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February 25th, 2004

We’re not alone

Yes, whatatripvacations.com (if you look at that quickly, doesn’t it look like “whataripvacations.com?”) has a serious security problem with their feedback form: instead of sending the information via e-mail, it appears to be appended to the web page. This is certainly a problem, as it shows peoples’ phone numbers in plain text as well as names and other private communication. But the reason for this Ping is not merely to make fun of another site for their pathetic security, but to show that the Ping is not alone in getting stupid e-mails from people.

What a Trip, Ltd. offers vacation packages like pretty much everyone else on the Internet, yet people that have contacted them write about truly random topics (though I have yet to see Raven-Symone mentioned). Like this gem:

I have noticed that there is a group of people whoes are calling the frist american banks all over the world and pretending to be holders of accounts in this banks and transfaring money to other accounts in other banks and using htese money which does not belong to them.I am in Kenya and i know these people physically but i don’t have details of how they are doing these

Or this angry note from Dreamway Tours:

You should Be Honest, and loyal in Business always Learn That, Where is Our DWT Banner , Lucky we have not started to do any Marketing yet.

I definitely like this one, kindly offered as a “suggestion” (sent three times in a row):

some sites closed not aloud to open I need adress to use it to open any sites

Luz Hodge wrote in:

I live in alabama in united states and we dont’t have nothing of spanish channels to choose.I want to know if I can get connected to cablevision in mexico city via internet and how much that will cost.

Valerie Browning was pretty angry about not receiving a pin. Should you really expect a pin from a travel company?

I have tried to buy one of your advertised items for $1.00 at least 10 times and when I go to check out, the page states my order cannot be processed because there is a limit of only one product per person. However, my basket clearly shows no other items except the butterfly pin with the total of $1.00. I have the appropriate forms to send to my state Attorney General’s office to present my complaint against your company for false advertisement and false representation. This is the fourth time I have contacted your company and no satisfactory explaination has ever been given. If this matter does not concern you, please forward to the appropriate party.

It appears L’il Bow Wow is What a Trip’s Raven-Symone:

Dear free&aj I would like for you to help me out with some thing because i.ve been waiting to see lil bow wow for the longest and I was wonding if you guy’s could invite me on your show to meet him so please let me know if you all can do that for me o’k

Patricia Bock is angry&8212;no, horrified?about her pornographic e-mails:

I have been receiving pornographic messages .. my husband I are senior citizens … no children have access to our computer … all the e-mail addresses are similar to mine i.e. mary a mary b mary c etc … can u advise me how to stop these messages … i do have little grandchildren & i’m horrified to see these explicit messages addressed to me .. thanks

Another person having trouble with porn looks to What a Trip for help:

i inadvertantly [Editor’s note: yeah, right, buddy] signed on an adult web, haven’t used any of their video’s and i am being billed for services that i didn’t use or asked for

Indeed:

I Would like to be apart of your show I don’t have a e-mail adress

Fredericka Wells has a serious suggestion:

I Think you should provide something free and fun for a family with 10 kids and5 adults.”

Here’s one that confuses What a Trip with AOL (there were actually a half-dozen that seemed to that What a Trip is the same as AOL):

YOUR SITE WILL DISCONNECT ME AT LEAST 2 TIMES, AND SOMETIMES MORE, WHEN I LOG ON TO AOL AND BEGIN INSTANT MESSAGING MY CHILDREN. I AM CONTEMPLATING JOINING ANOTHER INTERNET SERVICER IN THAT THEY OFFER SERVICE FOR HALF YOUR PRICE AND EVEN IF I GET DISCONNECTED AS I HAVE BEEN WITH YOU – I’M ONLY PAYING $10 FOR THE SERVICE.

A PRIOR FAITHFUL AOL MEMBER AND STOCK HOLDER

To the point:

i want to meet lil bow wow

A personal note finds its way through:

Hello: Is that you Dona (Manusiu Leka) Ngaue? I’m proud of you, well say hello to your Mom/Dad/and your brother, from us here in Las Vegas. Grandma & Grandpa are ok. hope to see you guys soon. (Luv always: Sipa)

And let’s close with this one:

I am an romanian girl,i have a Hip-Hop troup too,It’s the Wild White Wolf -the romanin piuple are calling us the W.W.W.That’s all.i wanted to send you my congratulations from that you are singing.(well i don’t to write verry well in English)bye

Of course, looking at What a Trip’s awful site (design: circa 1995!), perhaps they deserve it. Maybe we can send some people to them to ask for free pens…

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