Friday, November 23, 2007

Despite filters, tidal wave of spam bears down on e-mailers


Despite filters, tidal wave of spam bears down on e-mailers - USATODAY.com By Jon Swartz, USA TODAY SAN FRANCISCO — "Why, in 2007, is spam worse than ever? Let exasperated consumers count the ways: PDF spam. MP3 spam. Pump-and-dump spam. E-card spam.

It may sound like a broken record, but spam continues to do just that — break records. This year marks the first time the total number of spam e-mail messages sent worldwide, 10.8 trillion, will surpass the number of person-to-person e-mails sent, 10.5 trillion, according to market researcher IDC. "


Spam sucks. But at this point in the evolution of the 'Net most of the methods that spamers use are are pretty well covered with one exception.

Microsoft.

Just about all the spam I catch through my filters comes from systems running Microsoft Windows. Somewhere around 85% of all spam comes from Microsoft systems that have been turned into zombies. If it were possible to take every MS system offline the spam volume would fall to a trickle. This, of course, isn't going to happen.

Billy Boy and the Microsoft Marketing Juggernaut have convinced everyone that spam is a problem caused by the Internet. "Internet worms, viruses & spam" rather than the more accurate fact that it is Microsoft which is the overwhelming cause for this scourge.

Thankfully there are alternates available. Apple's is one of the better options for people who don't want to muck about with their system. Point-n-click at it's best. The new line of Mac's have broken its single biggest problem, cost.

If you want power and flexibility, and like not having to pay for it, then Linux is a great option. You can get versions (known as Distros in the community) that are as simple and clean as the Mac all the way up to high-end massive clustering supercomputers. The ability to play with the innards is always available for those who might like to tinker all the way up to serious, complex system or applications programming. Plus the support for Linux is better than that for which you find with any other platform.

Using either of these options would cut the spam down to nearly nothing. That would be nice, wouldn't it?

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