Archive for the 'E-mail' Category

Being Wired or Being Tired: 10 Ways to Cope With Information Overload

Wednesday, September 3rd, 2008

Sarah Houghton-Jan, Digital Futures Manager, San Jose Public Library and the LibrarianInBlack blog, has published an excellent article in the Ariadne Web Magazine called “Being Wired or Being Tired: 10 Ways To Cope Cope With Information Overload”: “What is information overload? 27 instant messages. 4 text messages. 17 phone calls. 98 work emails. 52 personal […]

AOL Boston Email Addiction Survey Results

Thursday, July 31st, 2008

AOL Mail has a new survey on email addiction across the country. Here are the Boston results: 44% say they are hooked on email 7% even hide checking email from family 87% watch their spelling and punctuation when typing emails 70% are irked by misspellings 23% have declared “email bankruptcy”, deleting all of their email […]

E-mail from the IRS is probably a phishing scam.

Sunday, May 11th, 2008

I interrupt this typically topical weblog for a public service announcement: Be very careful about e-mails from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) considering taxes. I received an e-mail claiming to be from the IRS asking for my bank account information so they can deposit a refund check. The chances of it being from the IRS […]

How to use Gmail to Manage List Emails

Tuesday, April 22nd, 2008

David Rothman of the medical library blog had an interesting post on how to use Gmail to manage List emails: “I subscribe to a bunch of mailing lists because they frequently contain useful information, but being subscribed to these lists using the email account provided by our hospital would be problematic. The volume of postings […]

The Joy of Answering Institutional E-mail

Tuesday, November 13th, 2007

Here’s a Slashdot post any of us who have ever had to answer e-mail on behalf of an organization (like library@, info@, questions@, webmaster@, support@, etc.) might appreciate. It certainly reminded me of a former job. Thanks for the link, Jim!

SpamCon Presentation: Blog Spam

Tuesday, October 30th, 2007

I realized recently I still hadn’t put the blog spam presentation I gave at the MIT Spam Conference in March online. Here it is! Blog Spam Jessica Baumgart MIT Spam Conference Friday, March 30, 2007

Internet Spammer Arrested

Saturday, June 2nd, 2007

The Times reports on the arrest of a former major spammer. Robert Alan Soloway, 27, faces “a 35-count federal indictment that includes wire fraud, e-mail fraud, money-laundering and aggravated identity theft” and could land him a 65 year sentence. While his arrest won’t stop the flood of unwanted e-mail into our inboxes, the case could […]

I forgot referer spam.

Tuesday, April 3rd, 2007

Remember how I usually forget to talk about something in my presentations? Someone said something to me tonight about referer spam and I realized I didn’t mention it in my Spam Con talk (which I still need to finish and post and give to the con organizer).

Spam Conference Schedule Posted

Saturday, March 24th, 2007

The schedule for the Spam Conference, Friday, March 30, at MIT is available. On Thursday evening, there’s a kickoff at the Cambridge Brewing Company beginning at 5 pm. I have the dubious unfortunate lucky honor of giving the first real presentation Friday morning at 9:45 am. Much to my relief, Amanda Watlington, whom I’ve known […]

Bad News: Stock Spam Works

Thursday, March 1st, 2007

Purdue University finance professor Laura Frieder and Jonathan Zittrain, a professor at Oxford University and a founder and affiliate of the Berkman Center for Internet & Society, released a study last fall indicating those spam e-mails with which you might be all too familiar actually boosted some stock prices. “Based on a large sample of […]