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Wed 21 Jun 2006

Where did that email go?

Category : mac and the internet

Spent some time wondering where some emails have disappeared to. Finally realised I forgot to subscribe to the spam folder of my NUS IMAP-ed account. Nestled amongst some 2,000 unread "spam" messages were the four missing messages. I added the senders to the "approved senders" list to avoid that problem in future, and am now trawling the rest of the folder for "false positives" - good emails incorrectly marked as spam.

I forgot to set this up when I switched to the MBP. I wished the NUS server would let all the spam through, as Spam Sieve is more than up to the challenge, and is now clocking a 98.7% accuracy. Entourage's filters cramps its style somehow; never did sort that out completely.

But for the beneft of the campus, a filter was imposed server-side. It makes sense, and will actually get better once people figure out all they have to do is drag that "false positive" into the "approved sender folder". It means less time downloading spam for a local software filter to eliminate when in an area with poor comms; and that is an attractive option.

The drawback was the inability to send out emails to other NUS uers subscribed to the same yahoogroup! I now use one of my own domains or gmail to bypass that restriction.

So I find that I missed LCK's dropload email for the briskwalk photos (it got to me via my other emails), Skype's registration for SkypeOut (we were puzzled last night) and the flash drive offer to NUS Staff got nailed too (but Teutoburg sent me that).

But that's about it, not bad! Funny how the eye can pick up legitimate mail from a sea of spam.

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