fetchmail (and AOL)

For a number of reasons, I’ve kept my AOL email account, but have naturally incorporated it into a single mailbox using fetchmail and AOL’s imap interface. I noticed that fetchmail started doing this all of a sudden:

fetchmail[90687]: Server certificate verification error: unable to get local issuer certificate
fetchmail[90687]: Server certificate verification error: certificate not trusted

After some investigation, it appears that fetchmail is suddenly having trouble negotiating a TLS connection via IMAP. Beats me why — it either didn’t make the attempt before or something has gone funny on the AOL side — but aside from being vaguely annoying, it turns out that the mail still gets through, and these errors effectively mean nothing whatsoever.

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eBay Scam with Bidpay

For future reference, I don’t think I’ll ever purchase something through eBay again without using Paypal — at least with Paypal, if something goes wrong, you can generally get your money back. In this case, I used a legitimate-looking service called “Bidpay.”

The next day, I got a note from eBay’s Loss Prevention Department:

Our records show that you were a bidder or buyer of one or more of this seller’s items. We recently removed this seller’s active listings and suspended the seller’s trading privileges. Due to privacy concerns we cannot share further details about this seller.

Checking eBay, the auctions have been unceremoniously removed. It doesn’t appear that Bidpay has charged my card, perhaps they caught on to the scam, but their policies in this regard are somewhat obnoxious.

Also somewhat obnoxious — the auctions disappear from eBay, including MyeBay and history, as if they never existed. This makes these sorts of things difficult to keep track of.

At any rate, although I’ll have to monitor this credit card usage for a while, just in case, at least I’m not retarded enough to use a debit card or a direct draw from a bank account.

So, a big, hearty “Good Job Sucking” goes out to Bidpay, for this exchange:

Question
This and order number 29965909 were apparently posted on eBay by a fraudulent seller. I received this from eBay:
(see quote above)

Discussion Thread

1/22/2007 1:39:00 PM — Your question was submitted to BidPay Technical Support

1/22/2007 1:58:10 PM — BidPay wrote:

Order 29965906, 29965909- Item Not Received

Dear xxxxx,

This is in response to your report that your auction item has not been received, or is not as described. BidPay will initiate a dispute and will act as an advocate on your behalf to first resolve the issue with the seller. If we are unsuccessful at the end of the dispute process, we can attempt to recover your money from the seller’s bank account. The process typically takes 3-4 weeks.

The dispute process includes attempting to contact the seller. Bidpay will attempt to contact the seller twice within 2 weeks. If the seller does not respond, BidPay will then attempt to debit the sellers bank account. If the first attempt to debit the seller’s account is unsuccessful, BidPay will attempt a second time. The debiting process can take up to two weeks.

So, here’s to you, Bidpay.  Good Job Sucking.

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So it begins

I’m not a big fan of blogs, since my experience with many has been similar to reading fanfic, somebody’s personal diaries, or the text surrounding second-rate pornography.

With that in mind, my goal here is not to create any of those things, but instead to have a repository of things that are useful:  for example, technical information that I’ve had difficulty locating, sources of parts and the other sorts of things that I would actually find useful.

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