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Ár nDraíocht Féin
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July 25th, 2005

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08:03 am - Friends don't give out friends' email addresses to corporations
Um, yeah. I kinda don't have a cell phone.

Please stop giving my email address to weird SMS and mobile clients. It's exceedingly impolite and rude. If you've given it, please withdraw it. I'm tired of getting spam from them, and I'm not going to confirm that my email address is legit so they can sell it later.

I mean it, it's really, really fucking annoying.

btw: that goes for those filthy third-party internet address books, too, especially the ones that send email out to your friends asking them to "update their information" for you. Get a hard-copy address book if you're that godsdamned forgetful.
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Date:July 25th, 2005 02:09 pm (UTC)
fyi, there is at least one sms thing that mines people's hotmail address book, so you get stuff sent to you no matter what.

i signed up for one one night without thinking. it was one of those "i am tired, blah, bored, let's do something" things ... i unsigned up damn quick, and it was difficult.

so, yeah, those things can get your addy without people doing it on purpose. i found out that my invite was not from a friend who sent it to me on purpose.
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Date:July 25th, 2005 04:53 pm (UTC)
You use Hotmail?
That's one of your problems, there, Mike.
You want a Gmail invite?
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Date:July 25th, 2005 04:55 pm (UTC)
No, I don't. Hotmail is evil :) I actually have a gmail account. I just rarely use it. The osu servers have treated me well thus far.

But thanks very much for the offer.
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Date:July 25th, 2005 04:58 pm (UTC)
Ah, yes, the free OSU servers.
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Date:July 25th, 2005 05:34 pm (UTC)
I used to have a hotmail account a few years back. It got too buried in spam so I stopped using it. Mostly I use yahoo now, which has been pretty good. I've got gmail, too, but I've been limiting that one to business stuff.

My ISP's web interface generally sucks ass & my school's server is shit.

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Date:July 25th, 2005 05:43 pm (UTC)
Hm. I had the exact opposite experience. My Hotmail account seems to have an excellent spam filter, but the old Yahoo! account wound up with over a hundred spams for penis enlargers a day. I don't even have a penis to begin with! :-)
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Date:July 26th, 2005 02:02 am (UTC)


Hmm, I wonder how good the OSU servers really are treating you, if they allow all that spam to get to you. Much of the spam directed toward me (and hardly any legit mail) comes through OSU. But I have spamassassin on DrakNet tuned so it gets rid of most of it.
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Date:July 26th, 2005 12:00 pm (UTC)

Re: servers

We have no spam filtering, but we don't really need it.

The amount I get isn't that much, but the point here is that I'd like to keep it that way.

I'd say that, tops, I get 10-20 on a really rough spam day. On a good day I get zero.

And I'm working to lower the amount every day. My efforts are paying off some.
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Date:July 25th, 2005 04:57 pm (UTC)
They can. which is why I encourage everyone to not use address books. Those things? Nasty, evil. One virus and you've turned good friends into enemies for life.
Date:July 25th, 2005 05:28 pm (UTC)
yeah, i don't use hotmail anymore except for messenger.

i don't need anymore enemies for life. so i better watch out.

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