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27509Re: [peditors] Re: OT: moving to new Palm and new computer

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  • dmccunney
    Jun 3, 2006
      On 6/3/06, Steve Kunkel <kunkel321@...> wrote:
      > On 6/2/06, dmccunney <dennis.mccunney@...> wrote:
      > >
      > > On 6/2/06, Steve Kunkel <kunkel321@...> wrote:
      > >
      > > > > Make that "i.e.":
      > > > > - i.e. = Latin "id est" = that is
      > > > > - e.g. = Latin "exempli gratia" = for example
      > > > >
      > > > > -- Dr. Whom, Consulting Linguist, Grammarian,
      > > > > Orthoepist, and Philological Busybody
      > > > > a.k.a. Mark A. Mandel
      > > > > [This text prepared with Dragon NaturallySpeaking.]
      > > >
      > > > All righty then. what does 'RSVP' stand for?
      > >
      > > 1. Repondez s'il vous plait.
      > >
      > > 2. Resource Reservation Protocol.
      > >
      > > 3. Revolutionary Surrealist Vandal Party.
      > 4. Rock-Solid Viagra-Penis
      > Sorry ... That was uncalled for! IT's just that our firewall at work has
      > been letting so many "penis pill" spams through that it just POPPED in
      > there!!!

      Which do you use? We're an Outlook shop at the office, and have
      Barracuda appliances installed with an Outlook plugin to update the
      filters. Works pretty well, and I don't normally see Viagra spam. I
      do get a lot of penny stock stuff, though that's beginning to decline
      as the Barracudas get trained.

      I also run a free, open source spam filter called SpamBayes, from
      http://spambayes.sourceforge.net It's written in Python, and can be
      installed as an Outlook plugin (default), or as a proxy server between
      your mail feed and your email client if you don't use Outlook. I've
      been *very* happy with it.

      The only problem with the office setup is that I have a Blackberry,
      and I think the Blackberry redirector sees and forwards the mail
      before Barracuda does... :-(

      A few years back, before we got the Barracudas, I had a maddening
      problem. One of our clients was sending data to us for a project we
      were doing for them as PGP encrypted attachments to email. On a
      random basis, their email was simply disappearing. No error messages
      on either end, but no email either. I wound up setting up an FTP site
      as an alternate delivery mechanism for them.

      We finally found out what had happened. We had installed a spam
      filter for email (because *one* user had screamed about spam). The
      spam filter was randomly deciding that something in the client email
      met its definition of spam and was quarantining the messages, but not
      telling anyone it had done so. Once the mail admin looked at the
      quarantine folder, there were all of the missing emails from the

      All I could do was laugh when I heard about it.

      > Steve
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