31: Arizona Ambush
      #41: The Violent Streets
      #43: Return to Vietnam
      #47: Renegade Agent
      #49: Doomsday Disciples
      #52: Tuscany Terror
      #53: The Invisible Assasins
      #55: Paradine's Gauntlet
      #56: Island Deathtrap
      #58: Ambush on Blood River

      #59 through #74
      #76 through "N"

    I also have several issues of Phoenix Force, The Destroyer, The Butcher, S.O.B's, and Able Team. If anyone has these books lying around collecting dust in their basement, let me know. I want to read them again from start to finish.

Busy weekend, cleaning up around here, building a new desk. Lots of construction and deconstruction going on.

21 Feb 2002 (updated 21 Feb 2002 at 18:12 UTC) »
Prodigy Moving & Storage

    Still fighting the damages here. Every box is a new adventure of missing, broken, and otherwise damaged stuff.

    Filed an incident with the Better Business Bureau. Now I have to file dozens of claim forms. So far, the major items destroyed were:

    1. my very large computer desk (metal hardware ripped right out of the wood in dozens of places, $2,000.00)
    2. a floor lamp (sections disassembled, and then cross-threaded and forced tight with tools upon re-assembly, base broken off from bottom section, $100.00)
    3. my futon (disassembled, hardware removed and then misplaced, $300.00)
    4. my plastic under-office-chair floor mat (shattered, $52.00)
    5. computer chair (vinyl shattered)
    6. blender (crushed, $149.00)
    7. microwave (rotisserie shattered, $75.00)
    8. two vcr's (front smashed in, tops crushed in, $800.00)
    9. printer (top completely shattered, smashed in, $200.00)
    10. 40gb laptop drive (hit dead-center on top with what appears to be a hammer, dented deep, $699.00, lost data, priceless)

    ...and many other things. I also have 4 missing boxes, including my Playstation, and some sculptures that are very important to me. This does not make me happy.

pilot-unix and pilot-link Mailing Lists

    I finally (publically) set up the four mailing lists I wanted to get going.
Cox Cable
    I found out that my shiny new "High-speed" cable internet connection is choked at 256/256. I'm already paying $109.00/month for this "Business" account, so I can have one static address, but I get 1/6th the bandwidth of the people paying $29.95/month. Cox's excuse was that I get a higher "..service and priority" rating and "..no shared bandwidth, you get 256/256, all the time..".

    I don't need service, Cox doesn't even support my platform of choice anyway. To get 1.5/256 and remain on one static address, it would cost me $249.00/month. That's practically a car payment! This is cable access, and this is rape.

    Why is broadband in New England so expensive?!

The eBay Scam
    The level of intelligence of scam artists these days never ceases to amaze me.

    I "ordered" (won) an IBM T23 laptop on eBay on January 18th, 2002. The seller insisted that payment be received within 7 days from the close of the auction. The payment was overnighted to the seller as promised. It has now been over 4 weeks since the close of the auction, and 3 weeks since he received payment.

    I received an email a few days ago stating that they "lost" my auction number (which was clearly written on all my emails to him, as well as the payment check), then he responds with an email telling me that my Sony Vaio was discontinued, and I would have to "re-order" a new model. I distinctly selected an IBM T23 laptop, not a Sony Vaio. My eBay auction ID number still brings up the original record on the eBay site for that T23.

    I emailed him back, and expressed my anger, since I had already missed out on two important speaking engagements without a computer. He said that they always take payment to full terms, before shipping. I can only assume this means they hoard the payments in their account for a full month, so they can get the maximum amount of interest on my money in their bank account, before shipping the product. This is very sneaky.


    Now that my desk and shelving units were destroyed in the move, I am forced to figure out a new way to build a desk to hold all of my books, computers, and serve as a workbench. I went out and bought a solid-core door (not drilled), and am planning on making that the desktop. I will build some bookshelves to mate to the ends as "feet", and then add more shelving along the back of it. Cheaper and much harder to destroy than my previous desk.

    Anyone know where I can get a set of good (free) woodworking plans for things like this? I've build shelving before, rabbet groove, screwed from the outside, fibreboard paneling along the back, etc. I'm wondering if there's a better way to make them more modular.

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