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The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing. ―Edmund Burke

Digital Junk

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Do you not feel overwhelmed by the sheer, VAST quantity of digital ephemera that comes at you from every direction? About 99.9 percent of it is pure junk; maybe 1 percent (at the outside…) is something you asked to see and need to review.

I have my mail system set up to divert things I regard as ephemeral into a “Trash” folder, so that I don’t see them until I have some time to waste. That includes the 87 berjillion beeps from Facebook, the 37 million “likes” and queries from Quora, whatever Twitter emits, and all known senders of spam. “Spam” IMHO includes newsletters, Goodreads blather, chirpy emails from Realtors, Meetup.com notices, and on and on and infinitely on. Just now MacMail has 71 “rules” for that purpose. The accursed OS update erased all my standing rules; before that little fiasco, I had applied over 90 rules. So presumably in the next short while I’ll have to rebuild another 20 of them.

Then there are the people who “Reply-all” to someone who is trying to organize some event and is sending out a dozen or more emails to members. This very morning, a half-dozen people in one group of friends are merrily doing that, so I end up with not one or two messages from the organizer but 6, 12, 18, 24 back-and-forths between her and the participants.

Please. Don’t “Reply-all” unless you’re asked to do so!

Truly, I think we get far more digital junk mail than we ever got in the snail-mail: it’s free and it’s easy to disseminate and I guess they don’t give a damn how much they annoy people. And indeed, why should they? What are you gonna do, after all? Jump into your transporter and beam yourself up to Seattle and throttle the bastards on the spot?

The nuisance phone calls amount to a variety of digital junk, too. It’s just another device to spam you: most of them emanate from digital robocallers equipped to spoof phone numbers and to keep dialing you back until you answer.

The handy-dandy call blocker I bought a while back is helping a lot with the robocall problem, though on average one or two a day are still getting through.

They come in waves. You’ll have days — often days on end! — when no spam phone calls get through at all. Then you’ll have a bunch at once — I’ve blocked three of the SOBs today.

So far I’ve blocked 133 real and spoofed phone numbers. That’s on top of the 5,000 blocked numbers the device comes with. It’s a little annoying to have to manually block the ones that get through…only because my system has so much hardware wired in that the device has to be set up so that I have to walk to the back of the house, push a button to locate the caller’s number, and push another button to block that number forevermore.

On the other hand, it surely is satisfying to hear an incoming call ring once and then die. Sort of like squashing a cockroach…

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2 Comments

  1. I get a lot of what I have to believe are spoofing calls to my cell phone. They appear to come from my area code and exchange. It’s always a different number and always the same credit repair garbage. Since it’s not a real number, I don’t even know how to report this.

    It never ends!

    • You can get NoMoRobo for most cell phone providers now. It’s about 4 bucks a month…infinitely worth it.

      Yeah, their machines must automatically spoof numbers. The interesting thing is, most spoofed numbers are either out of service or fake numbers. Occasionally I’ll be expecting a workman to call and won’t be CERTAIN 480-848-8484 isn’t his number, so I’ll dial it back on the caller ID function…they’re almost never a working number.