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Because there are only 500 in the world

June 30, 2004
Because there are only 500 in the world

I’ve been actively using Earthlink’s webmail for ages, but lately, I’ve started using it a lot more to filter out incoming spam, marking every last piece that comes through that isn’t someone I know as spam.

That is, until this morning, when after flagging about forty pieces of mail to block, I get the message that I’ve reached the limit of 500 addresses that I can block with the spamfilter.

500? Who the hell are they kidding? It took me maybe two weeks to hit that total, and now I’m supposed to live with it, or, perhaps, delete “older addresses” so I can free up new ones?

This is nuts.

All the more reason to switch my primary mail over to gmail.

Yeesh.

4 Responses to Because there are only 500 in the world

  • I’ve run into that issue before. Problem is, blacklisting addresses is a never-ending task, esp. since so many of them are spoofed these days.

    Your only hopes, alas, are to either only allow mail through on the whitelist (and review what gets blocked), or go to a Bayesian filter (such as POPfile). Both have problems and difficulties, but are going to be as good an answer as blacklisting addresses only as fast as spammers cycle through them.

  • Good point. We use Postini at work — awesome program — and I think I’ll start looking at Bayesian filters for home.

  • I’ve switched over to two gmail accounts, and am dropping everything else. I have one for “expected spam” that I give to businesses and one for friends, which once they start signing me up for porn, will get spam also.

  • I use POPfile on my home POP account, and it does a fabulous job. 99+% accuracy rate. And it’s free/open source.

    At work, I have both the corporate filters (Ironmail) and a client filter (IHateSpam), which still let some through — but still the tiniest fraction of what gets hurled my way.

    My biggest concern with GMail — for all that’s good with it — is that it still puts my mail out on someone else’s servers. Google’s really reliable, and pretty cool folks, but I still don’t trust all that stuff out of my own hot little hands, sometimes. And a web interface is never as fast or extensible (yet) as a local client.

    Now, if GMail started supporting domain remapping and IMAP and that sort of thing, I might begin to toy with the idea. šŸ™‚