OT: _spam_ (Fred N. van Kempen)

From: John Lawson <jpl15_at_panix.com>
Date: Mon Dec 2 20:39:00 2002

 Since I have never posted anything to Usenet in 11 years, and since I
have always used a Unix shell account running Pine - I get relatively
little spam. There was a case some years ago where some enterprising
HAX0R catted the user directory and got all of Netcom's userids...

  I have never found any correlation between classiccmp ad spam levels...
I curently get one or two Nigerian offers a month, 7-10 Winning Poker ads,
7-10 Home Mortgage Refinance, an/or Ultimate Vacation Offer, and, lately,
once or twice a week, some thoughful person offers to sell me some Stuff
to make my YuNoWhat bigger... I don't know whether to to be flattered or
offended - so I just delete it all.

  I am not including the spam that filters onto the List itself (as a
recipient), I am citing the examples that are addressed to me personally.
Actually I get spam through Panix itself, the Lists I'm subscribed to, and
personal spam - at a ratio of about 40/40/20 percent. Even at that, it
amounts to 10 or 15 a week, and the DEL key kills 'em all, save for the
few creative or utterly moronic amateur examples that I file away.

  Just now there's a news item circulating as to how we can expect a
coming barrage of spam, and also as to how various Big Retailers are
gearing up to flood our collective mailboxen. And you thought you hated
Sanford Wallace sufficiently...


Received on Mon Dec 02 2002 - 20:39:00 GMT

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