Technology Timothy Perrin Stop that Spam!
Finally! Spam filter software that works.
I thought the day would never arrive.
SpamNet users to see how “reliable” I
am. Slowly, the longer I’m on the system,
seem to be getting better, as well. Wall
solicitations to buy Viagra, get a cheaper
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about a program called ChoiceMail.
presumption that all email is spam unless
to “register”; you are then given the
opportunity to approve that registration.
register so a new-sender registration will
database to see if it is spam. If it is, it is
You can automatically preregister everyone
can quickly double-check it later, just to
you regularly receive mail. A 14-day trial
version is available from the company’s
people attempting to create a set of filters
If you like it and want to buy it, it’s
SpamNet user contributes to the whole.
spam offering appears on the Internet, it
almost instantly starts showing up in the
Mailbox Filter, which operates in a
slips through the filter into my inbox, I
merely click on a button marked “Block”
from someone on your email list, or a list
to notify the database that this particular
this particular message is a real problem
Unfortunately, I found it hard to use and
sending legitimate material to email hell,
that it only works with Microsoft Outlook
difficult to set up. It also required that I
my block message is really just a vote to
2002/XP. The product is free for end-users
email, disabling my automatic emailretrieval. Nice idea. Poor execution. It’savailable for a 30-day free trial athttp://www.mailboxfilter.com. If youdecide you want to buy it, it’s US$67. MailWasher takes yet another tack,
allowing you to preview your email whileit’s still on your ISP’s server. That wayyou can block potentially dangerousattachments before they even get to yourcomputer, “bounce” emails back to thesender making a spam robot think youremail address doesn’t work, and, as a lastline of defence, it offers filtering. MailWasher is free but it will cost youUS$20 if you want support. You can getit from http://www.MailWasher.net.
Equipment: should you try an all-in-one unit? A recent trend in office automation has been the all-in-one unit that combines a printer, scanner, copier, and fax machine into a single desktop “appliance.”
course, recovered desk real estate. In thespace where you now have just yourcopier, you’ll also have your printer, faxmachine, and scanner. You also need buyonly one set of inkjet cartridges and onekind of paper.
breaks, you’re really out of business! Notjust one function is impaired—four ofyour office functions are out ofcommission. That said, when was the lasttime you actually had a machine godown for any significant period of time?And, if any office machine is crucial toyour operation, you should have aredundant backup machine available,even if it is, for example, an old dot-matrix printer that can substitute foryour laser machine while it’s in the shop.
wide variety of available choices. In itslineup, Hewlett-Packard has nine-colour/inkjet all-in-one offerings, sixblack-and-white laser units, and one priceycolour laser machine. Lexmark offers a
inkjet desktop unit, suitable for a small
stapling, collating, etc.). Prices depend on
adequate. You would likely want a slightly
tray. It can only take 150 sheets at a time;
upscale model with better paper handling.
you’d virtually have to detail one staff
member to do nothing but refill it all day.
operating costs, not the capital costs.
(Colour laser machines are available, but
Timothy Perrin, a former lawyer,
is a technology writer for a varietyof magazines. He teaches writing
bed to work correctly. In fact, I could not
(55.6 x 41.4 x 33.8 cm.), has a legal-size
handle double-sided printing or copying.
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