Miscellaneous musings from the perspective of a lefty (both senses) atheist with a warped sense of humor.

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Location: Madison, WI, United States

I am a geek, but I do have some redeeming social skills. I love other people's dogs, cats, and kids. Snow sucks, but I'm willing to put up with it just to live in Madison.

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Forbidden Words

Recently one of my Yahoo groups bounced an e-mail from me because its subject line consisted of the forbidden word "Photos". Yahoo had identified this horrifying word as a likely subject line on a message containing a virus, even tho my own message had 2 short text paragraphs and no attachments and came from a Mac.

Curious to see just how extensively Yahoo is checking for subject lines even more suspicious than "Photos", I ran a little experiment to see what else might set them off. FYI, messages with the following subject lines all went thru just fine:
 • This Is Spam
 • Pornography Attached
 • Biggus Dickus [apologies to Monty Python]
 • Nigerian Money Laundering Scam
 • PEN IS mightier than sword
 • Malicious Virus Enclosed

But at least we're safe from "Photos".


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