Scott Hanselman

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September 02, 2003 Comment on this post [2] Posted in Web Services
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Well, we're back from Malaysia, and I'm officially on my first vacation in recent memory.  I've had a couple of bloggable things on my mind, but I've been limited by time and internet access.

I arrived home and checked my email from my home machine.  (I'd been checking my email remotely with OddPost, which is only the greatest remote email client since, well, ever.)   I use POP3, as I don't trust my server enough to use IMAP, and I leave the mail on the server and retrieve it from three or four different locations and client.  We were gone for 10 days, and as I hit Send/Receive I notice the status bar informing me that I have 1784 emails.  Seems a smidge much for only 10 days.  Of this mails about 1600 were spam and the remaining ~180 were legitimate emails that I'll need to deal with. 

That's it.  It's whitelisting time.  I refuse to deal with this much spam.  For the last few months I've been using Spamnet, but I can't justify paying $1.99 a month to prevent email I didn't ask for!  So, I will now use the Junk Mail features in Outlook 2003 to automatically JUNK all email until I've added emails to a local whitelist.

Next step is to look into a server-based whitelisting system for all my email account users and family members.  Anyone have any suggestions?

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Scott Hanselman is a former professor, former Chief Architect in finance, now speaker, consultant, father, diabetic, and Microsoft employee. He is a failed stand-up comic, a cornrower, and a book author.

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September 03, 2003 11:46
I'm using SpamBayes ( It's free and works like a charm.
September 13, 2003 19:27

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