Over 200, and hating every minute

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Less than 2 months ago, I was getting around 115-125 spam messages per day. Those were the days. I’m now over 200 per day, a 75% increase. Somehow I feel I’m on the meaty part of an exponential curve. Here are some quick stats if the trend continues:

1) By Christmas, I’ll be over 300 spams per day
2) In about three months, I’ll be over 500 spams per day
3) And the kicker, 365 days from now, I’ll have downloaded 280,219 spams (that’s one spam every two minutes!).

If it’s not too cliché, I’d like to point out that if I got a penny for every spam for the next year, I would make nearly $3000. A dime? That’s nearly a living wage.

And well, what’s the harm in one more? In 2 years, 13 days, during the early morning hours, I’ll download my 1,000,000th spam from today. Eek.

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6 Responses to “Over 200, and hating every minute”

  1. dowingba says:

    How long have you been an Internet “presence” for this to happen? Of course we’ve all heard of Lance Arthur’s spam revenue. He now accounts for 1/6th of knowspam.net’s entire service.

  2. Jon Gales says:

    Greg: I should have noted that Spam Sieve works at 99.5+% accuracy… I don’t see that much spam daily, but I still have to download it. Would love to see a server side version of Spam Sieve.

    Dowingba: I’ve had an email address for more than 5 years, and the same one for over two. Anytime your email address is public domain (such as my @macmerc.com one is), you get spammed beyond belief. To make things worse, I have a lot of addresses that get a little spam each.

  3. dowingba says:

    My @dowingba.com email address is having the same problem. I haven’t counted how many I get each day but it’s definitely increasing freakishly fast. I’ve only had it for 5 or 6 months so far (used yahoo and the like before that). It’s just starting to get to the point where I’m considering shelling out cash for a good filtering program.

  4. greg says:

    sign up with an email provider that has SpamAssassin or something? 🙂

    have u checked out this software called Enkoder? i think it helps when u leave your email addy out in the open on web pages.

  5. Jon Gales says:

    Re: Enkoder

    Yep. And guess what? Spammers have checked it out to. Plus, I’d rather take a few more spams and have everyone be able to read it (screen readers included). Good thing I have 3 megabit cable modem access… It would take a while to download a million spams on dial up :).

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