By Ed Frauenheim CNET News.com January 4, 2005, 3:35 PM PT
Tim Rechin didn't wait until the end of the holidays to wade through a mountain of work e-mail.
Instead, the manager at software firm Elance checked his e-mail from his home--as well as his parents' home and his in-laws' home--about every other day last week. Ostensibly off-duty, he spent hours sorting through his in-box hoping to start 2005 on a productive foot rather than buried in spam upon his return to work.
Spam overload after a few days out of the office is nothing new. But it tends to be more pronounced after the new year, when many workers return en masse from a week or more off.
"Unless you use an intricate organization system, you get this deluge of e-mail," Rechin said. "Most of the time gets spent trying to tell if it's of value."
Rechin's in-box, which typically gets about 80 messages a day, was far from the fullest this holiday season. One CNET News.com reporter returned from a 10-day vacation to discover he'd received more than 60,000 pieces of spam caught by various filtering programs. Another 8,100 messages landed in his in-box, of which more than 7,600 were spam that had to be deleted by hand.
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