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Zoë

Zoë is Google for your inbox (and outbox, too). It's written in Java and actually works on a number of platforms, using a browser-based interface. Jon Udell describes the way he uses Zoë in this O'reilly article.

But be warned: navigating through archived email from five years ago is as humbling as it is addictive.
posted by gdog on Oct 9, 2002 - 12 comments

 

Remember Claire Swires? Or Peter Chung? Well, there is a new man in town ... and his name is Trevor Luxton.
posted by ralawrence on Oct 4, 2002 - 6 comments

I will not forget the liberal media who abused freedom of the press to kick our country when it was vulnerable and hurting. This is just one of the lines of text in a recent email forwarding. The piece is attributed to one Ed Evans, MGySgt., USMC (Ret.). Google turns up page after page of the exact same text. It's being plastered all over the internet, repeated hundreds of times by hundreds of people. By what means does something like this become so ubiquitous? If a person wanted to create this sort of buzz, how would they do it? How do you combat such a tidal wave of jingoistic hooey?
posted by pejamo on Sep 18, 2002 - 49 comments

What are the ethics of forwarding an e-mail you were not mean to receive? What if it is sure to humiliate the sender? What if it ends up entertaining untold numbers of people around the globe?
posted by davidfg on Sep 16, 2002 - 35 comments

55,000 angry emails,

55,000 angry emails, all because someone decided to forge an email from "pro-palestinian agitator" Francis Boyle. The best part? "the FBI didn't find anything illegal". The guy "spent nearly four days sifting through the messages, writing personal apologies to the offended".

It really is too easy...
posted by mrgavins on Aug 27, 2002 - 8 comments

Fighting back:

Fighting back: Spammers want e-mail addresses. Give them e-mail addresses. Tons of e-mail addresses. This handy PHP script will add as many fake e-mail addresses to your web site as you want. 20 is the default, with command and space delimited, just like this:

lebsda@fihnekyjvbj.de, tzckk@zcwgituizwjgy.eu, lzteth@gvxmzqphddvhsd.de, wspvnmpitk@adlruenmiupuglcqn.nl, toulr@cttzrgrb.it, gxgb@yqkeermxyxxozvfws.dk, ucldeo@lwytvqqq.nl, brddshal@qmyhquiqtbaeggpx.com, ovu@zzxlbismicnqsuiubkfl.de, txxewr@ogpzcomgrhkd.br, goluv@twcnkfeghsh.com, tfexbuous@heev.ar, zjgeaztzvm@rvonhfrd.de, nhsgikjvjb@stncbqtnyyclaflm.jp, svgfdh@zeynvdd.nl, hxqios@yrdlshpyscndoslt.de, fxglj@sfkdxgyadbqk.ca, mtskzv@carbd.de, pigm@vnkcalneewdulz.com, nqnjwldpfk@ecifc.edu

And each call to the web site will give the spam harvester 20 spanking new addresses. (Web site is german, but the script is in english)
posted by vowe on Aug 26, 2002 - 59 comments

Excuse me sir, your dad likes hookers.

Excuse me sir, your dad likes hookers. Friday fun for all the family! Enter details about people you know and the PrankBot will send an email prank to them. They only have 3 pranks to choose from so far, but good for a giggle. Your company didn't need that email bandwidth anyway, right?
posted by sonicgeeza on Aug 16, 2002 - 23 comments

E-mail is trespass?

E-mail is trespass? A disgruntled employee's emails to his former co-workers are a legally actionable form of 'trespass to chattels', says Intel. Have you ever trespassed to chattels? Should you fined or even jailed for it? 3 lower courts in Claifornia have said 'yes' to all or part of that last question. (linked to in a thread today, but it deserves it's own).
posted by Jos Bleau on Aug 14, 2002 - 12 comments

Today's lesson: Write a letter to a congressman, get fired for it. Was this abuse of a work email account, or a miffed congressman's office overstepping its bounds? Ah, dissent in the 21st century, what a time we live in.
posted by mathowie on Aug 14, 2002 - 66 comments

Verizon v. Ralsky and Additional Benefits LCC

Verizon v. Ralsky and Additional Benefits LCC Verizon is suing Alan Ralsky in Federal court for sending enough spam -- more than 56 gigabytes -- to "virtually paralyze" their e-mail servers on at least two occaisions. The trial begins Sept. 23. Ralsky's response: "These (anti-spammers) feel we've infringed on their personal space. They want to own the Internet." Ralsky and his lawyer claim that he is picked on because he is open about what he does, yet Ralsky denied it to Brian Livingston last year. More about Ralsky.

Some good anti-spam information sources and tools include Spam Laws, CAUCE, SpamCop, and Spamcon.
posted by pmurray63 on Aug 4, 2002 - 11 comments

Minced words

Minced words NTK is reporting that a bug in Yahoo Mail causes inbound email containing script keywords like "eval" to be modified even when they are used innocuously. One result is that any instance of the string "eval" gets changed to "review", even when it's a substring of a larger word. Note the large number of documents on the web that use the words medireview (for "medieval"), reviewuate (for "evaluate"), and reviewuation (for "evaluation"). Is this entirely the result of the Yahoo Mail issue, or do these transformations occur in other web authoring applications?
posted by dougb on Jul 12, 2002 - 20 comments

E-mail Reaches the Unreachable via Shortwave in the Solomons

E-mail Reaches the Unreachable via Shortwave in the Solomons
PFNet is an innovative development project which deploys a growing network infrastructure across the largely rural and remote communities of the Solomon Islands. "PFnet is based on a model where community-managed, operator-assisted email facilities provide all groups (even illiterates) the means to send messages and Internet emails. ... Owing to the formidable logistical barriers in this scattered island nation, the mainstay of the network uses HF/Wavemail; a well proven system short-wave radios in Pactor 2 mode." The organization is a finalist for the Stockholm Challenge, an award for innovation in IT development.
    All a community needs is a shortwave radio, solar panels, and a computer running Wavemail to send email, and potentially more. The results are quite impressive: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6
posted by rschram on Jul 3, 2002 - 5 comments

ObitMessenger

ObitMessenger Why it's useful: Never miss important obituaries. Never miss an important obituary because you were traveling, on vacation, or missed the paper.
posted by srboisvert on May 30, 2002 - 11 comments

No Carnivore? No Osama evidence

No Carnivore? No Osama evidence "The FBI destroyed evidence gathered in an investigation involving bin Laden's network after its e-mail wiretap system mistakenly captured information to which the agency was not entitled. The FBI technical person was apparently so upset that he destroyed all the e-mail take, including the take on" the suspect, the memo said". Another example of the need for significant FBI reform?
posted by matteo on May 28, 2002 - 12 comments

Glurge.

Glurge. We're all familiar with glurge. It's that sickly-sweet inspirational message forwarded by someone who wants you to know they're "thinking of you", or the chain-letter story of the little girl with cancer who supposedly gets three cents for treatment every time you forward the message.

I prefer anti-glurge for snappy writing like this: "Dear world, My name is Jessica Miller and I am 7 years old. When I was born, my mother left me with my father, who locked me in the trunk of his Lumina for 7 years without food and water. While there, I got head cancer and second hand smoke. And fetal alcohol syndrome. And the flu." Via memepool and my mother.
posted by mr_crash_davis on May 27, 2002 - 14 comments

About damn time.

About damn time. If I ever get another email asking me to go to Nigeria on behalf of Mr.Ngkoskusomethingoranother for some large sum of cash I could just...
posted by lostbyanecho on May 24, 2002 - 12 comments

It takes all kinds: Marketing guy claims "I love spam."
posted by pmurray63 on May 16, 2002 - 19 comments

The Story of "Nadine" -- A Tale of Mailing Lists

The Story of "Nadine" -- A Tale of Mailing Lists This is an account of what happened after an Internet user accidentally gave a wrong email address when she visited a web page and signed up for a sweepstakes. It is a story about how Internet email lists can go horribly wrong. ( Via USS Clueless )
posted by Zool on May 10, 2002 - 7 comments

Backstabbing your coworkers via email --

Backstabbing your coworkers via email -- In a British survey almost 40% said they used email to further their own careers at the expense of colleagues.
posted by palegirl on May 8, 2002 - 9 comments

Mail servers down, Yahoo denies all

Mail servers down, Yahoo denies all All my buddies have bouncing Yahoo mail and no one knows what's going on. This, unfortunately for Yahoo, coincides with the launching of their pay for mail service. Does anyone have a scoop on this?
posted by djacobs on Apr 25, 2002 - 49 comments

The current issue of PC Magazine includes a very big puff piece on Internet mail praising the virtues of Microsoft Outlook and Outlook Express. Their review of e-mail clients is relatively uninteresting except for the sidebar on Disposable E-mail Addresses (DEAs). This is basically the old pseudoanonymous remailer under a different name. Among the free services sneakemail is the most basic but spamgourmet has the coolest attitude and allows you to make new addresses on the fly.
Q. How does spamgourmet stop spam?
A. Simple. We delete all of our users' email.
For commercial services there is also spamex and mailshell.
posted by KirkJobSluder on Apr 24, 2002 - 5 comments

Behold Oddpost!

Behold Oddpost! Like they say, it really is "indubitably the most astounding web-based email application on earth." I was skeptical, but their drag-and-drop interface is so clean and functional that comparing it to Microsoft Hotmail or Yahoo! Mail is like comparing a Frank Lloyd Wright house to a birdcage made of Tinkertoys. All DHTML, so it requires IE 5+ on Windows. Netscape, Opera, Mac, and Linux users are out of luck. (Welcome to the effects of market share.)
posted by monkey-mind on Apr 6, 2002 - 45 comments

Yahoo!Mail to start charging for services.

Yahoo!Mail to start charging for services. Effective April 24, 2002, Yahoo! Mail will no longer provide free POP3 Access or Auto Mail Forwarding to Yahoo! Delivers subscribers. What's your take on this?
posted by arrowhead on Mar 20, 2002 - 45 comments

Don't delete that e-mail. It could be illegal.

Don't delete that e-mail. It could be illegal. Why can't this guy delete his e-mail now?
posted by SandeepKrishnamurthy on Mar 20, 2002 - 10 comments

Be careful of what you say in your e-mails.

Be careful of what you say in your e-mails. Very funny yet scary e-mails from a publisher to the editor of Writer's Weekly. Notice how this person goes from business-like to downright nasty. (Note: lots of bad words and racist remarks!)
posted by braun_richard on Mar 20, 2002 - 7 comments

i hate spam, but i love spamradio...

i hate spam, but i love spamradio... the guys at spamradio use text to speech software on spam messages they recieve and mix the results with ambient music for truly disturbing and amazing results. from "run your own porn site" to "start spamming now", this is quite a quirky bit of audio.
posted by boogah on Mar 19, 2002 - 12 comments

"Britney Underground takes you on a tour of poignant urban artistry in a time of crisis." it's a nice collection of graffti from britney spears posters in new york, pretty funny. the negative emails are possibly the highlight.
posted by rhyax on Mar 16, 2002 - 10 comments

Not a hoax!?

Not a hoax!? 'We are in Mrs. Lentz's Computer Class at Clara Bolen Elementary in Tawa City, MI. We are doing an experiment for the art and science fair to be held in April at our school. We are trying to see where our email can travel in the space of one month.'
posted by asok on Mar 12, 2002 - 19 comments

Get your snail mail by e-mail.

Get your snail mail by e-mail. This startup will scan in your postal mail, e-mail you the images, and snail mail back your e-mailed reply. All for a monthly fee of $30 (or $40 for color scans). They offer CD-ROM archiving and optionally weed out the junk mail. Anyone want to try this out and post their experiences?
posted by waxpancake on Feb 20, 2002 - 23 comments

Did someone say pancakes?

Did someone say pancakes? [RealPlayer required] PlayMail by AT&T Labs allows you to send emails read by a talking face. If you get froggy, you can even create your own talking yak, chiffarobe or even yourself.
posted by pedantic on Feb 8, 2002 - 15 comments

Easy anonymous email

Easy anonymous email I thought I'd post this since many anonymous remailers no longer exist. In this age of anti-terrorism I don't know how long it will exist.
posted by mecran01 on Feb 2, 2002 - 12 comments

6 degrees of email.

6 degrees of email. A project is going on to test the 6 degrees theory. And it occured to me that something like this could be done on the web. Is it possible to go from any web site to any other in 6 links? (More inside)
posted by Steven Den Beste on Jan 23, 2002 - 27 comments

Break the Chain

Break the Chain has all kinds of nifty resources for stopping the neverending flux of chain mail wandering through your e-mail box, though if you're like me, you'll probably just read through the chain archives for their amusement. A nice companion to Snopes for your hoax-debunking needs.
posted by headspace on Jan 13, 2002 - 0 comments

Ironic Spam article

Ironic Spam article Does anyone find it ironic that a NY Times article on the horrors of spam is accompanied by one of those ads that automatically plays annoying music and requires you to find and then click on the off switch every time the page loads?
posted by Poagao on Dec 23, 2001 - 8 comments

do u mail or Do you email?

do u mail or Do you email? Hyphenless email drops the e as Josh Davis retreats to his virtual cave.
posted by rory on Nov 19, 2001 - 31 comments

Defend Your Freedom

Defend Your Freedom from dictatorship, porkbarrel opportunism, pseudo-stimulus. This site generates a personalized email to the Prez and your Senators. Maybe an empty gesture, but better than nothing...
posted by seitz on Nov 15, 2001 - 4 comments

Email Roulette

Email Roulette "When you submit your message, it gets sent randomly to another player who has signed up to receive messages. They have the option of responding to you or not; you won't know who it went to unless they write back... so you better make it interesting!....email Roulette is a great way to meet people and will doubtless provide you hours of random entertainment...." What hallucinogens are these people on?
posted by Voyageman on Oct 30, 2001 - 5 comments

Spamthrax!

Spamthrax! Anthrax via e-mail? Don't panic, it's from SatireWire.
posted by ferris on Oct 20, 2001 - 9 comments

PostPet

PostPet Japan's most popular email program. it's NOT outlook, it's NOT notes, it's NOT eudora. it's PostPet. related article here: A Dancing Pink Bear Named Momo. now looking at this pink bear in particular and japanese culture in general, any chance that imode will *really* be popular in Europe and the US?
posted by HeikoH on Oct 9, 2001 - 14 comments

Zero-Knowledge's Freedom Network to shut down.

Zero-Knowledge's Freedom Network to shut down. The network provided Internet and email anonymity. I always found it very slow and cumbersome, and stopped using it in favour of SafeWeb many months ago.
posted by tranquileye on Oct 4, 2001 - 5 comments

Crypto guru getting blamed for his software.

Crypto guru getting blamed for his software. PGP writer Phil Zimmermann's hate mail goes a little something like this, "Phil -- I hope you can sleep at night with the blood of 5,000 people on your hands." If Phil is guilty of anything so is everyone who has ever used their credit card online, including Mr. Hate Mail.
posted by skallas on Sep 21, 2001 - 23 comments

While the current email forward-of-the-day, Bomb them with Butter! sounds promising, I don't think food, DVDs, and newspapers are going to convert anyone.
posted by mathowie on Sep 20, 2001 - 27 comments

An editorial by Canadian broadcaster Gordon Sinclair called "The Americans" is being circulated by email in the wake of this weeks events, but in somewhat altered form. The broadcast was actually made on June 5, 1973, and the original text can be found at the Ryerson University site. Sinclair died in 1984.
posted by tranquileye on Sep 14, 2001 - 42 comments

The web in your inbox.

The web in your inbox. You want to surf. But your friends want to get together to play Werewolf. You can have it all. Search with Tracerlock and The Informant and when you can break away to check your email, you'll find links waiting. Did they find an interesting link for you? Then use GrabPage to have the page sent to you as an email attachment.

Surfing with email is cool. But why stop there? Why not do everything by email?
posted by otherchaz on Aug 31, 2001 - 4 comments

Hotmail Hacked

Hotmail Hacked Now everyone can gain access to your e-mail for Viagra orders, penis enlargements, and diploma purchases. Giddie up! (via penismighter)
posted by aaronchristy on Aug 21, 2001 - 10 comments

Yahoo! Mail adds offers mailto: support.

Yahoo! Mail adds offers mailto: support. now when you click on mailto: links on a web page, they will load up in yahoo! mail. (check the About Yahoo! Mail column on your mail page for the actual link.)
posted by mcsweetie on Aug 3, 2001 - 5 comments

MSN blocks its subscribers

MSN blocks its subscribers from sending mail with non-Outlook mail clients, as of last week. Like AOL, MSN hasn't allowed its subscribers to check their MSN mail with non-MS mail clients since the beginning. Last April, they banned access to non-MSN SMTP servers (to block spam relaying), but you could still send mail to other ISPs through MSN's SMTP server using your mail client of choice with a simple fix. Now, you can only do so if you switch to Outlook or Outlook Express (quietly announced on their site and via e-mail). All others (Eudora, Pegasus, Agent, Yahoo Mail, Netscape Messenger) are left cold. (more inside...)
posted by waxpancake on Jul 31, 2001 - 30 comments

Vegas Hotel Testing Video in E-Mail Campaign

Vegas Hotel Testing Video in E-Mail Campaign that will be sent to 60,000 existing customers of The Venetian. How much spam can you digest?
posted by NJguy on Jul 30, 2001 - 1 comment

I send you this file in order to have your advice.

I send you this file in order to have your advice. The Sircam worm is spreading at an unbelievable rate, with two interesting bonuses. First, it mass-mails itself to e-mail addresses located in browser cache files (so webloggers with e-mail addresses on their sites are vulnerable). Second, it infects and attaches a random document to the e-mail. If you're careful, this makes it the most entertaining worm yet. (More inside...)
posted by waxpancake on Jul 21, 2001 - 50 comments

Companies Encouraged to Mine Your Email Messages for Marketing Information.

Companies Encouraged to Mine Your Email Messages for Marketing Information. DoubleClick redux only now with e-mail? "Companies should be adding code" to your HTML-based e-mail messages, recommends an analyst from Jupiter, in order to track what products you're recommending to your friends and lovers. You may have missed this one due to CNET's marketing-happy headline. P.S. Here's the original press release from Jupiter.
posted by leo on Jul 16, 2001 - 9 comments

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