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Spam - what is that?

27 February 2005

Screenshot of mailbox full of spam Now this is what happens when you don't visit your mailbox for a couple of weeks. Couple of weeks? Say, 2 weeks at the most. At my Hotmail address I don't get that much spam, but at Yahoo I get tonnes of it. Why I don't know, maybe someone has harvested my e-mail address from somewhere and then sold it to some bad person who makes money out of bugging other people and clogging up their mailboxes ;-(

Updated 19 October 2006, by Sebastiaan Naafs - van Dijk

A couple of months back Yahoo Mail went into Beta. It now resembles the interface of Gmail, only more clogged up and less transparent. Gmail rules when it comes to simplicity and user friendliness, but Yahoo Mail Beta has taken the whole AJAX experience one step further. You can really experience the AJAX - just look at the waiting, loading and "just a moment, I'm getting there"-messages (joking)! I think the interface is a lot nicer, not to say a lot more standardized than the GMAIL code (check out Roger Johansson's story on "Making Google Standards Compliant"), and the Beta version works a lot more like a normal mailclient.

Screenshot of yet another mailbox full of spam What hasn't changed is the ability of spammers to fill up my Yahoo mailbox with spam, junkmail, garbage and other useless stuff I'll never read, buy, use or do anything with. Nevertheless, as the screenshot shows, my mailbox keeps filling up with spam, which is clogging up the arteries of the Internet. More than 84% of all e-mails sent last year werebelieved to be spam. If this trend continues an estimated 90% of all e-mails sent next year will be spam. Isn't it time we asked our governments and ISP's to REALLY do something about this?

Updated 31 May 2007, by Sebastiaan Naafs - van Dijk

Recently I've come across some interesting links regarding SPAM. The articles concern where spam originates from (inlcuding an excellent geographical map), the latest status on spam and an article about the history of spam. All in all well worth sharing with you:


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  1. Sebastiaan posted:

    And today I had 2032 spam-messages, all eminating from around ten sources. But what was really interesting was that most of the mails where modified at around 1/1/38 or 31/12/37. That's more than 30 years in the future. Help! I don't wanna know about all the future mail I'm gonna receive - I can't even handle all the spam I get today!

    ... on 31 October 2006 @ 17:03

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