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Thursday March 07, 2002
10:13 AM

Spam 'n Me

[ #3347 ]

In 1998, I received 857 spams.

In 1999, I received 1,532 spams.

In 2000, I received 3,140 spams.

In 2001, I received 7,386 spams.

Already in 2002, I have received 2,954 spams. If February had been 31 days, I'd likely have gotten as many spams last month as I did in all of 1999.

I have never auto-filtered spam ... until now. It's gotten to be too much. I am getting about 50 spams per day, manually filtered to my spam box. Sigh. I get more spam every year than all previous years combined. This year I expect to get about 20,000 spams at the current rate of growth, which has been sustained over several years, and shows no signs of abating.

It is really disgusting.

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    I'm going to try installing it on my new mail box RSN, and I've got anectdotal reports from a friend that uses it that it works pretty well.

    • The problem with this is you don't find out about the people who just throw their hands in the air and say "Sod it, why should I bother", and never respond to the TMDA check message. Unless TMDA logs this, and you check your logs (which would, of course, be full of spammers anyway).

      Instead try SpamAssassin []. It's pretty effective, and besides, I work on it ;-)
      • Eudora filters catch most things for me. I get mail from many different mailboxes directly to my Mac, and don't want to proxy it all through another machine first, unless I have to.
        • Do you download via POP? It's in the TODO list to write a POP proxy server in POE that automatically does SpamAssassin filtering, and it might be fun to hack it together sometime soon.
          • In my to-do list is to finish up something I wrote that logs into your POP account, skims messages, kills ones that look like spam or viruses, and then leaves your mailbox otherwise untouched -- i.e., when you download messages later with your POP client, nothing is marked as already-read.

            I have the basic POP machinery working; I just need to sit down and write the what-is-spam rules around it.

  • Have you kept the same email address?

    I ask because I have recently switched to what I believe is going to be the last address I'm at for some length of time. I want to know how things will go.


    You are what you think.
  • SpamAssassin [] is awesome. I've been using it for a few weeks and with a couple of scoring tweaks I only get one or two pieces of spam a day now, instead of 40.