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I finally made the switch to procmail. I got kinda burned this past weekend with pine making lots of duplicate filter messages because of IMAP disconnects, so I finally decided that it was time to switch to server-side filtering. At the same time, I noticed that I had missed about 10 important e-mails in my spam folder over the past month, and decided to switch to a different spam-filtering system. So I'm now using "procmail":http://www.procmail.org/ (which rocks -- it was easier than I thought to setup, and it can things that I was unable to do with pine's native filtering) along with "bogofilter":http://bogofilter.sf.net/, the Bayesian spam filter written by ESR and company. So far, I'm pretty happy. I had lots of spam to train bogofilter with, but I still have to correct it every once in a while (and I'm sure it's partly due to the fact that the spammers are catching on to the Bayesian filters and are working around them with random letter clusters, etc.). The switch to procmail has been particularly important because I've had a few brownouts lately due to thunderstorms, and my IMAP connections get broken. This would have resulted in duplicate filtered message before, but not with procmail. Yippie!

A friend of mine is considering switching from "slimy contractor" status to "useless/stupid" government status. Another friend of mine just made the opposite decision (i.e., retired from military and got a contractor job). Best of luck in making the decision!

I enabled the status messages display in my main gaim (instant messanger) window. This results in the window being significantly bigger. Thought you'd all like to know.


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