Signal reader, artist and cartoonist
Matt Matteo from Pennsylvania USA did a very fine caricature drawing of Signal's publisher Raimo Kaarna and airmailed it to Finland. Take a look at the drawing also in bigger size, it is excellent. The artist, Matt Matteo, is introduced on the web, visit the site to see more of his paintings and drawings.

I've been scanning old Signals - thousands of pages - for the last weeks. Got finally the work done, take a look now !

of 1960-2000 printed on paper
in actual size & colors

as they were issued in those
40 years - over 1 0 0 separate issues, and thousands and thousands of penpals and photos, collectors, mail order ads, penpal clubs far over from 100 countries, interesting news and editorials...
1960-1969 = 6.500 penpals
1970-1979 = 10.850 penpals
1980-1989 = 16.700 penpals
1990-1999 = 18.400 penpals 1997-2017
on web already for 20 years...

1997 | 1998 | 1999 | 2000 | 2001 | 2002 | 2003 | 2004 | 2005 | 2006 | 2007 | 2008 | 2009 | 2010 | 2011 | 2012 | 2013 | 2014 | 2015 | 2016 | 2017 |

Tuesday December 30 2008

Some changes will take place in printed Signal's publishing systems beginning in January 2009. Read the info !

Wednesday December 10 2008

Just received some email from "" and from "", this time addressed also to me, Raimo Kaarna, the publisher of the Signal ( These emails are NOT from me, DO NOT OPEN them, what ever the heading says, DO NOT OPEN any attachments in any other emails unless you surely know what they are about and who is the sender. Usually similar emails are just spam but they may also be harmful viruses... As to spam the amount has been falling lately, 2-3 months ago I did receive some 500-600 emails every day, now the amount has fallen to some 100-150 daily. Possibly using of the =AT= instead of @ in the email addresses in the Signal has reduced the spam, too ?

Saturday November 21 2008

We got our first snowfall of this winter last Thursday, more expected later today and lots of snow on Sunday... Take a look at the white winter scene through my living room's window, the other view is from Signal's office and the computers. I try to keep the webcameras on for longer time now.

November 10 2008

More dating ads from London UK received today... Unfortunately they may be FAKE ADS ! Respond if you want to, who knows what will happen. At least two of the photos on the server "" seem to be used by TWO different persons and if they lie about their photos don't believe anything else, either ! These are the last photo listings issued from London UK for a while if there are some similarities in the photo URLs, "homepage"-URLs or in the texts which all seem to have been written by the same person, too.

November 08 2008

I just counted how many copies of the Signal penpal magazine have been printed during its existence, 1960-2008, in 48 years... Your guess ??? The answer is 382.000 copies !!! And I alone, Raimo Kaarna, have stuffed all these printed magazines and ad sheets into envelopes, bought the postage stamps, and took the papers into the nearest post office. I've spent the price of a very good one-family house with 3-4 bedrooms into the postage stamps, not to mention the printing costs or paper expenses...

Of course I've been co-operating with hundreds of foreign penpal publishers, we have been swapping ad space and mailing of magazines and circulars, XM-SY, X-AD, XBMSYMWF. Also the co-publishers used to buy and mail 50-100 copies of each Signal issue about 20 years ago, the number of these agents was usually 30-50 per each issue in the 80's. To see who of my ex-publisher friends are still active in the penpal or mail order publishing business I sent a "Big Mail" with my current x-ad, a back issue of the Signal and some 30 circulars to over 500 clubs, suggested co-operation and promised to publish 10 penpal ads daily free for them.

Today about one dozen of listings were received from UK, mainly British ads from London area, each with a different email address and personal details, most with the photos of lovely young beauties. BUT there is a BUT anyhow, all the photos are situated on the same server "" and not a single photo listing on that server contains any information about the person in the photo. The ads may be genuine but they all seem to include a "homepage" of some kind of money making schemes and that makes me a bit suspicious about the listings, too. The homepages should be advertiser's own personal homepage, all commercial outside non-personal "homepages" will be removed ! And remember, PORNO IS NOT ALLOWED in the penpal listings, NOT in the ad text, NOT in the email address, NOT in the homepage address.

NEVER SEND ANY MONEY to any penpal advertiser in the Signal or on any other dating websites. Thus you can avoid vain disappointments and use your money for yourself.

Raimo Kaarna, the publisher

October 22 2008

Secret Signals seems to be working again... Find your match online - some 200 listings and several photos - use the form to send your free ad now !

Octoberber 18 2008

Beware of spam like below, this was just received via email...
Scan type:  Auto-Protect Scan
Event:  Risk Found!
Risk: Trojan.Virantix.C
File:  New anjelina jolie sex scandal>>>>anjelina_video.exe
Location:  Mail System
Computer:  TARGA
User:  TARGA\Raimo Kaarna
Action taken:  Cleaned by Deletion
Date found: 18. lokakuuta 2008  22:27:00

Octoberber 14 2008

It seems to me that our affiliate website - Signal Personals dating and penpals ( - has been closed in USA. All the ads of the Signal readers in their database have been lost, too. Sorry !

Unwanted visitors again:

Scan type:  Auto-Protect Scan
Event:  Risk Found!
Risk: Infostealer
File:  Security Update for OS 
Microsoft Windows>>KB320629.exe
Location:  Mail System
Computer:  TARGA
User:  TARGA\Raimo Kaarna
Action taken:  Cleaned by Deletion
Date found: 14. lokakuuta 2008  8:28:22

Octoberber 10 2008

22222 HITS TO SIGNAL'S WEBCAM COUNTER today at 09:46 am. Thanks for the interest, the camera is again active...

Also I've been active lately, new pages have been printed for the printed Signal. Unfortunately my Ricoh Priport SS930 decided not to cut the paper master and thus it could not be used at all... Shame ! But as some of you may remember I have several other printing presses and decided finally to use the Ricoh Priport VT2500 digital duplicator. Printing succeeded quite well BUT there is a but again... Two white stripes in the text, about 1 cm wide each through the entire page, and this really got me angry, just waste paper instead of the new Signal pages ! Shit !!!

I decided to use my color printer Epson Acculaser C1100 instead of those digital one color Ricoh duplicators. Finally I got three pages printed, 650 b&w copies, have to layout the front and back covers in full color later today, start collating and stapling tomorrow, snailmailing soon thereafter...

September 13 2008

NEVER OPEN THE ATTACHMENTS of 'warning emails' about suspending your internet access!
Scan type:  Auto-Protect Scan
Event:  Risk Found!
Risk: Trojan.Goldun
File:  Your internet access is going to 
get suspended>>...>>user-EA49943X-activities.exe
Location:  Mail System
Computer:  TARGA
User:  TARGA\Raimo Kaarna
Action taken:  Cleaned by Deletion
Date found: 13. syyskuuta 2008  11:31:34
They are dangerous VIRUSES THEMSELVES !

September 12 2008

Due to security problems the current guestbook with some 110 comments had to be removed from the server. The same concerns also Signal's chat-page on the same server, it had to be destroyed. Signal's other guestbooks and chats on outside servers are still working, use them please.

September 10 2008

The hackers have caused great trouble to the since last Saturday, also on Sunday, Monday, Tuesday and today Sept 10. The pages open only partly, some don't open at all. Sorry for the inconvenience. I hope the problems will be over soon !

21.000 hits to Signal's webcam was reached today at 04.04 pm. That's GREAT ! Thanks for the interest...

September 04 2008

Just bought this old Japanese Sharp WD-X300 text writing machine with the printer, from the 1990's but almost unused machine. The trouble is the fact that it shows everything on the screen in JAPANESE which language or alphabets I do NOT know at all. The keyboard anyhow contains also English alphabets and this means that it can be used as the typewriter and printer also for ENGLISH LANGUAGE texts...
Can any of the Signal readers help me to get THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE USER'S MANUAL for this Sharp WD-X300, or tell how to change the keys from Japanese into English keys ???

Some people collect stamps - like I do - some others collect something else - like I do. Nowadays I do collect different older computers, have got some 50 of them in all, lately mainly those pocket computers and laptops requiring less space but also other exotic rare computers are of interest. Sometimes it seems a bit difficult to get them into use due to missing software or missing manuals. Help me, please !

Raimo Kaarna, the publisher -

August 10 2008

My Japanese friend Ryosuke Cohen has sent several real mail art pieces in exchange for the Signals. See the entire A3 size artwork, just click the this picture to see more !

Another artist, Martin Chomba from Zimbabwe, has sent two watercolor paintings of colorful local birds as compensation for his Signal magazines and penpal listings.
As you may guess art is one of my favorite hobbies, I collect also oil paintings, drawings, graphics - both from Finland and from abroad. When I was working in the local daily newspaper from 1966 to 1989 I did thousands of layouts for advertising purposes, brochures, publications, also some illustrations. My elder daughter is a graphic designer by profession, and the younger daughter is now studying arts, too.

August 05 2008

Somebody was asking about the printed penpal papers issued today... Hundreds were issued some five years ago, over thousand printed penpal papers were issued 10-20 years ago. The internet and high postal costs and printing costs have killed most of us, only a few have survived.
Take a look at
SIGNAL WORLDWIDE CLUB DIRECTORY to see what kind of papers were issued about 10-15 years ago...

Tuesday July 29 2008

When arranging some old archieves from the 80's and 70's I found a few interesting photos from abroad. The photos of the Signal, the reader and the local mail box were often published on the front page of the multicolor tabloid Signals in the past. Some of them had been taken in local scenery, by the temples or other world famous landmarks. A few photos were now scanned and reprinted, read the latest dated pages to see them.

L K Stoddart, my publisher friend from Philippines, sent this photo in 1994.

Arcole Ary Tandy from Indonesia is - or was ? - another penpal publisher friend, the photo is from 1982.

July 08 and 07 2008

"Friendly" greetings from a few readers today:
Scan type: Auto-Protect Scan
Event: Risk Found!
Risk: VBS.Mondezimia!html
Location: Mail System
Computer: TARGA
User: TARGA\Raimo Kaarna
Action taken: Quarantine succeeded
Date found: 8. heinäkuuta 2008 9:41:20

Scan type: Auto-Protect Scan
Event: Risk Found!
Risk: VBS.Mondezimia!html
File: Personal information error
Location: Mail System
Computer: TARGA
User: TARGA\Raimo Kaarna
Action taken: Quarantine succeeded
Date found: 7. heinäkuuta 2008 15:35:03

May 26 2008

All the Signal-websites are functional again... Visit them, send your ads to several of them, receive more replies !

May 24 2008

Five of our global websites seem to be partly unoperational just now, the servers are down or temporarily unavailable... The sites are - - - - Sorry for the inconvenience, I hope the Finn who runs the servers in Cairo Egypt, gets them fixed really soon.

May 21 2008

I was going thru some of Signal's old archieves and found the January 1987 issue of HYMY, the largest magazine in Finland at that time, circulation over 100.000 copies monthly. They issued three page feature article about the Signal, unfortunately only in Finnish. Click the page pictures to see them in larger size.

May 16 2008

W A R N I N G ! ! ! !
I am repeating the below warning about sending money to your new foreign penpals. This time Joseph from Malta has been swindled by a "Eskaterina Smith", PO Box 955, Akyem-Odu, GHANA. Joseph believed in her lies and lost some money...

Common sense is always needed when reading the ads in the Signal or in any other penpal and dating publications and websites.
There are always dishonest persons among the sincere and honest ones.

1) NEVER send any large sums of money for any reason to your new and unknown friends;
2) If something sounds to good to be true it is NOT true;
"Work in our Hotel",
"International Youth Conference",
"Help me get Millions out of the Country"

and illegal Chain letters.

Raimo Kaarna, the publisher

April 30 2008

Do you know how many penpal magazines are issued in the world ? Now or 50 years ago ? What about Mail Order publications in USA or worldwide, in the last century ?
I've spent several days scanning over 100 front pages of 800 publications from the 70's, 80's, 90's for you... More later !

You get the info by opening my and read also this page 1977 O. E. Emby's Directory of Mail Order Publishers.

April 22 2008

New photos of Signal's front pages from the 1960's and 1970's were just added to the Signal history. Take a look at these old Signal issues which I myself printed using the Gestetner 200 offset printing press. Oh those golden days, there were hundreds of penpal and mail order ad sheets and magazines and 3x6 circulars trying to get readers money for ad space and single copies and subscriptions...

March 06 2008

Long time, no see... But now you really can see it, a video about the Signal !!!! And everybody can see also YOUR OWN VIDEO about yourself here in the Signal ! I know my video is not good, the voice is missing but I did it as a test with my $10 webcam, and established my own video account on the new It is free and seems to be working just fine... Naturally I'll try to replace the current one with a bit better quite soon.
It is quite easy to send your own video to the web and then copy the code to it on Signal's ad form to show yourself LIVE to all the readers ! Be the first to do it !!!

February 13 2008

The history and present day of
651 PRINTED PENPAL MAGAZINES from 1994 to 2008 is here for YOU ! I've spent a few days and nights by collecting this info from my files of incoming snailmail. It has been on the web also earlier on Signal's worldwide club directory pages but now it is a database which you can sort alphabetically by the names or by countries. Use the 2-alphabet ISO-country codes on the search form !!!

As any sensible person understands some of the older addresses, 5-10 years old, may not be all reachable. The publishers or publication may have moved, gone out of business but most of the newer publications propably still survive. Before sending any payments via snailmail it may be wiser to buy one International Reply Coupon (=IRC) from your local post office and send it for return postage when asking for current information about the publication you are interested in.

When ever sending any snailmail to your foreign friends or business enterprises glue several large size commemoratives on the envelopes. You'll get attention immediately and the collectors will appreciate your mail, they'll respond quicker... Postage stamps are the best graphic arts available at low cost, I love to receive nice colorful envelopes from you or anyone else, too.

Win new friends abroad, write a letter and send it by SNAILMAIL, you may even enclose a local viewcard, one small value coin or banknote as gift or for exchange. No one knows what you'll receive by return...???!!!

February 06 2008

Signal's publishing operations are expanding heavily. I just registered a few more domains to start several new websites... Some have been open for some days or weeks, also the rest can be visited. Anyhow I'm still pondering the possibilities, layouts and contents for all the sites, and testing useful CMS software, databases etc. You may want to see them too ? Click the links !!!!
3 *)
*) F K Sarkodee from Ghana has now his own ready-made co-operative website,
If you'd like to have your own well established website with 2500 pages and 50.000 penpal ads email for details to I myself have got about 100 websites scattered around the world, my own sites and affiliate sites, visit a few of them now !

January 24 2008

Some of our friendly readers try to harm the Signal... This virus was just deleted:
Scan type: Auto-Protect Scan
Event: Risk Found!
Risk: W32.Blackmal.E@mm!enc
File: Fw: SeX.mpg>>SeX.mim
Location: Mail System
Computer: TARGA
User: TARGA\Raimo Kaarna
Action taken: Cleaned by Deletion
Date found: 24. tammikuuta 2008 10:02:00
Someone tried to sell fake medicine to signal's email address using the same signal's email address as sender !!! I guess hundreds of you must have received the same emails ??? As to other illegal offers someone keeps telling me that my paypal account (I do NOT have any paypal account) or my credit card account (I do NOT have any credit cards) have been hacked and will be closed and therefore I should send my username and password to them. All those rich inheritants, ex-generals and ex-ministers, ex-business executives, etc. who have funds to invest in business or real estate need help to save their money into my bank account, for great commission of course. At least 20-30 'medicine firms' try to sell viagra, botox etc every day, and rose grand from Canada tries to get me to work in a hotel... Dutch, African, Asian email lottery systems tell me that I have won millions in their lotteries and they need my bank account number to save the money there. At first I should reply their "confidential" mail and not to tell anyone about this great success !!!!
NEVER REPLY ANY LETTERS LIKE THESE !!! They are all lies, the criminals are trying to rip you off from your money. If any email seems too good to be true it is NOT TRUE, it is NOT TRUE, just plain lies...

December 31 2007

It is the last day of 2007... What next year will bring to you or to me is to be seen. During the existence of the internet dozens of printed penpal papers have ceased their issueance, some of us have taken a fresh start on the web. Long live the Signal - bottoms up !!!! - long live the other hobby and penpal magazines and their publishers. And long live all the Signal readers !!!

Many readers sent their local dolls in national costumers as "payment" for their ads in the Signal during the past decades. Some of the dolls above.

December 21 2007

You can again place your photo on the front page of the Signal. Upload your photo and it is seen worldwide immediately! Instructions below...

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  • How do I upload pictures? From the ThumbSnap homepage:
    1) Click "Browse" to find an image on your computer to upload.
    2) Select "Open" or "OK", click the "Upload" button to send the image.
    3) ThumbSnap will provide the code to copy and paste into Signal's ad form.

  • December 19 2007

    I just bought more webspace for the Signal on another webserver. The site address for the "new" web magazine is
    Most of you never visited my Finnish-language website called This site is about my home town Lahti - 100.000 inhabitants - about my life, family, friends, hobbies, history etc. Take a look even though you would not understand a single word in Finnish ! Also photos...

    December 12 2007

    Scan type: Auto-Protect Scan
    Event: Risk Found!
    Risk: W32.Netsky.P@mm!enc
    File: failure notice
    Location: Mail System
    Computer: TARGA
    User: TARGA\Raimo Kaarna
    Action taken: Quarantine succeeded
    Date found: 12. joulukuuta 2007 18:26:42

    December 10 2007

    "My name is Axxx Mxxx 20 years Old from Dafur Sudan, Residing in Accra Ghana as Refugee. I got your contact through my search for a Trustful person/company in Europe or U.S.A that will assist me retrieve the sum of ($3.850m)Three Million Eight Hundred And Fifty Thounsand United State Dollars with a Bank in Ghana."
    "We are pleased to inform you that your EMAIL ADDRESS has been selected as one of the 10 lucky winners in the email lottery programme conducted by the EURO MILLIONS on the 30th of november, 2007. "
    "My father left the sum of USD,14,200, 000 dollars (FOURTEEN MILLION TWO HUNDRED THOUSAND UNITED STATES DOLLARS) Finance firm. This money was annually paid into my late fathers account from Sxxxx petroleum development company (spdc) and cxxx oil company operating in our locality for the compensation of youth and community development in our jurisdiction. I don't know how and what I will do to invest this money somewhere in abroad..."

    I receive dozens of spam emails every day about winning in lottery, money transfer, heritance, work abroad, etc etc etc. As you should know they are all fraud, lies, some criminals are testing your knowledge and trying to steal your money from you... Please click the below link to protect yourself from getting swindled !
    "Work in our Hotel",
    "Help me get Millions out of the Country"

    The automatic robots of spammers are collecting email addresses from web pages worldwide. The Signal tries to make this work a bit harder by replacing the @ with =AT= in the address, the robots may not recognise these email addresses and we all get less spam, I hope.

    December 05 2007

    Scan type: Auto-Protect Scan
    Event: Risk Found!
    Risk: W32.Mydoom.M@mm
    Location: Mail System Computer: TARGA User: TARGA\Raimo Kaarna Action taken: Cleaned by Deletion Date found: 5. joulukuuta 2007 13:36:47

    December 03 2007

    Scan type: Auto-Protect Scan
    Event: Risk Found!
    Risk: Trojan.Pandex
    File: Sexy Card from Hot Girl>>>>card.scr
    Location: Mail System Computer: TARGA User: TARGA\Raimo Kaarna Action taken: Cleaned by Deletion Date found: 3. joulukuuta 2007 10:21:45

    November 30 2007

    When I established the Signal back in 1960, almost 50 years ago, most of the ads were collectors exchange offers... They wanted to swap postage stamps, postcards, matchbox labels, dolls in national costumes etc. To see what the collectors want and offer today visit SIGNAL COLLECTORS CLASSIFIEDS ! To place your own swap offers you have to register at first, then you can advertise. FREE, OF COURSE !

    November 29 2007

    It seems to me now that the Thumbsnap photoloading system is down, their webpage does not seem to open at all now... Sorry for that because some 20 readers used this excellant service in the Signal. If you want to have your photo in the Signal use one of the other photo systems mentioned in Signal's info-page!

    November 13 2007

    "Why do you have so many announces from Ghana-girls, which seems to be Europeans or someone else, but fraudsters. I think that most announces from Ghana are fake. I have really had bad experiences with it.... Therefore I had fake letters from Ghana-police, had to pay for prison-fees, heart-operations, funerals, flights and so one..... So why don´t you stop this announces from fraudsters."
    Tim Riewe, Germany

    Common sense is always needed when reading the ads in the Signal or in any other penpal and dating publications and websites. There are always dishonest persons among the sincere and honest ones.
    1) NEVER send any money for any reason to your new and unknown friends;
    2) If something sounds too good to be true it is NOT true;
    "Work in our Hotel",
    "International Youth Conference",
    "Help me get Millions out of the Country"

    and illegal Chain letters.

    Raimo Kaarna, the publisher

    October 28 2007

    You may have been wondering those NUMBERS after the name in some US personal ads lately.
    Name, age, sex: Mario Alberto Hernandez 13165, 53, male
    Name, age, sex: Stanley Ray Huddleson 476-821, 40, male

    They are "prisoner numbers" and mean that the advertiser is now in a prison, a correctional facility due to the crimes for which s/he has been comdemned... We all make mistakes, some people more serious than the others. We all need friends, and a distant penfriend is better than no friends at all. That's why I do accept ads also from these people. As you may know all the mail sent to the prisoners or by the prisoners, is CENSORED by the prison authorities, thus you can feel yourself safe.

    Another warning may be reasonable here...
    Some professional sex workers try to advertise their services in the Signal but I do NOT accept any porno ads or other illegal ads at all. All sexually oriented advertising is censored in the Signal by me. I try to keep the Signal "clean", it should be useful for readers of any age, adults and school children, teenagers and retired persons.

    August 30 2007

    This 'Poku-Mailart'-card was received from Lothar Trott, Switzerland... Thanks for my Japanese friend Ryosuke Cohen who publishes 'Brain Cell 674' Signal's address is on his mail art mailing lists. I love these fantastic pieces of graphic arts, received the first ones from Alexandria in Egypt already in the 60's or 70's. Some mail art work has been received also from friends in Hungary... I'll publish more mail art photos here later !

    June 02 2007

    Abdul Bari reading Signal 62 of 1985 in the "First Great PenFriendship Competition 1987 Faisalabal Pakistan, Peace through Friendship" exhibition. Abdul, the publisher of The Great, a Pakistani collectors magazine; propably took the Signals 62/1985 and 56/1982 to this exhibition. He sent the photos to me in March 1987. Unfortunately I could not attend this show myself and therefore I do not know how the Signal succeeded, did it win any prizes ? In the 80's and 70's the Signal was a GIANT multicolor tabloid...

    I've got some 20-30 photos of other Signal readers by the side of their local mail boxes from around the world. Will print them later here for you.

    May 18 2007
    What about having a GIANT GLOBE in the corner of your work room ? I'd love one, too !

    This RUSSIAN LANGUAGE information was received among 120 other spam emails a few hours ago. I got interested and decided to "translate" it even though I have never studied a single word Russian, not even the Cyrillic alphabets ! Also you can do Russian-English and English-Russian translations easily, free... FULL INFO HERE FOR YOU !!!

    May 15 2007

    * CANADA won the Gold Medals in WM Ice Hockey, Finland got the Silver Medals.
    * Listen to SERBIA'S lovely Eurovision winner song.
    * The Best Finn in FI car race was Kovalainen driving the Renault. Congratulations !

    May 12 2007 - FINLAND !!!!?????

    * Finland just won Russia 2-1 in World Championship ice hockey in Moscow Russia !! Finland or Canada will get the golden medals in the finals on Sunday !
    * Eurovision Song Contest 2007 was held a few hours ago in Helsinki, Finland's capital ! SERBIA won the contest, CONGRATULATIONS !
    * Formula One, F1, Car Race on Sunday !!!!! Will Kimi Raikkonen, the Finn driving the Ferrari, win tomorrow ?

    May 9 2007
    Both addresses missing in Vivian's penpal ad

    Wednesday, May 9, 2007 at 11:32:51
    Name, age, sex: Vivian, 24, f
    Address: No 6 Fatoke St., Nicolas
    Email: theverybestofvivian

    Vivian like several other Signal readers seems to think that I get the complete email addresses on the top of the Signal form in the "From"-part. Unfortunately that's not the case, what I really do get is: From: "WWW Server" < >, the sender is "WWW Server", not your email address.

    Also Vivian's postal address is NOT precise enough to send any snailmail... In what country she lives ? Let's find it out by searching for "Nicolas" - Google finds about 5,960,000 hits for "Nicolas" with Safesearch on ! Where to send the letters ?
    Be careful when sending your penpal ads to the Signal or when sending snailmail letters to anyone. Without your own clearly written address you'll never get any reply !

    Raimo Kaarna, the publisher

    May 1st 2007
    @ is replaced with =AT=
    in all penpal ads now !

    Most of us have been receiving lots of spam, unsolicited advertising - lottery, viagra, money transfer offers etc etc via email. This has possibly been caused partly by the real email addresses in the listings. Let's now test "swindling" the automatic robots of spammers by replacing the @ with =AT= in the address, they may not recognise these different email addresses at all ??
    We will see the results later.

    Raimo Kaarna, the publisher

    March 1st 2007
    was the nightmare
    of my lifetime...

    During the previous night some 250 Mb of Signal-files, all the penpal ads of 2006 and 2005, were somehow lost from the webserver. Also all the photofiles and photos were lost...

    The new fine guestbook with 176 fresh penpal listings and photos was lost. The counter stopped counting visits...

    18 different test versions of the Signal disappeared ! These had been made using the excellent CMS contents management systems like Drupal, Geeklog, Joomla, Mambo, Nucleus, Postnuke, Wordpress etc etc - all lost ! The tabloid Signal was lost...

    Signal's main webserver is in Holland, two other servers are in Finland, and about one hundred "subdomaine" servers are scattered around the world, USA, Russia, China, Morocco, Germany, Switzerland and other countries...

    I do not know what happened, what was the reason for this misfortune. Possibly a bad virus even though my own computers have firewalls and excellent virus protection.

    I receive some 500 emails EVERY DAY, 90 % of them is spamming, destroying this trash takes anyhow only a few minutes daily. Panda virus software warns about new viruses found in my emails and I send them to Panda to add to their database to protect other computer users. By now I've sent far over 50 different new viruses to Panda.

    Well, I had to work a few days harder to recover Signal's website but still some photos are missing, still some links do not work. The work will be continued, so patience please !

    - Raimo Kaarna, the publisher