I always thought the uproar over spam was a little silly. As our Dean noted during Kevin’s presentation last week, the cost of hitting delete is fairly low. Until this year, it really didn’t bother me that much.
So far, I’ve lost a couple of important emails in the spam noise. They were both from people I didn’t know well, and both had subject lines that were ambiguous. Moreover, they came in on email accounts I don’t watch too closely. But even with all of those excuses, when messages are being lost it is no longer a matter of how much time spam takes away, but what balance of personal vigilance and loss of messages you are willing to tolerate.
So, I tracked down SpamBayes and installed the as Outhouse 2000 plugin. (Yeah, I know, keep it to yourself, I’ll not hear OS proselytizing emain happily multi-platform.) I’ve been running it for about a week and a half, and it is absolutely wonderful. I am 99% spam free.
Unfortunately, dark clouds gather on the horizon, and spammers begin to test these shields. How long before the plague returns? If only we could get Orrin Hatch interested in destroying spammers’ machines, we might start getting somewhere.
[ Updated to fix sevral herrendous speling errs. English sucks! ]