Peter Kafka

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How to Stop Jason Calacanis’s Zombie Army From Spamming You

Jason Calacanis’s email list turned into a Frankenstein monster this morning, when one of the list’s 23,286 subscribers realized he could hit “reply all” and spam the rest of us. Unsubscribing to his list won’t make the spam stop–you’re still going to keep receiving the email chain of replies and counter-replies.

This method has worked for me: Create a filter in your email provider that finds and deletes all emails with “jasons-list@jasonnation.com” in the “to” field. In my case, I’ve got a Rube Goldberg set-up with my Gmail and my BlackBerry, so I had to set up a second filter for the phone, too. It’s a real pain to have to deal with this in the wee hours, but it’s better than not having email.

Before I could get the filter installed, by the way, I received this mass apology from “Jason”: “We all make mistakes… http://bit.ly/77X1oO.” Clicking on that link, though, gets you to a YouTube page with a video that’s been blocked by Sony (SNE). [Shrug].

UPDATE: Calacanis, via Twitter, says he has solved the problem.


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Another gadget you don’t really need. Will not work once you get it home. New model out in 4 weeks. Battery life is too short to be of any use.

— From the fact sheet for a fake product entitled Useless Plasticbox 1.2 (an actual empty plastic box) placed in L.A.-area Best Buy stores by an artist called Plastic Jesus