Gmail learning to recognize spam better?

I didn’t see this story in the New York Times when it came out. The title is a little misleading, though. The excitement is in the reduction of false positives, rather than false negatives: From the first quarter to the second this year, Gmail got nearly 15 times better at distinguishing legitimate commercial e-mail messages from spam…

Left-Handedness

According to the BBC: Left-handed people can think quicker when carrying out tasks such as playing computer games or playing sport, say Australian researchers. more specifically: Extreme left-handed individuals were 43 milliseconds faster at spotting matching letters across the right and left visual fields than right-handed people. It only works if you’re caffeinated, though. I should say, it only works for me that way.

Software Updates

I just updated my powerbook with Apple Security Update 2006-007 with no apparent ill effects. I found one report that mentioned having a problem that required a re-install of 10.4.8, but I have not experienced that, yet. Immediately after updating, I was offered iPod Updater version 1.2.1, which apparently has only a minor fix for a battery indicator problem I wasn’t having.

Email Archives

Speaking of email, I’ve been working on an AppleScript to organize my email boxes. I use Mail.app under OS X, so searching is easy and quick. I can use smart mailboxes as needed for subject-based organization, so I wanted to move away from my existing subject-based organization scheme (a folder for each person, job, client, etc.). But since I have about 7 years of email on my machine, I still wanted to do better than one big mailbox.

The Real Problem With Email

There has been a lot of discussion recently about the upsurge in spam, especially the increase in image spam. No one seems to have an answer. I think that is because they have not recognized the real source of the problem. The email delivery protocol SMTP was designed to deliver electronic mail in the same way that postal mail is delivered: The sender hands the mail to a service which delivers the message to the inbox of the recipient.

CastSampler.com

My most recent project is CastSampler.com, a tool for building a personal “mix-tape” style podcast. I tend to listen to one or two episodes from a lot of different shows, so I don’t want to subscribe to the full show feed. Instead, I add the show to my CastSampler list, then I can add only those episodes that I want to my personal feed. I have plenty of work left to do, but the basic features all work now so I would love to get some feedback.

HappyDoc 3.1

I released HappyDoc version 3.1 this morning. The only changes have to do with file headers and correcting an “assignment to None” error that came up when None changed from a builtin to a keyword.