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 […]

MIT Spam Conference, 3/30

Sunday, January 28th, 2007

Those of you interested in spam (and sadly I don’t mean the luncheon meat) might be interested in the Spam Conference happening Friday, March 30, at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). If you happen to have a paper about spam lying around, perhaps it might fit what they’re looking for. The deadline for entries […]

Temporary E-mail Addresses

Sunday, December 3rd, 2006

Steven Cohen blogs temporary e-mail address services for those times when people need to use an e-mail address, but don’t want to use their own. How many times do we wish we didn’t have to give up an e-mail address just to use a Web site, read a newspaper, etc.? dodgeit Spam Hole 10 Minute […]

Spam spam spam spam Spam spam spam spam

Thursday, November 2nd, 2006

Now, in honor of my penpal, it’s only fitting that I write about spam today. I initially didn’t connect writing about spam today with him, but, well, I put that on the, uh, menu after Kim sent me some links yesterday and the date just happens to line up right. If you’re like me, the […]

I love geeks.

Thursday, October 12th, 2006

I want to give a shout out to some friends of mine who have helped me deal with a very unpleasant situation at work this week involving some major changes to one of the e-mail accounts for which I’m responsible. I thought installing a different client on my desktop machine, like elm, pine, or mutt, […]

Spam + Gmail = Humor

Tuesday, September 19th, 2006

I couldn’t help noticing the link to a spam recipe above the spam mailbox in Gmail. It used to be that my Gmail account would get no spam, so I rarely looked in the spam folder. Now, I dump it every few months. As much as I don’t like junk mail, one of the advantages […]

E-mail Client Recommendation?

Friday, August 18th, 2006

I would like a recommendation for an e-mail client. I am not at liberty to discuss what’s going on in great detail here, but basically I’ve been using elm for a particular e-mail account because of certain features it has I haven’t been able to find in another suitable client. The server this account and […]

The Scourge of E-mail Disclaimers

Sunday, May 21st, 2006

I received an e-mail from someone I don’t know asking me to publicize an event among my colleagues. The event might have been of interest to a few of them. At the bottom was the standard confidentiality disclaimer. The disclaimer gave me an easy way not to share the event. I thought it was all […]

Book: Hacking Gmail

Sunday, January 1st, 2006

Hugh at gapingvoid points out a new book by tech writer Ben Hammersley called Hacking Gmail. It’s about neat things to do with Google’s e-mail service, like using it as a backup drive. Peter shares words of wisdom in the comments: since many of the hacks are against Google’s terms of service, if you already […]

Gmail’s Bad Pun

Sunday, December 25th, 2005

I admit that I appreciate Google and Gmail’s humor and sometimes even find myself laughing at it. Have you seen Gmail’s pun: "This holiday season, we hope yule log-in to Gmail." *j groans, then laughs

Dave Winer reports on new stuff with Yahoo! Mail

Tuesday, June 28th, 2005

Könnten Sie Mir Senf Geben, Bitte?

Monday, May 16th, 2005

Many of us are receiving a German lesson because of the flood of German spam e-mails. The Yahoo! account using their built-in spam filter received about 100. The other one with no spam filter received nothing. One of my work accounts received more than 650 of them over the weekend and continues to see about […]

A Slightly Different Approach to E-mail Management

Tuesday, March 22nd, 2005

After discovering he’s having a difficult time keeping up with his e-mail, Steven Cohen of Library Stuff publishes his contact information and suggests people use alternative methods of contacting him, like telephone, instant messaging, and Skype. I’ll be curious to know how well encouraging others to use alternate methods works for him. I feel like […]

"Never use an attachment when plain text will do."

Wednesday, March 16th, 2005

Here’s some humor related to an e-mail attachment didn’t come through–not that receiving threatening e-mails is funny because it isn’t. It is a rather serious matter that should be handled via the proper authorities.

Now that Google is giving away Gmail access,

Tuesday, March 15th, 2005

I doubt I’ll ever be able to get rid of those 50 invites I have.

E-mail Overload Tips

Monday, March 7th, 2005

I felt okay about the 100+ e-mail messages I receive daily until I read Stever Robbins’ estimate that it takes 3 minutes to deal with each message, which amounts to 5 hours of e-mail management a day. Wow. No wonder I can’t get anything done! Robbins shares a number of valuable tips, like how to […]

Valentine’s Day Sonnet Gmail Contest

Monday, February 14th, 2005

Rebecca’s having a contest for the best Valentine’s Day sonnet about blogging and the holiday. The prize: a Gmail invite. Addendum: Rebecca has a few follow-up posts, including a sonnet from David Weinberger. More are on Weblogs at Harvard Law blog. It’s so nice to see new content on that site. It’s especially appropriate since […]

Texas Attorney General Sues Spammer

Tuesday, January 18th, 2005

beSpacific reports the Texas attorney general is suing a major spammer.

First Gmail Spam

Monday, December 6th, 2004

I received the first spam e-mail in my Gmail account today. I can’t remember when I opened the account, but I’ve had it for at least 688 unread blog posts–at least that’s how many confirmation e-mails from a few of my blogs are sitting there. Sixty to seventy percent of the e-mail I receive in […]

More Issues with Gmail

Thursday, November 4th, 2004

The recent flood of comment spam (88 since Tuesday) brought another problem with Gmail to my attention. Several blogs e-mail new comments to my Gmail account. Not only does the way Gmail threads and groups messages annoy me, but there are inconsistencies with the way it counts new messages, perhaps because of how it groups […]

"[Hormel] decided that instead of turning the lawyers loose we’d just assume that people can tell the difference between good canned meat and bad e-mail and that people wouldn’t confuse the two."

Friday, October 15th, 2004

This post is dedicated to those guys who made high school much more enjoyable because of the Spam graffiti they wrote everywhere. In the age of comment spam and spam e-mail, it’s good for this Wired article to remind us that Spam can also be food. "This place is 16,500 square feet of pure pork […]

Spam on Campus

Thursday, September 23rd, 2004

For Friday’s Chronicle of Higher Education, Vincent Kiernan reports on whether open-source software can effectively solve the problems of unsoliticited e-mail at colleges and universities. Focusing on SpamAssassin, Kiernan discusses why institutions turn toward open-source solutions and what some of the commercial competitors are. The statistics about spam on college campus show how overwhelming the […]

E-mail Flood

Friday, September 17th, 2004

A few of you are amazed at the amount of e-mail I receive, so I’m posting this for your amusement. I missed four days of work this week because of my talk in Wisconsin. I got distracted when I began downloading my e-mail, so I didn’t see the initial number, but when I looked, it […]

E-mail Archiving

Monday, August 16th, 2004

I mentioned my e-mail problem the other day. This Transform article about archiving e-mail focuses on an e-mail archive for multiple users, but its seven items also hold relevance for people like me with thousands of messages in an inbox. (Repeat to self: "I do not need to save everything.") It does not, however, address […]

The Almighty E-mail Client

Wednesday, July 28th, 2004

A colleague pointed me to this article about knowledge management (KM) and blogging. The section that I found particularly interesting talks about how e-mail programs have become the key tool of the knowledge worker, even though people use them for many things they weren’t necessarily designed for, like storing knowledge and documents. This has me […]

More about My E-mail Problems

Sunday, July 18th, 2004

I apologize for this digression, but I know many of you use the .com e-mail address I’m having problems with. Tonight, I learned that mail coming from the Thursday Meetings at Berkman Blog’s profile are disappearing in Spamfilterland. (more) Sometimes I point to that profile to have people contact me about something on this blog […]

E-mail Problems

Tuesday, July 13th, 2004

A friend of mine figured out that I’m having problems with one of my .com e-mail addresses. We discovered today that the e-mail she’s been sending me has been magically diverted into Spamfilterland. Unfortunately, because of the way the filters are designed, it doesn’t look like I can tell the system that her e-mail is […]

Massachusetts’ Attorney General Sues Spammer

Saturday, July 3rd, 2004

Using the CAN SPAM act passed in January, Massachusetts’ attorney general is suing a company that’s been sending unsolicited e-mail about mortgages. It’s supposedly the first lawsuit using the act. The e-mails violate the act on several counts. from beSpacific

Gmail for Troops

Tuesday, May 11th, 2004

Please pardon this digression: For all you people with extra Gmail invites out there looking for something good to do with them, the site linked above facilitates Gmail invite donations for members of the military stationed overseas. You can even opt to have a service member for a penpal. I think I donated an invite, […]

E-mail Problems

Monday, February 9th, 2004

(totally off the topic) I discovered over the weekend that one of my e-mail accounts is not delivering e-mail properly and is not bouncing messages back to the sender. I’m not exactly sure what is happening. I think it has something to do with it being a hectic week, my computer coming back to me, […]

The Worm’s Got Me Double

Wednesday, August 20th, 2003

Besides having over 1000 messages in one of my e-mail accounts this morning (and that’s just this morning) and 570 by the end of business yesterday that’s related to the latest worm, I just got a bunch of bounced e-mail messages in another account. I didn’t send anything to those people. When I read deeper […]

Microsoft does something good: It sues spammers

Wednesday, June 18th, 2003

Microsoft has filed lawsuits against several companies and individuals who routinely spam users of their e-mail services, like Hotmail and MSN. Washington state’s anti-spam law allows Internet service providers to take action against such companies.