Wednesday, October 12, 2005

Got Up at Six-Thirty This Morning

I'm still not used to getting up before ten, but I've got to squeeze a lot into my day. As I mentioned, I'm the web producer for a new show on a new network. The show is "Rough Cut LA" on LTN, Local Television Network. It's offered in Southern California and you can see what channel it's on in your area by visiting the website. Wow. That kind of sounded like a commercial.

Anyhoo, that means that all the random stuff that pops into my head now ends up on the "Rough Cut" website. Come to think of it, I may start posting some of my stuff from there over here. You know, try and drive folks to the site.

I want to try and do some fun stuff on the site, including creating video clips explicitly for the website, get creative.

Ummm...I'm about to go pass out.

ALSO, I HAVE A SPAM QUESTION FOR YOU GUYS:

My email address is now inundated with crap from webbots. How can I set it up so that anyone who emails me has to be approved, or manually type in some password? I know I've had to fill some out to contact friends of mine. I need it. Can anyone point me in the right direction?

Thanks.

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FifthDream said...

Hmm, about the spam, you could require that anyone who emails you puts a certain word in their email, and set up a filter on your end so that mail with that word goes to the proper folder. It would at least weed out the bots from real live people.

There's probably a better solution out there, though.

Butternut said...

*sigh*

Laura, what sort of email reader do you use, or is it web based like Yahoo!, Hotmail, etc? I'm assuming Outlook or something similar. There's AntiSpam programs available to help you if it's regular old POP-based email. I should be able to hook you up in that case.

I use Yahoo! and I rarely get spam at all. That's not a plug, but I do like it.

Rahul said...

Change your email address every year. so for the rest of this year your email address would be swish2005@email.com, next year a new account swish2006@email.com. at the end of everyear send out an email to all your contacts and remind them about your new address. also set up a junk email acount at gmail. so if your signing up for a magazine, or anything else that might seem to give out your email address. if you need a gmail account invite i got a ton and i would be happy to give you one.

ChozSun said...

I use a double filter: my ISP's SpamAssassin on the server and SpamBayes for Outlook on my client. I get like one spam per day and no false positives.

The ISP's side catches a lot and tags it (I let it come to me in case of false-positives). Whatever it catches, it tags the subject with [BULK] and I setup a filter to move it to my Spam folder. Anything that the server doesn't catch, my SpamBayes will. In the very beginning you have to teach SpamBayes what to look for in spam and what to look for in good email. So it helps to have a folder of spam and folder of legit email. Once you have trained SpamBayes, life is pretty good after that.

ChozSun said...

On another note, I have had the same email address for going on 9 years and I use it in contacts and filling out forms to verifying accounts.

Tim said...

I like the phrase "Spam Assasin".

If I ever have kids, this will be my firstborns name.

Clinton Freeman said...

Laura, you've already gotten some good suggestions. Here's what I do:

I use my main address for most things, but I have a filter that redirects most of the stupid stuff. I check it daily.
I use the others nnly when looking for a particular email and that's when I check them. Othersise, I rarely do.
Gmail have nice settings and are always developing more. It's worth checking every so often to see what they have in the works.
You can also have all your filtered email selectively forwarded to one address that you check, so you aren't checking 500 addresses from 50 different services.

Laura Swisher said...

I have multiple email addresses. The problem is that the email address listed on my blog, where I get email from people who contact me from reading my blog or my website, is now full of spam. So I don't really want to change my email address. I have a bunch of other email addresses for my identity theft ring and secret porn empire, and those are all spam-free.

Sean said...

Hey Swish, after you let the horse out of the barn your pretty muched F'd in the A.

The only way now of slowing down the spam and spam bots on your very public address would be filtering your email.

Filters are pretty simple to make in most email applications. The easiest filter process I find is in Eudora's email application where it's a two click process and your filter is set.

Basically you would tell your friends to add your secret word to the subject then filter all those messages into a good folder for you to easily read them. I good secret word to use is Senseo.

Good luck as always! :)

Rahul said...

you can always have all your email addresses forward to one central address, again i suggest gmail, it has a great filter, and its got enough space so you can fit all your messages

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Healer2K said...

fifthdream and Sir Sean already voiced the suggestion I was gonna offer. Aside from the secret password method, I'd ask the friends of yours you mentioned what THEY do.

As for the secret porn empire... HOOK ME UP!

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