October 04, 2003
Argh, Spam!

For the past few weeks, I’ve been trying to think of something clever to write about the spam email I receive. How it forms spontaneous, found poetry in my Trash folder, or how the From addresses are getting to be familiar like the names of long-forgotten friends.

But I am unable to say anything amusing or witty about this plague. I receive between 250 and 300 spams every 24 hours. My filters sometimes make mistakes, so I have to scroll through looking for real mail that’s been marked as spam. This is extremely irritating.

A few years ago, one of my Tech Know columns was on stopping spam (Kill Spam in Metropolis issue 376). It was a good article, but plenty of what I wrote no longer applies. Those [insert expletive here] [insert additional expletive for good measure] spammers know a million ways to trick the system. I thought I had a pretty good arsenal, but in reality I know no ways to defeat them.

Posted by kuri at October 04, 2003 10:33 AM


I too share your concerns. As I get the catch-all emails for the college I work for, I see a ton of spam every day. I think though, with a combination of good filters and SpamAssassin on your mail server, you can at least filter it aside and out of sight.

Has there been any talk of anti-spam laws in Japan? We’ve had it come up on the national as well as the state level, though I don’t know if they’ve been able to make any legal headway.

Posted by: Mike on October 6, 2003 07:30 AM
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