I recently received email from Bruce Schneier. It was my first interaction with Bruce. He introducing himself, said that he occasionally reads my blog and requested a response to a request from me. I responded and received no reply. I've sent him several emails since then, but haven't gotten any response.

I don't know Bruce well, but from the tone of the email, he seemed anxious to get a response to me about his request. With all of the spam SNAFU these days, I have no idea if my email is getting through. I am left with a weird feeling not being sure whether he's busy or my email has disappeared. Email is truly broken.

So Bruce. if you're reading this please let me know if you got my email or not. If someone who knows Bruce well is reading this, can you ask him?

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Joi, the answer to your issue with both Bruce Schneier and SpamAssassin is the same: add the Habeas headers to your outgoing email. SpamAssassin 2.60 scores this a negative 8, and many (most?) other spam filters and ISPs let the mail through. Use by individuals is free. Just don't spam with them (duh) or you open yourseld to liability. www.habeas.com.

And yes, I founded the company and patented the idea.

And yes, I'm Eiji's friend from the FIRe conference.

Joi, the answer to your issue with both Bruce Schneier and SpamAssassin is the same: add the Habeas headers to your outgoing email. SpamAssassin 2.60 scores this a negative 8, and many (most?) other spam filters and ISPs let the mail through. Use by individuals is free. Just don't spam with them (duh) or you open yourseld to liability. www.habeas.com.

And yes, I founded the company and patented the idea.

And yes, I'm Eiji's friend from the FIRe conference.

Maybe it's time to consider the either-or rule for email. Either it gets sent as plain text or it gets sent to one person at a time. But not both. See http://www.corante.com/bottomline/20030801.shtml#50723

Just use IM! Need to get his AIM handle first though...

Kevin

Got email back from Bruce. It turns out he was in the desert... ;-)

From the subject:

I really like this as a concept. When I mail my friends I now feel that for every mail there is a good chance it will be swallowed up by span filters. I figure I lose about 20-30% of my "real" correspondence due to the fact that my own spam filters are very aggressive.
I recently followed Joi's example and posted a message to a friend on my blog as I have lost his contact info. It's so remenicent of "placing a classified" from back in to 80's
I wonder how long until someone makes a movie about a guy who blogs about a girl he met in a bar in an attemp to try and track her down?

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