Anyone who knows me knows I get a boatload of email, and of course, insane amounts of spam. The last time I tracked it, I had something like half a million pieces of it myself in a calendar year – so I see a lot of it. Given I do professional work in email, I have to make sure legit email doesn’t go to spam, so I notice what the current spam trends are, given I have to look through it all the time.
One that popped up recently a lot was one that went “How to rob banks legally!”
It occurs to me that if you could “rob a bank” legally, it would no longer be “robbing the bank”, wouldn’t it, as by definition, robbing is an illegal activity.
I get a lot of spam. In 2005, I got just under half a million pieces of it myself at my work email account. So I would like to think I am familiar with it. Each morning I download my 500 or so pieces of the stuff that have built up since the time I left work the night before. Each morning, it all gets routed to the junk mail folder like it always does.
I usually take a quick scan through the folder to see if anything shouldn’t be there. I usually sort by subject; that seems to help me weed out things that shouldnt’ be there faster. But this morning something occurred to me. In-between the spams that start with the letter “Y”, and the spams that start with gibberish in the subject, there’s no love for the letter “Z”.
It appears that I rarely get any spam that starts with the letter “Z”. Why is that? Doesn’t anyone love “Z”? Come on, “Z” needs some love!
You know with the real flood of email I get (about half a million pieces in 2005 alone), every once in awhile something happens that make me laugh about it. The other day I was looking through my spam, and saw this. It just struck me funny. Spammers use bots to insert names and phrases into their outbound spam, but every once in awhile their systems screw up and you see stuff like this.
It won’t make a difference for anything, but seeing this made me laugh at the guy who sent it. If you’re going to spam me, at least do it right you twit! :)
Check out the image below. It’s a screen dump from my mail client, Pegasus Mail. This is the copy of the program I use at work. I use it at home as well, but this is my office copy only. Specifically, I want you to check out the number of emails in the sent folder. I today reached a target I was wanting to get to for the better part of a year now. Around 6 or 7 months ago, a co worker of mine sent out a message in the interoffice email saying he had 10,000 emails in his outbox. So I thought, I can do that, I certainly write enough of it.
So at that point, I decided to not purge my sent folder, which I used to do from time to time. I don’t remember exactly when or how many I had when I made this decision. But today I go and look, and the earliest email in my sent folder now is from Mar 23 2004. If you count the number of days since then till today, it’s 467. However, since this is my office email, and I’m not usually at the office on weekends, so the number of days is a bit less. It’s actually 327 days if you take out the weekends from that figure.
Dividing 10,000 emails by 327 days tells me that I’ve written an average of 30.58 emails from my desk per day. That’s just an average.
Also keep in mind this is just emails I’ve written from the office. My sent folder at home has about 3,500 emails in it as well.
P.S. The mail in the “deleted msgs” folder are all inbound msgs I received from this past Friday evening when I went home for the weekend. So yeah, I get a bunch of email. Unfortunately, according to my spam processor, 94.05% of my inbound email is spam.
Here’s another one from the “disturbing information about the electronic age” department.. Apparently, if you have about $100, you can pay a website and have them get a log of outbound phone calls from a cel phone.
That’s fairly annoying. I’m usually not one to go around waving the “privacy” banner, because I feel that a lot of people whine about their privacy and rights are being violated (when they should just shut up), however, this one is somewhat nasty because the methods used to obtain said records are illegal.
Check out the story about this.
It’s getting to the point where we might want to just post everying personal about ourselves on a friggin billboard somewhere.
I normally don’t go for these things, but since I haven’t had a blog update in awhile, I thought I’d do this. I picked it up off of Laura Swisher’s Blog. Laura was the Co-host of “Unscrewed” from TechTV (later G4/TechTV until G4 killed off all the good shows from TechTV). Anyway..
1. What time did you wake up this morning? 830am, but only after about half an hour of “Get UP!” from the wife.
2. Diamonds or pearls? Pearls. ;)
3. What was the last film you saw at the cinema? The Incredibles last November. It’s been awhile.
4. What is your favorite TV show? Currently? Star Trek Enterprise. Of all time, probably either Dallas or Doctor Who.
5. What did you have for breakfast? Nothing. Skipped breakfast and went straight to Lunch – footlong Club on Italian Herbs & Cheese bread from Subway.
6. Peach yogurt or granola? Granola
7. What is your favorite cuisine? Italian
8. What foods do you dislike? Tofu, and other “health” foods of that nature. People that eat them look like friggin rails!
9. What is your favorite crisp flavour? Sharp Cheddar Cheese? Not sure I understand this one.
10. What is your favourite CD at the moment? “I Wish We All Could Win” by the Afters
11. What kind of car do you drive? 2004 Dodge Dakota Quad Cab Pickup
12. Favourite sandwich? Anything my wife makes. I suck at making sandwiches, she’s much better.
13. What characteristics do you despise? Perceived stupidity.
14. Favourite items of clothing? Baseball cap. Jacket.
15. If you could go anywhere in the world on vacation, where would you go? Los Angeles, to visit my friend Shawn Lyon. I’ve been saying I’ll come out there for over 10 years.
16. What colour is your bathroom? Beige
17. Favourite brand of clothing? Don’t care.
18. Where would you retire to? Doesn’t matter, so long as I have a good internet connetion.
19. Favourite time of the day? 1AM-3AM. I’m usually by myself, and I know the phone won’t ring.
20. What was your most memorable birthday? 30th. My then girlfriend now wife, teased me mercilessly about me being “Over the hill”. Major tactical error on her part, I can now hold that over her. :)
21. Where were you born? Norfolk, VA
22. Favourite sport to watch? Baseball – is there any other?
23. Who do you least expect to send this back to you? Laura Swisher.
24. What book are you reading now? Books about being a new father.
25. What fabric detergent do you use? No idea. I tried doing the laundy a few times after I first got married, but I botched it so bad, I was banned from doing laundry ever since! That’s the secret to getting the spouse to do what you don’t want to. Be incompetant! :D
26. Coke or Pepsi? Caffiene Free Diet Coke.
27. Are you a morning person or a night owl? Night Owl. Morning people are annoying.
28. What is your shoe size? 11 1/2
29. Do you have any pets? Yeah, two Tonkinese cats, Zathras & Kira.
30. Any new and exciting news you’d like to share with your friends? I’m going to be a dad in less than 4 weeks, but my friends know that already.
31. What did you want to be when you were little? Several different things, but the most “non traditional” was a professional bowler. This was when I was 4.
32. What are you doing today? Filling out this stupid survey! I also went with my wife for her weekly doctor’s office visit for the weekly end of pregnancy checkups.
I’m from Philadelphia, and I know the politics there fairly well. I can’t imagine my old town is at the forefront of a move to bring either free/dirt cheap wireless internet to all. Check out this plan – it’s quite amazing.
Although since it is government issued, one would have to think it would get screwed up, eh?
This actually was an AP News story, but since Yahoo’s news stories disappear after about two weeks, I copied it here.
The Onion is always got a bunch of funny stuff, but this link is particularly funny on what might happen if one’s parental units would discover your blog.