April 30, 2003 |
I still have not decided whether computers are marvels or monsters. To be sure, they often accomplish incredible feats incredibly quickly. In a matter of seconds, they send ideas around the globe. They keep track of nearly everything important. If we show them where to go, they can help us be creative and inventive. At the same time, computers sometimes confound us, intimidate us, and often frustrate us like nothing else we know. Indeed, on some days, they appear to have minds and personalities of their own and fail to cooperate with even our most minimal requests.
July 16, 2003
THEY CLOG your e-mail in-boxes, offer products and services you don't want or need, or they're so vulgar they'd make even a "virginal" pop star blush. They're spam - and we want to hear your complaints and anecdotes about them. Just e-mail us at email@example.com, and put the word "spam" in the memo field.
April 12, 2005
AND WHILE we're on the subject of the Internet (see editorial on the left) . . . According to a new study by the Pew Internet and American Life Project, people aren't as annoyed by spam -those unsolicited and frequently X-rated e-mails clogging in-boxes - as they used to be. A survey of 1,421 people found that 67 percent found spam interfered with their use of the Internet, compared to a whopping 77 percent a year ago. Young people between...
March 28, 2013
Pat Szoke's Spam recipe 2 eggs 1 cup cooked white rice 2 cloves chopped garlic 1/3 pint of cherry tomatoes, quartered Chopped parsley and scallions. In a no-stick sauté pan, lightly toast garlic, add rice and sauté till hot. Meanwhile, in another pan, lightly sear 2 generous slices of Spam until crispy and brown. Remove Spam from pan and add the eggs. Place cooked rice on bottom of plate, top with Spam, then two eggs; top with seasoned tomatoes.
December 11, 2002
What is it about the holidays that makes us long for the past? For the times when cards came through traditional mail. Presents were bought at a store. Turkey was never tofu. And spam . . . well, it was just a Monty Python routine: Man in cafe: "Well, what've you got?" Waitress: "Well, there's egg and bacon; egg, sausage and bacon; egg and spam; egg, bacon and spam; egg, bacon, sausage and spam; spam, bacon, sausage and spam. . . . " Back then the joke was on a canned meat product.
December 17, 2003
THOSE endless pieces of e-mail promising a bigger bank account, a bigger libido or a bigger penis are now illegal across the land. Officially. Yesterday President Bush signed into law "Can-Spam" legislation passed by Congress earlier. Out-of-control spammers can now be prosecuted under federal law. The "Can-Spam" law will supersede various state laws, including Pennsylvania's, which sought to regulate the flow of pornographic and con-game e-mails polluting people's e-mail inboxes.
August 20, 2003
DESPITE DOING all the right things, I get over 100 unsolicited spam e-mail messages a day. Despite its cost to me, service providers and performance, I do not advocate intervention by the government because, in the long term, that will destroy the Internet. The practice of sending unsolicited e-mail will stop when someone snaps as a consequence of e-mail harassment, and their horrific torture of one or more spammers is widely publicized. Bill Holmes, Carlsbad, Calif.
August 4, 1995 |
Where else can you see 4-foot sharks and chow down on some wholesome Spam? The New Jersey State Fair, of course. The annual event - a state staple for 250 years - is offering more rides and ribbons, more music and magic acts than you'll probably find under any other roof. Motown oldies groups, such as the Coasters and the Duprees, will hit center stage throughout the week-plus event. Daredevil groups will put on shows, including a BMX bike exposition, a rollerblading bonanza and a high-diving act into a plexiglass water tank.
July 21, 2003 |
GOT SPAM? Blame yourself. That's right. Before you complain about how long it takes each day to cull your e-mail messages, or scream about those evil spammers clogging our Internet and keeping more vital messages from getting through, make sure to include yourself in the blame. It's you - and me, and everyone else - who has helped to create and sustain a culture that is driven by the eternal sell. Oh, sure, advertisers are the ones filling billboards, pop-up ads, TV commercials, and e-mail, but we, their targets, let them get away with far too much.
August 1, 2003
ENOUGH already with the spam! Anyone with a computer has to deal with this scourge of the Internet. They're unwanted - and quite frankly can be crude when they are adult-oriented. The government is going to have regulate these nuisance ads. My solution was Pop-Up Stoppers from two free sites and Spy Blocker, also FREE. I also paid for one that's a pop-up stopper, spy blocker history-killer, which covers your tracks when you leave a site. Other tactics include going through third-party sites to access others.