March 05, 2003

Spam and Channels

Spambot Stopper
This may be an oldie for some, but I just heard of it. The spambot stopper. There, that should keep the bots busy for a while.

Channels Gone
I may have been the only person in the world to be a subscriber, but I kinda liked's Classical Music Channel. Not the greatest performances, not the greatest selection, not the greatest usability, but still, it was nice to listen to streaming classical music once in a while. Not any more. has quietly killed all of the channel stuff on the site, as far as I can tell. In fact, all of my MY.MP3 music, that I had installed using Beam-It (remember THAT?) is gone as well. I can't find any emailed notices from MP3, and so I don't know if they notified customers or just quietly shut things down. Not very nice, but not surprising of Vivendi, one of the companies, remember, that sued MP3 before they acquired MP3.

UPDATE 1613PST: It seems that some of the Classical Music Channel pages still exist, but I suspect this is just because MP3 wasn't thorough in its cleanup efforts. However, none of the streaming seems to work anymore, even though the M3U files get sent to your mp3 player --- the servers send out no actual stream, as far as I can tell. Posted by brian at March 5, 2003 03:52 AM


The spam stopper is very interesting. I hope we have some kind of "net send spam stopper" one day like this :-)

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