January 2nd, 2004


Avoiding Spam in the New Year

Here's your technical advice for 2004: If you have problems with spam, it is your fault. You might like to think that I'm kidding, but I'm not. If your address is anywhere on the web with a mailto:yourname@thisdomain.bla HTML tag, an address harvester has found it and started using it. So if you want an address free of spam, you will need to make a new one and keep it to avenues that can be regarded as trusted.

I suggest you start a Hotmail account, with one quick little catch: set your home country to be in the UK (My personal choice is Edinburgh, Scotland). They have better news, better random personal crap articles, and you will be more highly entertained by the way the Hotmail staff attempts to ask you to extend your coverage.

You will also routinely encounter articles related to dating people in the UK, which are funny enough to take seriously. Like this one. Annotations follow.

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