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Feb. 15th, 2007 | 01:37 pm

Talking to a coworker at MySQL:

Coworker: "The spam is just awful."

Me: "I know, I am getting hundreds of pieces a day."

Coworker: "That bad! I am just getting a dozen a day."

Me: "I just need to unsubscribe to a number of mailing lists."

Coworker: "But all of that is important! Its company mail."

I disagree, its Spam. Sure, its not Viagra ads, but its mail I don't need to be reading. I've been at MySQL for four years, my role keeps changing, but my subscription list has not.

In a modern corporation people get signed up to new mailing list all the time. Once upon time it mattered that I read everything our connectors group did. Now? I subscribe to announcements and see what the output is. I make a point of pinging people and seeing what is floating up to the top of discussions, but the day to day I just do not need to follow.

Sure, I can put it into a folder and search on it later, which is what I do, but I don't know that this is really worth the disk space.

What made me think about this today? Zawodny commented today in blog on picking what to ignore.

http://jeremy.zawodny.com/blog/archives/008581.html

Part of the trick for keeping myself on task is that I write out a list in the morning of what I need to do. I work on that list and I try to make a habit of not letting myself get pulled from it (and the list is done in OmniOutliner). The list normally has more items then I can complete in a day (though it has happened), but not enough items that I feel that it is impossible.

And as far as email goes? I look at it three times during the working day. Once in the morning after I have written my list, once after lunch, and then again near the end of the day. I miss a few ad-hoc meetings from time to time but that is rare.

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premature anti-fascist

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from: anansi133
date: Feb. 16th, 2007 02:29 am (UTC)
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I often wish I could somehow filter not my friends list, but also within my friends list... Like I don't wqant to hear about their day to day aches and pains, but I do want to hear about their computer geeky stuff. In the same way, I wish I could filter my freecycle email so that only a certain keyword list would get read, and the rest would be held and later dumped.

A lot of the spam I get is well-meaning virus hoaxes and office humor from computer newbies who I respect in real life, but not so much their email. I wish there was a more nuanced way to filter these things, maybe flag stuff to keep bugging me because it doesn't want to be forgotten. I get one of those a week, but it sucks when I lose it in the deluge.

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Sara

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from: laan
date: Feb. 16th, 2007 10:14 pm (UTC)
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I didn't know you worked for MySQL. Is that in Seattle? What languages do you use?

I just started unsubscribing to e-mail lists I've been on for a while, and mass deleting e-mails from those lists as well. I can't believe how much extraneous e-mail has ended up in my Inbox. I deleted a few hundred messages the other day, and I still have over 2800... It's funny you mention a broader definition of spam, because the other day when I could not find a way to unsubscribe to a list, I simply marked the e-mail from that place as spam.

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