Worries about the mail

My report that one spy is being continually spammed by security vendor McAfee triggered a litany of comments from other spies who say that they are being spammed by companies ranging from Crystal Decisions to Match.com.

In an 11th hour attempt to make amends to Amber, I decided to reschedule the flight home so we could stay in Hawaii an extra week. Amber didn't react the way I hoped.

"What, did you book on separate flights after all?" she demanded. Nope, but I do have a trick up my sleeve that she just might appreciate.

McAfee and spam

One thing that virtually no sane person appreciates, however, is spam. My report that one spy is being continually spammed by security vendor McAfee triggered a litany of comments from other spies who say that they are being spammed by companies ranging from Crystal Decisions to Match.com.

But one spy in particular had an interesting experience in which he bought the McAfee program SpamKiller. My spy actually started using said software when it was owned by NovaSoft, and upgraded after McAfee acquired the product. Only thing is, my spy then started receiving spam from McAfee. Apparently, McAfee's SpamKiller ignored the applied filter when it comes to email coming from McAfee, even though my spy set it to block that spam, too.

An Oracle foresees cuts

In the wake of announcing that 200 of its consultants in the UK were laid off recently, Oracle -- ever mindful of these uncertain times in which we currently live -- is considering even more cuts in the near future, according to one of my spies.

My spy says that, this time around, the database company is sizing up middle management as the next target for layoffs.

Indifferent mailman

AOL, already considered a pariah by customer service connoisseurs, is having trouble delivering the mail. One of my spies reported discovering that some messages sent to him were not making it into his inbox. After three weeks of testing, he found that at times as many as 80% of the messages he sent to himself from another account were neither delivered nor bounced. The several tech services representatives he contacted, including one specialising in email administration, merely apologised, and eventually recommended that my spy send Steve Case an email to get "high-level attention and a response." Guess what? No response yet from Mr Case. We'll just have to wait and see how that one shakes out.

I may have succeeded at getting back in Amber's good graces. All it took was a sunset cruise with a nice dinner and plenty of champagne. "I think the second week of our trip will be one for the memory books," she smiled.

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