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Re: More on spam

On Sun, 19 Oct 2003 at 14:20 GMT, David Crane penned:
> For the sake of the list, please change the policy of posting e-mail
> addresses on the web and in news groups.
> We do use mailfilter and spamassassin.  But we are losing mail.  We
> have a 56K modem and a ISP with POP mail, and they limit us to a
> couple of megabytes.  Not everyone can afford DSL, and we don't want
> to keep the computer on all the time.  We definitely won't want to
> automatically dialup ever few hours to clean out the damn Swen mails.
> Next step is to just read this list through a news reader.
> Unfortunately, it will be difficult for me to contribute that way,
> because I'd have to get a hotmail account (they're micro$loth, right?)
> for each post.  Then I'll let the Swen crap rot on their servers,
> along with the off-list e-mail replies.  I'll still be able to read
> the list as news.  Has anyone started doing this?  Any pointers?

Subscribe to gmane.linux.debian.user, available on news.gmane.org  ...
that's how I read and post to this list.  I forget if it's open or not,
but most mailing lists have an option to subscribe but not receive mail.

BTW, I have had a web account for years at eudoramail.com (use it to
train SA now) ... it's free, though I don't know whether it has any
relatioship to hotmail under the hood.  It also (unofficially, I think)
allows several (maybe 3) pop pulls a day.

There's also a tool called leafnode that I've recently installed,
designed for news readers on slow connections.  It acts as a tiny news
server that only serves up newsgroups you've requested.  You can
configure it to poll for news only when you have a connection ...

> My Swen volume had dropped to a managable one per day since my last
> post here around six weeks ago.  I posted last night (helping someone
> fight Swen), and this morning, there were 20+ Swens, over 3 Megabytes.
> I was *that* close to losing e-mail.  Never again.
> I am not being allowed to post again to this list from this account
> (I'm sneaking in this one last post, figuring 12 hours won't matter
> much).  A sad goodbye -- my next post will come from a hotmail
> account.

I am very sorry to hear this.  It seems like you should be contacting
your ISP and asking them why they don't make spam filtering available to
you before it even gets to your machine.

As an alternative, for $15 a *year*, you could get a mailsnare.net email
account.  35MB of mail storage, 5MB of file storage, lots of bandwidth,
available whitelist/blacklist/spam filtering features ... IMAP, POP, web
access all included.

I personally thought their options on filtering were a bit limiting, so
I chose to let everything be filtered on my own machine, but the point
is, there *are* inexpensive and full-featured email providers out there.
Personally, I like the idea of decoupling my ISP from my email.

Unless you need to share ultra-sensitive super-spy stuff with me, please
don't email me directly.  I will most likely see your post before I read
your mail, anyway.

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