Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 2002/05/02

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Subject: Re: [Leica] Sexy Hoes hungry
From: Brian Reid <>
Date: Thu, 02 May 2002 09:40:27 -0700
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> What filtering system is that? How does it work? Is it widely available?

I use Spam Assassin. It's freeware. See

It works by using a point system. It has about 500 templates that it 
applies to an incoming message, and each one has a point value. If the 
points add up to be more than a certain threshhold value, the message is 
rejected as spam. I've been running it for 6 months, and in that time it 
has let about 1% of the spam messages through (i.e. it blocks about 99%) 
and it has never falsely classified something as spam when it was not.

It's a Unix program, and it only works if you can get it installed on your 
mail server computer, or if you run Unix or Linux as your desktop. If you 
aren't comfortable installing Perl software on a Unix system, I don't 
recommend that you start with this. It works well enough that it's just a 
matter of time until there's a Windows version.

On the other hand, the two major anti-virus companies (Norton and McAfee) 
are both ready to release PC antispam products that work like antivirus 
products. It's trickier to block spam in the mass-production shrinkwrap 
world, but they've done a pretty good job.

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