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    Have not received my usual postings from the various forums that I subscribe to since the new server went up. I doubled checked my settings and subscriptions and everything looks fine.

    Any ideas??

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    Re: Subscriptions

    This is an issue for not just for you alone. Our transition team is working on it and hope to have it sorted out soon.
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    Re: Subscriptions

    Boy did the taps ever get turned on... full blast!!!

    During the last 12 or so hours I have received every forum that I subscribe to... twice. With postings going back to around the June / July timeframe for several of them.

    I have received 18,555 e-mails during the last 12 hours taking up about 19mb of space in good old Eudora. On the bright side of things, the flood is sure testing Eudora and my ISP limits!! <img src=/S/smile.gif border=0 alt=smile width=15 height=15> I took a couple of snapshots of the file info but won't post them now as I do not want to add to the volumes and cause more bloat.

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    All I can say is: "Serves you right for asking"!! <img src=/S/evilgrin.gif border=0 alt=evilgrin width=15 height=15>
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    From here on in I is gonna be vewy vewy quiet and stick to huntin' wabbits!!! <img src=/S/yep.gif border=0 alt=yep width=15 height=15>

    Subsequent to my last posting I received another 5,900+ postings related to the XP forum. I think it is a <img src=/S/clever.gif border=0 alt=clever width=15 height=15> plot to have us do the searching on our own clients and take the load off the servers!!! <img src=/S/devil.gif border=0 alt=devil width=15 height=15>

    The other upside is that I was able to prove that my e-mailer, Eudora, was able to handle a single message containing 5,900+ postings... impressive.

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    Bob

    Just out of interest, how much disk space does 5900+ postings take?

    When I came back after Christmas after three weeks off, I eventually got about 950 messages (only about 30 from the Lounge!) appear in my Oulook Inbox (about 880 of them spam), and it took nearly two hours for them to be delivered, in several chunks, from the Exchange server to my PC down the 256 kbps leased line!
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    John

    The 5,926 postings occupied approximately 6.5MB of HD space. I have since deleted the archive as searching through the single e-mail containing the 5,926 postings was a tad slow... even though the index feature worked almost instantly. What I found was that once I used the index to point to a specific message then scrolling up or down from that message took a few seconds to refresh the screen.

    Regarding your delivery comment... I use the telephone company's (Bell-Sympatico) Internet High Speed Ultra service - ADSL 3MB (MegaBits not bytes). Made it fast to get those MByte forum files but I have a 10MB (byte) limit for temporary e-mail storage at Sympatico. Once the storage limit has been met, or approaches its limits, then the message is sent back to the sender with a comment that "the user has exceeded their limit". A lot of ISPs have this same feature and I suspect that contributed to the Lounge's problems. MegaBytes going out and a number of postings going back to the Lounge as "undeliverable". Gotta be a nightmare!!!

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    Yes, all this unnecessary traffic will not have helped, but didn't that nice Mr Wolfman say the main problem was an internet router slowdown in the New Jersey area for half a day at least?

    I've never seen the Internet Traffic Report website before, and found it v. interesting!
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    John,
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    appear in my Oulook Inbox (about 880 of them spam),
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    Have you ever considered a decent Spam filter? <img src=/S/ouch.gif border=0 alt=ouch width=15 height=15>

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    I was summarising! I use SpamBayes, which is fairly decent. It said that about 260 were spam, and about 300 were possible spam. I had to go through the remaining ones in the "real" Inbox to assign yet more to spam. The subjects and content of spam mesages are getting ever more devious, as I'm sure you've noticed...
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    The advantage of some anti-Spam products is that they will rewrite your subject line with the Spam score (based on Subject/Header Content/Body). This cuts way down on the amount of "possibles" that you actually need to bother about.

    My main resource is SAProxy - based on the Open Source Spam Assassin. A freeware version is <!post= on jscher2000's site,321244> on jscher2000's site<!/post>. I actually run another Bayes filter on top - as each catches things the other doesn't.
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    SpamBayes also works as you describe, giving a "percentage likeliness" that the message is spam. This can be put in a column for your Inbox (or any) view. You tell it what percentage value thresholds you want. At the moment I have Definite Spam set to 85% and Possible Spam to 15%. These values means I haven't ever had any "false positives" (yet?). Anything above the appropriate threshold gets moved to a separate folder for each type. That means I only have to look at what remains in the Inbox, and fairly briefly in Possible Spam.

    But the whole thing is still a pain, and I think Bill ought to put most of his current fortune into stopping it - let him know my views when you next see him, would you? Thanks!
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    Unfortunately, this is serious business - as can be seen from this analysis of the address market - there is a full scale industry. I recently have been experiencing somewhat of a lull - even greater than the post SoBigF period last autumn. I'm just wondering whether my vulnerable addresses are starting to be deemed as dead horses <img src=/S/crossfingers.gif border=0 alt=crossfingers width=17 height=16> or whether there's a collective New Year's hangover.
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    Very interesting post indeed!

    I came across recently: What AOL says filled our Inboxes in 2003 (title amended, you will note...), and one of the UK Sunday papers yesterday (I think?) indicated that they thought that "organised crime" was getting heavily involved therein.

    CAN there be an answer? The laws that have come out so far in various countries seem to be worse than useless, and not just because there would have to be global action to stop this... Computers/servers acting as open relays ought to be disconnected from ISPs until fixed. Spammers ought to be shot, slowly. (Don't want to appear too reactionary, do I?!)
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    Perhaps you didn't follow the details of SoBigF that closely. Reports stated that there has been a steady "improvement" in targetting since the series started with SoBigA. What happened with version F, among other things, was that a fair number of IP addresses got highjacked. These were spoofed in some other location to churn out Spam wholesale. The day to day users of these addresses have subsequently had to pick up the pieces. This has meant, among other things, trying to get themselves removed from various blacklists. Among these people have been some who maintained security policies that kept their machines completely virus and trojan/worm free. In other words, the wholesalers have already moved past dealing with the issue that open relays can be traced.
    Gre

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