Good Morning Gentle Readers,
TWC has gotten hundreds of requests to revive the world's longest running, floating website. For years it was essentially an email version of this website and eventually evolved into TWC. In many respects the web readership is different than the old email base, which explains the ongoing requests to revive the newsletter, which in the face of multiple spam filters and ISP blocking techniques is a daunting task and reminds me of why the email newsletter went silent in the first place.
Long way around the barn to say that the first effort to fire up the newsletter was for The Wine Commonsewer 2006 Thanksgiving Sermon. It didn't go that well. The formatting was a problem and lots of subscribers didn't receive a copy (some blocked outright and some bounced). But the worst of it were the people that Outlook wouldn't send it to. I came back from Tucson to a terse message and a long list of people that never got the newsletter.
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Microsoft is being cagey about it, but apparently one of the recent downloads, er ah, upgrades, for Outlook puts a limit on the number of people you can send a group email to. This is to protect you from spam.
This stroke of software engineering brilliance may as well have come from the government, which is very good at enacting half measures and mandating inconvenience so that it appears to the voting public that something is being done to solve the problem de jur.
Yes, spam is a problem. But the 200 or so big time spammers that account for almost all spam on earth are not using Outlook to send it. Surely Bill Gates knows this.