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craigslist success factor: not knowing better

October 3, 2003

I was talking with a reporter about a concert ticket scam, which will probably wind up just being either a disagreement between two guys. Normally, if I get a complaint like this, I ask the guys to work something out between themselves, to find some kind of compromise. I don't have the time for that,… Read more »


Scott Adams and Dilbert

September 30, 2003

Scott Adams writes the Dilbert comic strip, which has been very entertaining and a great comfort to me. I spent 17 years at IBM and two at Charles Schwab, and I've lived the cubicle life. I don't want to understate how much truth is in his strip, or other writings. In The Dilbert Principle, he… Read more »


fighting spam legally

September 29, 2003

Well, there's an article in the LA Times today, by David Streitfeld, Law Won't Deter Spam, Experts Say and it's just a little bit misleading. You might know that there's already a fairly weak antispam law in California. I use it a lot to slap spammers on the wrist… and it's worked a lot to… Read more »


It's official, I'm a "cheap date"

September 28, 2003

Well, I was at the closing party for Litquake… "Chicken leg in hand, Craigslist founder Craig Newmark explained his party strategy. "I decided I'd better eat something because I'm not a big drinker," he said, sipping a margarita. "In fact, I'm a pretty cheap date." Newmark first became involved with Litquake as a volunteer. He… Read more »


craigslist documentary update

September 27, 2003

Hey, you might have read that Zealot Pictures, an independent film maker in SF, is doing a documentary 24 hours on craigslist. It's moving ahead nicely, all filming done, and they're working hard on editing the film. The SF Chronicle had a good article on Sundance and local film companies last week, which discusses this…. Read more »


Scam alert

September 25, 2003

Well, craigslist is big enough to attract a number of scammers, and I figure a another brief warning can't hurt. We have a variety of scams being run from the US, Nigeria, Romania, and Ukraine. For example, if anyone wants to send you a cashier's check much bigger than the purchase amount of an item… Read more »


More power to you

September 24, 2003

I don't know if you noticed, but using the Internet, you have a little more power than you used to. It's your printing press, particularly if you maintain an active blog or site. If you exert your voice or vote in connection with other people, that multiplies your bit of power. The Dean campaign is… Read more »


California antispam bill passes

September 23, 2003

Well, we have some really good news. California SB186, a really good antispam bill, is being signed by the governor. The NY Times has the details. It allows you to sue a spammer in small claims court for $1000 per spam, and bans address harvesting, and a lot more. I'll get more details. This bill… Read more »


Dave Letterman, my TV pal

September 22, 2003

Sometimes, we're influenced by people in unexpected ways, and we don't even understand that influence until a lot later. For me, one such guy is David Letterman, and yes, I'm serious. His show is very funny, never condescending, even when he's being completely goofy. Some humor will make me a little uneasy, but comedy means… Read more »


the craigcam

September 21, 2003

I do like my toys, and if you check out my webcam you'll see my home office. I'm usually there in mornings, although I will go out for coffee. You can pan and tilt remotely. I just need to remember to wear a shirt.