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Old 03-24-2009, 06:39 AM   #21
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And you're out to save the world from itself. Wow! What a plateful. Is it Sisyphus that I'm thinking of?
I don't see where I've tried to tell you or anyone else what they should do. So where on earth do you get 'save the world?' Maybe you could 'mellow out'...
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Old 03-24-2009, 09:51 AM   #22
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I go to my e-mail account and delete the 60-80 spam e-mails
Gmail does a great job of keeping almost all spam away. Recommended.
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Old 03-24-2009, 10:34 AM   #23
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Gmail does a great job of keeping almost all spam away. Recommended.
Thanks - - I'll give it a shot one of these days. Maybe I'll do that when I retire and move up north. A new life, and a new e-mail address sound good to me.
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Old 03-24-2009, 01:11 PM   #24
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Yes we get almost no email spam anymore thanks to the filters. If I sign up for a newsletter, I have to specifically give them permission or I never see it.

OTOH, my live mail account (hotmail) gets blocked by the server at one of my brokers so I never send him emails from that account.

I agree that mass mailings are what keep the postal service viable. If we ever stamp all that out, a first class letter will cost 5 bucks...
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Old 03-24-2009, 02:20 PM   #25
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I really got a kick out of the "mail them a brick" idea. I didn't have a brick, but I did find a nice granite rock for the folks at Capital One to enjoy. I made sure it would arrive in pristine condition by emptying the contents of my shredder for free packaging materials. I also included all the catalogs I received last week, they were nice and heavy, didn't take up much room, and maybe their employees will enjoy looking at them on company time.
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Yes. And wait until the kid is in college. Then you get ads for exam care package services, storage services, bed sheets, school rings, diploma frames, commencement announcements, moving services, yearbooks, etc. All of these come on stationary which makes you think it's an official university communication.

They send fancy mock-ups of the commencement announcement, which I will scan in and produce myself.
When your kid is in college, be sure you look through all of the college's bulk mailings carefully--we looked at a fancy brochure for current and prospective students at DD's college and unbeknownst to us, there the three of us were, walking down the school's main lane, at the previous year's family weekend.
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When your kid is in college, be sure you look through all of the college's bulk mailings carefully--we looked at a fancy brochure for current and prospective students at DD's college and unbeknownst to us, there the three of us were, walking down the school's main lane, at the previous year's family weekend.
The son of a high-school friend is at USNA. When he reported for plebe summer, the local photographer was signing parents up for their plebe-summer photo package. They had USNA's permission to roam the Yard taking photos of summer training and then post them on their website for parents to log in, peruse, and share with others. The photographers were everywhere all day shooting gigabytes of images, so the midshipmen soon learned to ignore them.

Guess how Mom found out that Son had broken his ankle...
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