Thursday, April 7, 2005
One More Down, Almost Infinite Possibilities To Go
Thank you, Ben Slaight, for assuming with no evidence whatsoever that sales@ this domain is a valid e-mail address. You’ve succeeded in doing nothing but getting it deactivated since I couldn’t care less if it doesn’t actually work.
As for the rest of my readers, allow me to mention that the tactic I described a long time ago for combatting spam appears to be working. I’ve had this domain for more than a year now and have only been spammed perhaps three (four at the most) times—all to aliases that are easy to assume, such as info, sales, etc. In all cases, the alias was blocked and I was spam free for many months.
So bring it on, butt-munches. I’ve got plenty of combinations I can block. And for those anal-retentive types who’d like to know exactly how many, chew on this: assume 26 letters of the alphabet and 10 single digits, for a total of 36 characters. Then assume that e-mail addresses are only 10 characters long—sure, that’s not realistic, but let’s make the math easy. Consequently, 36 to the power of 10 is 3,656,158,440,062,976. That’s more than 3.5 quadrillion combinations. Even if I scale that down and only make my friends have to use a maximum of 5 characters, we’re talking 60,466,176 combinations. And this doesn’t even factor the possibility of hyphens, underscores, or periods in the address.
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