I am sad to report the spam situation has gotten out of hand. Nearly all of my important correspondence comes to my Notre Dame email address. Because I only give the email address out to people, never give it to companies, never post it on websites, and never sign up for acconts with it, I get zero spam. My former address with my ISP, however, does not fare quite so well. In the course of 6 days it accumulated 196 messages. 3 were not spam. About 6 years ago when I, and in fact most people, were Internet novices, detecting junk mail was a piece of cake. Just one look at the subject was enough to tell you that the "Delete" key was the appropiate action to take. Sadly, the spammers have stooped even lower. Now we have to contend with subjects like these:
Really, the only viable option now is to fight back. A cool program for the Mac called Spamfire filters spam very intelligently. Best of all, it has a "Revenge" menu (every program should have one of those) that, among other things, lets you flood spammers' databases with meaningless garbage. If it happens that their databases can't handle the huge influx of garbage and crash, well that would just be too bad. Call me bitter. Or call me RYAN of SALT LAKE CITY.