This page provides ways and means to contact its owner.

1. Home Phone Number

I print my Home Phone number on my letters as well as in the signature of my emails. Please note that there is an extension number to dial as soon as the phone call is connected. This is a simple measure meant to ensure that I am not disturbed by telemarketers and automated dialers.

2. Email

For the following, please replace <first_name> with my actual First Name and <last_name> with my actual Last Name. The email address is not explicitly written in order to prevent its capture ("harvesting") by spam bots.
  • My main email address is, as you might expect, <first_name>@<last_name>.net - I endeavour to check it and answer every 7 days or so.
  • If you cannot or will not send email at the address above, you may use <first_name>.<last_name>@gmail.com - I try to check it and answer emails every 14 days or so.
  • Please send any and all legal documents and correspondence to legal@<last_name>.net - all such email will trigger an automated confirmation emailed back to the original address. Note however that this automated reply is no guarantee that the email has been read - it may even have been captured by the spam filter. To ensure that your emails are read and receive the attention they deserve we can agree on a confirmation mechanism beforehand. Such emails are read with priority.

2.1 Encryption

The following is the public key to use if you are sending me email to my main email address. If you don't know what this is and you are using a Windows PC, I recommend starting at http://gpg4win.org/.

-----BEGIN PGP PUBLIC KEY BLOCK-----
Version: GnuPG v2.0.17 (MingW32)
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=Iftb
-----END PGP PUBLIC KEY BLOCK-----

The use of PKI (Public Key Infrastructure) for regular email messaging may be overkill, however. I suggest using a simple text AES econding, such as that provided by fourmilab. For all such messages, the pass phrase (key) must be exchanged through a different channel than that where the document exchange occurs. For instance, if the document exchange takes place via email, the pass key may be exchanged via a phone conversation or during a tete-a-tete (face to face) meeting.
Documents, including .txt files may also be encrypted using an archiver such as WinRAR (commercial) or 7zip (open source). With both such solutions, using a longer pass phrase (at least 15 characters) including varied characters, such as both capital and regular letters, digits, symbols and punctuation marks should make a document thus encrypted virtually unbreakable by an opponent.
Consider using Truecrypt to encrypt large collection of files where plausible deniability is a requirement. Otherwise, alternatives exist: luks, loop-aes, freeotfe; existing partition: EncFS or eCryptfs.

NB: The use of encryption should be considered relative to the importance and sensitivity of the documentation to be sent. Sending me messages about weather using PKI is a waste of time and resources.

2.2 Document formats

I prefer to exchange documents in PDF format. If sending me such documents in lieu of mailing or faxing them, please ensure that they include your signature. If I send you some older source documents with exotic extensions that appear more difficult to open, consider checking if your word processor vendor offers an utility allowing viewing / conversion of such documents. For instance, if you use Microsoft Office 2003 you may install the OOO plugin; Office 2007 supports ODF natively, allowing you to view such files (although it damages them; see also ODF Converter). Consider downloading and installing the free and open source Portable Open Office or Portable Libre Office.

2.3 Sending Large Attachments

In general, it is best to avoid sending anything larger than 5 MB by email as it may cause problems. There are several ways to accomplish this:
  1. Encryption + 3rd party service: YouSendIt (50 MB free, 100 d/l, 7 days), Tonsho (100 MB free, 6 x 20 d/l each 90 d, 3 mths), Attachmore (100 MB free), SendThisFile (slow but unlimited), Podmailing (good especially for multiple recipients), Send6 (100 MB, 10 / mth, 7 days, tracking), TransferBigFiles (1000 MB, 5 days), MailBigFile (512 MB, 5 days, 3 d/l). It is particularly important to encrypt sensitive files sent using one of the above services with a method described at 2.1 as even when such a service provides some kind of security, it is always incomplete and more vulnerable to eavesdropping than if you were to encrypt the file(s) before sending.
  2. Using an archiver such as WinRAR (commercial) or 7zip (open source) with the "split in volumes" then email the resulting chunks in separate emails
  3. Using instant messaging software such as Skype or another to send the file.
  4. Set up FTP / Opera Unite.

3. Facsimile (fax)

Be advised that my fax number may change often. I try to update this page every time my fax number changes. It is currently +1-206-666-4473 unavailable
I can also receive voicemail at this number. I check voicemail thus sent every 30 days or so.
Please note that there is no guarantee that I receive faxes sent at this phone number as this is a fax2email gateway and the complexity of the service significantly increases the probability of failure.


4. SMS or "texting"

You may send me SMS (i.e., 140 character messages from your cell phone using the Short Message Service protocol) at +1-315-726-3734
Please do not use this method for legal exchanges or important messages as it is not very reliable; it is better to use email for most important communication.
This is not my cell phone number. Although I do have a cell phone, it is generally kept off and calls are forwarded to another phone number. I use my cell phone very seldom.
You may also send me Voice Mail at this number. I try to check it every 7 days or so.

5. Instant messaging

If you need to contact me via an instant messaging service such as MSN messenger, Yahoo Messenger, ICQ, Skype or others please contact me via email first to confirm availability. If you need to communicate securely, I recommend using Pidgin with a security plugin, such as OTR.

6. Encrypted Address and Phone number

This is encrypted using as key V's astrological sign in native language (first letter capitalized) followed by the last two digits of the year of birth with no other punctuation mark.

#####  Encrypted: decrypt with http://www.fourmilab.ch/javascrypt/jscrypt.html
ZZZZZ WNNOH HNWXW BAERU KEEME KIMBR IGDQK OFAXJ XLHTD JWJIT DRGXC
GUVUV XSOUC REPGT IBLJQ JNNQD XWVPV UPHKS QUEBK VPFLK ONKRU BAFCH
WQEWJ OXBRE WWOKJ VFAAE IRQQP CBCIQ DEQSU KFOBV GGMSM ONQHS FMWOG
DDBTO KMDOS CIQXJ FBWWN JQBJU QXDBQ LFRCC LVMFQ NIHCG SVOWA TSHVA
QFQLK IMUTQ PBOTM WFDIE FSLJV OHWLP MQUBM VHCJP OQXKI KLQMN IGFHC
GFSEK DWXUD EHRBS ITSZZ YYYYY
#####  End encrypted message

This can also be found unencrypted in the header of most of my letters.