The _strangest_ Nigerian style scam email…

This is the strangest scam email I think I’ve recieved in a long time.  I’ve removed the email addresses to keep it from propagating.

Dear friend,

I am Miss Kate Wilfrey, a member of (INTERNATIONAL  HUMANITARIAN AID ORGANIZATION) Washington D.C U.S.A. it is my pleasure to invite you to participate in our global combined conferences taking place from 19th – 23rd October  2009 at Washington D.C in the United States and in Dakar- Senegal West Africa from 26th -30th October 2009.

In our request to invite people from various countries around the world, I went in search of e-mails on the Google web site as a means of contacting people and organizations. If you are interested to participate and want to represent your country or your organization, you may contact the conference secretariat of the organizing committee for details and information.

Inform them that you were invited to participate by a friend of yours (Miss Kate Wilfrey) who is a staff of the International Committee, of the Red Cross and a member of (INTERNATIONAL HUMANITARIAN AID ORGANIZATION) I believe that we may have the opportunity to meet if you may be willing to participate in this event. The benevolent donors from across the world and the Organizing Committee will provide round trip air tickets and accommodation for the period of participants Stay in the U.S, to all registered participants.

If you are a holder of passport that may require visa to enter into the United States you may inform the conference secretariat at the time of registration, as the organizing committee is responsible for all visa arrangements and travelling assistances.
Below is the contact address of the conference secretariat .By email: (XXXX@XXXX.XXX)
you can also contact me on my private e-mail: (XXXX@XXXX.XXX)

Miss Kate Wilfrey.

The HackTheBadge is getting assembled!

After an amazing 3 day turnaround from e-teknet, the board arrived from China today.   Into the shop by Tuesday, back in the USA by Friday morning! The boards are now being assembled at Virtex here in Austin, and will be assembled with two days to spare before I head off to DefCON.

Here are some pictures of the assembly line:

Automated pick and place machinesThe assembly lineAssembly line 1, where the boards will be madepic4pic5pic6

Hot hot HOT

Gosh darnit, it’s 100+ again here in Austin. The best way to describe this is that it’s damned hot.

I’ve been a busy bee the last month or so

Sorry for the lack of updates.  I’ve been very, very busy with the company I’ve been working with… and literally have lacked the energy to put together a regular daily update.   There’s a lot to fill in too.   This last weekend I spent at Burning Flipside which is a regional version of the Burning Man event.  It was an absolute blast and I met a lot of cool people.

If you are finding this page after having met me, you have indeed landed on the page of Dr. Volts.   You can email me at and I’ll get back to you.

In the meantime .. back to work, and I’ll update the page with some pictures and updates about attending Burning Flipside, my new Segway Project, hacking the G1 phone, life in Austin, and a bunch of other geeky goodness.