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Wednesday, September 15 12:00 AM ET

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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.


I get the feeling that some of these Nigerian Believers might be trying to scam Ensenam...

From: Kwaku
Sent: Thursday, September 09, 2004 11:41 AM

Dear Sir,
I just read you mail about this Nigerian Millionaire. His name is Esenam Ayele. I want to him to help me. Can I get to him through you? I will be please to have his contact address. Am doing something to help the poor people by building an orphanage for these poor children. I hope to get his contact address. I only need $10,000 it will help me catch a big money. I hope to read from you soon.

I guess the people that believe that Half-Life 2 will be released, don't have any trouble being fooled. Here are some smart ones discussing the Grand Unified Theory in HL2...

what!? so valve is trying to copyright E=MC^2 if so wtf! valve is really dumb

Sky Captain and the Dead Heads

My lack of German language skills in my Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow trailer review elicited a few emails...

From: Arthur Dent
Sent: Friday, September 10, 2004 10:21 AM
Subject: Sky Captain versus the Grateful Dead

I wonder if some script writer dropped too much acid in the 60's... "Totenkopf" translates from German to "Dead Head".

From that it's clear that the Grateful Dead, or at least one or more of their dedicated fans, along with a doomsday device and an army of flying robots, is determined to take over the world - perhaps just to destroy the hold of 'the man' on society.

The movie might look like it's set in the 1940's, but it really depicts a bad acid trip version of the 1960's movement from the viewpoint of 'the man' (i.e. the gub'ment). This makes the characters played by Jude Law and Angelina Jolie into the ultimate villans fighting against the Dead Head!

Now that's definitely more sinister.

Mac Games

One reader pointed out an error in our G5 iMac story...

Sent: Thursday, September 09, 2004 10:11 AM
Subject: new G5 iMac

Please tell the author of the G5 iMac article that there are in fact 4 games that run on the Mac platform. I should know, as I have all 4..........

Anyone for a hot game of breakout?

I told him that we erroneously counted Breakout and Super Breakout as one game.

Hard Drive Decisions

I have gotten many suggestions on which hard drive I should purchase for the new geek-worthy computer. Here are a couple...

From: AJ Steffens
Sent: Tuesday, September 14, 2004 9:06 AM
Subject: Musings - Hard Drive Decisions,1558,1645431,00.asp

Maxtor Corporation said Monday that it had begun shipping its Maxtor SATA Ultra16 hard drive kits. The 250-GB and 300-GB kits are available from most retailers for $239.95 and $279.95, respectively. Parallel ATA Ultra16 hard drive kits will be available in the fourth quarter, the company said.

The drives themselves contain a 16-Mbyte buffer and spin at 7,200 RPM. Each offers a 150MB/sec interface speed and SATA II features including Native Command Queuing (NCQ) for more intelligent hard drive operation, and runs quietly with a fluid dynamic bearing motor, Maxtor said.

The drive kits do not include a SATA card, but include mounting brackets and the Maxtor MaxBlast software.

Looks like that could be a good alternative to the Raptors.

From: Squid Grid
Sent: Tuesday, September 14, 2004 10:58 AM
Subject: Hard Drive Decisions (and more!)

See, now you've got me reading BBlog. Sneaky bastich.

The Raptors are nice, certainly. What I'd recommend in your situation, given that you seem to like the idea of a fast SATA drive, is that you start with a 36GB Raptor like this.
and install your OS and applications there. Sweet little performance boost and it saves you $70 compared to the 74GB version. Then add a second drive as your storage volume, maybe later on, maybe like this one for about the same price. (I like Seagate; note that 5-yr warranty.) When you're ready to edit some video, copy the files to a temporary directory on the faster drive, and work from there.

Also, a nice suggestion. There were many more helpful suggestions like using two Raptors in a RAID 0 configuration, building a Terabyte array and just using one big 7200 RPM drive. I'll put the hard drive decision up for a vote.

That's all for this week!

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