Spam, Spam, Eggs And Spam, Ham, Spam And Eggs

I have a very simple question: why do I continually get bombarded with penny stock scam image-based spam at work and yet my GMail address has yet to get a single one? Why does my corporate identity lose out? Why do most businesses do such terrible jobs at filtering out the crap and yet Google and Yahoo! manage to catch, on average, 97-98% of the spam I would potentially see?
FOLLOW-UP QUESTIONS: How can I convince Yahoo! and Google to allow my company to leverage their anti-spam resources and how in the world can I convince a corporate IT structure practically addicted to Microsoft Exchange to use said leverage?
FOLLOW-UP-UP QUESTION: Who, in the name of all that is holy, sacred and pure actually buys the stuff spammers “sell”? I, personally, think that anyone idiotic enough to do so ought to be placed in stocks in the town square and pelted with Hormel Brand SPAM™. Still in the can, of course, as I’d hate to have anyone forget the lesson they would be sure to learn.
1/18/07 FOLLOW-UP UPDATE: Wouldn’t you know it – an image-based V1agr4!-style spam got through to my GMail this morning. Heh.

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Doug
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6 Comments

  1. Surprisingly, UVA has a variable strength spam filter that is extremely effective. I might actually miss it when I leave here.
    Good luck with your corporate identity.

  2. Side issue: I’m finally starting to use RSS readers, and I noticed you don’t have auto-discoverable feeds. Or at least Firefox doesn’t find them.
    What’s up with that?

  3. Good catch – I didn’t have an autodiscovery link in my feed. I’ll add it ASAP.

  4. Errrm, autodiscovery link in my page.
    For all you WordPress theme authors out there, make sure you add the following lines to your header.php in order to make sure the nobrainers of the world can automatically discover your site’s RSS/Atom feeds:
    EDIT:
    That worked flippin’ fabulously. I had to remove the content from the comment by hand in MySQL since, as an admin user, WordPress didn’t strip the invalid HTML, thus h0rking both this comment page and the comments admin page where I could have possibly fixed it, sans phpMyAdmin…

  5. Sorry. I didn’t mean to cause trouble. I SWEAR!
    Don’t worry though, I got my paybacks already. I just found out that my wonderful mail filter held non-spams in the last 24 hours.
    It hasn’t held five total over the last 4 months.
    Stupid technology. I want some slate and chalk and I want it now!

  6. […] nobrainer nailed me a couple of days ago for not having auto-discoverable feeds on my site. The process for adding them to your WordPress is a rather simple one. […]

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