Sunday, April 09, 2006

Smoked Pork and Ham

Dean, You Can Be Rich Like Us! (Can != Will.)
Dean, Low Home Mortgages! (Is 'low' the verb in this sentence?)
C1A1i5 Four Yuu!!! (What kind of crazy god would allow '1' to be I and L?)
You Can Increas You're Bust Size, Dean! (I've always wanted man tits, I thought I had to eat more McDonalds to get them.)
Find Out How Much 196 Lafayette St Is Worth! (I haven't lived there in 6 years and we rented.)
Pretty Girls In Your Area! (No shit, that's why I live here.)
$#%^#$%&*%^*(#%^(^%^$%^@$%^@$*@#$%^* (Dev Null Void)
V1^&r@ from canada, (Spelling aside that's not proper punctuation or capitalization.)
Free Ben & Jerry's Gift Card For Santa Maria! (That's not how I spell it.)
I am prince from N1ger1a with business opportunity for you, Send Bank. (The whole building?)
Urgent! Your Account With Sun Trust Bank needs Update. (Nice try. I don't have any bank accounts in the southern states. I certainly don't have one with Sun Trust.)

Since I got kicked off pop.psu.edu and had Dean at ties dot org redirected to Gmail, I don't get any* spam at all anymore. Astonishing since it's an address that's now 11 years old. Spam got so bad I had to filter out anything with my name in it and lost several legitimate emails over the years. Even then I would still have to sift through the new messages that got into my IN BOX. Hundreds of wiley messages still managed to slip past Penn States filtering system and my own set of filters in Eudora. It only took five minutes a day to scan them and junk them manually but that didn't make it any less annoying then if it took an hour. Now I don't know what to do with all my free time, and I'm robbed of that satisfying feeling of sticking it to 'The Man' with every spam that I trashed unopened.

(* OK, it's like two or three a day which is nothing when ratioed with the several hundred that used to get past my filters. The limit of 2 or 3 over X as X approaches infinity is zero.)

7 Comments:

Blogger Kevin Wolf said...

I get about 6-12 per day. (I have four addresses.) I hardly ever get legit email so it's easy enough to highlight the whole mess and trash them unopened.

If someone ever figures out how to truly ID and delete spam automatically, we will have discovered a god on earth.

Apr 10, 2006, 8:02:00 AM  
Blogger Dean ASC said...

Gmail keeps the spam in a spam folder. Trust me, there's still plenty of spam out there and so far nothing Gmail has trashed was important. Spam did cut in half when I lost the dasc@psu address. I suspect much of that was coming from former students using Outlook for their address book and falling prey to a zombie net.

Apr 10, 2006, 10:46:00 AM  
Anonymous Daren said...

Since switching to my own new address, I'm also enjoying a spam-free honeymoon period. (I've actually had the mac.com address for years, but didn't use it; my cancelled rcn.com address was the one that got all the spam. Any time a website or other registration asks me for my email address, I'm going to use my new comcast.net address -- and that's ALL I'm ever going to use it for.)

Apr 10, 2006, 11:53:00 AM  
Blogger RicketyFunk said...

When I register online with my e-mail, i usually make something up like kissmybutt@noshunshine.net and I usually don't give my real name.

Apr 10, 2006, 2:37:00 PM  
Blogger Dean ASC said...

I have working phony spam accounts for such a thing. Reading the New York Times online for instance. It's the spam that gets accumulated when someone who really should have my real address (like my credit card) sells their list and then that list gets sold over and over and over. That crap started to mount up. That and my first website had it in plain text before I found out about email address spiders that just strip email addresses off the web. Those lists keep getting passed around. I love the "I just noticed your web pages www.tiac.net/~gr8wyt could use some sprucing up." or "I was just on your website and thought you'd like to hear about our bullshit." emails. Those I'll never escape unless filtered, which Gmail does, or I drop my ties.org address. I like being just plain Dean AT something instead of DAS383@psu.edu.

Apr 10, 2006, 4:03:00 PM  
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