- If you don't hear from me quickly, Please also
- Your enquiry or my reply got lost or discarded unseen,
- I always quickly send an acknowledgement to new business enquiries, (even if perhaps only
Why mail gets lost:
- I have silent spam discard filters, occasionally a
valid enquiry gets caught too.
- Your mail provider also likely has spam filters
that can occasionaly swallow replies.
- Some mail servers unwittingly import bad
RBL / DNSBL IP black lists from
irresponsible providers such as
Sorbs who have for 5 years falsely
& libelously listed a Berklix server as a
Deutsch / German:
Für geschäftliches Anfragen rufen Sie mich bitte kurz an, damit Ihre
Email oder meine Antwort, nicht moeglicherweise von meinen
oder Ihre Spam-Filtern ungelesen geloescht
Avoid Being Automatically Deleted As Spam:
I have aggressive Anti Spam automatic silent discard in
action, (as I get well over 1000 spams daily) , My computers
automatically & silently delete what looks like spam,
Sight Unseen, No warning sent back to (apparent) senders.
To Not Be Deleted Unseen:
Ensure Your mail provider does accept spam reports to
gets abused for spam & blocks their abuse@ address
Mail Me in plain
text ASCII Format,
Not In HTML (Web Page) Format, Not in base64 text, Not
with Subject in UTF-8 : They are all Spammer's
- MIME enclosures containing HTML format are loved by
Spammers & used by Internet incompetents, (&
some people who should know better ! ).
- Configure your mailer to send plain text Ascii, or
get another mailer program ! - Or be dumped with
spammers & incompetents.
- Avoid breaking words or phrases with HTML (Hyper
Text Markup Language ( Web Format) comments - No one
except spammers do it.
- Avoid spammer Formats, Font types, Sizes, Character
sets & Colours.
- Avoid Quoting Numeric Domains,
Names, Fake Domain
Microsoft's proprietary formats (eg Word/Doc &
Excel etc) are Deleted Sight Unseen automatically, with
no warning to sender. It's invariably worthless spam
&/or to & from technical incompetents who
aren't paying to waste my time, ( My computers do Not
run Microsoft, they can display some MS excremental
formats, but there's no benefit. Mail in a publicly
defined standard formats, or do Not mail me. Best Send plain text
Do Not Send Zips If you have Unix.
It marks you as a Microsoft user &/or probable
spammer trying to avoid a spam filter - & Failing!
(Unix people use eg gzip & bzip2 )
Do Not Send "Click This For Your Mail" Or Electric
I never click web linked mail rubbish.
Do Not Send from Non RARP (Reverse Address Resolution
Protocol) resolving hosts
Do Not Send From
Domains (inc. some Bad Providers eg various rr.com .
(Also note lazy providers such as Yahoo may be blocked later ).
include those of some major providers that are lax
& tolerate spammers. Do Not Send from them, routing
through them, & mentioning them in mail content.
The Berklix servers &
my personal filter silently discard mail with spammer
domains. ( If you want to ask me to remove a Domain,
mail from a different address, or phone .
You may not be a spammer, but others on your Domain
may have been, unfortunately, people masquerading
(though I mostly detect that).
Many Internet Access Providers (IAPs) do not terminate
customers who excrete spam. If you use a cheap IAP,
they may be cutting staff costs, by ignoring spam
complaints. Such infested IAPs get blocked by recipient
Don't be suckered. Don't just look for "Mega Cheap
!" "Mega fast !" ", "Loads of free web !" Some IAPs get
blocked because they don't give a damn, & happily
host spammers too. Choose: Do you want your
mailing-from Domain to
be known & sometimes blocked as a spammer ?
Many Road Runner *.rr.com Domains
are blocked by my servers, as rr.com is or was (when
blocked) a regular known hoster of spammers. They
sourced from 10% toward (but somewhat less than) 20%
of all spams my domains received, till I blocked many
rr.com sub domains. I've often been within an ace of
blocking all rr.com.
rr.com are a large USA ISP, infested with
spammers, shielded by many innocent clueless normal
non spammer co-user customers. They doubtless shelter
behind the stinking USA `right to spam' law. rr.com
are effectively by their inaction, commercial
accomplices in spamming the world. Illegal in many
parts of the world. Getting the USA a bad name. Sad
as many Americans are innocent
& equally hate spammers.
rr.com earned this explicit mention, when they
consumed yet more of my time, unpaid, &
unwilling: Beyond spewing spam from their customers,
they forwarded a masqueraded spam not really from me,
but purporting to be, to an innocent postmaster who
forwarded it to me. (Possibly a sign of the leopard
changing it's spots ?)
rr.com are or were a world class spam polluters'
commercial accomplice, (as well as `normal USA ISP)'
encouraged by the USA government under their stupid
annoying right to spam law.
that bounces a spam report sent to postmaster@ gets
listed as a spam domain
Check if your postmaster@ address works OK ! It's
to by RFCs
that bounces a complaint sent to postmaster@ gets
forwarded to hostmaster@ Check if your hostmaster@
address works OK ! It's required to by RFCs which are
Internet Law. If a domain
blocks that too, I use eg whois & ask the domain
registrar to Suspend or Cancel The domain
put them out of business.
If the registrar fails to respond, one can go to
Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers) &
get the registrar put out of business too.
Do similar yourself, after first checking you are
clean. Put spammers & their suppliers &
commercial crime accomplices out of business !
Whatever your personal views as sender of legitimate
mail: Some recipients servers will automatically
discard or bounce all mail from domains
where spammers are tolerated, regardless that the
irresponsible USA ISP's own government legally allows.
Do Not Send Direct From Dynamic Dial Up Blocks
Dial up addresses & domains
particularly uncontrolled, & where spammers mainly
operate from. You think I won't be blocking your
You may well be wrong, I may well be !
- I even block my own IAP's dynamically allocated
dial up IP numeric range. The biggest IAP company in
the country, & I block it !
- So why wouldn't I be blocking your dynamic IPs
- I block companies you might think should be OK.
EG rr.com broadcast
10% of all Spam I receive. They web advertise as Time Warner who
used to broadcast Bugs Bunny, but now Excrement. AOL pursues spammers,
so why do
email@example.com not respond ?
tin.it seems to be the Italian national phone
company, pushing Alice ( "Si informa la gentile
clientela che dal 1° ottobre 2006 Nuova Tin.it
S.r.l. è confluita per incorporazione in
Telecom Italia S.p.A.") But I finally after months
blocked them too (as both tin.it & vsmtp3.tin.it
) as they block abuse@ on those domains.
that gets abused for spam & blocks their abuse@
address gets blocked.
Use A Proxy (Smart
Host) Relay At Your ISP's Fixed IP Machines.
Ensure your IAP uses a different set of domain
names, & IP numeric block addresses for dynamic
dial up customers, & their own more trusted proxy
servers. Only then can rest of world perhaps relax
& unblock your IAP's proxy, while leaving your
dynamic IPs blocked.
- I get hundreds of spams daily, almost all from
(or aimed at) Americans, & very few from the rest
of the world. The USA Congress expressly permitted
Spam (Bill S.1618 Title III passed by the 105th
Congress); (USA changed since, but USA started by
harbouring international spammers). Britain used to be in
the EU & the EU & Britain adopted (&
retain) anti spam laws long before the USA.
- This American deliberate pollution & abuse of
the world encouraged contempt
for the USA Government
- Though Americans are the world's major spammers.
some Americans (Not supported by American government)
are also leaders in fighting Spam, see list below.
- USA spammers flood the world, but they use many non
English, uniquely American phrases & spellings,
handy to trigger spam auto-deletion.
- A filter that segregates subscribed list mail,
& discards all remaining mail with American
spelling, loses little real mail to me, & deletes
- Some innocent mail may occasionally get deleted,
but Americans always had the option of voting for
better USA congress & senate members to fix their
polluting USA law, unlike us non Americans who just
suffered without recourse from the flood of excremental
spam. Eventually the USA did stop some spammers.
Avoid Spammer Phrases, Fonts, Formats, Encodings
- Spammer Spellings, Phrases, & Words (mostly American).
My Mail Filter
(Technical Detail for those who want to know how I
If you are Chinese/ Russian/ Korean/ Japanese etc,
turn off your non Latin font set indicator. (eg
charset="gb2312" etc) Else even if yours is genuine
correspondence solely in Latin character set, (eg
derived from postings to technical mail lists),
your inclusion of Asian charset= specifiers will
get you deleted unseen.
Spam Advice From ISPs
Do Not Send Base 64 Text
Sent just by 2 types of people:
Viruses & Spam
(Silly question, but often used to be asked, obvious (at
least to me) Answer:
"I want LESS email ! "
Some Email Welcome
Business Purposes eg
- International public free source code
- Personal friends on non computer topics etc
- Feedback where particularly invited on some
Some Email Not Wanted
- No Unsolicited Social Chat deriving from my mail
I would much prefer you come to the beer garden, walk,
bike or ski trip etc I announced. Chat at the event,
better than more typing & eye balling screens. Of
course a brief email saying "Add me to head count
reservation for that event" is always welcome.
No Unsolicited Social Chat deriving from web pages
(Better chat in beergardens
No desire to stay cross eyed in front of a screen!
I don't do IRCs/ chat rooms, blog reading etc
- No Mail List
Subscription Requests (They frequently used to
consume additional time, extending on to to sundry club
- No Ski
Trip Bookings (Use the form!) (*)
No Free help requests from Microsoft users
- I do Not use Microsoft, I consider Microsoft
worse than worthless. I will Not help with it.
Software , that I might help with.
I also sell Unix
- Too many clueless people use computers, who
never bother to learn, go to night classes, or pay
someone to teach you or to solve your problem.
- People pay car driving instructors/schools, but
fail to allocate money & time to learn to drive
their computer: they fail to take Internet courses
& or (read books & "How To" web pages etc,
insecure Microsoft PCs owned by clueless users get
virused & become slave bots & swamp the Net
with spam, so realise you & others similar
already are a burden to the Internet, so go learn
Microsoft Software here
- I don't have time to provide free help to
hundreds of club list members.
- To ask about your computer problems, do Not
email me, instead buy a beer & come to beer garden events
, while we defocus, not cross eyed at a
Consider Phoning Me Instead. It
May Be More Efficient
- Phone is more efficient than
email for 1 to 1 communication,
- Phone is now cheap, free even for many with flat rate
inc me. even some long distance international can be
- Phone calls can releases tired eyes from screen, ...
If I'm awake when you are ? ... I'm in Europe, &
start late & finish late, where in the world are you
? Think before you phone !
After clicking to mail
me, Before sending,
Remove the "._ERASE" bit in my
Before mailing me, (or anyone else)
from Berklix web pages,
Remove the ._ERASE
part, (which is
there to disrupt web crawler robots that harvest
addresses for spammers). Example: you need to change my
From: j h s _ERASE_ @@ b e r k l i x . c o
To: j h s
@ b e r k l i
x . c o m
(with one "." in
middle, not 2, & no "_" & no
Non Business Enquiries
If this is not a business enquiry,Hopefully you will
find your answer here:
I f you believe I will want to receive your mail as
much as you want to send it, go ahead & mail me
Do Not initially or routinely mail me with
"Acknowledge/ Click Receipt"
I usually ignore Sender Requests You Click To
(except for already known people
). They can be
spammer subterfuges I don't waste time examining URLs. If
you want me urgently, Phone me !.
Policy regarding encryption packages with closed
No source = Don't Use!. Companies have their own
commercial interests, can die & be bought, can be
leaned on by their home nation state, plus states can
spy, emit trojans, & want to weaken cryptography/
Some people may occasionally have old code or text from me,
with an old email address, & be searching for a more
modern address. To help them & / or search engines,
below is an incomplete table of some old email addresses,
mostly dead, that I used to use.
(Yes I have Lots of other current addresses,
which I do Not list, as general public don't don't
understand why. Internet professionals who are multiple
domain administrators will understand implicitly & can
predict them, pointless to list them. only would benefit
||DATE Earliest Or Only
||~ Tue May 25 07:05:18 1993
Dates are merely when I happen to notice something on an
archive web site, I didn't bother keeping notes of start
& end dates for usage of addresses.