Normally I ignore the spam that makes it thru to my inbox. It's usually pretty easy to pick out by reading the subject and sender's address (or name). I'll just mark it as spam and go on with life. But this particular gem came thru a few days ago with a subject of "MySQL Performance and Tuning...", a topic that's been near and dear to my heart.

coeum software: spammers
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So you can imagine how pissed I was to open the message, only to be confronted by one of those annoying large image-looking spam messages.

Worst of all is their insulting language at the bottom of the spam:

If you no longer wish to receive these emails...

It's written to imply that there was a point in history when I did wish to receive them.

Fuck that.

If you're looking for real MySQL Performance Consulting (which I used to do), let me know. I can refer you to a non-sleazy company or two. COEUM clearly doesn't deserve your business.

Posted by jzawodn at January 09, 2007 05:07 PM

Reader Comments
# Jeffrey Friedl said:

I see the date of the spam message is Jan 3. With today being the 10th, you're only a week behind in processing your email. Cool... how does it feel to be almost caught up? :-)

on January 9, 2007 07:39 PM
# Jeremy Zawodny said:

It feels pretty good.

In reality, I wanted to post this a day or so ago but was wrapped up in MyBlogLog stuff...

on January 9, 2007 07:42 PM
# Thomas said:

I am really interested in the MySQL sites you like to recommend. Unfortunately so far I only encountered the spammy stuff like you mentioned in your post or sites that acually do not live up to their promise.
Thank you!

on January 10, 2007 02:45 AM
# Jeremy Zawodny said:

I didn't say I'd recommend sites, I said I'd recomment companies. The kind with real humans who will walk thru your problems and try to help.

on January 10, 2007 08:30 AM
# Mary D. Ritten said:

Since I've moved to this this city (Seattle) I've realized how damn opinionated everyone is. Actually, I'm not really clear on why you're so pissed off about this particular spam mail. Ok, so it's inconvenient and there's no human behind software. I'm thinking how the heck did Company X get your e-mail address. Did Company X run robots to pull e-mail addresses off the web? Were these scripts actually fine-tuned so they would pick up people interested in MySQL? Did you go to a site relating to SQL and sign up for a demo or a newsletter at some point? Now, I see why you're angry. I hate that ComCast spelled my husband's name wrong, but I really hate that they gave out our name and address to every junk-mail sending company in the world, and the only reason we know it was them was cos well, the moron's spelled our last name wrong. But, then I think of my father who's always struggling to get clients as a consultant and recently created an excellent program he'd love to sell (and customize). But, how do you get the word out? You know a couple "non-sleazy" customers, the good old networking way of getting/providing work, but, people in your network aren't always thinking of you. So far the best method my father found was sending out a mass mailing, but of paper-flyers to companies. He doesn't get calls immediately, but 6-months later, "I had gotten one of your flyers and we really needed someone to help us do X, but just have gotten to it now." Coeum's probably not the best example in this case, but maybe in the future you can think about who's behind certain spam, cos it may be the little guy that can do big things.

on January 11, 2007 12:12 PM
# Willard said:

Hey Jeremy,

I just noticed a strange new twist on blog spam. Well, I don't know if it's new. I've blogged it though because it has a Pagerank angle to it. Let me know if you've seen this before:

on January 12, 2007 10:56 AM
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