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we will mail 4 u

Really really busy today. Got about ten copies of a junk email today with the subject header "We will mail 4 U". The return address was obviously junk (nonsense letters), and the only way to get off their mailing list is to phone a long-distance number ("and keep trying if it's busy!"). Grmbl. The tips I picked up on the Spam Filter Page seem to be virtually useless. After installing the suggested filters five days ago, only two (2) junk emails got filtered. Sigh. Back to the drawing board.
Discovered a neat new feature of Eudora (my mailing program)...timed email messages. Useful for sending email reminders at specified dates/times (including to myself: "Get offline and do something physical! Now!" :-) ). This sort of thing is only useful for someone who's online a lot. Like me. :) Finished answering the interview questions for the Winnipeg Free Press; hope I didn't sound like too much of an idiot. Canadian postal strike is still on; I'm finding it a bit of a pain because it means I can't send/receive cheques and contracts. Hope the strike doesn't last too long, at least for the sake of those who rely on snailmail for income.

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