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October 12th, 2003
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I've finally done it...
The spam to content ratio on my painless-computing.com account, even with anti-spam software and other filtering measures (problem: I don't take the time to adaptively tune the rules) is just too high.

My options:

Use the Earthlink account I keep for use in the rare instances I need a dial-up account on travel. Advantages: webmail, poppable; disadvantages: I probably won't pop it--I don't think it's securely poppable or imappable; I might decide that it doesn't make sense to keep paying the expense and cancel it.
Use the Yahoo account: webmail, not tied to a for-pay ISP, decent adaptive spam filtering; disadvantages--attachment size limits, I might have to pay if my mail volume increases much
Use the cable modem account-associated account: advantages similar to Earthlink; disadvantages: might have to ditch it if I move...

Thoughts, dear friends?

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From:andrew_jp_reyes
Date:October 12th, 2003 09:30 am (UTC)
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I'm with Yahoo and upped it to the 25MB just for fun. Spam filters are good, but if you use Outlook pulls from the Inbox and Spambox both so that part is useless.
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From:happypete
Date:October 12th, 2003 07:27 pm (UTC)

hmm...

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must ponder further...
From:ex_mommabear187
Date:October 12th, 2003 09:43 am (UTC)
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or do what I do... I run my domain MX on my cable modem...

I'll leave the rest for you to figure out ;)
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From:happypete
Date:October 12th, 2003 09:49 am (UTC)

That's what we do...

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Server sits behind firewall, behind cable modem...

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From:flyingwolf
Date:October 12th, 2003 04:02 pm (UTC)
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Whatever you do - Make sure you give me your address! (would it be possible to just switch to a different address at painless computing?

I'm getting very fed up with all the spam we're getting. I don't get much at BriteCloth, but the work addresses are swamped. I had made the mistake of having our addresses on the web page. Now they have to fill out a form to contact either of us.
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From:happypete
Date:October 12th, 2003 07:20 pm (UTC)

Yeah...

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What bothers me is that SOMEBODY out there must actually be reading the spam and responding...
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From:flyingwolf
Date:October 13th, 2003 09:57 am (UTC)

Re: Yeah...

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agree. Same with telemarketers and door to door sales people. UGH.

I brought the issue up to my boss today and we're going to get new user IDs. Not looking forward to the amount of work this is going to involve.
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From:puzzledance
Date:October 12th, 2003 08:11 pm (UTC)
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Sign up for an e-mail forwarding address and use it as your permanent address. That way, you can receive your e-mail to any account you like, and you don't have to feel like you are tied to a specific ISP or e-mail provider. Many universities offer free e-mail forwarding addresses as a service to alumni. Give this address only to people you know, to minimize spam.

Set up a different e-mail account or e-mail forwarding address to use for on-line purchases, or anytime you give out your e-mail to somebody who you don't know personally. If you use a forwarder, you can forward the messages to your real address, so you don't have to check multiple accounts. You can get a free e-mail forwarding address from Bigfoot. Then, if the address gets too clogged with spam, you can abandon it, or stop forwarding it, since all your friends and family should be using the other address.
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From:happypete
Date:November 2nd, 2003 03:23 pm (UTC)

yeah...

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well, I have several mail forwarding services...

my undergrad school has one (yours does, too)...

I guess what I need to do is make the "honey pot" to put out there for online purchases, etc.
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From:puzzledance
Date:November 2nd, 2003 05:56 pm (UTC)

Re: yeah...

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my undergrad school has one (yours does, too)...

I know, silly! I am so special, I even have two! &;) I don't give either one out much.

I guess what I need to do is make the "honey pot" to put out there for online purchases, etc.

Sounds like a plan!
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From:happypete
Date:November 2nd, 2003 05:58 pm (UTC)

Re: yeah...

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I ended up killing the painless account, anyway...

it was just too well known and too polluted by spammers.
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From:puzzledance
Date:November 2nd, 2003 09:28 pm (UTC)

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I ended up killing the painless account, anyway...

Awww... &:(

In that case, would you please send me with your new address, so I'll know how to reach you by e-mail?
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From:happypete
Date:November 3rd, 2003 03:42 am (UTC)

Re: yeah...

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plthomas (AT) yahoo.com will work just fine.
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From:owenthomas
Date:October 12th, 2003 08:46 pm (UTC)
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I'd vote for a change in address -- "happy at"? It's so cool to have your own domain name -- why would you downgrade? Anyway, if you're going to use a dial-up account as permanent email / spare ISP, why not switch to a cheap one, like PeoplePC (also owned by Earthlink)? Yahoo's not a bad option, but to make it work, you really need to pay for it.
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From:starweaver
Date:October 13th, 2003 04:28 pm (UTC)
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Yes, dearheart... you can have an account on starweaver.net -- I just changed hosting servers, so I'm not sure if its securely POPable or IMAPable, but you are welcome to have it for as long as I have my account up and running, which at 7 years and running is a pretty good bet I'll have it up for awhile. Its web accessible and everything! No charge but a hug if I ever get to meet you in person.
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From:happypete
Date:October 13th, 2003 05:46 pm (UTC)

awww...

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thank you...

I may just make "happypete@painless-computing.com" and never give it out anywhere except to personal friends...
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