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Journal of schwern (1528)

Tuesday July 06, 2004
11:18 AM

Pitch Black

[ #19712 ]

Yes, I've gone dark. I blame $paid$ work and the six foot snowdrift of email viruses blocking up my inbox.

SpamAssassin is collapsing under the load, it can take an hour to filter a day's mail, and I can't keep the rules up to date. I'm trying GMail, figure Google has the CPU to burn on spam filtering, but that's not doing much better except to give me a fresh inbox to decimate. That and web interfaces are too damned slow for the volumne of mail I get. I have several weeks of spam and ham piled up so I'm in the middle of seeing if I can train SA's bayes filter to work reliably. Maybe then I won't feel like a blue whale trying to read mail. Hopefully that'll work out and I can start reading mail again this week.

I'm moving my code repositories off my laptop and onto a publicly visible server, so even if I don't get around to releasing new module versions at least you can get at what's in the repository. There's all but a new release of Test::More awaiting. I have Interesting Plans for how the repository will work (think: Aegis without the networking annoyances).

Finally, I'm going to reduce my $paid$ work load. I don't know how humans do this five day, 9 to 6 work week thing with commute. I find myself spending nights just cooking dinner and cleaning up and the whole weekend just recovering from the week. No time for serious coding projects.

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  • Have you tried using spamc with SpamAssassin? It really helps reduce the resources used.
    • Yeah, I'm using spamc. My .forward uses Mail::Audit and its not doing anything a simple procmail filter couldn't, so maybe I'll just choke back my bile and switch to procmail.
      • Definitely use procmail! I have a load of rules which match Windows executables and /dev/null them. Rules to match my mailing lists and deliver messages straight to their folders - I assume that mailing lists are tolerably spam-free. Only what's left after that gets thrown at spamassassin. It cut the load tremendously. If you want a copy of the .procmailrc, yell.
  • They keep you busy with work so you don't notice them stealing billions of dollars and starting wars.

    Don't knock it! It's worked well so far...