Email's Ten by Ten Law
I drown in email and my aspirations for handling it are becoming increasingly
In the 1980s my goal used to be an empty mailbox at the end of each
During the 1990s the goal became to empty the mailbox by the end of the day.
But tasks I couldn't complete within the day accumulated, so in the 2000s
I just tried to have only so many messages as could fit in a window without
a scrollbar, so that I could immediately scan what I had to do.
Nowadays my modest goal is to keep the size of my mailbox below 100
messages, and I succeed in that only half of the time.
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Democracy in Europe: The Telecom Package
Last week I sent an email to the
24 Members of the European Parliament (MEPs)
that are supposed to represent me,
Telecoms Reform Packet.
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Malware on the Fly
Apparently, rogue servers listening on the
intercept the search terms of queries and generate on the fly
appropriate file names linking to files that contain malware.
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Cracking Software Reuse
[Newton] said, "If I have seen further than others, it is because I've stood on the shoulders of giants." These days we stand on each other's feet!
— Richard Hamming
Sometimes we encounter ideas that inspire us for life. For me, this was a Unix command pipeline I came across in the '80s:
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US Military Removes Word Documents from the Web?
On August 25th 2004 the comp.risks forum
run an article I submitted
regarding the large number of Microsoft Word documents available
on US milatary sites (sites in the .mil domain) through Google
(23.50 "U.S. military sites offer a quarter million Microsoft Word documents").
The article documented how such documents could lead to the leakage
of confidential data.
A week later I setup a script to watch the number of Word documents
available through Google searches
to see if and when the military would recognise the threat those
documents posed and remove them.
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Google's Web Accelerator as a P2P CDN
I admire Google's guts in deploying their
Proposing to act as an intermediary for the whole planet's web
traffic takes a lot of courage and a certain amount of audacity.
Interestingly, the system's design can be quite scalable,
through the use of peer-to-peer and personalization technology.
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Vatican's Prescient Web Masters
The Vacancy of the Apostolic See web page appears to have been prepared one day BEFORE the Pope's death.
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U.S. military sites offer a quarter million Microsoft Word documents
I was Google-searching for the Air Force Operational Test & Evaluation
Center publication "Software Maintainability - Evaluation Guide". To
make my search more efficient I restricted it to military (.mil) sites,
using the Google keyword "site:.mil".
I was not able to find the publication I was looking for, but was surprised
to see a number of Microsoft Word documents in the search results.
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Google Mail and Privacy
I recently subscribed to Google mail, to obtain a reasonable alias
(I thought I could get my loved dds initials, but it turned I would
have to use at least 6 characters). However, I doubt I will use the
service, because I really don't trust Google to search through my
personal email data. I have 300MB of email now, representing about
18 years of email discussions. (I routinely remove all attachments,
which I file separately, so the size of my emails is relatively modest).
If I trusted Google, I would like to upload all my messages to their
servers, and utilize Google's awesome search capabilities. However,
the truth is, I see too many ways for the service to be misused.
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A Spam-resistant Email Network
I am really fed up with spam. Yes, I am behind a spamassassin filter,
and it is getting less and less useful with every passing day. Many other
interesting ideas (including ji's patent) have failed to catch on and
provide significant relief. In a recent column in IEEE Spectrum
Robert Lucky expressed his yearning for the days when email was only used by
the elite in the know, the select few who "were on email".
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Well-behaved Web Applications
Very few web-based applications are designed to match the
As a result they are often irritating, counteproductive,
or simply unusable.
During the last two months I've been working on an
IEEE Software theme issue titled "developing with
open source software".
Most of my work is performed over the
IEEE Computer Society
The application is an almost perfect example of everything that
is often wrong with such interfaces.
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