August 4th, 2013


Fascinating: so does "Imogo Mobile" even actually exist?

Today's trawl through my spam filter was kind of interesting. Normally, Google puts a couple dozen spams a day into the spam folder (after, I assume, deleting hundreds that are more unambiguously spam). Today, there were well over 200, hitting a zillion addresses. (Since I own my own domain, every company gets its own bespoke email address, so I can track who is and who isn't safeguarding my email address properly. Today, it is sadly clear that the Economist has, somehow, failed to do so.)

Anyway, I got curious and took a look, and a very large fraction of these emails are clearly attempts to drive up the stock of something called "Imogo Mobile". That made me slightly *more* curious -- it's never obvious whether the company being touted in these things is a willing participant or not, since there are ways to make this scam work without the company being in on it. So I went over to The New York Times' page on the company, which has the following blurb:
Imogo Mobile Technologies Corp., formerly Monza Ventures Inc., provides service, which integrates the features to work securely and from anywhere globally with an Internet connection. The Company's managed services model offers businesses to use cloud computing and digital telecommunications. Effective February 24, 2012, the Company changed its name by way of a merger with its wholly owned subsidiary Imogo Mobile Technologies Corp.

So, does everyone agree with me that, behind the buzzwords, that says essentially nothing? (And does so with poor grammar, to boot?) I mean, it almost reads as if it was computer-generated, by a system that isn't quite good enough.

My current guess is that this is nothing but a shell corporation that exists to be a penny stock for this stock-pick scam, which will quietly cease to exist in another month. But I can't say I'm certain -- that's driven as much by the sheer incompetence at writing the blurb as anything...

Anyone know a good vest-maker?

For our wedding, Kate is having a dress made out of some lovely green silk. We've been toying with the notion of getting matching vests made for a few of us (me, the fathers, maybe one or two other members of the wedding party), but so far haven't found anyone with really strong vest-making experience.

Anybody have recommendations? We're specifically looking for someone with strong experience with vests per se -- the silk is expensive enough that we don't want someone who is learning on the job -- so recommendations from satisfied customers would be particularly appreciated here...