Tag: Humor

Dealing with blocklists, deliverability and abuse people

There are a lot of things all of us in the deliverability, abuse and blocklist space have heard, over and over and over again. They’re so common they’re running jokes in the industry. These phrases are used by spammers, but a lot of non-spammers seem to use them as well. The most famous is probably […]


October 2015: The month in email

When you spend most of your day working on email and spam issues, it starts to cross into all aspects of your life. In October, I was amused by authors who find names in spam, SMTP-related t-shirts on camping trips, and spam that makes you laugh. Maybe I need a vacation? We were quite busy […]

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88 Miles per hour!

A lot of advertisers are really getting into this whole Back to the Future Day thing. A number of companies are compiling emails related to the phenomenon. MailCharts Milled What other ads have folks seen referencing Marty and his trip back?

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Tracking consumers

In an effort to more closely observe the group’s buying habits and personal behaviors, a growing number of corporations are turning to tag and release programs to study American consumers, sources confirmed Friday. The Onion

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Using Google to taunt coworkers

Happy Friday, all. This has been a rough week for so many people, I thought we needed a little humor. From Tim Norton (@norton_tim) on Twitter.

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Spammers make me laugh…

When they can’t work their spam ware. {rtf1ansiansicpg1252deff0deflang1033{fonttbl{f0fnilfcharset0 Calibri;}} {*generator Msftedit;}viewkind4uc1pardsa200sl276slmult1lang9f0fs22 Dear Sir,par My clients wants to invest huge cash .Please do reply if interested no dime needed from you.par Regardspar john Gagapar }

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Too much email on the brain

Last night I was cruising through our local news website. I see the headline New SPF guidelines coming our way. My first thought was, “Wow, SPF made the paper?” Now, I live in the SF Bay area so there are a lot of technology related stories that hit our paper which might not see the […]


Silly Saturday Spam

I couldn’t resist posting the newest Nigerian 419 showing up in my mailbox. Attn: Sir/Ma We are writhing to know if it’s true that you are DEAD? Because we received a notification from one MR. GERSHON SHAPIRO of USA stating that you are DEAD and that you have giving him the right to claim your […]

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Email in 2030

As predicted by Mark Brownlow. My favorite? You can still buy 1 million email addresses for $99. It’s still a bad idea.

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Silly spam subject line of the day

It’s Friday, it’s been a long week and while I have things to say I’m looking for some entertainment. What are your favorite spam subject lines? Here are some of mine: “Having rock-like winky is easy”(OK, I admit, sometimes I’m 12 and “winky” makes me laugh) “-Enlarge-your ~Penis up to 3 per month!” (Up to […]

  • Lost in the mists of time

    Over on the Farsight Security blog Joe St. Sauver talks about some of the early days of online abuse, on usenet. Laura and I were on the periphery of early usenet abuse, mostly as users, but Usenet (and IRC) around then were the places we both started with email abuse.No Comments

  • Ongoing Yahoo delays

    I've been hearing from folks over the last few days that they're seeing an uptick in deferrals from Yahoo! The deferrals are not uniform. ESPs report they're seeing some, but not all, customers affected. Other ESPs aren't seeing any changes. It's not just you. But it would be very worthwhile to dig into engagement and other stats. It's possible this is a new normal at Yahoo! and they're tightening filters to catch mail that doesn't fit their standards but was previously difficult to filter.No Comments

  • AOL starts using Sender Score Certification

    Good news for Sender Score Certified IPs. Return Path recently announced that AOL has joined the list of ISPs offering preferential treatment to certified IPs.  1 Comment