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Wednesday, October 20 12:00 AM ET

BBspot Mailbag

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 simply amazing.


Believers

In this episode of Believers we get a reversal of the standard Nigerian billionaire e-mail that we usually post here...

From: ola jd
Sent: Monday, October 18, 2004 9:54 PM
To: briggsb@bbspot.com
Subject: orgent reply

dear sales manager,

i will like to purchase some itmes in your store but before i
proceed, i will like to confirm if you do shipments via fedex 2-4 days delivery to lagos,nigeria.. and payment will be made with my credit card via e-mailfor 100% confirmation. Urgent reply is needed so that i can forward the items i wanted to buy.
Best regar

Wow, how could I pass up this opportunity?

I'm not even sure which article this email is referring to...

From: Chris K
Sent: Thursday, October 14, 2004 12:02 PM
To: briggsb@bbspot.com
Subject: you guys...

are a bunch of suck ass liberal pigs - go to hell!

VOTE BUSH 2004!

This makes me wonder which candidate is polling higher in Hell. Would my vote matter, if I took his advice and went there?

Our recent Top 11 list on geek phobias rang true with one reader...

From: Duncan F
Sent: Wednesday, October 13, 2004 10:04 AM
To: briggsb@bbspot.com
Subject: Top 11 Geek Phobias

Thank you for your health article on Top 11 Geek Phobias. I was floored when I read phobia number 5, "Codexplodaphobia - Fear that the one line of code you changed will completely screw up the program or entire application."

All I can say is, thank goodness I'm not alone!

I have been suffering from this phobia for years but have been afraid to talk about it. I thought that I was alone in my fear. I work primarily enhancing and fixing bugs in 15 year old poorly documented and poorly written code. I am often overcome with fear that the single line of code that I add will cause unforeseen results in some other module that I was unaware even existed. The other developers I work with seem so cavalier about their coding, while I am un-nerved by the slightest changes I have to make.

Thank you for having the guts to list this very real problem. Perhaps it will give others like me the strength to face their fear and overcome it. Perhaps others will come forward and openly admit that this phobia has paralyzed their lives and form a support group to finally deal with the issue. Your speaking out on it will raise the social awareness of the issue and help others. Perhaps then a non-profit group can be founded to fight this problem. The group can have a celebrity spokesperson, maybe Angelina Jolie, who after her role as Acid Burn in "Hackers" can identify with our plight and speak with compassion of our problem, not to mention that she is hot.

I would be happy to co-chair the non-profit group with Angelina.

Finally, one reader writes in to confirm the accuracy of our "Which File Extension are You?" quiz...

From: Matthew
Sent: Sunday, October 17, 2004 1:34 AM
To: briggsb@bbspot.com
Subject: Your file extension quiz works!

I'm the head of the Linux project at Boston University, and my job basically involves eating and breathing RPM packages. And dreaming them.

Metaphorically in the first two cases, and sadly, sometimes literally in the third. So, I had to grin when your quiz pegged me as being a .rpm myself. And then I had to go work on a security update to libtiff.


Geek Kitchens

Our top 11 list on geek kitchens reminded one reader of a kitchen he knows well...

From: Randall
Sent: Wednesday, October 06, 2004 9:13 PM
To: briggsb@bbspot.com
Subject: Regarding geek kitchens

I'm a current undergrad at Caltech, and your article discussing geek kitchens reminded me of one of the geekier kitchens (more properly, kitchen/computer graveyard) I've seen around here. At its peak, the kitchen contained an old PC-clone tower on the counter (complete with monitor and keyboard/mouse) for web surfing and some games, a 266MHz Pentium web server sitting in a cabinet, a second web server (aptly named "Silverware") sitting in a drawer, a terminal on top of the fridge (which one could send text to from a program on one of the servers), a Mac Classic II for tetris and nostalgia, a number of dead Sparc stations, and assorted soldering equipment and breadboards.

I suppose the remaining contents of the kitchen were more normal, with food and cooking tools and such, but not many kitchens have "In Soviet Russia, dishes clean YOU" or the intro to Escape Velocity written on the walls.

Anyway, great website, and may a Nigerian billionaire make all your wishes come true.


Computer Choice

Here is the first reader to make this suggestion about my new computer. I'm surprised it took this long...

From: Martin
Sent: Wednesday, October 13, 2004 6:36 AM
To: briggsb@bbspot.com
Subject: Which Computer...

Why not buy a Mac?
You can stop reading here as I'm sure thousands of Mac fans have already written the same:

- ideal for web-design,
- very good at photo- and video editing
- very good multitasking
- 64 bit processor *AND* OS (well, mostly)
- no more worms/viruses
- simply works

Unfortunately there seem to be no flower designs available right now.

If you don't need to upgrade, go with an iMac G5.

There are a few reasons why I wouldn't go with a Mac. First, is the investment I already have in software for this machine. Second, is one of the reasons I'm upgrading is to play newer games. And, lastly, how can I hurt myself with all those rounded edges?


That's all for this week!

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