Thursday, August 05, 2004


I'm up to about 1200 spam emails a day -- about 600 between the time I leave for work in the morning, and the time I get home, and another 600 between then and when I get up the next morning.

I've resisted filters because of the risk of missing valid emails.. as discussed in today's NYT.

It takes 15-20 minutes to scroll down through the inbox and delete the junk, each evening and each morning, before I can look at and respond to the valid emails (which amount to a couple a dozen each day). It's not quite prohibitive so far, but it's half an hour a day or more that I could be doing something more productive.
Spam IS a form of terrorism. Sure, there's a profit in it, but I can't believe it's that big.

I believe spammers actually get off on pestering people, just like an obscene phone caller does.

Here's a poem I wrote:
See the spammer.
Spam, spam, spam, spam...
(Stop that singing!)
In this great big world of ours
there are human beings
and animals
and viruses.
And somewhere between "viruses"
and "smelly dead stuff"
is the Spammer.
He thinks he's a hero.
He thinks he's exercising his "rights" and "free speech."
The millions of people who get flooded with his spam
hate his guts
and wish he were dead.
The spammer loves to send millions of people e-mails
about Viagra and potency cures.
Why does he send those mails to everybody?
Because the spammer thinks that all men
have the same problem
that he's always had.

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