Monday, September 01, 2008

Choose Wisely, Young Skywalker

At least when you're picking your e-mail addy, 'cos you'll get a helluva lot more UCE-spam[1] as Aardvark@[domain]than as Zebra@[domain][2] -- and hugely less if your name starts with a number. (Why the numbers? It's a droid thing, you wouldn't understand).

Interesting research, forwarded to me as such things often and usefully are by the Fer-de-Lance, amateur and inadvertent rat-rancher, audiophile and cow-orker. Er, co-worker.
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1. I been on th'Net a looooong time, when "Pine Is Not Elm" made sense to a lot of folks at e-mail time, Usenet was where the kewl kids hung out and "spam" was massively crossposted and usually crudely commercal crap in the newsgroups. That other stuff is "Unwanted Commercial E-mail," but who'd chomp on that when it could be spam instead? Nobody. Face it, we feed our language on table scraps.

2. It rhymes with "Debra." Yes it does too.

2 comments:

The Captain said...

Cow-orker is not incorrect.

Back in the day, I was a regular at the Monastery. Knew the guy who was postmaster@netcom.com when Cantor & Siegel sent out the green card lottery spam. It was his first day on the job.

Talk about a guy with stories...

og said...

I have an email address that starts with a number, and I used it on my Kaypro Ten (Ten megabyte hard drive! Whoo Hoo!!!) to get on the net all those years ago (1985!!!!)

How did I get so farging old so farging fast.