Tuesday, August 31, 2004

Spam Tricks

God I hate spam. The latest trick I've been seeing, is messages arriving in my e-mail box with artificially old dates. Since I have my e-mail normally sorted by date (like many people), these spams arrive "off-screen" and waste a bit more of my time as I scroll down to find them. I always know they are there, because my Inbox shows unread messages that clearly aren't visible.

The best defense is to take care with who (or what) can get your e-mail. My ISP allows me to create/remove e-mails at my whim, so I generally always create a special account when signing up for something online. This payed off recently, when I joined a contest for Mt. Dew online. As soon as I joined, my spam to the special account I created jumped to 100 or so junk messages a day!! Jeese, Pepsi sold me out fast enough! I deactivated the account so that spammers would get bounced e-mail. After 2 or so months, I thought I would fire up the account again to see what happens. Not an hour after the account was reactivated, I got several spam messages. By the end of the day, I had about 20 messages! Damn these guys are persistent. Needless to say, I've deep-sixed that account for good.

Fortunately, Netscape's Junk mail filter does a pretty darn good job of catching 98% of the spam I get, but its still annoying. My ISP has something called "SpamAssassin" that I've never turned on, but I've not felt that I've needed it just yet. I'm only getting about 5-10 messages a day that are junk, and that I can tolerate (knocking on wood here).

Now if I could just find a similar tool for filtering out the credit card and mortgage loan ads from my snail mail box, I'd be in pretty good shape!

Thursday, August 26, 2004

The Build is Code Red!

Cool link:

Bubble Bubble Build's in Trouble

The only thing I'd change, is that a good build would result in a chilled Mt. Dew, and a bad build would result in a chilled Code Red.

Mmmmmm Dew.

Tuesday, August 24, 2004

Color Scheme

Despite the fact that I didn't think I wanted to start a blog, I spent way too much time playing with the settings. Now I've got a rather decidedly ugly looking blog that needs a lot of work. Sigh.

What the...?

Not sure I wanted to actually start a blog..... just wanted a username.....


The Dewkid