So I get a panicked phone call at work yesterday morning.
It appears that HR just discovered my UK work permit expires next week, and since the Home Office has a three month plus processing backlog (and is known to lose Passports also), they advise me to leave London for at least 24 hours and get my new permit stamped upon reentry.
Fair enough; I've got a ton of vacation left and since the firm is paying I decide to go to Amsterdam for a long weekend.
Now loser that I am, I quickly end in a Coffee Shop with some nice substances to elevate my mood and a bunch of Internet teminals to I can maintain my mouse clicking skills.
Since Coffee Shop doens't support SSH I can't hit my shell accounts here, but its ok as I've .forwarded my mail to a Yahoo! account I maintain for use while I'm travelling.
I'm working through my inbox, when I notice typeahead on the subject line is working quite nicely. Only problem is - those aren't any of my topics!
So I experiment a little, and notice that IE5 maintains subjects (and probably other tidbits) across sessions on these public terminals.
No real surprise there; it's just sloppy engineering on the Coffee Shops ISP providing this service (between users they could reboot the PC and reinitialise the drive like my University does).
But it certainly does offer an interesting window. These are actual subject lines from one of the terminals in 'The Internet Cafe', Martellaarsgracht 11, 1012 TN Amsterdam (nice folks by the way!)
Amsterdam d'un jour
Amsterdam for the day
Amsterdam is cool
Amsterdam, Heineken, pot and YOUR girlfriend buddy! WHOO!
Amsterdam - help I maxed my plastic in the red light district
Apppointment in Amsterdam
Are you there?
Buenas Tardes Aquascalientes
Changes to plan
confessions of a hash eater
Conehead Budda playing in bars in AMSTERDAM!
Dennis I need the money!
Dick? we deliver!
em address for the road
Europe isn't all its cracked up to be
first email (multiple variants deleted)
first heineken of the day and its only 12pm.
first time I took mushrooms was in Amsterdam with LIsa
Friday I'll be back and willkick your ass.
Greetings from Amsterdam! (multiple variants deleted)
growers meeting:pot - communication update
Gruss Aus Amsterdam!
Happy Birthday 2 days early
happy birthday i bought you a boy for the night
haya from Amsterdam
hello (multiple variants deleted)
Hello Carly from Amsterdam!
Hi! (multiple variants deleted)
i just paid for it ru still in?
I'm here! (multiple variants deleted)
Invitation for an acid trip!
is customs tight at dover? bringing presents...
Journee 1: Amsterdam
just thinking of you while i toke
there was nothing under K
Laurent and Jon are in Europe
little baby maker you!
Max stoned again
merci pour les bon voeux....
message (money) from (for) matthew
Moscow next but no dope there!
next time don't forget to close your Hotmail account
no patches left - pleae advise! URGENT
Noel's email is my email now! HARHAR!
pics of the bitch
Plastic Holiday Music playing Amserdam Bars!
putana of the century part 2
there was nothing under Q
Re:hi to mum again
Re:hi to you too
Re:message for elfi
Re:your dope order
Re:email address wrong!
Re:stoned again in Amsterdam
Saludo que pasa viejo estas bravo o que
Space Cakes and Coke Rock!
testing 1 2 3
Thank you Pether for your stuff
thanks (multiple variants deleted)
the sexy test
the trip of smoke and cheer
To my sweet Angel Darling
there was nothing under U
there was nothing under V
Waiting for u love
well if your attitude doesn't change we'll fit it!
whatever happened to the randy lad?
what's is up my nigga?
what's up (multiple variants deleted)
will call soon
Willy G...live from AMSTERDAM!
there was nothing under X
yess i do fuck in the ass
Yes. I have 3KG only use paypal.
Yes God I thought I was going to die!!!!!!!!!!!!
there was nothing under Z
If you're alarmed by this you should have seen me when it was still possible to Phone Phreak in the US...
Who the fuck knows what else is saved other places. I am very circumspect about email while travelling unless they let me connect my G3/333 PowerBook to their LAN; then I can SSH.