BWW E-Commerce Seminar = Amway Global

A couple weeks ago while shopping, I met a young, well-spoken guy who seemed to be looking to make new friends. We exchanged numbers, and I received a call several days later regarding a job opportunity. He was vague about this meeting other than to describe it as a business formal event (in retrospect I found the lack of details odd), but with little to lose or so I thought, I showed up at the 20th floor of the Renaissance Hotel last night for an info session, noticing immediately that a ton of Indians were attending (I would estimate they comprised over 50% of the packed ballroom). He said he would introduce me to one of his IT contacts at the end of the event. The weird vibe I got was later confirmed. I noticed that other participants were paying money at the sign-in table, but I was signed in by my host without paying any sort of fee.

After showing my yellow ticket (labeled "BWW E-Commerce Seminar"), I was given a seat in the front row, while my host sat a few rows behind. Shortly after, I overheard a conversation about "recruiting 20 people" and "MLM" popped into my head. Newcomers were encouraged to sit in the first few rows, and an Indian man took the stage and began a presentation about a "business opportunity" leveraging social networks. After squandering an hour making lame jokes and asking what people would like to do if they had extra side income ("where would you like to go on vacation?"), the presenter finally got to the nitty-gritty, drawing a diagram with the entities Britt Worldwide (BWW) and Amway Global and pointing out various products on a side table that included energy drinks and what looked like skin creams.

At this point, my main concerns focused around minimizing the amount of time wasted and the fact that the second hour of hotel parking was now costing me $6 instead of $2. I stuck around for another half hour out of curiosity to see how this scam was being sold. In a nutshell, $250 per month to own a small business, FTC-sanctioned, private franchises, blah blah blah. Annoyed, I walked out of the ballroom, determined never to speak to this new "friend."

[Updated 2011/05/26] Re: IBO's claims, a brief Google search turns up the following links:

AMWAY Partner Store Claims Embarrass Their IBOs

Debunking Quixtar IBO lies.

Partner store is an "Ad. gimmick" of Amway/Quixtar



Nuts. Resurfaced (minor compared to past flare-ups) this morning after no issues for at least a month. Not fond of the idea of surgery. Hmmph!

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romantic Piscean seeks angel in disguise

Two week blur and butterflies. Exciting and dizzying.

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Antivirus Pro scamware

Just knocked this one out myself (anti-virus SW didn't find it), but I didn't find much helpful info out there on the variant that affected my laptop. Likely became installed somehow from accessing a web site. Slightly embarrassed to note that I had 49 pending (high priority) Windows updates to apply when this happened... As described elsewhere, this malware repeatedly generates false alerts stating that your files are infected with a virus. Attempts to run task manager or any other programs are thwarted while it is running (new window opens then closes immediately followed by yet another alert).

In my case, logging out of the Windows session and logging back in provided a brief interval in which I could launch other applications before the offending process (rkbisysguard.exe) kicked off. Terminating the process stops the flow of alerts.

I run a limited access user configuration, and logging in as another user (administrative) did not trigger the app. I eventually determined that the application installed itself as

(user dir)\local settings\application data\(random name?)\rkbisysguard.exe

and was launched using this registry setting:


I simply deleted this registry setting and the corresponding executable.


de Menezes case settled

Britain to Settle Case of Brazilian Shot as 'Terrorist'. Revisiting an old case.

The killing of Mr. de Menezes rocked Scotland Yard — as London’s Metropolitan Police is widely known — and contributed to the forced resignation last year of Sir Ian Blair, Britain’s top police officer.
"The Commissioner would like to take this opportunity of making a further unreserved apology to the family for the tragic death of Jean Charles de Menezes and to reiterate that he was a totally innocent victim and in no way to blame for his untimely death."

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Dole Food upcoming IPO, recent news

Dole's value drops by half in 6 years, to $1.2 billion from $2.5 billion. Dole IPO is set for this week with an expected price around $14. Bond trading near/above par recently.

Dole Drops Lawsuit Against ‘Bananas!’ Filmmaker


WordPress upgrade

Another (messy) manual upgrade to WordPress (from version 2.7.1 to 2.8.4). Lost track of the number of reinstalls and restores, but I think everything is square, even the configuration in Fantastico. On the plus side, I was forced to free some disk space.


Dole Food IPO

Dole Food to go public in $500M IPO [2009/08/14, Pacific Business News]. Just noticed this morning. Dunno what to make of it.


Bankruptcy and unsecured debt

Southwest submits $170 mln binding bid for Frontier. Interesting to me mostly for the value offered to unsecured creditors. Noted here for future reference.

Southwest officials said their deal would give unsecured creditors 12 cents on the dollar, higher than the 8.7 cents per dollar outlined in a bid by Republic.


The joy of dingleberries

Noticed one while I was brushing the little boy this morning.  Wanted to remove it but figured he'd be seriously pissed.  Must have fallen off when he was napping next to me on the sofa.  Never been so happy to find one as I was today.  Funny.  One day I will miss this.  Treasure the moment.

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