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Matts (1087)

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I work for MessageLabs [] in Toronto, ON, Canada. I write spam filters, MTA software, high performance network software, string matching algorithms, and other cool stuff mostly in Perl and C.

Journal of Matts (1087)

Tuesday June 14, 2005
04:37 PM

Mini update

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Busy day. Teleconference at 7am today. Unfortunately all the actions out of that were mine (build a plugin to detect empty emails according to certain criteria and log in our RADAR system). To be completed today. Bah.

Instead I set about to do everything BUT the one thing I had to do.

Cleaned up being listed on rfc-ignorant (someone thought our postcode was wrong on our whois record - how lame is that? Seems like a spite listing to me)

Fixed some bugs on our dns builder.

Improved connection throughput in qpsmtpd running on our spamtrap.

Wrote a webpage about why I block emails with foreign characters in.

Made our spam signatures 5 times faster (at the expense of more RAM).

After all that I was rather tired and didn't want to do the thing I was supposed to do. But I decided to just push on and get it done.

So I finished that too. I'm rather tired now, need to go lie down :-)


In other news, at the weekend we went to the St Jacobs' Farmer's Market - a fantastic market with all sorts of fresh fruit, meat and veg. We managed to find a butcher who had lamb necks! They were completely unfilleted, so I had to do that myself, but the price was certainly right - we arrived at just before 4pm so he wanted to get rid of them - we paid $25 for 5 full necks (that'd cost me at least 20 quid in the UK).

Made Jamie Oliver's North African Lamb with Couscous last night for the In-Laws. We forgot to buy chillis, so it was rather mild to say the least, but still delicious. Filleting lamb necks is hard work though - must try and find a butcher who'll do it for me.

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  • I block emails with foreign characters in

    What's your definition of "foreign characters"?

    • I block anything where the Subject or From header is encoded in gb2312 or windows-874 or ISO-2022-JP. I simply can't read those emails.

      I also block emails where the From/Subject contains high 8bit characters that aren't encoded according to RFC 2047. I know this isn't a requirement of email, but I've had to add it to my list of draconian measures to keep my spam load down.