10.0892 junk mail; Screech fumes

WILLARD MCCARTY (willard.mccarty@kcl.ac.uk)
Thu, 24 Apr 1997 21:42:43 +0100 (BST)

Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 10, No. 892.
Center for Electronic Texts in the Humanities (Princeton/Rutgers)
Centre for Computing in the Humanities, King's College London
Information at http://www.princeton.edu/~mccarty/humanist/

[1] From: Michael Kessler <mkessler@ceres.sfsu.edu> (38)
Subject: Re: 10.0884 junk mail?

[2] From: Tony Chadwick <chadant@morgan.ucs.mun.ca> (17)
Subject: God/Devil in the Details

Date: Wed, 23 Apr 1997 14:12:25 -0800
From: Michael Kessler <mkessler@ceres.sfsu.edu>
Subject: Re: 10.0884 junk mail?

Junk mail is an on-going problem. The creator of Pegasus has been so plagued
by the misuse of his program for junk mail that he has included lines in the
program that allow the individual user to exclude or at least automatically
delete mass and bulk mailings sent with Pegasus. My suspicion is that this
is the only rational approach because spammers will fake addresses so that
excluding one address through filters will not solve the problem. I do not
know if other mail applications programmers are doing the same thing as
Pegasus. Forwarding the offending message to abuse@point-of-origin,
indicating that spams are not appreciated, might provide some relief.

Michael Kessler voice (415) 338-1662
College of Humanities e-mail: MKessler@ceres.sfsu.edu
San Francisco State University FAX (415) 338-7030
1600 Holloway Ave.
San Francisco, CA 94132

Date: Wed, 23 Apr 1997 09:46:39 -0700
From: Tony Chadwick <chadant@morgan.ucs.mun.ca>
Subject: God/Devil in the Details

[Although this is directed to me personally, I could not let myself go
uncorrected for being so overcome by Screech fumes.... actually, I was
quite sober, as one or two Humanists from St. John's will recall. Just a
foggy memory, with nothing to blame but age. Still, the important things I
do remember, namely the generous hospitality of those Humanists, and the
dangerous rocks of the coast. --WM]

Dear Willard,
I don't know who should be blamed for errors in details, hence
the subject line. However, in your original post on this topic you
incorrectly identified Spear Point in Newfoundland as the place from
which Marconi transmitted the first transatlantic wireless signal. In
fact he received the signal in Newfoundland on Signal Hill, from which
vantage point one can, on the occasional fog-free day, see the most
easterly point in N. America, Cape Spear. Any confusion on your part may
have resulted from the Screech fumes that always seem to be in the air
when visitors come to St.John's, as they are anticipated to do so in
large numbers for the Cabot 500 celebrations this year.


Tony Chadwick