December 14, 2004 · Lessig
So the most significant change in my technology-related life in the last year is the elimination of spam without a white-list technology. I used to use Mailblocks for my main account, but Marc Perkel convinced me to try his own Bayesian spam filter.
I’m on record saying such systems could never work. I was wrong. Marc’s system is amazing. I get endless email. His system filters the mail into three boxes — my inbox, a low probability box, and a high probability box. I have never found a mistake in the high probability box, so I no longer look at it. I very rarely find a mistake in the low probability box, so I scan it about once a week (maybe 1% error). And it is almost fun to get an error in my inbox, reminding me that there still is this problem of spam out there.
Anyway, I’m giving Marc’s spam filter service to my family for Christmas (no, they don’t read my blog). And I’d recommend it to anyone else out there looking for a gift (note, I don’t have any financial interest in this). As Marc described to me:
I sell it as a service. I can do it several ways. If someone wants a single email address I can give them a firstname.lastname@example.org account. $25/year. Or I can host their email domain for $95/year. Or I can be a front end spam filter where I clean it and pass it on to their existing email server $75/year.