On this week’s Curmudgeon’s Corner, Sam and Ivan’s biggest topic is of course Russia Russia Russia, as we discuss all of this last week’s hubbub about Russian interference with the election, and everybody’s responses to that. But we also take one last look at the Electoral College before they vote, and do a segment on Apple products. Rounding it out, we cover being sick, taking parents or kids to work, the drama over the North Carolina governorship, Ivanka as First Lady, and more…
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Length this week – 2:25:37
(0:00:10-0:17:15) But First
The unknown friend
Bring parents/children to work days
Sick kids at school
(0:18:00-1:03:59) Russia Russia Russia
Didn’t we know this?
Was it decisive? Does it matter?
Clinton team blaming everything but themselves
Hacking vs Disinformation/Propaganda
(1:04:38-1:29:35) Electoral College
How many will be faithless?
Who will they vote for?
Record number of faithless electors?
State binding laws
(1:30:44-1:53:57) Apple Stuff
New TV app
MacBook Pro battery
Ivan’s iPad Pro
iPhone 6s batteries
(1:54:37-2:25:17) Lightning Round
North Carolina Governor drama
Some more Trump appointments
Facebook fake news effort
Sam and Brandy donations
Ivanka as First Lady
Trump can’t divest?
China goading Trump?
Trump Tower visitors
Future of Obamacare
The Curmudgeon’s Corner theme music is generously provided by Ray Lynch.
In the latest Curmudgeon’s Corner Sam and Iván talk about:
* [0:00:10-0:05:12] Intro
* [0:05:51-0:23:18] GOP letter to Iran
* [0:23:57-0:46:21] Apple “Spring Forward” Event
* [0:46:38-1:04:53] Clinton Emails Again
* [1:05:56-1:41:53] Lightning Round
Length this week – 1:42:13
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I admitted defeat earlier today. The Spam load on my mailbox was just too big, even with several layers of anti-spam stuff on top of it. (And of course, I still had the occasional real message make it to my Spam folder, so I was hesitant to ramp that up even further.) It made my actual inbox pretty useless, and just annoyed me and made me think of looking at my email as a chore.
So anyway, as of this morning, I added a rule to automatically move any incoming message that was not from someone in my address book into a separate folder. A separate folder that I’ll check occasionally, and probably more often than my spam folder, but probably not every day. We shall see.
I considered adding an auto-reply sort of thing to emails that got filtered this way, with a “Sorry, you got filtered, but reply with BLAH BLAH BLAH to bypass the filter if you are a real human being.” but for the time being I haven’t done that. Those can be kind of annoying from the other end. I know that. If I discover (which is very likely) that I can’t empty the “Not In Address Book” folder at least once a week looking for real people who get stuck in there, then I may add something like that anyway.
I’m also aggressively unsubscribing from stuff. If you are a company I do business with, I’m going to whitelist you for getting order confirms and stuff like that, but I don’t want your marketing email. Sorry.
I’m also going to start aggressively “fixing” my address book, since it is a mess from years of bad synchronization between devices and other stuff. Well, as aggressively as I can without actually spending much time on it. :-)
Anyway, maybe this means that when people send me personal emails, I’ll actually notice and respond in a timely fashion rather than months or years later.
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Amazon SES eliminates these challenges and enables businesses to benefit from the years of experience and sophisticated email infrastructure Amazon.com has built to serve its own large-scale customer base. Through a simple API call, businesses can now access a high-quality, scalable email infrastructure to efficiently and inexpensively communicate to their customers. For high email deliverability, Amazon SES uses content filtering technologies to scan a business’s outgoing email messages to help ensure that the content meets ISP standards. The email message is then either queued for sending or routed back to the sender for corrective action. To help businesses further improve the quality of email communications with their customers, Amazon SES provides a built-in feedback loop, which includes notifications of bounce backs, failed and successful delivery attempts, and spam complaints.
This is a chart of the amount of spam I have in Spam folders that I haven’t yet glanced through to look for things that got in there by mistake. (Yeah, yeah, I’m way behind.)
As of around 12 UTC (plus or minus a few hours) on Friday 7 Aug, the number I’ve been getting has moved from about 500 per day, about the rate it had been at for basically years, to almost 22 THOUSAND new spam emails per day.
Is this happening to other people? Or is it just me?