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Sat, 24 Jul 2004

Lessig Declares Email Bankruptcy

Lawrence Lessig finally gave up on his pile of unanswered email and declared "email bankruptcy":

He went on to note that he had spent 80 hours the prior week sorting through unanswered e-mail built up since January 2002, and had determined that "without extraordinary effort" he would simply never be able to respond to these messages.

I feel his pain. I easily have over 1000 messages marked for reply in my current email client, and I'm not a public figure. (Let's not even go into the gigabytes of unread list email...) Many people get the same kind of relief Lessig did when their hard drive crashes without a backup and they start clean. Me, I've got email on various media going back to at least the mid-90s--probably earlier. Maybe it's time to follow his example...

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Thu, 01 Apr 2004

Dumb Virus Scanners


For the love of Bob! If you're running a virus scanner written by people so dumb they don't realize worms forge the From: header of the emails they send, turn off the email notification "feature"! I mean, here you are, writing a program you're going to charge $40+ for and you can't scan the Received: header and do a whois query to figure out the correct place to report the abuse?

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Fri, 12 Dec 2003

Reply-To: Header Munging

Should munging the Reply-To: header in email list postings be considered harmful or useful? You be the judge!

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