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Filed under: Criticism, Marginalia, and Notes,Deep Thoughts,Geek Work,MicroSoft,News and Current Events,The Dark Side — Posted by the Network Geek during the Hour of the Hare which is terribly early in the morning or 6:38 am for you boring, normal people.
The moon is Waning Gibbous

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Not only is that a great Elvis tune, but also the new plan that Microsoft is trying to force down our throats. At least, according to this article on CNet News.com. And, when I say “force”, I do mean force. According to the article, not only is Microsoft’s Sender ID a not fully adopted “standard”, but it’s also not quite ready for prime time. Seems that there are some issues with it and that’s one of the reason it hasn’t been adopted as readily as Redmond would like. Also, according to the article “Sometime around November, Hotmail and MSN will flag as potential spam those messages that do not have the tag to verify the sender”. So, it’s not catastrophic, but it has the potential for trouble. I mean, do we really need Microsoft, the company most notoriously bad at security in the entire computer software industry, setting an e-mail security standard? I don’t think so.
Well, let’s hope this one withers on the vine. But, if it doesn’t, be sure to check those “spam” e-mails before deleting them. Some may be ones you want to keep!

1 Comment

  1. I think the best way to deal with this is to simply not use MSN or Hotmail. I find Hotmail to be far inferior to Yahoo mail or Gmail. Microsoft seems to become more irrational with each passing day. MS has actively been involved in creating standards for years. However, they always seem to maintain a little set of their very own, that only their products recognize. (e.g. HTML) I wonder if this is part of some standard that they proposed…and are just not waiting for by-in before proceding. Sounds like BillG may be taking notes from GeorgeW.

    Comment by Paul — 6/28/2005 @ 8:36 am

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