Posts Tagged ‘Email’

Public service announcement on spam

Wednesday, January 28th, 2004


"Iím begging you, before I have to delete another thousand (yes, thousand) bogus emails ó please either update your antivirus and Windows systems, or stop running Windows, or get off the internet. For the good of the internet, before we have to change email so much that it doesnít work anymore, please fix this now. There is no technological solution; the only solution is for you to take charge of your internet connection and computer as an individual. I already told you how; itís not hard."

I could simply restate everything Charles Sebold said in his public service announcement post, but he put it so well that I’m simply linking to it.

Temporary remote storage space

Monday, December 29th, 2003

Dropload looks interesting — it is file storage space so that people can exchange files without having to set up their own servers or send huge files via email.

SpamAssassin is not perfect

Thursday, December 18th, 2003

SpamAssassin is not perfect, but it sure is nice.

It has already blocked over fifty emails just this morning! I’ve switched to using it for my personal email account a short while ago and it’s been keeping my inbox clutter-free since.

(Unfortunately, I messed up my Bayes filtering in my email clients around the same time and I accidently marked a lot of legit email as spam. It’s fixed now, I think, but may have lost a message or two in the process. My mail is working fine now, at least I hope. *smile*)

Spam containing bits of ham

Tuesday, December 2nd, 2003

As evidenced by my inbox, several times over, spammers are tossing in random words, even those from old works in the public domain. Of course, this seems to sometimes trick the Bayesian-based filtering, so many more spams are leaking into the legit pile of email every day.

BBC News has the scoop (with more info on the subject).

Twenty spams thus far

Wednesday, November 12th, 2003

I have already recieved twenty spam (unsolicited) emails which made it past procmail just this morning. I’ll have several others sneaking into my inbox throughout the day too.

Spam is a problem which is out of control.

Three-pane Mozilla mail, in a horizontal mood

Tuesday, October 21st, 2003

At work, I have selected an alternative view for my mail client. As I use Mozilla Thunderbird, the same thing should apply for Mozilla Mail. In the preferences, you can select a three-paned horizontal view. It’s great here on my 1600×1200 desktop, but I now run the window a bit larger (almost maximized — I did have it maximized earlier, but I don’t really care for maximized windows so I just made it take up most of the screen while unmaximized). The first column is for servers, each with multiple mailboxes over IMAP. The second column is the short header display (name, subject, date, status, etc.). In the third column, the actual email resides.

Since I have switched, I have discovered that I really like this alternative view. At first, I thought I’d hate it, but it has quickly grown on me, as I can see much more of the threading in the header region and also I can see most, if not all, of an actual message without scrolling.

If you have a decently large resolution and might happen to be running some version of Mozilla for mail, I suggest that you might try this layout for a little while (a couple of days, possibly) to see if you like it. I do. It makes tracking mailing lists much better (the various Fedora lists get lots of traffic).

Update: I have uploaded an example screenshot of my mail client demonstrating the new layout. (Yes, I did a lame blur-out-the-names effect for some of the lists and folders I have.)

Posting from my vacation

Thursday, September 4th, 2003

I just found out today that Kinko’s has Internet access! If you have a laptop, it is free too! I happen to have one of my laptops with me too, so I’m quite happy. (:

I’m currently sorting through all the email in my inbox. There’s a lot. Next up is to check work email too (…and it will be just a quick skim there).

I have taken a lot of pictures while down here, but not as many as I originally intended. I spent a lot of time with my family and the storms in the area prohibited me from taking as many as I would have liked too. Still, I think you will agree that I managed to get at least a few nice ones. (:

It’s been going great so far.I’ll be back home soon. See you all then. (:

Update 1: Yay, Sarasota weather! Lots of rain, thanks to a tropical depression.

Update 2: Kinko’s blocks some sites. Check out a screenshot. Greg, what are you doing? *smile* (Fwiw, I suggested a removal of the block on your site. Not sure if they’ll go along with my comment though…)