February 19, 2004

The Economics of Spam

Eric Allman rants about spam in an article titled "The Economics of Spam" He says "How does this work in the real world? Well, sellers try to maximize profits by maximizing price and minimizing expense. Advertising is an expense, so keeping this cheap is a good thing. And there's the rub." and goes on to say that e-postage / challenge-response systems need to be implemented to increase the cost to the sender.

Else where, Bill Gates revealed his 'magic solution' to spam and Yahoo announces its innovative solution about the problem.

The amount of spam I receive these days is shooting up. Sometime back I read on Manish's journal that the Nigerian spammers have been caught. But still I receive them in addition to mail delivery failures for mails faked as sent from my domain. Around 25% of mails I receive at my domain and around 90% of mails I receive at my yahoo account is spam.

God save me.

[Listening to: Numb - Linkin Park - Meteora (03:07)]
Posted by Balaji at February 19, 2004 12:17 AM

Actually, now, in addition to the spam problem, I have people calling me up and asking me my name before proceeding to attempt to sell me that credit card. That's right, they dial my number randomly and have the nerve to ask me *my* name before proceeding. I've started abusing and threatening them now.

Another friend in office tries to start selling them his old mobile phone every time they call :-)

BTW, when I hit TAB from this text box, the focus goes to the top of the page, not to the Preview button below. I had fixed this on my MT blog. Just add the tabindex property to the Preview and Post buttons (refer to the INPUT elements).

Posted by: Manish Jethani on February 19, 2004 01:08 AM | Reply to this

yup. its becoming tough. actually i have noticed quite a few times when these guys dial extension number's sequentially trying to sell their credit cards. i *shout* at them at times.
btw, thanks for pointing that tab issue. its fixed now.

Posted by: Balaji on February 19, 2004 01:28 AM | Reply to this