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    Re: Missing mailings.
    From: Frank Reed CT
    Date: 2006 Apr 11, 22:10 EDT

    George H, you wrote:
    "Of course there may be  others I have missed; if so, I am unlikely to find
    Yep. It's an  intermittent bug --the worst kind from a debugging perspective.
    I don't think  Dan Hogan can really do anything about this. The guy who runs
    webkahuna may not  be able to figure it out either. I've managed two Internet
    lists. Both were  years ago, and I'm not claiming any technical expertise
    here, but I've never  seen anything like these strange problems on Navigation-L.
    "I  have to admit, somewhat reluctantly, that Frank may be right. It may make
    sense  to jump ship, into the vessel that he has provided; imperfect though
    those  arrangements may be."
    Well, you'll never know unless you try!  www.fer3.com/NavList . By the way,
    the "vessel" is provided by google.com.  Forty-five people have signed up so
    far. Just under half of the people I sent  direct invitations to have joined.
    About twenty learned of the list indirectly.  If anyone reading this did not
    receive a direct invitation, it was only because  I did not spot your e-mail
    address in recent messages (which was the only method  available to me at the
    By the way, Robert Gainer expressed concern  about becoming a spam target by
    signing up for a list through google. This is a  serious concern, and I have
    given it a lot of thought and I've done some web  research, too. Short answer:
    google's masking system makes it very unlikely that  automated software will
    be able to steal web addresses. Google as a corporate  entity has no reason
    whatsoever to sell e-mail addresses since their monetary  value is trivial, and
    the impact on google's reputation from doing so would be  severe.
    The biggest danger to anyone's e-mail address is when it is  listed on a web
    site in an "unmasked" form. When that happens, it will almost  inevitably make
    its way onto a spam list since these are usually generated by  sifting
    through web sites and postings to public lists (Usenet, e.g.) for any  strings with
    the format of an e-mail address. Your best defense against this is  to search
    the net for your address occasionally. Take your complete e-mail  address, put
    it in quotes, and google it. You may be surprised! Give it a try.
    Of course, anyone can sign up for any mailing list, like Nav-L, and dump  all
    the messages for a few months to simple software that extracts e-mail
    addresses. It's easy, and you would never know how it occurred. So there's no
    guarantee that your e-mail address is safe from spam targeting. This hasn't
    happened to this list (or does not appear to have happened) simply because this  is
    a small group and e-mail addresses have very low monetary  value.
    42.0N 87.7W, or 41.4N  72.1W.

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