Note 8/1/04: I happened to try again (a few weeks later) the unsubscribe link in the last e-mail they provided. This time it replied and worked! As of 9/15/04, I'm wired-spam free so far. :)

Spam! Wired is an Evil E-Mail Spammer

I imagine Wired doesn't realize the irony here: They write good articles about how frustrating spam is, things that one can do to fight it, and even lobby for better spam laws. Here's my story:

I used think Wired would care about their customers. So when I get the first unsolicited e-mail from them not relating the subscription I had at the time, I asked to be unsubscribed from their e-mail address and assumed I'd be respected. I must've been, because I don't remember getting another spam while I was subscribed.

At some point, I got bored of Wired and unsubscribed from the magazine. Sometime after that I got a spam from them (not relating to my subscription at all) and asked to be removed from their e-mail list again. And then I got another. And asked again. This wasn't enough to bother me. Since I used to be subscribed, I figured they were just confused and assumed that this'll be the last I hear from them.

I was wrong. When I got the following e-mail from them, I got a bit irritated.

Date: Tue,  8 Jul 2003 10:00:00 -0700
From: Wired 
To: ***
Subject:  We Miss You! Get WIRED Again!

Dear ***:

Your subscription to WIRED is coming to an end. Reply immediately for
reinstatement.  The future won't wait.  Neither can you.  Don't miss a single
issue of the people, companies, technology 
and ideas transforming the way we live.

Click on the link below to renew today!

If you do not wish to receive future mailings regarding your subscription,
please forward this message to: mailto:[email protected] and 
type in 'unsubscribe' in the subject line and your name and adress in the body 
of the email.

Second Effort 12/12
There also was an HTML version of the e-mail with some images and clickable links.

And so I replied:

Date: Tue, 8 Jul 2003 11:12:35 -0700 (PDT)
From: ***
To: [email protected]
Subject: unsubscribe

Stop spamming me.  I'll never subscribe to your magazine again.  I've
unsubscribed countless times, and you ignore me.  I will be bad mouthing
you to my friends.
And they sent me a nice courteous reply. (Thank you Shay!)
Date: Thu, 10 Jul 2003 11:49:06 -0500
From: [email protected]
Reply-To: [email protected]
To: ***
Subject: Re: unsubscribe

We checked our files and have been unable to locate your subscription.  In
order to correct this situation, please provide us with any previous name
and address as well as current name and address information and we will
process your cancellation request.

If you need further assistance, please use the reply with history feature
to include all previous correspondence because we have several customer
service representatives answering messages.

So I provided the information they asked for:
Date: Thu, 10 Jul 2003 09:56:25 -0700 (PDT)
From: ***
To: [email protected]
Subject: Re: unsubscribe

When I had a subscription, it was probably under my name (***) or 
it could have been my dad's (who bought the subscription for me) (***).  
My address at that time was:

Thanks for the help,
And received a nice reply saying that I'd be unsubscribed and explained what the trouble probably was that I got a few spam messages I didn't want.
Date: Mon, 14 Jul 2003 09:11:16 -0500
From: [email protected]
Reply-To: [email protected]
To: ***
Subject: Re: unsubscribe

You may receive some advertising mail because the lists are rented in
advance of the mailings, but be assured that your name has been removed
from future advertising lists.

If you need further assistance, please use the reply with history feature
to include all previous correspondence because we have several customer
service representatives answering messages.

(Somehow Shay turned into Stace. :)

At this point, I was happy.

Little did I know that two months later it would start all over again. They sent me another spam!

Date: Tue, 23 Sep 2003 05:48:02 UT
From: WIRED Magazine 
To: ***
Subject: WIRED Gadget Lab [Sept 23, 2003]

[SEPT 23, 2003]


Welcome back to Wired magazine's Gadget Lab, the newsletter 
that dishes on the latest tech toys.

Last week's launch was amazing -- thanks for all the positive 
feedback. Tony, we're as psyched as you are; Mahdi, we're tweaking 
the images so you'll be able to check out everything. And 
Paul, thanks for the constructive criticism on our use of outdated 
slang, but we think it's still totally gnarly to say "the bomb."

It's been crazy here at the office. We're knee-deep in prototypes and 
demo units as we ramp up Wired Tools, December's holiday 
gift guide. We're also hard at work on January's Wired
Homes, a look at the latest in digital domesticity. You'd think all 
that would have us burned out on gadgets, but this week's Lomo 
camera, super-prolific CD burner, and Wi-Fi sniffer are keeping our 
technolust insatiable. -- Chris Baker and Sonia Zjawinski

Remember to forward this newsletter to all your buds, and drop us a 
line at [email protected].


Smart ID WFS-1 Wi-Fi Sniffer
[ RETAIL: $28 ]
Waving my laptop around while searching for 802.11b access got old 
fast. So Smart ID's affordable handheld Wi-Fi detector seemed like a 
godsend ... until I played with it. Strike one: It's tough to know 
when you've got a signal -- the red LEDs are hard to see in sunlight, 
and the unit lacks a beep or vibrate mode to alert you from your 
pocket. Strike two: There's no on/off switch; you clamp your finger 
down on an uncomfortable button for the duration of use. Ouch! Strike 
three: The antenna is highly directional, great for honing in on a 
known WAP but crap for sniffing out fresh hotspots. I had to wave the 
thing around, practically dancing the hokeypokey trying to track down 
new signal. And sadly, unlike some sniffers, the Smart ID doesn't 
indicate whether the access it finds is encrypted or open to 
freeloaders like me. -- Miriam Boon
[ RATING: 3/10 ] [ ]

Lomo Colorsplash Camera
[ RETAIL: $75 ]
Lomo knows how to have fun with photography, and the new Colorsplash 
is no exception. The 35mm shooter's supersized flash has a rotating 
color wheel that changes the bulb's hue. Two of the four filters can 
be switched out, and the camera comes with 12 more for a variety of 
effects. Unfortunately, replacing them was difficult, even for a total 
genius like me. After a few hours of poking, crinkling, and sliding,
my buddy Sean finally got the suckers in place. It was worth the pain -- 
effects are crazy! The flash is just bright enough to cover the 
foreground with a tint, so you can frame a purple dog against a 
regular-toned background. Other trippy tricks: Tape one gel over the 
lens and use another on the flash for psychedelic shots, or click to 
the long-exposure setting and make lights bleed. -- S.Z.
[ RATING: 8/10 ] [ ]

Kanguru Autoloader 100 CD Burner
[ RETAIL: $1,600 ]
I run a small record label, and my publicity budget is limited (read: 
nonexistent). Yet it's impossible to build buzz without sending 
promotional CDs to radio and press, so I could really fall for 
Kanguru's Autoloader to mass-burn CD-Rs. Because it's a stand-alone 
unit, I don't need to fiddle with any computer equipment. I just 
insert my master and a spindle of blank discs, press Start, and four 
hours later I've got 100 perfect promo copies. Although the Kanguru's 
sticker price might seem high, consider that each factory-pressed CD 
costs about $1.75 while blank discs run about a quarter. This 
powerful machine is perfect for a wannabe music king like me -- and 
for those annoying folks who pass out CD-Rs of their favorite holiday 
music. -- Eric Steuer
[ RATING: RATING: 9/10 ] [ ]


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>  Someone digging around on the Sony Ericsson site found a Flash 
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disappeared from the site, but not before some screen captures were 

Sunglasses that record everything
>  Researchers at one of HP's labs in England have come up with a 
prototype of a pair of sunglasses with an embedded digital camera. 
The specs dump the thousands of digital images they capture to a PC 
or handheld at the end of the day, and special software filters out 
the good from the bad.

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Again, there was also an HTML version of the e-mail with some images and clickable links. This is the text version.

I followed the unsubscribe link. And then I e-mailed them too:

Date: Mon, 22 Sep 2003 23:06:44 -0700 (PDT)
From: ***
To: [email protected]
Subject: Re: WIRED Gadget Lab [Sept 23, 2003]

I would like to express ONCE AGAIN my discontent with receiving these
unsolicited e-mails from you.  I had contacted wired customer support back
in July and was assured by "Stace" that my name was removed from all
mailing lists.

And they send a nice apology an assure me again that I won't be contacted anymore.
Date: Tue, 23 Sep 2003 10:19:58 -0400
From: Privacy Administration 
To: ***
Subject: RE: WIRED Gadget Lab [Sept 23, 2003]

I am responding to your email to Wired. I am sorry that you received an
unsolicited email from us promoting Wired. I have removed your email
address from the promotional file.

Again, on behalf of Wired, I apologize for any inconvenience we have
caused you.

Privacy Administrator 

Time passes. Six months later, it starts again:

Date: Mon, 5 Apr 2004 22:32:48 UT
From: WIRED 
To: ***
Subject: Experience The Future at WIRED's NextFest!

Come to WIRED NextFest and see what's next: Mars Rover, robots, flying
cars, private space planes, homes of the future, fuel cell concept
cars, unmanned aerial vehicles, future warrior battle gear, holograms,
hyper-sonic sound beams, invisibility coats, and much more from
leading visionaries and R&D labs worldwide. 

Experience seven pavilions filled with the most amazing technologies
you've ever seen. WIRED NextFest is a celebration of innovation in
transportation, design, communication, health, entertainment, security
and exploration. Bold, inspiring, entertaining and smart, WIRED
NextFest is the must-see San Francisco event of 2004!

WIRED NextFest
May 15-16
San Francisco
Festival Pavilion at Fort Mason Center

BUY TICKETS NOW:;g=3E3611C9-782C-48D9-A942-063A1BEA6C0C;d=1;u=2154;c=14

WIRED NextFest presented by GE 
Sponsored by GM, HP, Motorola, T-Mobile and Yahoo!Search 

If you wish to be removed from this mailing list, please click here:***&cid=120&lid=15

[email protected]
Advance Magazines, Privacy Administration, 1313 N. Market St.,
Wilmington, DE 19801

Again, there was also an HTML version of the e-mail with some images and clickable links.

I clicked on the unsubscribe link, and again mailed them a nasty letter:

Date: Mon, 5 Apr 2004 15:54:36 -0700 (PDT)
From: ***
Subject: Re: Experience The Future at WIRED's NextFest!

Yet, again you've sent me an e-mail without my approval.  The last time I 
complained, you wrote:

On Tue, 23 Sep 2003, Privacy Administration wrote:

> I am responding to your email to Wired. I am sorry that you received an
> unsolicited email from us promoting Wired. I have removed your email
> address from the promotional file.
> Again, on behalf of Wired, I apologize for any inconvenience we have
> caused you.
> Privacy Administrator

As I said last time, this is unacceptable.  You claim you've removed me 
now three times, but still haven't.  If it happens again, I'll post a web 
page describing this continuing saga.

This never received a reply.

One month later, another one.

Date: Fri, 7 May 2004 22:11:49 UT
From: WIRED 
To: ***
Subject: Experience The Future at WIRED NextFest!

Experience the Future on May 15th and 16th at 
WIRED NextFest -- a mini world's fair showcasing over 100 
hands-on exhibits and new technologies from leading inventors and 
R&D labs worldwide.

On WIRED NextFest's Main Stage, performances and panels will feature
a humanoid robot, space and undersea explorers, revolutionary minds,
and entertainment visionaries. 

-Highlights include:Oscar-winning director Andrew Stanton, Finding

-Daily performances by ASIMO-- the world's leading humanoid robot 

-A conversation between two pioneers in space and deep-sea
exploration with NASA's Space Architect and Wood's Hole Director of
Research-- led by WIRED's editor in chief, Chris Anderson 

-Highly anticipated film previews, including Fox Animation's Robots
and Paramount Pictures' Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow, 
plus Q & A panels with the films' producers and special effects teams

-Space: A Revolutionary Vision- Chris Anderson, WIRED
editor-in-chief, will lead a discussion on private space travel with John 
Carmack, the man who put Dennis Tito in space, and X-Prize

-The Robot Next Door-- Leading robot builders will present our
future, where robots will care for our homes, provide medical care,
transport us from one place to another, and fight our wars. 

For more information on the Main Stage program, speakers and 
performances, visit the WIRED NextFest Schedule on 

To buy tickets for WIRED NextFest, go to;g=158B5EC7-31D0-42B8-8403-71141C7F81A1;

WIRED NextFest presented by:  GE

Festival Pavilion at Fort Mason Center
(at the intersection of  Marina Blvd and Buchanan)
Free Parking at the Marina Middle School (Bay at Fillmore)

Event Sponsors: 
GM, HP, Motorola, The Science Channel, T-Mobile Hot Spot, Yahoo! Search

If you wish to be removed from the Wired mailing list, please click

[email protected]
Advance Magazines, Privacy Administration
1313 N. Market St., Wilmington, DE 19801

Of course, wired isn't smart enough to make an unsubscribe link that works! Click on it, and wait forever.. the server will timeout. Consistently.

So now I'm going through with my threat. Please boycott Wired. Or sent them nasty e-mail telling them they should respect people's e-mail preferences more. And provide in that e-mail a link and an address that they can contact if they don't want to hear anything from you again. And if they reply, tell me nicely that you've removed them from your database. Wait a month. Then send them the e-mail again. Repeat.

P.S. All typeos in their e-mails are real, including the misspelling "adress" and the "hrttp" link.