Monday, Debtember 01, 2003
Bouncy bouncy bouncy
I just love some of the anti-spam measures put into place.
A member of one of the mailing lists I run had put into place a challenge-response anti-spam measure, where you have to reply to the message in order for the original message to go through. Only the challenge-response message gets bounced back to the list as a whole! (Fortunately, the challenge-response system is smart enough not to cause mail loops when the challenge-response gets sent back … ) Bad enough, but now, another member has classified the challenge-response messages as spam!
We got email bouncing everywhich way as anti-spam software tries to deal with other anti-spam software, each claiming the other as spam.
There's a Monty Python sketch in here somewhere.
Free voice service to Sweden
The more I play around with Speak Freely the more I like it. I spent a few hours setting up a UDP proxy server on my firewall (since the Linux 2.0 kernel doesn't really support port forwarding as I found out) and while clunky, I can now use Speak Freely here at the Facility in the Middle of Nowhere.
I then got with wlofie (a friend who lives in Sweden) to see if he could get it working. He did, but had a bad microphone so we couldn't talk last night, but he was able to send a sound file using Speak Freely, so it does work.
It's going to be exciting, doing this voice over IP thang …