[QUAR] Re: [opensource] Problems with the lab access script

Daniel Murry murry.8 at osu.edu
Tue May 8 17:56:53 EDT 2007

Gmail allows you to "spoof" your email address.  I'm sending this from Gmail
right now, yet it looks like it is coming from murry.8 at osu.edu.  I give out
my osu.edu email to professors, school contacts, organizations and my Gmail
to friends and family.  So one day if I want I can unforward it.  Just in

Gmail has changed the way I check email.  I used to check it once a week at
the most and now I'm a compulsive email checker person.  I'm worried when I
start a real job they are going to make me use Outlook or Lotus Notes or
some crap like that.

Anyways, just sharing my thoughts.  Not looking to debate.


On 5/8/07, Brian Swaney <swaney.29 at osu.edu> wrote:
> I'm not sure if I mentioned it, but one of my professors (actually, a
> fairly nice professor) does NOT tolerate e-mails from domains other than
> from the campus. That means either the base osu.edu, or
> <<subject>>.ohio-state.edu. She will delete anything from a gmail,
> yahoo, AOL, or whatever other account you use, regardless of the subject
> or your prior requests to accept an external domain, without question. I
> don't believe this to be completely isolated to her, so I use my OSU
> account consistently for such reasons (I had an English instructor with
> the same policy), as well as the domain actually being credible and
> commonly accepted.
> Either method would have involved me getting a new e-mail address, so I
> chose the one with the ".edu" ending in contrast to ".com". Their spam
> filters aren't that bad, especially in that you can customize them
> pretty elaborately, but the ".edu" ending has its drawbacks. OSU is
> apparently a bit more targeted, and has people using every trick I know
> of that they tend to use (except sometimes they aren't using proxy
> servers). It came to a point where I didn't know what else to do to shut
> them out, so I made a whitelist of domains and addresses.
> It's just a simple problem of occasionally forgetting to add a valid
> exclusion, as was recently seen by everyone, but it was ultimately
> resolved. You said you get 4 instances of spam per week? I started a
> while ago to customize filters in AOL, and after about a month of
> sorting, I got it to a point where I'd get one or two in a 2 month
> period (until RealPlayer demands from Spanish classes came along, then
> it got worse, but not more than 2 per week after adding a bunch of other
> domains). I also only filtered out like 1 valid e-mail per month
> (usually less), not counting the occasional eBay-related e-mail or some
> automated thing from an organization I support.
> OSU's filters allow for far more elaborate filtering than
> sender/domain/string filtering like AOL, and I haven't gotten a single
> spam message since then (plus Paul's was the only incident of valid
> e-mail getting filtered). I still appreciate the advice, and do not
> doubt the ability of Google. I just want the fancy domain to go with the
> freedom from the Viagra-freaks.
> -Brian Swaney
> On Tue, 2007-05-08 at 15:36 -0400, Brandon Mintern wrote:
> > I had a similar thought.  I guess I was just under the impression that
> > spam wasn't even an issue anymore.  All you have to do is get a GMail
> > account and put the address in a .forward file in your home directory in
> > order to get your CSE mail forwarded there.  Then, you can go to the
> > (or is it UTS?) website and get your OSU e-mail forwarded there as well.
> >
> > I get all my e-mail in one convenient place, accessible from any
> browser,
> > with all the spam conveniently filtered out.  I get maybe 4 spams in my
> > Inbox per week, and I've only ever had one e-mail incorrectly placed in
> Spam.
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Daniel Murry
Industrial and Systems Engineering
The Ohio State University

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