Now you too can enjoy my Inbox without
the annoying spam. Every week I get some amazing e-mail. Some amazing
because of the sheer cluelessness of the sender, some because of
the time and energy that went into crafting them and some are just
The Grinch Who Sued Christmas
Monday I posted a story
about The SCO Group and how their CEO changed his name to
Kris Kringle. They were using this to hold Christmas hostage.
I also mentioned the e-mail address email@example.com I didn't
check out this address before I posted the story, but one reader
did that afternoon...
Sent: Monday, December 08, 2003 1:25 PM
Subject: ive got some bad news
Well to my horror, my very important letter did not make
its way to Kris Kringle. Does this mean that he in fact does
not exist, nor does he work at SCO? Or is this just a big cover,
and he did actually get my email, and is in the process of
making my wish come true. He is only doing this to confuse
me on the Kris Kringle idea. Now I wonder if this is his way
of having fun!? Time will tell
----Original Message Follows----
Subject: failure notice
Date: 8 Dec 2003 17:54:25 -0000
Received: from mail.ut.caldera.com ([126.96.36.199]) by mc8-f40.hotmail.com
with Microsoft SMTPSVC(5.0.2195.6713); Mon, 8 Dec 2003 09:54:31 -0800
Received: (qmail 20868 invoked for bounce); 8 Dec 2003 17:54:25 -0000
X-OriginalArrivalTime: 08 Dec 2003 17:54:32.0209 (UTC) FILETIME=[55766010:01C3BDB4]
Hi. This is the qmail-send program at mail.ut.caldera.com.
I'm afraid I wasn't able to deliver your message to the following addresses.
This is a permanent error; I've given up. Sorry it didn't work out.
Sorry, no mailbox here by that name. (#5.1.1)
The story doesn't end there though. Later that day I received
another e-mail from a reader about firstname.lastname@example.org...
Sent: Monday, December 08, 2003 6:50 PM
Subject: FW: Ho Ho Ho!
I am in no way a "believer", but OMG! I sent off
a blank message to email@example.com purely out of curiosity,
and the below is what I found in my inbox later in the day...
Bastards are killing Christmas...
From: Kris Kringle [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
Sent: Mon 12/8/2003 5:17 PM
Subject: Ho Ho Ho!
Merry Christmas from The SCO Group!
Apparently, someone from SCO reads BBspot, and yes, I did
verify this auto-reply. Andrew also discovered that email@example.com
isn't functional before any of you go off and try that one.
I'm always surprised when a Trailer Review snags a Believer....
Sent: Thursday, December 04, 2003 5:56 PM
Subject: Kill Bill Review
I just read your film review on Kill
Bill of September 27, 03 and I have a question? How can
you make movie review without actualy seeing the movie? You
are basing your opinion on the trailer? How professional
For a licensed Trailer Reviewer it's as professional as it
I can only assume that this guy is referring to the King of Believer-makers Ensenam
Sent: Saturday, December 06, 2003 10:36 PM
. I need over $30,000 for surgery. I go thru pain every day
and if your serious It would heal me to obtain a grant to pay
This guy doesn't really understand the Internet does he? For obvious
reasons I've Xed out some of the information...
Sent: Tuesday, December 02, 2003 10:39 PM
Subject: Daily Links: xxxxxxxx
I am Mark, the Webmaster of xxxxxxxxx.com. On Dec. 2, 2003,
you linked directly to xxxxxxxxx from your web page at http://www.bbspot.com/
with a link titled Daily Links: xxxxxxx.
Due to your unauthorized deep linking, and the massive number
of visitors from your site who chose to visit, our bandwidth
limits for the entire month were used in just one day.
Because of the massive load, our web host has shut the site
down indefinitely. Your decision to link directly to the file
eliminated any opportunity for xxxxxxxx.com to earn compensation
for the viewing of the file, and presented the content of the
page as if it came from your site.
In effect, you got the benefit of my bandwidth and hosting
services without any of the obligations associated with providing
it. As a result, legitimate users are now denied access to
the xxxxxxxx.com website.
Therefore, I ask that you immediately remove any links to
our website and refrain from linking to it in the future without
first securing permission. Additionally, I ask that you compensate
xxxxxxxx.com for the loss of access to our server.
You may feel free to contact me by email or by telephone
I know BBspot can send a lot of traffic to a site, but if
he plans on making money from his site he'll need to be able
to handle more than that. It took a pretty big exertion of
will not light up the flamethrower on this one, but I managed.
What's really strange is how much this looks like a form letter.
Last week I
posted a light-sabered version of a
webcam shot, and I'd be remiss if I didn't link one earlier
version done by another reader. It also elicited this e-mail...
From: Ray Shaw
Sent: Wednesday, December 03, 2003 9:11 AM
At the risk of sounding like one of the people
who find those tiny flaws in movies, the lightsaber in the
doctored photo isn't living up to the first part of its name.
The side of your face right next to it is in shadow :)
Keep up the good work on BBspot. I'm definitely
enjoying the recent addition of daily personals mockery.
BBspot - Proving daily that geeks do exist in
this world :-)
Comet and Cupid
If I get a fact wrong
on the site then I hear about it quickly....
Sent: Friday, December 05, 2003 7:12 AM
To: Brian Briggs
Subject: pedantic? me?
well, being that we geeks seem to be such a bunch of pedants,
I thought I'd better point out that two of santa's reindeer
were called Donner and Blitzen" not "Donder and Blitzen" as
is said in the
Whether this is deliberate or not, i'm not sure, but just
(I'm sure you know, but Donner is german for Thunder)
But this time, I
was not wrong...
That's all for this week!
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