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mr brown's latest TODAY column - 25th June 2004 -

Unwanted business spam

Go ahead, promote your company by email, but please ... not at the expense of my time and privacy

FOR years, they told us, the 2 megabytes (MB) or 6MB space in your free email account with the annoying ads was enough. You want more megabytes, you pay some megadollars. So we diligently deleted emails, cursing friends who sent us images that were big enough to print an election banner with, thereby clogging our mailboxes.
  Then, on the seventh day, Google said, let there be a Gigabyte! Our free email service will give you 1GB of space. Yes! You heard me, 1GB of space! For those of you who are not computer-savvy, let me put it into layman's terms for you: It is a lot of bytes. Bytes coming out of your ears. Not just mega, but giga. More bytes than your emails will take up in a lifetime, unless you are the sort of person who regularly receives poster-quality images. Or porn.
  All of a sudden, our free Hotmail and Yahoo accounts became 250MB and 100MB of space. Wow, thank you very much. It was not a lot of bytes, but it was quite a bit of bytes. It's amazing what a little competition can do. And I did not even have to do a thing to earn it. All I had to do was be a potential eyeball for ads.


I wonder if we, the users, ...
Right. Businesses who send spam have been warned.

mr brown is the accidental author of a popular website that has been documenting the dysfunctional side of Singapore life since 1997. He does not want any insurance policies or careers, any "free plane tickets" or timeshare holidays, nor does he have any credit card debt to balance transfer. So stop calling his mobile phone or there will be bloodshed.

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