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Spam

Do you do anything to handle spam email? I do. Oh, Outlook? Forget it. I overlooked a plain fact at that time: After all, it's a Microsoft product. Period. I even disabled Office OneNote, which I had purchased with a lot of expectation. Doh!

Now that I have my own domain name and let my email addresses exposed on the Internet, it's a matter of course to receive a certain number of junk email. That's all right. But spotting such garbage in my inbox and manually deleting one by one is a great bother. So I've tried out various spam filters. One of my recent choices was POPFile. It worked great, to be sure, but I was not all happy with the evident speed lag it causes in downloading email messages and the number of false positives, in spite of the extremely high effectiveness rate it attained.

Then, I came across this neat program called K9. It's the same type of POPFile, using Bayesian filters, but works as a Windows application and is very compact and snappy. I instantly fell in love with the program. Actually, it's awesome. I've been using it for over a month and its overall accuracy rate is 98.9%. The effectiveness rate itself is, however, not a big deal for me. What impresses me is that, of all the 4,500 email messages I've received during the period, most of which are free newsletters, I've found only one false positive so far. Although it can't display two-byte characters correctly on the control panel, it has perfectly nailed down spam in Chinese. It's also been doing well in processing Japanese spam messages, the number of which is very small compared with English ones.

There is a funny expression in Japanese:

いたちごっこ

Itachi-gokko. Literally, it's "weasel play," meaning like "rat race." Fighting against spam email may well be like that. Tiring it may be, but why not enjoy it then?

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hehe~!~I never use anything to stop the spam email ~~I’ll remember the japanese pronunciation~

What I do is stick to my old yahoomail account, it has built in spam filtering . Seems to work pretty well too :)

My hosting provider has Razor installed on the mail servers. It's about 50/50 in effectiveness. And I've had a number of false positives. I rely pretty heavily on my delete key, but I'm also checking my mail on the server before I POP it to my machine for backup. I'm happy to say that most of the spam I receive I don't even see because it's usually an embedded image, and using a text-based e-mail browser, you don't see that junk.

Mozilla is a great browser with a great e-mail client built in which does Bayesian filtering: http://www.mozilla.org . You can download the two as separate stand-alone applications too (named Firefox and Thunderbird, respectively).

Don't put your unprotected mail address on the Web; use the Hiveware Enkoder: http://hiveware.com/enkoder_form.php

Ah, Rudolf, while I'm thankful to your advice, I have to say I'm a Mozilla hater. The Enkoder sounds nice. I'll give it a try.

Why do you dislike Mozilla?

Yes, I've been using Firefox recently, and it seems more stable than IE.... :P

the enkoder sounds interesting....first time I've heard of it.... :o

Talk of web browsers, and Mozilla fanatics are sure to appear. :P

My impression is that Mozilla is buggy and heavy, taking forever to load. Also, it's a too much bother (for me) to configure them. I have Firebird (Firefox) in my PC just to see if my site looks all right on it.

Don't know about fanatic. Whenever there's a major malware pandemic, you can be sure yet another security issue in Microsoft software has been exploited, so it seems perfectly sane to me when people start looking for alternatives.

Mozilla is buggy and heavy, but less so than Microsoft's browser. Its support of Web standards is actually a lot better, and the loading time issue is something of an illusion. When you boot up a Windows box, parts of Internet Explorer get automatically pre-loaded into the system tray, taking up a chunk of RAM. This is the reason why IE _appears_ to load faster when you actually launch the app. If you use Quick Launch, Mozilla will pre-load on bootup as well: http://www.mozilla.org/projects/ui/communicator/framework/quicklaunch/

Myself, I have come to think of IE as painfully slow because it doesn't offer tabbed browsing. In Mozilla, you read a page and open any links off that page as a new tab loading in the background. Then you finish the paragraph or article you were reading, then you move to the next tab, which by that time has finished loading. In IE, you click on a link and twiddle your thumbs until the next page has been dragged onto your screen.

... and yes: the Enkoder _is_ nice and looks pretty bulletproof to me.

By the way: Movable Type "spam-protects" comment author e-mail addresses using this method:

http://www.wbwip.com/wbw/emailencoder.html

Which offers fairly weak protection against address-harvesting robots. See here for more:

http://simon.incutio.com/archive/2003/12/02/entitiesDontWork

To protect your readers' e-mail addresses, don't put them on MT comment pages.

If Mozilla were that great, why is it so unpopular?

Is IE's security hole thing critical enough to make people turn to other alternatives? What actual damage has it given to its users so far? At least, they issue patches regularly. IE can be properly configured with its security settings. There are a whole lot of useful tools exclusively designed for the use of the browser out there.

Tabbed browsing? IE has very cool pals like Avant or MYIE2.

I use IE simply because it's there, and integrated into Windows, whether I like it or not. For whatever the reasons, it's fast and stable. Its compatibility can't be defeated by any other one. I choose the better of the lesser.

That said, I'm playing with Firefox now. It could be my favorite one when Version 1.0 is released.

Kiyo:

I've been using Firefox recently, and it seems pretty stable....and fast....and your site looks fine on it :D

Yeah, den4, Firefox is good. I started using it just for fun at first, but I've got interested in it. Although I think the browser and its extentions are still buggy, they would be much better in time.