Apr 26, 2007

Spam, the other, other white meat

Spam, email, computers, blog, outlook, thunderbird, filter - bauer-power.net
Who doesn't love spam? If you are Hawaiian, then you really love spam. In fact, they even have spam sandwiches at McDonald's in Hawaii. There almost isn't anything more American than McDonald's, except perhaps apple pie, (Which McDonald's sells.)

Of course, I am not talking about spam the food though, I am talking about the annoying e-mails you get that ask you to enhance your body parts, or to buy Viagra really cheap. You know what I'm talking about!

According to TopTenReviews.com, in 2006 40% of all e-mail was spam. That is almost half of all e-mail sent over the Internet was junk!

Some e-mail systems like Google, Yahoo, MSN etc. have spam filters already in place to help filter the junk out. Often times, it isn't enough though, and if you like to view your e-mail on an e-mail client like Outlook or Thunderbird, if you get a spammed, you have to login to the website to report it. Outlook and Thunderbird do have their own little junk filters, but they only work on the client, and not that well.

What if there was a plugin you can install, but also uses filter rules from web servers on the Internet that categorize spam messages. These servers would get inputs form millions of other users across the Internet to help them better filter these spam messages. This plugin would essentially be a stand-alone spam filter server on your computer. If there was a third party plugin that did that, how much would you pay for it? $20? $30? or even $100?

Let's go with$0. Sound to good to be true? It isn't, it's open source!

I'm talking about Spamato! It comes as a plugin for Outlook, Thunderbird and even has an installer for Mac.

It runs as a service in the background, and connects to Spamato's servers on the Internet. It even has remote administration capabilities for use as a spam filter for your e-mail server (If I am understanding it correctly.)

Don't take my word for it, check it out on your own!

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