Spammed out? ‘Make them pay’ is creed of Vanquish software

Tom DiFrancesca

Here’s an update on the Clovis “WhyNot” project: We need more folks to get involved. A couple of local concerned citizens have registered at the Web site
but that is not enough. We need a lot of concerned citizens to participate in this project. I’m going to mention the endeavor in future columns to try and generate a growing interest in it.
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By the way, I have appreciated all of the kind words regarding my series of “My Life” columns that appeared in this newspaper. Just in case you missed any of them they have all been posted to the Web. The URL is:
Speaking of Web postings, I’m revamping the “Tracker Tom” Web site. My goal is to have a dial-up version (slower speed) and a broadband version for those of you who access the Internet by DSL, wireless, or cable modem. Although still under heavy construction, the broadband version is available for viewing. Just hop on over to
and give the Web site a test drive.
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“Make spammers pay.” That is the creed of the folks behind “Vanquish” anti-spam software. It’s a novel idea. If a spammer wants someone to read their advertising, they are going to have to pay the reader to do so. I don’t really know if this concept will go anywhere or not, but it’s not totally unfeasible. Pay a visit to
and check out their Flash demonstration, explore their Web site, and come up with your own conclusions. You can even download free evaluation software to take for a spin.
Me, I’m quite happy receiving those dozens of unsolicited advertising in my “Inbox” every day; makes me feel important and needed. Not.
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“The New Mexico Internet Professionals Association provides a forum where those in all areas of the Internet industry can exchange knowledge and ideas — not to mention camaraderie.”
That is the mission statement you will find by going to
among other informative links. I only recently learned of this organization and in fact signed up with them quite readily. Although they have monthly meetings in Albuquerque, Las Cruces, and Santa Fe, I’ve been told that if enough professionals in Clovis sign on as members, the NMIPA will have meetings here.
I had the pleasure of meeting Nelson Ward, Executive Director of the organization, last week while I was attending a technology conference in Albuquerque. He has a great vision of what a group like this could accomplish for our state.
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Anyone remember the “old days” when Internet companies were going public and selling lots of stock? I sure wish I had gotten in on the rush for Yahoo. I’d probably be typing this week’s column while sitting on an island beach in the Caribbean, palm trees swaying, the soothing sounds of the waves crashing on the beach.
Sorry. Time to wake up now.
Anyway, news of a possible Google IPO (initial public offering) has been spreading around the Internet. I would imagine it could be a lucrative occurrence, if it really does happen.
Just remember this poor Internet columnist when you make your first million.

Tom DiFrancesca III is a freelance columnist and a resident of Clovis. He can be reached at