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E-mail is dead.
spam-c07.jpg In the last two hours, I’ve received over 100 bounced email notifications, because some asshole spammer decided to send out hundreds, if not thousands of unwanted messages advertising “Ho`w to b’uild your own busines’s we,bsite” using return addresses in my domain. The bounce messages are coming to me because I use a catch-all email box to get mail on my domain. These messages are not easy to block, because each one is going to a different address– each a different random combination of 7 letters.
If there’s any good way to deal with this problem using either spamassasin or procmail recipies, I’d appreciate hearing about that method. I can’t figure out a good way to filter out these bounce messages. Because all use a different address at my domain, I can’t simply send all mail to that address to /dev/null. Because I don’t want to filter out all bounce messages, I can’t filter based on the subject line. I don’t want to give up using the catch-all into my primary mailbox, since I use a large number of different email addresses depending on with whom I am corresponding.

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End of Free at NYT

The New York Times site was perhaps my favorite site on the web. It is comprehensive, nicely designed and, until this week, linkrot. Linkrot is what happens when pages fail to remain at the same URL. I thought the NYT had a decent policy balancing stable linkage with the desire to profit from the archives. Although looking for an article earlier than a month old pointed towards the paid archive, existing links to NYT articles continued to work for years– until this week. Now, all articles older than 30 days can only be retrieved through the pay archive. Actually, articles prior to February 2001 are still available. Blech.
Linkrot keeps the web from being as useful as it could be. I keep the sideblog (linky linky) to keep track of the most interesting things I’ve read. How useful will it be when half of the links are dead? It’s why at work we had to print out everything we wanted to ever refer to again, thereby wasting reams of paper.
More at Tech Law Advisor, FurdLog, DaveNet, Glenn Fleishman and bIPlog’s Mary Hodder

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Long weekend links

Here are links dating back to Friday.
It’s a Wonderfully Privileged Life (This is funny)
Breakfast Cereal Character Guide (with annoying MIDI soundtrack)
China plans a moon trip (starting a new space race?)
British students use SMS jargon in papers (just as Americans use IM spelling.) Will conventional spelling become obsolete?
Art of the future of the past
NYT: New York’s Kosher Laws, Answering to a Higher Court
NYT: E-Music Sites Settle on Prices. It’s a Start.
Agent Frank.
Communist theme park to open its gates. This East German park is different than the Lithuanian park, Stalinworld, announced last year.
Give it up for MC Zhirinovsky
On Mr. Rogers: Can You Say … Hero?
An Ivy League E-Mail Error

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Linky linky

U.S. Diplomat Resigns, Protesting ‘Our Fervent Pursuit of War’. “Our fervent pursuit of war with Iraq is driving us to squander the international legitimacy that has been America’s most potent weapon of both offense and defense since the days of Woodrow Wilson.”
Russian Vodka Feud Migrates to Benelux. (via The Trademark Blog)
New York Songlines: Walking Tours of Manhattan Streets
6:01am: New York City: Where “millions of people peacefully co-exist with millions of rats the size of your dogs… For fun, we get drunk at bars that stay open until 4am”
Buffy is ending. Joss Whedon hopes “people will look back and say ‘That was a show that was on TV'”

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LOC Audio Archives Available Online

Selected Collections

The Library of Congress holds the nation’s largest public collection of sound recordings (music and spoken word) and radio broadcasts, some 2.5 million recordings in all. Recordings represent over 110 years of sound recording history in nearly every sound recording format and cover a wide range of subjects and genres in considerable depth and breadth.

Some collections are digitized and online

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