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Hot and Bothered by Changes at MSN’s Email Service?
Let’s see what’s coming up to stay ahead of the curve on new email protocols.

Last week, Microsoft Corp. revealed that it would begin screening incoming emails using SenderID, a message authentication system born from the merger of the SPF and CallerID protocols. SenderID has been a hot topic since MSN first floated the idea more than a year ago, but the recent announcement still made headlines and drew renewed attention to the subject of email authentication. Despite the concern in some quarters, most reputable email service providers say there is no cause for alarm. Rather, they view the introduction of SenderID as a welcome step in the ongoing battle against spoofing, phishing and spam.

“We welcome the announcement by Microsoft and view SenderID as a positive step towards curbing the onslaught of unsolicited email. Authenticating senders is a crucial piece of the spam-fighting puzzle and this is a way to further protect legitimate marketers.”

As is customary with all developments at the major ISPs, the media seized on the announcement of SenderID as a landmark event. Unfortunately, the breathless coverage created confusion in some quarters and frightened many with little reason to worry. The questions “How does this affect me?”, “What do I need to do to be compliant?” and “Will my emails be blocked?” appeared on the tongue of many an email marketer. Today, we’d like to spend some time examining those questions, the issue of SenderID at large and the measures people will be taking to protect everyone’s interest.

What is SenderID, Anyway?

The goal of SenderID is to prevent spammers from faking or masking their identities with forged headers and, ultimately, to tie in a layer of “reputation analysis” to the overall spam filtering process. SenderID is not a filtering or blocking system, per se, and it does not check the content of incoming emails for spam phrases or trigger words. Rather, it is designed to check the incoming message (at the domain/IP level) and ensure the “sender” is who he or she claims to be and is authorized to send emails from that particular domain.

In the near term, Microsoft will be using SenderID to alert users whenever it receives a message originating from a sender that cannot be verified. MSN will be determining whether the IP address associated with a particular email emanates from an authorized mail server – one that can be authenticated based on posted DNS records. Messages falling short of this standard will be tagged with a “Sender Unknown” label and this could discourage recipients from opening the email. In short, the new standard has no bearing on message content, it simply confirms identity and that the email has not been sent from a “spoofed” domain.

As active members of the Email Service Provider Coalition (www.espcoalition.org) we are on the front lines of this evolving space and are primed to act as ISPs and the market dictate.

SenderID and Beyond:

Microsoft generated an extraordinary amount of publicity with last week’s announcement, but SenderID is hardly the only solution out there. Cisco Systems (Identified Internet Mail) and Yahoo! (DomainKeys) are currently merging their cryptographic protocols into a single authentication solution touted as an even more robust offering than that provided by MSN. More disclosure about this effort is expected at the E-Mail Authentication Implementation Summit in New York on July 12. It would be good be there to capture all the pertinent information, so we can share with you everything that’s on the horizon in the email authentication world.

Finally, something good against those stupid and heartless spammers.

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‘Runaway bride’ in deal to sell life story

Some people just simply have no scruples at all.

The whole idea is so vile and disgusting I can’t stand it. Isn’t there someone who can lock this heartless woman up so that she can’t hurt anybody else? Hello?

She should be joined in jail by her fiancé for all I care. What a stupid idiot! Just as long as they don’t have any children. I don’t think we can afford to have this type of human-species spread out!

Here's an idea:If the company that wants to buy this deal make a book or whatever they have in mind, let's hope that someone does something and boycotts this thing so that no monies are made by this company.

Actually, there is someone already doing something about this, check this site out: Do not let Jennifer Wilbanks and her fiance profit from her actions.

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Over 35

People over 35 should be dead.
Here’s why …………
According to today’s regulators and bureaucrats, those of us who were kids in the 40’s, 50’s, 60’s, or even maybe the early 70’s probably shouldn’t have survived.

Our baby cribs were covered with bright colored lead-based paint.

We had no childproof lids on medicine bottles, doors or cabinets, …! and when we rode our bikes, we had no helmets. (Not to mention the risks we took hitchhiking.)

As children, we would ride in cars with no seatbelts or air bags.

Riding in the back of a pickup truck on a warm day was always a special treat.

We drank water from the garden hose and not from a bottle.

Horrors!

We ate cupcakes, bread and butter, and drank soda pop with sugar in it, but we were never overweight because we were always outside playing.

We shared one soft drink with four friends, from one bottle, and no one actually died from this.

We would spend hours building our go-carts out of scraps and then rode down the hill, only to find out we forgot the brakes.

After running into the bushes a few times, we learned to solve the problem.

We would leave home in the morning and play all day, as long as we were back when the! street lights came on.

No one was able to reach us all day.

NO CELL PHONES!!!!!

Unthinkable!

We did not have Playstations, Nintendo 64, X-Boxes, no video games at all, no 99 channels on cable, video tape movies, surround sound, personal cell phones, personal computers, or Internet chat rooms.

We had friends!

We went outside and found them.

We played dodge ball, and sometimes, the ball would really hurt.

We fell out of trees, got cut and broke bones and teeth, and there were no lawsuits from these accidents.

They were accidents.

No one was to blame but us.

Remember accidents?

We had fights and punched each other and got black and blue and learned to get over it.

We made up games with sticks and tennis balls and ate worms, and although we were told it would happen, we did not put out very many eyes, nor did the worms live inside us forever.

We rode bikes or walked to a friend’s home and knocked on the door, or rang the bell or just walked in and talked to them.

Little League had tryouts and not everyone made the team.

Those who didn’t had to learn to deal with disappointment.

Some students weren’t as smart as others, so they failed a grade and were held back to repeat the same grade.

Horrors!

Tests were not adjusted for any reason.

Our actions were our own.

Consequences were expected.

The idea of a parent bailing us out if we broke a law was unheard of.

They actually sided with the law.

Imagine that!

This generation has produced some of the best risk-takers and problem solvers and inventors, ever.

The past 50 years have been an explosion of innovation and new ideas.

We had freedom, failure, success and responsibility, and we learned how to deal with it all.

And you’re one of them!

Congratulations!

Please pass this on to others who have had the luck to grow up as kids, before lawyers and government regulated our lives, for our own good !!!!!

People under 30 are WIMPS !

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Remembering Pope John Paul II

Today, a new Pope has been elected, so I prepared these two pages that in my opinion celebrate the life of the greatest Pope ever.

A Pope the world will call, in not a distant future John Paul The Great.

Remembering John Paul II

These images speak for themselves!

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I Can Only Handle One Diet Change Right Now. What Should I Do?

1. Add just one fruit or veggie serving daily. Get comfortable with that, then add an extra serving until you reach 8 to 10 a day.

2. Eat at least two servings of a fruit or veggie at every meal.

3. Resolve never to supersize your food portions–unless you want to supersize your clothes.

4. Make eating purposeful, not mindless. Whenever you put food in your mouth, peel it, unwrap it, plate it, and sit. Engage all of the senses in the pleasure of nourishing your body.

5. Start eating a big breakfast. It helps you eat fewer total calories throughout the day.

6. Make sure your plate is half veggies and/or fruit at both lunch and dinner.

Are there Any Easy Tricks to Help Me Cut Calories?

7. Eating out? Halve it, and bag the rest. A typical restaurant entree has 1,000 to 2,000 calories, not even counting the bread, appetizer, beverage, and dessert.

8. When dining out, make it automatic: Order one dessert to share.

9. Use a salad plate instead of a dinner plate.

10. See what you eat. Plate your food instead of eating out of the jar or bag.

11. Eat the low-cal items on your plate first, then graduate. Start with salads, veggies, and broth soups, and eat meats and starches last. By the time you get to them, you’ll be full enough to be content with smaller portions of the high-calorie choices.

12. Instead of whole milk, switch to 1 percent. If you drink one 8-oz glass a day, you’ll lose 5 lb in a year.

13. Juice has as many calories, ounce for ounce, as soda. Set a limit of one 8-oz glass of fruit juice a day.

14. Get calories from foods you chew, not beverages. Have fresh fruit instead of fruit juice.

15. Keep a food journal. It really works wonders.

16. Follow the Chinese saying: “Eat until you are eight-tenths full.”

17. Use mustard instead of mayo.

18. Eat more soup. The noncreamy ones are filling but low-cal.

19. Cut back on or cut out caloric drinks such as soda, sweet tea, lemonade, etc. People have lost weight by making just this one change. If you have a 20-oz bottle of Coca-Cola every day, switch to Diet Coke. You should lose 25 lb in a year.

20. Take your lunch to work.

21. Sit when you eat.

22. Dilute juice with water.

23. Have mostly veggies for lunch.

24. Eat at home.

25. Limit alcohol to weekends.

How Can I Eat More Veggies?

26. Have a V8 or tomato juice instead of a Diet Coke at 3 pm.

27. Doctor your veggies to make them delicious: Dribble maple syrup over carrots, and sprinkle chopped nuts on green beans.

28. Mix three different cans of beans and some diet Italian dressing. Eat this three-bean salad all week.

29. Don’t forget that vegetable soup counts as a vegetable.

30. Rediscover the sweet potato.

31. Use prebagged baby spinach everywhere: as “lettuce” in sandwiches, heated in soups, wilted in hot pasta, and added to salads.

32. Spend the extra few dollars to buy vegetables that are already washed and cut up.

33. Really hate veggies? Relax. If you love fruits, eat plenty of them; they are just as healthy (especially colorful ones such as oranges, mangoes, and melons).

34. Keep seven bags of your favorite frozen vegetables on hand. Mix any combination, microwave, and top with your favorite low-fat dressing. Enjoy 3 to 4 cups a day. Makes a great quick dinner.

Can You Give Me a Mantra that will Help Me Stick to My Diet?

35. “The best portion of high-calorie foods is the smallest one. The best portion of vegetables is the largest one. Period.”

36. “I’ll ride the wave. My cravings will disappear after 10 minutes if I turn my attention elsewhere.”

37. “I want to be around to see my grandchildren, so I can forgo a cookie now.”

38. “I am a work in progress.”

39. “It’s more stressful to continue being fat than to stop overeating.”

I Eat Healthy, but I’m Overweight. What Mistakes Could I Be Making without Realizing It?

40. Skipping meals. Many healthy eaters “diet by day and binge by night.”

41. Don’t “graze” yourself fat. You can easily munch 600 calories of pretzels or cereal without realizing it.

42. Eating pasta like crazy. A serving of pasta is 1 cup, but some people routinely eat 4 cups.

43. Eating supersize bagels of 400 to 500 calories for snacks.

44. Ignoring “Serving Size” on the Nutrition Facts panel.

45. Snacking on bowls of nuts. Nuts are healthy but dense with calories. Put those bowls away, and use nuts as a garnish instead of a snack.

The American Dietetic Association RDs serve as media spokespersons or heads of specialty practice groups for the ADA.

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