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I hate spam, and I don't mean the slimy stuff you find in a can (though I don't like that much, either). I imagine you all share my sentiments. In fact, I'm surprised that enough people respond to the endless barrage of offers for Viagra-like drugs, weight-loss miracles and relationships with Nigerian royalty that it pays to send the stuff in the first place, but obviously it does.

As I write this in late August, the online world has had a rough week. Viruses are at epidemic levels, spam is running rampant, and at Entrepreneur, our spam-filtering system seems to be blocking every other e-mail, including internal correspondence. Many businesses have been adversely affected, with computer systems crashing daily, costing companies millions. Executive editor Maria Anton's husband, Chris, claims that Maria and I often have conversations that temporarily veer off track, always coming back and picking up the thread of the original conversation. He calls these conversational detours speed bumps. That's how I'd describe the past five days--a workweek of speed bumps.

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