Back to work today after a vacation to my nation's capital. I cannot believe how much spam I have to clean out of my work mailbox! Apparently the spamming frequency increased dramatically while I was gone. Also apparently my work address is being used as the reply-to address by some spammer because I have an enormous number of delivery-failed messages. (Unless they are spams disguised as delivery-failed messages, which were all the rage for awhile.)
Meanwhile, I'm extremely pleased to note that the automated programs I maintain only put out a total of about ten messages, most of which were informative rather than true errors. I generally code my systems (which almost all run from cron) to only put out output if there is an actual problem and have the email redirected to myself so that I get the error messages in my inbox, or receive nothing if everything is running soundly. At the end of last year I had a backlog of minor issues to fix, which I tackled in earnest at the beginning of this year. The last time I took a few days off I probably had almost 1000 of these messages (some of these run every hour), so I was very gratified to see that I had far fewer than expected this time.