Sunday, July 25, 2004

Fear of the New

After a brief, unsuccessful trial the 'free for non-commercial use' offer of UseBestMail is gone. The product is the same, but the package is changing. Instead of emphasizing the completely 100% effective solution to the spam problem (although it's still there), it is now a me-too product -- just like but better than Qurb, for example. And unlike the competition we also have a neat little-add-on feature that truly defeats spam.

So why the change? Well, it is now obvious that people fear the new. Maybe it's the need to make up one's own mind. Or maybe one already has preconceived ideas about a subject that make it impossible to even see the unique new concept in its true form. An old story relates that when Samuel Morse tried to sell his recently invented telegraph system in England he was told that there was no need for it because "...England had no shortage of messenger boys."

But in spite of being smartly smited by reality, I'm still here, UseBestMail is still here, and you can try it free for 30 days. I really hope you do that and maybe even discover the beauty of its hidden new feature.

Tuesday, July 20, 2004

eMail Use About to Expire?

The article below says 6 out of 10 firms consider dumping email completely.

Maybe they should UseBestMail for a spam-free channel.

Why Spam Filters Fail

If you use a spam filter you may wonder why it is necessary to constantly update the rules. Here's an article that explains the problem clearly:

How many ways to spell Viagra?

And that's just one word!

For an alternative- non-filter solution see:

Thursday, July 15, 2004

Is Spam Really a Problem?

I've recently seen articles that say the spam problem is solved and all the alarm is overblown. Wish I could remember where - Business Week, I think.

Is there really a spam problem, or has anti-spam software completely eliminated it, at least for large corporations? Is anyone out there still annoyed by spam -- annoyed enough to do something about it?

If there is no problem, why all the alarm? Just a bunch of busy-body techies complaining? Will the anti-spam software companies go out of business? Since spam is fully blocked, why do the spammers continue to send the stuff out?

What is your experience, at work and at home? Is this still a problem, or has it been solved?

Or maybe it's not a problem any more ... it's just an "issue." What do you think?


Hello. This is just to get my feet wet in blogging. Not so sure I like having a blog with a bunch of competitors' ads around it, but who knows, it might work.

So to introduce myself, I'm the author of UseBestMail, a completely new solution to spam. Not just a blocker, a solution.

It's free and I hope you'll try it out at or visit a summary page at

You're free to ask questions here and I'll try to keep you up to date.

Martel Firing