Spam! Spam! December 1, 2006Posted by gordonwatts in computers, physics life.
I am now getting close to 200 bits of spam a day. Email is a crucial tool for me; one of the only disconnected communication tools I have. The only other one – the phone with the answering machine – just doesn’t work any longer. But the spam is out of hand!
I have a great spam-catcher, but with the current onslaught of spam I have to have it set to a high enough setting that it inevitably catches real email. This is always embarrassing. 🙂
When I explained to John Hobbs why I’d missed some of his emails (a bit embarrassing when he is the over-all physics coordinator of the whole experiment) he replied:
As an (after-the-fact) amusing aside, I switched mailers a couple of months ago and discovered that the treatment of spam rules was different. In particular, the filter strings could be partial words in the new mailer, not just full words as previously. So, my old filters imported in the new mailer were marking as spam anything with “analysis” in the subject. (You can figure out the substring…)
But seriously. At what point to these spammers make email useless? I spend more and more of my time dealing with this! I can’t shut off email; there is nothing else (IM is only rarely an option). It is no wonder that the younger generation has abandoned email for IM. I believe the only time they use it is to talk to old folks…