just a little technical note for all of you who experience a lot of spam:
i get a lot of spam. there was a time when i would give my email address to any website in hopes of winning a free t shirt or some stupid shit like that. in any case, the price i paid for the chance at the free t shirt is more spam is bearable. i mean i easily used to get somewhere between 200-300 spam messages a day. i tried all sorts of crap to fix that stuff, such as spam filters and what not. and for the most part, while they were somewhat effective, i still had to at least go through the headers to make sure that it didn't get any of the real email that i needed. anyways, i recently had to shut down my actual email account for a few hours recently. we're getting the cable changed from my old roommates name to my name and they forgot to tell me that they had to reset the email addresses. in any case, it was down for what i would say was about 5-6 hours. however, after that time, my spam has been reduced dramatically. my guess is that the spamming software, checks for returned mail from non-working email addresses, and them eliminates them from their database. now i get about 5 or six spam emails a day.
of course, the ideal situation is just to switch email addresses, but since so many people already have the old one it's such an inconvenience. in any case, if you are having problems with spam, you might want to check with your provider to see if they can shut off the email for a day, and see if that helps.