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Resurrecting my Hotmail Account

November 10th, 2005

I’ve got way too many email addresses, there’s no question about that. I think it’s funny, though, that the address I created way back in the mid 90s is still the one I use (among others) on a daily basis. The problem is SPAM. You see, I haven’t always been keen on when, where and who to give my email to. This has resulted in massive amounts of spam over the years. Sleep pills and mortgage and porn, oh my!

In the past two years, I have seen great progress from MSN in filtering SPAM and junk emails. To their credit, I never see porn in my inbox anymore, and I seldom see other blantantly spammy emails. These emails go directly to junk mail where I let them fester and die. Nevertheless, my inbox is gorged with random offers, old newsletters and other ads.

Do I still get good emails from friends and other legitimate emails? Yes…which leads me to my point. I realize that Microsoft is probably not going away anytime soon, and Hotmail isn’t either. With more email accounts than anyone else, and rivals Google and Yahoo pumping money into their mail protocols, Hotmail is destined to improve. In fact, a beta code-named Kahuna is already rolling out. So instead of forgetting about my account, I want to improve it. Earlier this year I decided to try and take back control of my account. I’ve already unsubscribed from countless newsletters (that I never subscibed for in the first place).

The goal: No more spam in the inbox by 2006. Is it possible? I don’t know for sure, but I think it’s worth a shot.

Tyson Technology

  1. November 10th, 2005 at 15:09 | #1

    I still have my hotmail account as well. It is the token address to provide on web forms. The biggest problem I have is that my account still has a 2MB ceiling! How ridiculous is that? The next version better be a much BIGGER kahuna.

  2. Kyle
    November 12th, 2005 at 00:34 | #2

    http://www.gmail.com

    I have just under 3GB of space available to me, a junk filter that works great and it all happens pretty quickly. Hotmail still just seems to take too long for me. Google will rule the earth.

  3. November 12th, 2005 at 10:51 | #3

    Yeah, I have a gmail as well. But I’m holding on to it like some sort of dinner China, scared to use it. Actually, I just forward all my gmail mail directly to my personal account. I thought one spam-filled account was enough.

  4. Greg
    November 14th, 2005 at 12:18 | #4

    Funny, I still use my old Hotmail, and I do the same thing with my gmail account. I don’t want it to get dirty so I try not to touch it. Has Hotmail spam actually cornered the market for them? This is comical.

  5. March 18th, 2006 at 10:55 | #5

    I have so many problems everytime I download something messenger dissapers and does not reconize the pw and sign in I have had for many years now
    I downloaded lately- and upgraded McAfee virus program 2 days ago
    and futher more it won’t even allow me to do a restore no matter what date I pick
    to restore my pc: I have a website which I am in thismorning but then again it took me forever and never did reconize me why would something take like 4-5- trys and then all of a sudden it gets you there thats nuts:
    Another problem is I have my website set for accepting new members of course and when I click accept on a new member trying to join I see no message from them they just dissapear:
    It’s very very frustrating to say the least

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