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Julian H. Stacey - EMAIL

This is: http://www.berklix.com/~jhs/mail/

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ENGLISH + Deutsch/German + Francais/French

NO GERMAN / KEIN DEUTSCH
No French - Pas De Francais

Unless you state you want to purchase my computer consultancy. /
Ausser sie erklaren mir, sie wollen meinem Consultancy kaufen. /
Sauf si - Voudriez vous acheter mes conseil en informatique ?
Me, my Company my Associates

Business Enquiries / Geschäftliche Anfragen

English:
For business enquiries, please also Phone me, to ensure your enquiry makes it past my aggressive silent discard spam filters, which Do silently discard, thousands of spams every day, including occasionally a valid mail. I always send a quick acknowledgement to new business mail, so if you don't hear from me quickly, it got discarded unseen. Please Phone.

Deutsch / German:

Für geschäftliches Anfragen rufen Sie mich bitte kurz an, Bitte, damit Ihre Email nicht moeglicherweise von meinen Spam-Filtern ungelesen geloescht wird.

I am NOT a free help desk !

Your Mail List Subscriptions

Do Your Own Subscriptions Yourself By Free Mail Robot

My Standard Replies & FAQs

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.

Do You Want To Not Be Deleted Unseen ? Then:

Ensure Your mail provider does accept spam reports to abuse@YourDomain

Any Domain that gets abused for spam & blocks their abuse@ address gets blocked
.

Mail Me in plain text ASCII Format,
Not In HTML (Web Page) Format = Spammer's Favourite Format

  • 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, Mangled Domain Names, Fake Domain Names

Do Not Send Quoted Printable Or Rich Text etc

No junk formats just_ plain text (Ascii/Ansi).

Do Not Send Microsoft Proprietary Formats eg .Doc.

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 Ascii .

Do Not Ask For Microsoft Proprietary Formats.

I refuse to send my resume in Word Format.
I am a Unix Consultant so provide information only in public standard formats not proprietary Microsoft addict formats.

Do Not Send Base 64 Text

Sent just by 2 types of people:
  • Spammers (to avoid spam filters)
  • Incompetents
    & automatically dumped. Yes base 64 is useful for some other enclosures, but Not for plain text. Yes, uu-encoded is acceptable too.

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 Postcards etc

I never click web linked mail rubbish.

Do Not Send from Greetings Cards Web Sites

Do Not Send from Non RARP (Reverse Address Resolution Protocol) resolving hosts

Do Not Send From Spammer Domains (inc. some Bad Providers eg various rr.com . (Also note lazy providers such as Yahoo may be blocked later ).

Domain 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 servers.

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 carefully: Do you want your mailing-from Domain to be one known & sometimes blocked as a spam cesspit ?

Example:

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.

Any Domain that bounces a spam report sent to postmaster@ gets listed as a spam domain. Check if your postmaster@ address works OK ! It's required to by RFCs which are Internet Law.

Any domain 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 ICANN (Internet 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 are particularly uncontrolled, & where spammers mainly operate from. You think I won't be blocking your provider's domain ? 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 too ?
  • 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 abuse@rr.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. Any domain 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.

Avoid American Spelling & Phrases

  • 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); (Maybe they've changed since but they started an industry of spammers).
  • This American deliberate pollution & abuse of the world encourages 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, that trigger spam auto-deletion.
  • A filter that segregates subscribed list mail, & discards all remaining mail with American spelling, loses little real mail, & deletes much Spam.
  • Some innocent mail may occasionally get deleted, but Americans have the option of voting for better USA congress & senate members to fix their polluting USA law, unlike us non Americans who just suffer without recourse from a flood of excremental spam.

Avoid Spammer Phrases,

  • Spammer Spellings, Phrases, & Words (mostly American).

Viruses & Spam

"Why Do You Scare People Off Mailing You ?"

(Silly question, but often used to be asked, obvious (at least to me) Answer:
"I want LESS email ! " smiley
I used to get even more mail, not just business & personal email, but multiple clubs & event organising, many tech lists + follow up, multiple server status logs, mail list owner admin., & spam at numerous domains I run.

Some Email Welcome

Some Email Not Wanted

  • No Unsolicited Social Chat deriving from my mail list announcements.
    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 please.
    (Better chat in beergardens etc; No desire to stay cross eyed in front of a screen! I don't do IRCs/ chat rooms, blog reading etc either.
  • No Mail List Subscription Requests (They frequently used to consume additional time, extending on to to sundry club oriented enquiries).
  • 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.
      Use Free Software , that I might help with.
      I also sell Unix consultancy.
    • 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 !
      Free non 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 screen.

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 cheap.
  • 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 !

  •   Click For Current Position
    earth orthographic

After clicking to mail me, Before sending,
Remove the "._ERASE_" bit in my address.

Before mailing me, (or anyone else) from my web pages, Remove the ._ERASE_ part, (which is there to disrupt web crawler robots that harvest addresses for spammers). Example: you need to change the domain of my address
From:  jhs @berklix._ERASE_.com
To:  jhs @berklix.com
(with one "." in middle, not 2, & no "_" ).

My Addresses

If this is not a business enquiry,Hopefully you will find your answer on one of my web pages, or Standard Replies, but if you really believe I will want to receive your mail as much as you want to send it, go ahead & mail me smiley

For Normal Use: jhs@berklix. com

If I do not reply:

I never ignore mail from new addressees, I always send some brief acknowledgement, at least a one word answer, eg "Thanks" so if you get nothing, assume I never saw it (maybe it got discarded by errant spam filter), so phone me.

Do Not initially or routinely mail me with "Acknowledge/ Click Receipt"

I usually ignore Sender Requests You Click To Acknowledge Receipt" (except for already known people & businesses). They can be spammer subterfuges I don't waste time examining URLs. If you want me urgently, Phone me !.

  PGP & GPG Public Keys for Encryption

Policy regarding encryption packages with closed source:
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/ security.

Phone & Fax & SMS numbers etc.

Old Email Addresses

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 need to know, & don't understand nor need to understand why & other Internet professionals who are also multiple domain mail, list & web administrators understand implicitly & can predict anyway).

EMAIL DATE Earliest Or Only DATE Latest
stacey@guug.de ~ Tue May 25 07:05:18 1993 UTC  
jhs@vector.eikon.e-technik.tu-muenchen.de    
jhs@freefall.freebsd.org    
jhs@regent.e-technik.tu-muenchen.de    
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.

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