The life and times of Brent

Monday, December 20, 2004

Spam Sucks

Well, I'm tired of the 500+ spams I get each day, so I'm taking some drastic measures. I read an article on Slashdot about a guy who had the side effect of less spam after his email was shut down for a few days. I figure, it can't hurt, so I'm going to see what a few days without an active SMTP server will do for my spam volume. Yes, there are a ton of anti-spam products out there, but I'm just sick and tired of spending CPU cycles dealing with their crap. If you need to reach me, check for me on AIM, or email me at xenowolf (at) gmail (dot) com. Normal email will resume for me on 26 Dec. 2004.

Update - Jan 7, 2005 2:35 PM
After about a week of downtime with my email, I did notice a significant reduction in the number of spam emails I received, on the order of 90% or so. However, I was still getting somewhere around 50-60 a day, so I took one last step - I'm now using ZoneEdit's MailFoward feature to pass my xenowolf.com email to my gmail account. The problem is now completely solved :)

Friday, December 17, 2004

Speaking of PHP...

http://www.hardened-php.net/advisories/012004.txt - the gist is that there are some bugs with PHP - again - I'm glad I'm using someone else's code now - I don't need to do anything about it :)

The Holidays

Doesn't it just suck how slowly the workday crawls by during the holiday season? It's barely noon and I'm already looking for 5:00. It doesn't help that it's the end-of-the-year crunch time, and everything is either highest priority right this instant crucial, or ignore it we can't finish it before 12-31 back burnered. Ahh well, at least the holidays also mean some good movies, plays, and other performances are about.

Welcome to the new XenoWolf.com

Well, I've tried out a few new backends for xenowolf.com, and I've finally decided to use Blogger. It just works, and I'm tired of dealing with the regular old hacking of php to fix bugs - let someone else do it.