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english language, lots of emails

I listen to the radio at work. Every station. When something gets annoying, I roll the station up... my radio doesn't have presets or anything so I just go up and down the dial all day. Christian radio, public radio, country, pop, I just listen to anything with a decent signal. Anyway, today I was listening to the rap station and this song comes out about this guy in jail, and I hear these lyrics:

the walls is gray the clothes is orange,
the phones is broke, the food is garbage,

okay, you can't really see it here, but the way the guy pronounced it the phrase worked... he RHYMED A WORD WITH ORANGE! Mankind said it could never be done but some rapper guy did it! I was amazed... had to tell my coworkers, who were just like, "But garbage doesn't rhyme with orange."

they're not believers.

In other news, I still don't have e-mails all set up on the powerbook, so I didn't check my addresses all weekend. When I came back and turned on the linux box, I had 4,000 new messages.

You may think I'm kidding. I'm not.

SpamAssassin is wonderful... it marks all the spam email on my server, so I can just filter it straight to the trash (I don't set it to automatically delete because you never know when you'll need to search for something that didn't make it through). Anyway, it's so nice, I don't care about who I give e-mails to anymore. I use the mailto: tag on all my websites without worrying about it. I sign up for stuff without a care. And it never bugs me, because after work I'm like, "Eh, 20 messages in the inbox, 700 in the trash, no biggie."

But it took like 30 minutes to get my e-mail! That's an issue. Maybe I should turn on the spambox option... makes me nervous to give my machines deletion rights but something's got to stop these crazy things.

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beskippy
Nov. 8th, 2004 06:07 pm (UTC)
SpamAssassin is great. Normally I get about 15-20 spams per day. Lately that's jumped up to about 70-80, and it's all just been pulled off of the address I have on my website (because that's the _only_ place I use that address). What gives? Spammers are getting desparate or something?
life_unwanted
Nov. 8th, 2004 08:16 pm (UTC)
Yes, I know that song very well. The rapper also says he should have murked to Kansas later in that same verse. Interesting song. BTW, I once was cheap_thoughts, now I am this journal. Add me back if you like.
spacefem
Nov. 9th, 2004 04:51 am (UTC)
AHH!! people who change livejournal names = confusing. but i'll forgive you this one time.
bingodoggy
Nov. 8th, 2004 09:48 pm (UTC)
Hey. Slant rhyme is still rhyme.
clubjuggler
Nov. 9th, 2004 06:39 am (UTC)
SpamAssassin's effectivness tends to wax and wane, depending on how old your copy is. It can be helped a bit by something like the RulesDuJour script which automatically downloads new rulesets, but it's still not perfect. Combine it with something like Grey Listing and a good virus checking like amavisd/clamav and it really rocks.

Do you, btw, direct all e-mail to your domain to your mailbox? (i.e. does anyrandomemailaddress@your.domain go to your main mailbox?) I used to do that, until this past weekend when some idiot spammer forged return addresses in my domain. :-( I've been dealing with bounce messages from that all weekend and until I turned that off, SpamAssassin was bringing my machine to it's knees, even using spamd/spamc. Since turning that off Saturday evening around 10:30pm, I've rejected 224,707 emails as "unknown user in local recipient table". :-(
spacefem
Nov. 9th, 2004 03:34 pm (UTC)
spammers started doing that to me some time ago, for some unknown reason. I now filter all "bounced back" e-mail straight to the trash.
(Anonymous)
Nov. 11th, 2004 09:37 am (UTC)
and i thought my email probs were bad.

i'm really to the point of physical violence, including town lynchings, if the spam authors are ever brought to light.

i wonder how many man hours are spent every year by the american web denizens defeating spammers. how much of the traffic moving across the internet is spam?

they need to be stopped. seriously.
(Anonymous)
Nov. 11th, 2004 09:38 am (UTC)
sorry, i posted the above.

mlah (http://mlah.redpin.com)
velshtein
Nov. 9th, 2004 01:19 pm (UTC)
Huzzah for rap rhymes! XD
karazorel
Nov. 10th, 2004 12:50 am (UTC)
I'm not a believer either.

Anyhow, congrats with the PB :)
karazorel
Nov. 10th, 2004 01:50 am (UTC)
Article about Spamsassin in OSX: http://developer.apple.com/server/fighting_spam.html

Although you probably already did that :)
belgand
Nov. 11th, 2004 04:46 pm (UTC)
Uh, yeah. Also Thunderbird has rather good junk mail filtering. It still tends to miss a few things, but rather good on the whole.
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