Elevating our Spam
No matter how many enhanced levels of security are put in place by our email providers, the pervasiveness of our online activities have made spam a way of life. By this point, we’ve all received messages that run the gamut from financial scams sent from far away lands telling of untold wealth to countless offers for life-changing pharmaceuticals that promise to cure every ill imaginable, but despite its best attempts to overwhelm us with sheer volume, it’s hard to imagine anyone actually falling for any of it these days. So as we’ve evolved as savvy web surfers, why hasn’t our spam? Perhaps it lacks sophistication and intrigue in its message for the simple fact that no one thought to provide an educational guide before, until now.
As both an homage to and a send-up of “The Elements of Style,” Strunk and White’s quintessential volume on grammar and writing, Jason Roeder offers a comedic primer on elevating our junk mail to new heights with his piece “The Elements of Spam.”


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Welcome back to .mac

I have had a few .mac accounts over the years … I think I balked at the annual charge, confusing architecture and slow connections and went with gmail instead. I am just now signing up again for my umpteenth iChat account (only so I can be sent large files too big for email).

So I grumblingly filled in my personal details, made a wry face at the “60 day trial” and settled for a – frankly – uninspiring iChat moniker. Then, in an inauspicious start to my Friday morning … this happened:



Serious point though, apart from my own tightfisted feelings about $100 (or whatever it is these days) being too much for an email+ account, surely it would be an excellent advocacy-building tactic to give all Mac owners a .mac address free? Maybe charge for the extra services? Just a thought…