- If you don't hear from me quickly, Please also
- Your enquiry or my reply got lost or discarded unseen,
- I always quickly send an acknowledgement to new business enquiries, (even if perhaps only
Why mail gets lost:
- I have silent spam discard filters, occasionally a
valid enquiry gets caught too.
- Your mail provider also likely has spam filters
that can occasionaly swallow replies.
- Some mail servers unwittingly import bad
RBL / DNSBL IP black lists from
irresponsible providers such as
Sorbs who have for 5 years falsely
& libelously listed a Berklix server as a
Deutsch / German:
Für geschäftliches Anfragen rufen Sie mich bitte kurz an, damit Ihre
Email oder meine Antwort, nicht moeglicherweise von meinen
oder Ihre Spam-Filtern ungelesen geloescht
Avoid Being Automatically Deleted As Spam:
I have aggressive Anti Spam automatic silent discard in
action, (as I get well over 1000 spams daily) , My computers
automatically & silently delete what looks like spam,
Sight Unseen, No warning sent back to (apparent) senders.
To Not Be Deleted Unseen:
Ensure Your mail provider does accept spam reports to
gets abused for spam & blocks their abuse@ address
Mail Me in plain
text ASCII Format,
Not In HTML (Web Page) Format, Not in base64 text, Not
with Subject in UTF-8 : They are all Spammer's Formats
- MIME enclosures containing HTML format are loved by
Spammers & used by Internet incompetents, (& some
people who should know better ! ).
- Configure your mailer to send plain text Ascii, or get
another mailer program ! - Or be dumped with spammers
- Avoid breaking words or phrases with HTML (Hyper Text
Markup Language ( Web Format) comments - No one except
spammers do it.
- Avoid spammer Formats, Font types, Sizes, Character
sets & Colours.
- Avoid Quoting Numeric Domains,
Mangled Domain Names,
Microsoft's proprietary formats (eg Word/Doc & Excel
etc) are Deleted Sight Unseen automatically, with no
warning to sender. It's invariably worthless spam
&/or to & from technical incompetents who aren't
paying to waste my time, ( My computers do Not run
Microsoft, they can display some MS excremental formats,
but there's no benefit. Mail in a publicly defined
standard formats, or do Not mail me. Best Send plain text Ascii
Do Not Send Zips If you have Unix.
It marks you as a Microsoft user &/or probable
spammer trying to avoid a spam filter - & Failing!
(Unix people use eg gzip & bzip2 )
Do Not Send "Click This For Your Mail" Or Electric
I never click web linked mail rubbish.
Do Not Send from Non RARP (Reverse Address Resolution
Protocol) resolving hosts
Do Not Send From Spammer
Domains (inc. some Bad Providers eg various rr.com .
(Also note lazy providers such as Yahoo may be blocked later ).
include those of some major providers that are lax &
tolerate spammers. Do Not Send from them, routing through
them, & mentioning them in mail content.
The Berklix servers & my
personal filter silently discard mail with spammer
domains. ( If you want to ask me to remove a Domain, mail
from a different address, or phone .
You may not be a spammer, but others on your Domain may
have been, unfortunately, people masquerading (though I
mostly detect that).
Many Internet Access Providers (IAPs) do not terminate
customers who excrete spam. If you use a cheap IAP, they
may be cutting staff costs, by ignoring spam complaints.
Such infested IAPs get blocked by recipient servers.
Don't be suckered. Don't just look for "Mega Cheap !"
"Mega fast !" ", "Loads of free web !" Some IAPs get
blocked because they don't give a damn, & happily
host spammers too. Choose: Do you want your mailing-from
Domain to be
known & sometimes blocked as a spammer ?
Many Road Runner *.rr.com Domains
blocked by my servers, as rr.com is or was (when
blocked) a regular known hoster of spammers. They
sourced from 10% toward (but somewhat less than) 20% of
all spams my domains received, till I blocked many
rr.com sub domains. I've often been within an ace of
blocking all rr.com.
rr.com are a large USA ISP, infested with spammers,
shielded by many innocent clueless normal non spammer
co-user customers. They doubtless shelter behind the
stinking USA `right to spam' law. rr.com are
effectively by their inaction, commercial accomplices
in spamming the world. Illegal in many parts of the
world. Getting the USA a bad name. Sad as many Americans are innocent & equally
rr.com earned this explicit mention, when they
consumed yet more of my time, unpaid, & unwilling:
Beyond spewing spam from their customers, they
forwarded a masqueraded spam not really from me, but
purporting to be, to an innocent postmaster who
forwarded it to me. (Possibly a sign of the leopard
changing it's spots ?)
rr.com are or were a world class spam polluters'
commercial accomplice, (as well as `normal USA ISP)'
encouraged by the USA government under their stupid
annoying right to spam law.
bounces a spam report sent to postmaster@ gets listed
as a spam domain
Check if your postmaster@ address works OK ! It's
to by RFCs
Any domain that
bounces a complaint sent to postmaster@ gets forwarded
to hostmaster@ Check if your hostmaster@ address works
OK ! It's required to by RFCs which are
Internet Law. If a domain
blocks that too, I use eg whois & ask the domain
registrar to Suspend or Cancel The domain put
them out of business.
If the registrar fails to respond, one can go to ICANN (Internet Corporation
for Assigned Names and Numbers) & get the
registrar put out of business too.
Do similar yourself, after first checking you are
clean. Put spammers & their suppliers &
commercial crime accomplices out of business !
Whatever your personal views as sender of legitimate
mail: Some recipients servers will automatically discard
or bounce all mail from domains
spammers are tolerated, regardless that the irresponsible
USA ISP's own government legally allows.
Do Not Send Direct From Dynamic Dial Up Blocks
Dial up addresses & domains
particularly uncontrolled, & where spammers mainly
operate from. You think I won't be blocking your
may well be wrong, I may well be !
- I even block my own IAP's dynamically allocated
dial up IP numeric range. The biggest IAP company in
the country, & I block it !
- So why wouldn't I be blocking your dynamic IPs too
- I block companies you might think should be OK. EG
rr.com broadcast 10% of
all Spam I receive. They web advertise as Time Warner who used
to broadcast Bugs Bunny, but now Excrement. AOL pursues spammers, so why
respond ? tin.it seems to be the Italian national phone
company, pushing Alice ( "Si informa la gentile
clientela che dal 1° ottobre 2006 Nuova Tin.it
S.r.l. è confluita per incorporazione in Telecom
Italia S.p.A.") But I finally after months blocked them
too (as both tin.it & vsmtp3.tin.it ) as they block
abuse@ on those domains.
Any domain that
gets abused for spam & blocks their abuse@ address
Use A Proxy (Smart Host)
Relay At Your ISP's Fixed IP Machines.
Ensure your IAP uses a different set of domain
& IP numeric block addresses for dynamic dial up
customers, & their own more trusted proxy servers.
Only then can rest of world perhaps relax & unblock
your IAP's proxy, while leaving your dynamic IPs blocked.
- I get hundreds of spams daily, almost all from (or
aimed at) Americans, & very few from the rest of the
world. The USA Congress expressly permitted Spam
(Bill S.1618 Title III passed by the 105th Congress);
(USA changed since, but USA started by harbouring
international spammers). Britain used to be in
the EU & the EU & Britain adopted (&
retain) anti spam laws long before the USA.
- This American deliberate pollution & abuse of the
world encouraged contempt for
the USA Government
- Though Americans are the world's major spammers. some
Americans (Not supported by American government) are also
leaders in fighting Spam, see list below.
- USA spammers flood the world, but they use many non
English, uniquely American phrases & spellings, handy
to trigger spam auto-deletion.
- A filter that segregates subscribed list mail, &
discards all remaining mail with American spelling, loses
little real mail to me, & deletes much Spam.
- Some innocent mail may occasionally get deleted, but
Americans always had the option of voting for better USA
congress & senate members to fix their polluting USA
law, unlike us non Americans who just suffered without
recourse from the flood of excremental spam. Eventually
the USA did stop some spammers.
Avoid Spammer Phrases, Fonts, Formats, Encodings
- Spammer Spellings, Phrases, & Words (mostly American).
My Mail Filter
(Technical Detail for those who want to know how I
If you are Chinese/ Russian/ Korean/ Japanese etc,
turn off your non Latin font set indicator. (eg
charset="gb2312" etc) Else even if yours is genuine
mail, or correspondence
solely in Latin character set, (eg derived from
postings to technical mail lists), your inclusion of
Asian charset= specifiers will get you deleted
Spam Advice From ISPs
Do Not Send Base 64 Text
Sent just by 2 types of people:
Viruses & Spam
(Silly question, but often used to be asked, obvious (at
least to me) Answer:
"I want LESS email ! "
Some Email Welcome
Business Purposes eg
- International public free source code projects.
- Personal friends on non computer topics etc
- Feedback where particularly invited on some
Some Email Not Wanted
- No Unsolicited Social Chat deriving from my mail list
I would much prefer you come to the beer garden, walk,
bike or ski trip etc I announced. Chat at the event,
better than more typing & eye balling screens. Of
course a brief email saying "Add me to head count
reservation for that event" is always welcome.
No Unsolicited Social Chat deriving from web pages
(Better chat in beergardens
desire to stay cross eyed in front of a screen! I
don't do IRCs/ chat rooms, blog reading etc either.
- No Mail List
Subscription Requests (They frequently used to
consume additional time, extending on to to sundry club
- No Ski
Trip Bookings (Use the form!) (*)
No Free help requests from Microsoft users
- I do Not use Microsoft, I consider Microsoft
worse than worthless. I will Not help with it.
Software , that I might help with.
I also sell Unix
- Too many clueless people use computers, who never
bother to learn, go to night classes, or pay someone
to teach you or to solve your problem.
- People pay car driving instructors/schools, but
fail to allocate money & time to learn to drive
their computer: they fail to take Internet courses
& or (read books & "How To" web pages etc,
insecure Microsoft PCs owned by clueless users get
virused & become slave bots & swamp the Net
with spam, so realise you & others similar
already are a burden to the Internet, so go learn
Microsoft Software here
- I don't have time to provide free help to
hundreds of club list members.
- To ask about your computer problems, do Not
email me, instead buy a beer & come to beer garden events ,
while we defocus, not cross eyed at a
Consider Phoning Me Instead. It
May Be More Efficient
- Phone is more efficient than
email for 1 to 1 communication,
- Phone is now cheap, free even for many with flat rate
inc me. even some long distance international can be
- Phone calls can releases tired eyes from screen, ... If
I'm awake when you are ? ... I'm in Europe, & start
late & finish late, where in the world are you ? Think
before you phone !
After clicking to mail me,
Remove the "._ERASE" bit in my
Before mailing me, (or anyone else)
web pages, Remove the ._ERASE
(which is there to disrupt web crawler robots that harvest
addresses for spammers). Example: you need to change my
From: j h s _ERASE_ @@ b e r k l i x . c o
To: j h s
@ b e r k l i x
. c o m
(with one "." in
middle, not 2, & no "_" & no
Non Business Enquiries
If this is not a business enquiry,Hopefully you will
find your answer here:
I f you believe I will want to receive your mail as much
as you want to send it, go ahead & mail me
Do Not initially or routinely mail me with "Acknowledge/
I usually ignore Sender Requests You Click To
(except for already known people
). They can be spammer
subterfuges I don't waste time examining URLs. If you want
me urgently, Phone me !.
Policy regarding encryption packages with closed
No source = Don't Use!. Companies have their own
commercial interests, can die & be bought, can be
leaned on by their home nation state, plus states can spy,
emit trojans, & want to weaken cryptography/ security.
Some people may occasionally have old code or text from me,
with an old email address, & be searching for a more
modern address. To help them & / or search engines, below
is an incomplete table of some old email addresses, mostly
dead, that I used to use.
(Yes I have Lots of other current addresses, which
I do Not list, as general public don't don't understand why.
Internet professionals who are multiple domain administrators
will understand implicitly & can predict them, pointless
to list them. only would benefit spam
||DATE Earliest Or Only
||~ Tue May 25 07:05:18 1993 UTC
Dates are merely when I happen to notice something on an
archive web site, I didn't bother keeping notes of start
& end dates for usage of addresses.