Hmm...WTF...this email apparently time-traveled back from 2038



  •  at least i know Kaboom is still around then. Enjoy.

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    Edit: apparently im getting more Emails from the future



  • Apparently it is very easy to fake the sent/received date in an email header.
    Based on my experience, this is a common tactic of spam emails so they stay at the top of a date sorted list (i.e. your inbox) for a very long time.



  • I frequently see spams from the zero date... maybe this one's from the -1 date?  It's as likely a mistake as sending 'PAY LESS FOR MEDS, %SUCKER%', or something to that effect.



  • My spam box is filled with these.

    I much prefer the new Yahoo! Mail.  Why have you not chosen the new one?



  • @belgariontheking said:

    My spam box is filled with these.

    I much prefer the new Yahoo! Mail.  Why have you not chosen the new one?

     

    my computer is atm a peice of shit...try usin system recovery to downgrade from a SP3 machine (newest windows update) back to SP2...doesn't work so well...try having to retry it 20 times before you can finally load windows XP...reason for having to downgrade was SP3 was crashing winlogin on my comp before the startup sequence was finished...Oh...and i have an empty programs menu...no programs installed according to my computer...if i manually click on a link in programs menu folder by browsing to it, nothing happens or it gives me an invalid permissions error (I have admin priviledges on my comp and none of it was locked)...my internet is now slow as hell...and the only things i can run online are webbrowsers for more than 5 minutes...see why i might not want to overtax my already overtaxed machine



  • My personal theory is that the email server had the clock set wrong intentionally in order to fool a shareware program to not expire.



  • Sometime ago I wanted to know if SDL or allegro is the better library.

    So I looked around and found this:

    SDL Archives

    Allegro homepage

    Compare the first posting with the survey.



  • @Steeldragon said:

    see why i might not want to overtax my already overtaxed machine
    Wow.  Your comp is fucked. 

    If you can't get a CD/DVD burner (program) working on that comp, throw the HD into a computer where it will work, back up all your data, and reinstall XP.  Do you have an extra computer lying around?  Or is this a laptop that's fucked?  I wouldn't relish having to swap laptop HDs out

    Reinstalling is the last resort, but it sounds like you're there.



  • @henke37 said:

    My personal theory is that the email server had the clock set wrong intentionally in order to fool a shareware program to not expire.
    I think the more likely theory that the spammer set the time way up so that their spam would appear at the top of the inbox, as mentioned earlier.

    The UNIX epoch ends on Tue, 19 Jan 2038 03:14:07 GMT IIRC (according to http://www.epochconverter.com/), so there are a lot of emails that come out with that date or sometime in 2037.



  • @belgariontheking said:

    I wouldn't relish having to swap laptop HDs out

    I know a girl who had her laptop hard drive die, so she took the one from her MP3 player and put it into her laptop as a replacement (don't think she had the money to replace the drive at the time).

    Besides, some laptops have a cover over the hard drive for easy access to it, to save having to dismantle the machine. No idea how many, but both of mine do.



  • @belgariontheking said:

    I think the more likely theory that the spammer set the time way up so that their spam would appear at the top of the inbox, as mentioned earlier.

     

    At least that makes sense from the spammer's point of view.

    But it also makes me wonder why I frequently get spam with dates years from the past, which is utterly pointless. That way you have to actively look for the "new" mail which you know will be spam, anyway. Of course I added a manual filter but the people dumb enough to fall for spam probably wouldn't even be able to read it.



  • Sorting by the date in the email doesn't make sense (since even if the sender is honest, emails can get delayed considerably), I don't know why email clients do it, rather than sorting by date receieved.



  • @belgariontheking said:

      Or is this a laptop that's fucked?  I wouldn't relish having to swap laptop HDs out

    Actually these days laptop drives are actually pretty easy to take out, there's usually a panel at the bottom with 1 or 2 crews holding it on and the HDD is behind that. It's pretty easy to take the HDD out and chuck it into a usb caddy to copy off data. It's a lot easier than the old days, i remember my old toshiba you virtually had to disassemble the entire thing to get to the HDD. A laptop drive (2.5'" i think the wdth is) is always really handy to have around for those times when you need to retrieve some data off a dead laptop.



  • @topspin said:

    @belgariontheking said:

    I think the more likely theory
    that the spammer set the time way up so that their spam would appear at
    the top of the inbox, as mentioned earlier.

     

    At least that makes sense from the spammer's point of view.

    But it also makes me wonder why I frequently get spam with dates years from the past, which is utterly pointless.

     

    We call this "Rule #3".



  • I always guessed the emails with dates in the future/past were sent from zombies.

    I figure there's some set of computer owners out there incompetent enough to both not be able to set their computer's clocks, and not notice that their computers have been hijacked as mail relays.



  • Since when do we manually have to set our computers' clocks?



  •  since the day the motherboard was manafactured 



  • @lolwtf said:

    Since when do we manually have to set our computers' clocks?
    IIRC, windows has only had built-in NTP since XP.

    There are still plenty of windows 9X/ME zombies out there.



  • @lolwtf said:

    Since when do we manually have to set our computers' clocks?
    1. Not everyone's computer has a working CMOS battery. In fact, most computer owners don't know what that is, don't care what that is, and wouldn't know how to replace it if when it died. Thank god the IBM stock one lasts over a decade. Thus, the clock has to be reset each boot.
    2. Not everyone's computer has NTP access. Clocks are subject to drift over time, because how fast a clock crystal vibrates depends on temperature and varies over time. NTP, a protocol for time correction, allows computers to synch their clocks to a master server such as tock.usno.navy.mil or time.windows.com. However, many computers are firewalled such that this setup doesn't work, or don't have the service configured correctly. Thus, clocks can drift by up to a few minutes a day. Over a couple months or years, this adds up.
    3. Not everyone decides to set their computer's time correctly. Anti-timebomb piracy. 'Nuff said.



  • @belgariontheking said:

    @Steeldragon said:

    see why i might not want to overtax my already overtaxed machine
    Wow.  Your comp is fucked. 

    If you can't get a CD/DVD burner (program) working on that comp, throw the HD into a computer where it will work, back up all your data, and reinstall XP.  Do you have an extra computer lying around?  Or is this a laptop that's fucked?  I wouldn't relish having to swap laptop HDs out

    Reinstalling is the last resort, but it sounds like you're there.

     

    since my message from monday got deleted here's a repeat of it:

    There is nothing wrong with the physical part of the programs...I just have to manually click on the exe.

    Oh...and im takin it one step farther...reformatting windows partition and then reinstalling.


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