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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)

Monday January 06, 2003
02:23 PM

Targeted spam...

[ #9795 ]

Not sure if this is targetted or not, but how does this person know I'm in Boston on the 16th?...

Date: Mon, 6 Jan 2003 10:51:39 -0500
From: Jonah Halper <>
Subject: RSVP today for a spectacular Young Adult WINE TASTING!
~ Bottle of Red Bottle of White ~
Wine Tasting
Thursday, January 16, 2003 - 7:00pm
Chesapeake Wine Co.
2400 Boston Street, Canton
Join THE ASSOCIATED's Young Adult Division for cocktails and conversation over
a grape tale...
"The Influence of Wine in Jewish Culture"
w/ Rabbi Steven Schwartz
Beth El Congregation
Call Jonah Halper at 410-369-9206 or email
to reserve your spot today!
$18 per individual (not tax deductable)


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  • in Ohio even if it's on Boston Street :) If you're in Boston then for the spam conf you should drop us a line as we aren't cashing in our one-way tickets until the 23rd.

    • OK, *now* I feel dumb. Thanks for being my proof reader :-)

      I'll check my schedule when I get there, and let you know though. If you're close to MIT maybe we can get together for a beer.
      • That would be fun as there are a number of nice pubs near MIT and it would be nice to see you before we head off to the ultra-frigid north :) Jarkko will probably be reading his email more regularly than I will at that point so drop him an email if you are free.

        And don't feel dumb about missing the address as the Getty Geographic thesaurus shows 29 Cantons each in a different US state and 25 different Bostons so it's hard to tell where something is without a zipcode for many places in the US. It's a big c

  • The timing may have been a bit coincidental, but I assure you that this has nothing to do with you being in Boston on the 16th.

    The address is for Boston Street in Canton. Canton is a town in Maryland not too far away from Baltimore. (The 410 area code is a dead giveaway; 410 is the greater Baltimore area, while 617 would be a more likely area code for Boston/Cambridge.)

    But if you are at all interested in stopping in on a talk on Wine and Jewish Culture while you're in Boston, by all means stop by. It