Archive for July 27th, 2007

27
Jul
07

Yikes

Today I got curious about where all the spam was going that I thought I should be getting, so I looked around on the mail server.  At MIT, the default spam screening program sends messages it flags as spam to the SPAMSCREEN folder, so I looked in there.  I had 24,692 messages!!!  That’s right, almost 25,000 messages.  Needless to say, I didn’t go through them individually.  However, I did search for certain keywords to see what type of spam I was getting.  I got more than 1,700 messages that began with “re:” or some variant thereof.  I got hundreds of messages advertising online pharmacies and their wares.  I got plenty of mortgage and bank-related messages.  I also got 31 messages from the future, some as far away as 2090.  Finally, I got probably about 50 messages from December 31st, 1969 and a few from the 1970’s.  Interesting.

27
Jul
07

Always a good decision

Yesterday, I went with my brother-in-law, Rob, and his friend, Andrew, to an open house at the Sam Adams brewery in Jamaica Plain.  Rob was in town visiting and wanted to go on a tour, but none of the tour times fit our schedule.  However, Rob found that there was an open house in the evening that worked for us.  So, we took the T to the Stony Brook stop and walked a couple of blocks to the brewery.  There each of us got our hands stamped and were given 4 tickets, each of which was good for a free beer (~7 oz.) sample.  They had 5 beers available: Boston Lager, Summer Ale, Dunkelweiss, Old Fezziwig Ale, and Mayflower Ale.  I had both the Dunkelweiss and Fezziwig once and the Mayflower twice.  Not bad for a free event.  The one caveat is that you need reservations, which can be made on their website.  These events are held about once a month, so if you live in the area or you’ll be in town, you should definitely check this out.  It’s always a good decision.




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