Yearly Archives: 2006

Why Spam Won’t Go Away

Here’s a short excerpt from an article on Forbes.com that discusses why Internet Spam won’t be going away anytime soon:

This is why spam is such a hard problem to solve. For each e-mail, the spammer pays a cost and receives a benefit. But there is an additional cost paid by the e-mail recipient. Because so much spam is unwanted, that additional cost is huge–and it’s a cost that the spammer never sees. If spammers could be made to bear the total cost of spam, then its level would be more along the lines of what society would find acceptable.Read More of “Why Spam Won’t Go Away”

It’s unfortunate that spam has become the issue that it has, but there’s little to no downside for those responsible for sending spam. Even if only one person responds to an offer they mail out, it’s worth it to them, because it only costs fractions of a cent (if even that) for a spammer to send messages out.

Spammers Strike Back

From eWeek.com:

Opinion: The recent surge in spam volume is due to the assertiveness of botnets and an increase in the sophistication of their spamming efforts.

Everybody’s seen it by now. Spam is up like gangbusters in the last few months. And not just in volume; a lot more of it is getting through filtering mechanisms that had previously been pretty reliable. It’s an aggravating and depressing situation.

A number of factors have contributed to the situation, and what they all have in common, unfortunately, is that spammers are getting much more sophisticated.

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New Media and Higher Ed

As a geek, I take for granted the technology that I use on a daily basis. I read RSS feeds through FeedDemon several times during the day. I blog occasionally. I visit Wikipedia several times a week either to look up information or to make sure spammers aren’t screwing articles of interest to me. I also listen to a number of podcasts, such as Desiring God Radio and LostCasts. I use these technologies to stay abreast of the latest news, trends and technology out there that is important to me. Blogs, Podcasts, Wikis: these are all “tools” that would be extremely beneficial for use in Higher Education.

In preparing for my speech I learned a lot about new media technologies and their use in higher education and, frankly, I was surprised by what I learned.

Of the 35 colleges and universities in the University System of Georgia, only three had a publicly available (i.e. on the homepage, news or admissions page) RSS feed – Armstrong Atlantic University, University of West Georgia, and Darton College. Only two of the 35 schools had podcasts – Armstrong Atlantic University and Georgia College and State University.

Why aren’t schools taking advantage of these new technologies? Based on the feedback I received from workshop attendees it comes down to:

  • Cost
  • Server Capabilities/Restricitions
  • Technology Access
  • Knowledge/Implementation Limitations

The good news is – many are in the process of implementing some or all of these tools into public and private portions of their website. This is good news for students, faculty and alumni alike.

By utilizing technology that is out there, and gaining in popularity, they can avoid having to play catch up once the general public “adopts” them.