SpamSoap Update #1

A quick update since my last report on my current spam filtering setup. Last week, I received over 87,000 inbound emails. Roughly 86,000, or 99%, were spam. About 1000 messages made it through SpamSoap and my other server-based spam filters, and were delivered to my client-side email program. Of that, 20% was still spam. My client-side Bayesian spam filter caught the bulk of those, leaving only a couple a day ...

Kevin the Talking Head

I appeared on the PBS “NewsHour with Jim Lehrer” show yesterday, talking about the Microsoft Windows Vista launch. The transcript and live audio are online if you’re interested.

A new Y2K bug?

From the IT person for my department: Congress changed Daylight Savings Time from the first Sunday of April (1st) to the second Sunday in March (11th). This is new, many computers, Palm Pilots, Blackberries, cell phones and software may not yet be equipped to handle this change. We are beginning to run into trouble with scheduling events in the Outlook calendar between March 11th and April 1st. Depending on which ...

Off the blog

Sorry for the radio silence the past couple weeks. I’m teaching introductory law to six parallel sections of MBA students, about 400 in all. It’s actually a lot of fun, but all-consuming during these few weeks.

FCC White Spaces Proceeding

Comments are due next week in the FCC’s white spaces proceeding to open up unlicensed use of broadcast spectrum. I’ve been too busy with other things to focus or talk much about this proceeding, but it could be incredibly important for the future of communications. If the FCC does allow for non-interfering unlicensed uses in these bands, it will make possible a range of new services beyond what we see ...

HDTV vs Internet video redux

Clay Shirky responds to Mark Cuban’s post that “HDTV is the Internet video killer.” It’s rare that I disagree with Clay, but here I think both positions are right. Nothing is really going to “kill” anything else, as both of them are well aware. There is a future for both “HDTV” (which will become increasingly Internet-enabled) and “Internet video” (which will be delivered at increasingly high resolution). Users won’t abandon ...

A pretty good New York Times article on new search engines, which digs into the shallow next Google” meme. It concludes with a delightful quote from my former boss, Esther Dyson: “‘I love Google,’ she said, ‘but I love the march of history.’”

Marketing and Social Networks

Danah Boyd has some perceptive thoughts on the future of MySpace and other high-profile social networking sites. Including this gem: “Every PR organization and marketing arm is leeching onto MySpace like a blood thirsty vampire. Problem is that vampires kill their prey.”

A Defense of the AT&T/BellSouth Deal

Tim Wu responds to critics of the AT&T/BellSouth network neutrality conditions.

Happy New Year

Best wishes to all for a wonderful 2007!