The Future As Seen By Me In 2010

Well looky here, things one has scanned in eh. (ignore the photo, that's some guy that made some accounting software, not sure what became of him ;) MIKE RIVERSDALE is fuming. The expensive headphones he bought in Sydney three weeks ago have just died. His first reaction is not to randomly spill expletives into his coffee, but to use his iPhone to vent his frustration to his Twitter con- tacts, under the moniker Miramar Mike. "I will also put, 'What should I do?' It's a conversation. I'm reaching out to the people following me." The council predicts hand-held digital devices such as smartphones will rule the world in 2040. They already rule the life of Mr Riversdale, whose company WaveAdept helps businesses adapt - their computing sys- tems to allow staff to work from anywhere - and with anyone. In order of fre- equency, he uses his iPhone to tweet (1136 followers; 8363 tweets since joining), e-mail, make phone calls and use online services, such as checki

GMail Keeps 74% Of Email Sent To You Hidden

As GMail has a totally superb spam filtering system I am saved from the astonishing flood of spam reported - 74% of all e-mail in Q2 2008 was spam

Didn't a certain Mr B Gates promise, back in February 2004, that spam would be eradicated:
"Spam is our e-mail customers' No. 1 complaint today, and Microsoft is innovating on many different fronts to eradicate it," Gates said. "We believe that Caller ID for E-Mail and the Coordinated Spam Reduction Initiative will help change the economic model for sending spam and put spammers out of business."
Don't get me wrong, his heart was in the right place and he was totally onto it regarding the problem. Unfortunately the solution hasn't appeared except maybe to have top notch filters that just keep it out of our sight. And once the spammers realise that they are very unlikely to have things appear in my InBox (and yours if you use GMail) then perhaps the reason for sending will go away ... maybe.

Comments

  1. Yes, I think he was referring more to the technology to prevent spam from appearing in your inbox. All of the recent antispam measures, like SenderID, all help the filters to identify the spam. There's no way to eradicate spam completely unless there was a way to charge for each email sent out (like a posage stamp.) But it currently costs next to nothing for spammers to send out millions of emails, and if only a few people out of the millions respond to the spam then it's worthwhile.

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