Pointless spam

Spam has always seemed mostly pointless to me, but the lengths that the spammers need to go to to get around spam filters just seems bizarre nowadays. I know that ‘Pharmaceutical’ is a difficult word to spell, but if I was going to buy some then I’d make sure that the people I was buying it from could at least do a better job of it than I can. Current variations I have had over the past day or so are:

  • PHwxARrmMA – 3/10. A few correct letters here, and it kind of sounds like they made a good stab at it once they got over an initial flurry of ‘wx’s. A shame they gave up before getting to the end.
  • PHggARhbMA – 2/10. I definitely don’t want any Figarbma.
  • PHuzARbiMA – 1/10. Even worse. “Fuzarbima anyone?” “No thanks, I’ve just had some.”
  • PHsvARxoMA – 0/10. Oh dear…
  • PHuqARlaMA – 5/10, but only because it sounds like it starts with a rude word. (I could be wrong here and they really are advertising obscene acts with a Llama.)
  • PHnpARcxMA – 0/10. I can’t even begin to pronounce this one.
  • PHsdARdeMA – -2/10. Surely just a monkey bashing on a keyboard to generate this one.

It goes to show the current state of spam success rates that they can’t even afford a decent dictionary. Personally, I think if I feel the need for pills I’m going to stick with going to the local CHeMMixTS.

A weekend with a Yamaha YZF-R1 – my review

Yamaha YZF-R1

I’ve just spent the weekend with a Yamaha YZF-R1 in my care. I’ve ridden a number of motorbikes now including most often a CBRE 600, but also a Honda Blackbird, a VFR 800 and, some time ago, a distant relative of the R1, the Fazer FZ6 600, but this is the first time I’ve taken one of the really top-of-the-range sports bikes out.

Initially I was nervous about opening the throttle anything more than a quarter of an inch. This thing has a lot of power all the way through the rev counter and I don’t think I went above 4000rpm for the whole journey out of London, but the first time I did venture the throttle open a bit more on the open road I felt just how much power there is there to be used. For the whole three days I had the bike I never did find how far it went, though. It’s just ticking over at motorway speeds in fourth gear, and any lower gear has so much power it’s a struggle to hold on if you open the throttle. (The feeling is worth the effort, though.) I can say one thing: you’ll never feel like you need more acceleration to get past something. I can’t see that it’s even possible to accelerate any quicker than this on two wheels, and still hang on (and change gear).

Stability felt pretty good to me, although I still prefer the smaller 600cc sports bikes for agility. Sometimes it felt like a bit of an effort to coax the thing into a corner. It also seemed quite easy to lock the back wheel up but that could just have been me getting tired. I also prefer something a bit shorter so I’m nearer the front wheel, although with this amount of torque there’s no way the front wheel isn’t going to be trying to get off the ground most of the time anyway.

The faring was surprisingly good as I wasn’t really expecting much and even an hour or so at decent speeds on the motorway wasn’t as tiring as I find it on smaller bikes. It’s also not revving very highly which makes it more comfortable than the CBR 600 which always leaves my arms vibrating inside for hours afterwards. Other practicalities: I managed to get something like 150 miles out of a tank of petrol too, which isn’t too bad I don’t think. There’s no gauge but a warning light comes on when you’re on reserve, with about 20 miles (so I’m told) left.

There’s no real point writing anything about the speed of this bike. It’s just huge. Imagine the fastest thing you can, and then add a bit. I couldn’t find any shortage of power at any speed. I have a feeling it slows down a bit once you get past 150mph, but obviously there aren’t many opportunities to test that theory out.

In the end, though, there is just too much power. On the road you’re rarely using anything but a small percentage of the bike’s potential. The power band of 4th gear is hardly starting when you’re at the top of road legal speeds. I also found I could easily get lazy with overtaking – 6th gear is still more powerful than most things on the road at anything more than about 40mph. That said, I’d still change down to 3rd or 4th anyway to make it more fun… All in all, I can’t really see myself owning one of these because it’s just too big for the road. I think I’d rather stick with a 600cc that makes me work a bit harder but at least I’m more likely to be using more of what it’s got to give.

Brecon Cathedral: This is how far I got over the weekend. (Oh, and the road between Brecon and Llandovery is excellent.)
Brecon Cathedral

Leyton Orient 1-1 Brentford

Leyton Orient played Brentford at home yesterday hoping to pick up some much needed points to pull themselves close to the middle of the table. It was a highly entertaining game and Orient played very well throughout, all bar a few wobbles from the defence which eventually let in the goal which resulted in the points being shared.

The movement throughout the team was very good and it was some creative passing and running which lead to Michael Simpson’s well-taken goal. New loan signing Adam Chambers was also quite impressive and I think it’s going to be a challenge to Martin Ling as to how to build his central midfield once Craig Easton is back from injury.

It’s somewhat disappointing, however, to come away with only a draw when we had so much more of the play. Ibhere somehow managed to head over an open goal from low and close range and that pretty much told the story of the game.

Still, Brentford have been having a good run and a draw would have been a good enough result from the start. But Orient are going to have to make more of the good opportunities they have to sew up these games and take three points to have a decent chance of staying up this season.

Leyton Orient vs Brentford on the BBC site

Ling happy despite dropped points

Advertising at Leyton Orient

Exponetic at Leyton Orient

My web development company, Exponetic, have an advertising board up at Leyton Orient football ground this season. It all ties in with the Friends of the Orient business networking club which we’re in the process of rebuilding the site for. The idea behind Friends of the Orient is to bring businesses together to generate leads for each other and to plough commission back into the club.

The advertising board may not generate leads in itself but it helps to reinforce our presence at the club, and hopefully I’ll get to see it on the telly a couple of times over the year.

Exponetic web development, London

Friends of the Orient business networking club