Yes the old saying ‘its what you do with that counts’ can be applied to many things, particularly in .  Thanks to bare metal hypervisors its now possible to run your entire infrastructure on a much smaller collection of hardware than was previously necessary.  Mobile phones can now perform many of the functions which previously required a fully fledged PC.  The relentless march of technology is focussed on power efficient processing.

All this means very little to me at the moment unfortunately because buried under a pile of (Unsolicited or Useless Bloody Email depending on your mindset) more commonly known as SPAM.  Recent statistics put the level of spam currently being pumped out at somewhere around 80% of email traffic, 80% of all email currently flying around the net is totally useless and bloody annoying.  My companies current approach to this massive mountain of crap is…..

…. to place the most weakass, difficult to manage, leaky as all hell between the outside world and our mailserver.

On most days we may as well turn the damn thing off.

I have made my case for a appliance, a dedicated machine with 24 hour support and a nice easy to use web interface and I’ve been ignored, so yesterday I put some figures together.  I’ve lost the link now but somewhere on someone gave information from a 2001 study which put the of a to the recipient at somewhere around $0.10 (7p) so with this figure in mind I ran through the stats I had gathered and worked out a rough per year to my company of the amount of spam which currently makes past our and has to be dealt with by a member of staff.  Even I was surprised by the answer:


31 grand wasted because the company won’t spend £3/4000 on a spam appliance that actually works.

The to those sending out is probably about 10p.

I’ve made my case (again) and I’ll see whether a) anything actually happens and b) I get any credit for (like perhaps some of that 31 grand being added to my pay packet).

Next I’ll see if I can find a good enough business reason for the company to buy my new home PC.

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