Spam is killing me!

Not literaly of course, but spam emails basically rendered several of my email accounts unusable. Unfortunately I haven’t found a good way to deal with this. Since these accounts are not used for any super-important stuff, ignoring the problem works for a while, but in the long run I really need a solution. My main email addresses are from Gmail. And you know what? I have basically no problems with spam. Gmail automatically identifies 99.9% of all spam emails and hides them away in the spam folder. Problem solved! False positives are not a big problem.

Alas I also have an outlook.com address (which I use for everything Microsoft-related) and an address provided by my hosting provider. With both accounts I have massive spam issues. The ratio between proper emails and spam is probably around 1:100. I wish I had Gmail-like spam filters for these accounts as well, but I don’t. Things are made even harder by the fact that there are some idiots out there who sign up for services using my email address. Don’t ask me how many times people try to sign up for services like Paypal, Twitter, Facebook, etc. using my address. So I have to deal with repeated authentification emails as well, when they realize they didn’t get those in the first place. No surprise there, idiot, they are in my inbox!

Unfortunately outlook.com’s spam filter doesn’t do anything and I get the feeling my hosting provider doesn’t even attempt to filter emails. I could forward all those emails to Gmail accounts and let their spam filter do the heavy hauling for me, BUT that’s not something I really want to do. Switching between several Google accounts is a chore. A perfect solution would be a spam filter included in an email desktop client. Since I can’t (or won’t) change anything on the server-side, perhaps there’s something to be done on the client side? Do you guys know of a solution to my problem? Is there a piece of software that helps me to deal with all this spam while keeping my sanity (or at least the few shreds still left)? Any advice would be appreciated!

Ok Google, please stop messing with my call quality

Some of you might have had the same issue I had. When talking on my smartphone I could unterstand the person I had called perfectly, but everything they got was a garbled mess. Sometimes hanging up and calling again helped. But if it worked it was only a temporary fix. I found out that this was a common issue on the Oneplus One phone I own, but people with other Android phones have encountered the same issue. As it turned out the Google Search voice recognition is the culprit, especially if you have the “Ok Google” feature enabled. Since I didn’t use that feature that often, I just turned it off and lo and behold the call quality was crystal clear – for both sides.

You may now ask, how do I disable this feature? Since I don’t want to reinvent the wheel, here’s a great step-by-step tutorial. By the way, does anyone know if Cortana causes the same issues on certain Android phones including the Oneplus One? If not, I might give it a try.