Spam Tracking

As you may know from earlier posts, I have been keeping tabs on spam email recently. The chart below is made from the data I have collected so far.

The lines on the chart show the daily intake (blue line) and the rolling average (green). As you can no doubt see, after a period of increasing levels, it now seems that the trend is downwards.As I also mentioned earlier, I am only tracking mail that actually makes it through my main filters and as far as my email client filter.

I really hope this is a sign of things to come – you can track the daily spam results here.

Inkjet vs Laser

Why anyone would use an inkjet printer for anything other than the odd colour print is beyond me as, these days, a laser:

  • Is almost as cheap to buy, particularly for B&W
  • Is much cheaper to run
  • Is usually quieter
  • Is much faster
  • Will last longer
  • Uses about the same desk space
  • Is better made
  • Produces dry prints
  • Usually has a paper bin

Even those who insist on colour printing should investigate the current crop of laser options – the price seems to drop daily and a perfectly good device can be bought for about £160, even on the High Street dealer’s web sites.


It’s taken me a long time and a lot of install/uninstalls to find a decent RSS newsreader.

I think I have now settled on one, it’s called Snarfer, it’s free, fast, doesn’t appear to crash and, in addition to all the normal RSS things, it’s got one particularly neat feature – the ability to make custom feeds of things like Google or eBay.

Probably best to explain this with an example; let’s suppose I would like to keep an eye on eBay for any sales of Ping, beryllium copper, golf clubs. Well, it’s simply a matter of “File/New/Ebay Search” and entering details for the eBay country I want and the phrase “ping becu”. Snarfer then creates an RSS item and collects data to populate it from the website. It’ll then update that feed as per my settings, pretty nifty eh?

I use a similar option to RSSify(!) Google for new sites/articles which include my surname and therefore provide me with info about anyone who maybe studying my family name. Simple and very effective.

Snarfer is one of those applications that just does it’s job quietly and very well. 9/10.