I have been away from home and email – currently sitting in the airline lounge at DŁsseldorf airport, using a wireless network service provided by Vodaphone, which occasionally drops. This is rather irritating – there are 461 messages waiting, and if the network connection drops before the download is finished, I have to wait for 10 minutes before the mailbox will release the session and allow me to reconnect.
Spam is currently killing email as a useful tool for business communication, which is, I suppose, one reason for setting up this blog.
Out of said 461 messages, about 360 will be automatically filtered out by Mozilla’s Bayesian mail filtering. This time there will be no false positives, but you still have to check. The resulting 100 or so messages I will have to mark as junk manually, ending up with 21 of actual interest.
Moreover, I received a manual mail from someone I do not know (a contractor to one of the companies I work for), informing me that mails from me will no longer be received, since the two last ones have contained viruses. And this even though this person knows I didn’t send them (and says so in the email).
In other words, for me to send email, it seems I will have to change my address to something new. This, of course, will only work until the spammers with their webcrawlers discover the new address and start using it. And incidentally, why should I change an email address I have had since 1994?
Clearly, legislation and technology is not going to kill off spam – legislation because it is easy to avoid, technology because not everybody uses it. I am beginning to think that Microsoft’s statement on an email tax is beginning to make some sense.
According to silicon.com, users are just to thick to deal with viruses. Someone will always click on something they shouldn’t, and that’s that.
I want the exitement of “You’ve got mail” back, not the daily drugery of sifting through junk. I want to be able to use dial-up again. I want my mailbox back. Now!