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Tuesday, April 01, 2008

Spam, Spam, Spam...

Thirty years down the line and today nearly 90% of all email is spam according to Spamhaus. Spam, as I am sure you are aware, is Unsolicited Bulk E-mail ("UBE"). Unsolicited means that the Recipient has not granted verifiable permission for the message to be sent. Bulk means that the message is sent as part of a larger collection of messages, all having substantively identical content.

SPAM® however (note the capital letters please) is the famous canned meat product consisting of mainly chopped pork and ham. Not being too happy with the bad press the word 'spam' has been getting the marketing guys are fighting back: Great in sandwiches, salads or mac & cheese, or with eggs, cheese, or pineapples, or sliced, diced, baked or fried. The name derives from "sp(iced h)am". SPAM is a registered trademark of Hormel Foods Corporation. The product name "SPAM" (used always in uppercase) has nothing to do with the internet jargon word "spam" meaning unsolicited bulk email. While "spam" (junk email) is bad for internet users, SPAM (Chopped Pork and Ham) is good for internet users. If you have never tasted SPAM, try it today!

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