The Finch Formerly Known As Gold

31 August 2004

Take a bite out of spam

It's probably overkill for an individual user at my volume level (150-200 a day), but we're trying this contraption out at 42nd and Treadmill, and in its first half-hour of operation it trapped 100 or so items of dubious provenance.

Given the amount of time we waste processing and tossing that crap stuff, I figure the machine should pay for itself no later than the end of next month.

Posted at 1:32 PM to Scams and Spams

It's funny to me that you'd have a dedicated piece of hardware for de-Spamming. But then again, I know next to nothing about networking.

Posted by: Dan at 9:34 PM on 31 August 2004

It was an act of sheerest desperation: at one point we were receiving nearly ten thousand spams per day. The machine (which is basically a single-purpose PC designed for rack mounting) intercepts incoming mail and discards anything it thinks is spam or worse; it has its own filters and its own virus-checker. The discarded material never even makes it to the mail server.

Posted by: CGHill at 7:27 AM on 1 September 2004