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Wednesday, September 17 12:01 AM EST

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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.


Some discussion boarders wondering about Dell's new patent...

If you're at UMass you might want to check out CS320 as they post BBspot stories in their announcement section...

Hurray, for Sanity

It's good to see that not all women who take the OS Quiz on BBspot are offended by it...

From: liquid am
Sent: Friday, September 12, 2003 12:47 PM
Subject: Hell hath no fury like a deranged psycho

So, I took the OS test just to see why that woman was so upset. I don't get it. It was fun and I even turned out to be Red Hat Linux. What more could I ask for?? You made no degenerate comments about women as far as I can see. ...and I'm very much a feminist. Why were there so many questions about showers??

I especially liked the article about the Leech virus

Phew, I guess I've avoided an online petition for now.

BBspot Mobile Edition

One reader has found another solution for using the BBspot Mobile Edition...

From: Brandon
Sent: Tuesday, September 09, 2003 12:47 AM
To: 'Brian Briggs'
Subject: I did it!

I figured it out!

I can set the bbspot mobile page in my mobile favorites on my Pocket PC and set it up as "available offline." Windows has the option to do a daily synch schedule on it as well. I just set it up to download links up to one (1) level. Of course that means the stuff like the front page of bbspot and isilo too, but hey, it seems to work great!

All of that requires no extra downloading software!

Now I have bbspot on my handheld again :-D

Ode to Microsoft

Used Users' Poem
(inspired by true experiences with Microsoft products)
by Holly

While rushing to client, no moment to spare
I hurried to finish a job in despair.
Trying to upload some files to my site...
Nothing was happening, try as I might!

I pounded and shouted and yelled at the screen,
But this did not work it too well it would seem.
So I thought a download would fix me up quick,
But I should have beaten myself with a stick.

The ftp download wiped out my accounts,
It clobbered my passwords and ate all my fonts.
So I used my backup, but when I reboot,
My mouse was quite active but keyboard was moot.

"Oh my god holy," I think I did scream,
Followed by something extremely obscene.

I got down on my knees...
I crossed my fingers and said "god, OH please!"
"If you can see it in your heart!"
With my hand on my PC I yelled out..."RESTART!"

I then hit the reboot and covered my head,
With my favorite blanket to stave off the dread.
My PC made sounds that I've not heard before,
I got a strong feeling to head for the door.

And when I had gained enough courage to see,
I saw a blue screen staring right back at me.
I then wished Bill Gates had been killed when pre-natal.

And just when I thought all my hope had been shot,
A message appeared: "Insert Card Into Slot"
I looked in my wallet and took out my Visa,
And offered it to my PC on my knees-a.

It disappeared quickly and then it popped out,
My PC rebooted, and maxed my account.
Then what to my wondering eyes should appear,
Than a pictures of Gates robbing me peer-to-peer.

"Merry Christmas!" He shouted,
"Not for YOU but for ME!"
"It's Christmas year-round...
...For my MONOPOLY!"

That's all for this week!

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