Monday, November 19, 2007

Google spam filters for google apps

I am not sure if the Google apps filter shares the same engine as the gmail spam filter but here are my stats.

I have an email address (using the google apps) that is not published anywhere, any email in there is spam.

In the inbox I had 52 emails
In the spam folder I have 1689 (including the 52, I just put in there)

So of all the emails I got there 52 slipped through that gives a "made it to the inbox" ratio of 3%
Not bad.

Saturday, November 17, 2007

That Was Then, This Is Now / School, 1967 vs. 2007

Quoted in its entirety from here

Scenario: Jack goes quail hunting before school, pulls into school parking lot with shotgun in gun rack.
1967 - Vice principal comes over to look at Jack’s shotgun. He goes to his car and gets his shotgun to show Jack.
2007 - School goes into lock down, and FBI is called. Jack is hauled off to jail and never sees his truck or gun again. Counselors called in for traumatized students and teachers.

Scenario: Johnny and Mark get into a fistfight after school.
1967 - Crowd gathers. Mark wins. Johnny and Mark shake hands and end up best friends.
2007 - Police called. SWAT team arrives. Johnny and Mark are arrested and charged with assault. Both are expelled even though Johnny started it.

Scenario: Jeffrey won’t be still in class, disrupts other students.
1967 - Jeffrey sent to office and given a good paddling by the principal. He returns to class, sits still, and does not disrupt class again.
2007 - Jeffrey is diagnosed with ADD and given huge doses of Ritalin; becomes a zombie. School gets extra money from state because Jeffrey has a learning disability.

Scenario: Billy breaks a window in his neighbor’s car and his Dad gives him a whipping with his belt.
1967 - Billy is more careful next time, grows up normal, goes to college, and becomes a successful businessman.
2007 - Billy’s dad is arrested for child abuse. Billy is placed in foster care and joins a gang. State psychologist convinces Billy’s sister that she remembers being abused herself, and their dad goes to prison. Billy’s mom has affair with psychologist.

Scenario: Mark gets a headache and takes some aspirin to school.
1967 - Mark shares aspirin with principal out on the smoking dock.
2007 - Police called. Mark is expelled from school for drug violations. Car is searched for drugs and weapons.

Scenario: Pedro fails high school English.
1967 - Pedro goes to summer school, passes English, goes to college, and graduates.
2007 - Pedro’s cause is taken up by state. Newspaper articles appear nationally explaining that teaching English as a requirement for graduation is racist. ACLU files class action lawsuit against state school system and Pedro’s English teacher. English banned from core curriculum. Pedro is given a diploma anyway but ends up mowing lawns for a living because he cannot speak English.

Scenario: Johnny takes apart leftover firecrackers from 4th of July, puts them in a model airplane paint bottle, and blows up a red ant bed.
1967 - Ants die.
2007 - Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, Homeland Security, and FBI called. Johnny is charged with domestic terrorism. The FBI investigates parents; siblings are removed from home; computers confiscated. Johnny’s dad goes on a terror watch list and is never allowed to fly again.

Scenario: Johnny falls while running during recess and scrapes his knee. He is found crying by his teacher, Heather. Heather hugs him to comfort him.
1967 - In a short time, Johnny feels better and goes on playing.
2007 - Heather is accused of being a sexual predator and loses her job. She faces three years in state prison. Johnny undergoes five years of therapy.

Read the comments from the original post for the full experience.

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

So how long till Congress gets involved with the writers strike?

A few things to note.
I am usually not in favor of unions (i.e UAW)
I am not involved directly or indirectly with writers or their strike.
I do not bother keeping up with the latest developments in this matter

But how long before congress deems this an "important matter" and gets involved.
They got there fingers in the baseball steroids mess, I still cannot figure out why.

Update: Found this on the steroid use

Sunday, November 11, 2007

Poem: The freezer is calling!

Something calls from the freezer,
It goes Pop crackle pop!
the first time i ever heard it,
It almost made my pencil drop.
It's driving me crazy,
its driving me nuts!
Can't it ever stop?
(split, splatter, splut!)
Something calls from the freezer,
It goes pop crackle pop!
every 5-20 minutes I hear it,
Can't it ever stop?
Can it be the lemon juice?
can it be the frozen cake?
But it might not come from the food,
it might be a mistake.
Whoever knows what it might be
I can only hear it- the noises i can't see.
Whoops I'm running out of time,
To write this little freezer rhyme.
Who knows who knows I may find out,
What this frosty noise is all about.

-By C.L.R.
Age 9

Thursday, November 08, 2007

Bookmark: Windows SteadyState

Brief Description
Windows® SteadyState™ is now available. (Windows SteadyState was formerly known as Microsoft® Shared Computer Toolkit for Windows XP.) Whether you manage computers in a school computer lab or an Internet cafĂ©, a library, or even in your home, Windows SteadyState helps make it easy for you to keep your computers running the way you want them to, no matter who uses them. Windows SteadyState is easier to download, set up, use, and maintain than Shared Computer Toolkit.