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Spam, No Spam: another side of MSFT/YHOO

In the past week, mail from ibiblio sites was falsely blocked as spam when sending to any addresses (at the Yahoo! end). Folks from all kinds of our mailing lists have been complaining. Don responded and has the false positive turned off at least for now.

Simultaneously, this blog has been getting a load of Italian language comment spam from dumped into the moderation queue.

Just in time to get us primed for the big Microsoft Open Source announcement due out on February 28. And for my trip out to Redmond for the Microsoft Technology Summit (aka MSFT haters go into the belly of the beast at its expense) in mid-March.

Coincidences? More news as it happens.


  1. Paul, I love the name you’ve given MTS. 🙂 I think I’d prefer to say “critical thinkers” instead of haters … but that’s ok. I’m looking forward to your thoughts on the conference.

  2. Paul

    2/17/2008 at 9:16 am

    To be fair to MSFT, we prolly are not very good at thinking critically since we are those who “don’t regularly use Microsoft products [and services].”

    That said, I just received 25 more single word in Italian spam comments from prolly faked addresses!

  3. when will the “msft sucks” vs “open source is two steps shy of godly” argument actually contain some substance?

  4. Paul

    3/10/2008 at 8:08 pm

    “yeah” I can’t parse unmatched quotes ;-> that said, I agree with both sides. MSFT sucks and open source is [only] two steps shy of godly. Seriously, this ceased to be a rational argument years ago. Ask any Apple fanboy.

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