A person on the unix-listproc list posted about an article
in the April, 1997 PC Computing magazine, so I got a copy.
Yes, on page 202, there is an article titled, "How to Use
Technology to Get Ahead, Torture your Enemies and Destroy
the Competition, Without Getting Caught!" [Their exclamation
The very first item, "Reform the Office E-Mail Gnat",
"Treat your friend to a feast of e-mail from your
favorite 500 or 600 Internet discussion groups and
mailing lists. To sign someone up for a mailing
list, you typically need only to send a message to
the list server with his name and e-mail address.
You'll find a directory of over 67,000 list servers
organized by topic at www.liszt.com. The only way
for your enemy to unsubscribe to these lists is to
manually send e-mail messages to each and every
one of them, asking to be removed from the mailing
list. Ouch. He'll be so busy handling this deluge
of mail, he won't have time to bother you."
Doesn't THIS sound like what some people are doing RIGHT NOW?
I think Ziff-Davis has gone overboard this time, and intend
to say so in a letter or two to the editor, but the damage may
already be done. (By the way, they also have a section on
mail-bombing "enemies" with, say, 400 mb attachments to E-Mail...
Of course, some of those people out there consider US to
be the "enemy"...)
Comments? Has anyone else read this issue yet? Anyone
else as upset as I am?
Ken Parker (http://kparker.nai.net)