"Programmer and database types will notice one problem immediately - no fuzzy string matching."
Yeah, I really wanted to implement that. The problem was we had to use Microsoft SQL Server and no third party database/indexing systems. SQL Server's Full Text Indexing run took too long during the nightly import job on year 2000 commodity hardware. We also had to do all of this within the constraints of training state workers and handing off something they could actually maintain.
Ah, the joys of state contracting.
There was also a web service interface to this system that returned paged results as plain ole XML, but unfortunately I don't remember the URL. We had wanted to expand and create an interstate network by partnering with Texas and some others, but it never panned out for reasons I forget.
After looking at this site I started thinking about ways of crawling the whole database. The 500-record limit would make an alphabet tree crawl a bit more challenging but not too bad. Do you think the state agency would be amenable to requests for bulk download?
 just saw your post which answered most of my questions while I was typing them.
Ahhh, memories! Almost worth leaving the money unclaimed.
1. Pacific Bell Telephone Company $72.24
2. Verisign (SSL or domain payments) $73.50
3. 20 shares of TravelZoo stock ~$400.00 value?
That TravelZoo stock was from back in the crazy/genius dotcom days when they gave out free stock for email referrals and sign ups. :) They did something right since they are still in business.
I do appreciate this program as these were my oversight/losses, things I had forgotten. However the process to place claims is a bit of a hassle: I need to physically print out forms, include copies of ID, etc. I'll write up a blog post of the process of claiming it when it's all said and done.
Still, an opportunity for someone feeling entrepreneurial out there.
I suppose Oracle Shareowner Services has had a hard time reaching this reclusive character since their last reported contact date of "10/2/2008".
The address they have is correct.
Also, looks like Woz hasn't claimed his $5.61 from Apple yet: http://scoweb.sco.ca.gov/UCP/PropertyDetails.aspx?propertyRe...
Edit: Related to an article posted earlier about John Draper/Cap'n Crunch, looks like he has some property to claim too:
Edit 2: Hmm, looks like Jesus Christ has some unclaimed property too: http://scoweb.sco.ca.gov/UCP/PropertyDetails.aspx?propertyRe..., http://scoweb.sco.ca.gov/UCP/PropertyDetails.aspx?propertyRe..., http://scoweb.sco.ca.gov/UCP/PropertyDetails.aspx?propertyRe...
So I guess some of this is people using fake names.
Illinois' search is no better, but it does not display dollar amount details: https://icash.illinois.gov/
This was a hot topic a few months back when reddit had to deal with it:
Yes, child porn is banned on reddit. But things that are protected free speech, but not child porn ("sexually suggestive images of minors") are also banned on reddit.
Reddit seems to think it's OK to ban some protected speech to protect straight dude who want to perv at women, but it's not OK to ban some protected speech to protect women from being photographed in public.
There's good evidence that some of the creepshots were just regular photographs taken from existing websites, sometimes cropped or mirrored, and then given a new context. Some of this was done just to troll - linking a local meet subreddit to a creepshot group could generate a lot of anger.
People being angry about photos is one thing; real life information about people can lead to devastating witch-hunts and intense campaigns of harassment.
So I guess I can see why Reddit bans one, but not the other.
Sexualized photos of people taken without their consent is bad. The very fact of taking sexualized photos without consent/knowledge (e.g. upskirt photos) is harassment.
Witch-hunts can be a problem. People violating privacy and harassing people and then avoiding any consequences is a problem too.
The cynic in me thinks it's because of the general gender of who's affected.
Oh yes, I agree.
Side note: As a result of this article I found >100 bucks owed to family members which will be a great boon to them. Thanks for posting.
I bet this guy made keyboards.
Could you just claim that against your own ID?
Looks like I had some unclaimed cash in lieu of shares from a previous employer. Claimed!
Due to the large volume of claims we receive and process,
it may take up to 180 days to process your claim.
The average per potential claimant ($6B / 17.6MM) is only about $340.