On Mon, 1/26/09, Daniel Spalding--Gooneybird <DanielSpalding@CenturyTel.net>
From: Matt Lamborn
Sent: Friday, January 23, 2009 8:07 PM
Subject: Re: Pond and Lake-bottom MUCK, algai, scum, pondweeds, clogged irrigation filters
(sent from mobile)
On Jan 23, 2009, at 5:39 PM, "Daniel Spalding--Gooneybird" <DanielSpalding@CenturyTel.net> wrote:
E-mail spam, also known as junk e-mail, is a subset of spam that involves nearly identical messages sent to numerous recipients by e-mail. A common synonym for spam is unsolicited bulk e-mail (UBE). Definitions of spam usually include the aspects that email is unsolicited and sent in bulk. "UCE"
E-mail spam has steadily, even exponentially grown since the early 1990s to several billion messages a day. Spam has frustrated, confused, and annoyed e-mail users. Laws against spam have been sporadically implemented, with some being opt-out and others requiring opt in e-mail. The total volume of spam (over 100 billion emails per day as of April 2008[update]) has leveled off slightly in recent years, and is no longer growing exponentially. The amount received by most e-mail users has decreased, mostly because of better filtering. About 80% of all spam is sent by fewer than 200 spammers. Botnets, networks of virus-infected computers, are used to send about 80% of spam. Since the cost of the spam is borne mostly by the recipient, it is effectively postage due advertising.
E-mail addresses are collected from chatrooms, websites, newsgroups, and viruses which harvest users' address books, and are sold to other spammers. Much of spam is sent to invalid e-mail addresses. ISPs have attempted to recover the cost of spam through lawsuits against spammers, although they have been mostly unsuccessful in collecting damages despite winning in court.
Granted...it is a pitiful way of doing business. After all the four months
of diligence I have only made initial contact with those from the As to
the Ls. I never mentioned the one thousand post cards I had printed
special to send via snail mail. (I've still got about 800 of them left
over.) For a long time I was actually printing the Google Image on the
reverse side of the post card and doing a reverse image address. Doing
that, I used up about a hundred dollars worth of ink to print that small number
of cards. All that expense adds up to inflating the cost of the product
I'm trying to sell...and that aint good for either party.
The alternative is going on welfare...which I've done now by signing up for Social Security. (I turned 62 day after Christmas in case you want to send me a bottle of wine for my 63rd.) I rest my case, even though I'd like to spend more time actually describing how much work it was to send you an email that failed to interest you in making a purchase.
Oh Matt, I noticed you replied via your "mobile" device. I hope you weren't driving (LOL). I'd hate to think I might have caused an accident. And in order to keep from having to write this all over again if someone else complains, I'll just refer them to this page. I would send all this to you but that would exacerbate the spam issue. Life is really complicated nowadays.
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