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Wednesday, September 22 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.


Now readers are seeking Believers in real life...

From: Zaphod Beeblebrox
Sent: Sunday, September 19, 2004 8:21 AM
Subject: Feng Shui motherboard

Just thought I'd let you know that we took a picture of the Feng Shui motherboard to a rather large and very well-known PC retailer in the UK, in order to test the AAGL (awareness and gullibility levels) in the store. I asked about this particular motherboard and the "technician" in the "PC Clinic" (aka "graveyard") stated that he didn't have any in stock, but he would recommend it to us as it looked as though it had "a decent spec".

Bearing in mind he had a nice badge that said "Technician" and was not just a 'floor monkey' this was, to say the least, a little alarming.

We might go in again soon and see if they can order the video card that can see through this space!

For those of you who doubt the accuracy of the Geek Horoscopes...

From: ScissorJammer
Sent: Saturday, September 18, 2004 2:42 AM
Subject: Geek Horoscopes

I am always fascinated by the accuracy of your geek horrorscopes, maybe they are just written open ended enough, but this week's Sagittarius, "In this world there are leaders and there are followers and the rest of us who like to point and laugh," was something that i had said but a day before.

Stop stalking me,
Alex "scissorjammer" who is also coincidentally a saggitarius.

Hey, I've never actually been convicted of stalking!

And of course, it wouldn't be a Believer's section without something about the Nigerian billionaire...

From: Andrew
Sent: Wednesday, September 15, 2004 12:03 PM
Subject: Nigerian Millionaire - Ugh

I am in desperate need of money and saw your page with the nigerian kabillionaire. I also saw the spoilers as well as the many times you've posted that it was fake in the Believers section, but it turns out I'd rather email you a believer email in a pathetic attempt to get in your Inbox article.

I was wondering if you knew how to get in contact with him, and why anyone in their right mind would decide to post a very real article on a freakin satire website? If possible, could you also tell me why you pick on people for trying to get money from someone so obviously real?

Maybe in the future you could send me his contact information, then I could go castrate myself with a hot knife because if I wrote you a real-believe or even a fake-believer email I'm a moron who shouldn't reproduce.

This one goes to all the fake-believers out there. I can't make myself believe that anyone can honestly believe the story, so they have to be fake-believers trying to get some kind of 'coolness' for being on your website.

My sarcasm alert is set to red.

Sky Captain and the Dead Heads

Last week we posted an email explaining that Totenkopf meant "dead head" and related to the Grateful Dead. Many, many, many people wrote in to make sure that I didn't actually believe that. Thanks to all of you who are looking out for me...

From: Mad Zab
Sent: Thursday, September 16, 2004 6:36 AM
Subject: Translation of Totenkopf

first of all congratulations to your great website, keep up the good work. Being German I wouldn't translate "Totenkopf" with "Dead Head", which is a very direct translation and doesn't really fit too well. It is more generally a term I'd translate with the word "skull". Anyways, keep up with that website, it's among the best.

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: Brian
Sent: Tuesday, September 14, 2004 8:50 PM
Subject: In response to your hard drive question...

I wouldnt rec. getting a raptor and a slower drive. if you're going to spend the money on a raptor you might as well get 2 of them and put them in a raid 0. This will combine to two drives into one 140 something gig drive that is crazy fast. Or just forget the raptor all together and get a larger 7200 rpm sata drive such as this one

you will notice a HUGE diffrence between the raptors in a raid 0 and the samsung i mentioned above. Personaly id go with the raptors ( i have the same setup but with the smaller sized raptors)

And now an alternative view...

From: Peter
Sent: Thursday, September 16, 2004 8:29 PM
Subject: Hard drive upgrade

Just my 2 cents on the Raptors ..
I've had 2 of them in a RAID 0 config for quite a few months now (couldn't find the original order date but I'd say its about a year). Although nice and fast I think one thing lots of people forget is the noise levels of them, these suckers can make quite a high pitch whine, even when idle. Also they're not exactly the 'coolest' of drives, infact they get pretty damn hot. This then ends up being a bit catch 22 with the noise issue as you can't have a cool case without ventilation (ie. holes), and you can't have a quiet case with holes in it.

If your in a relatively noisy environment then it probably won't matter (mines at work with a server room just behind me so there's enough ambient noise from all that mess to cover up the raptors). But in a 'secured away in the dungeon' type scenario I think the noise could get on your nerves pretty damn quick.

The benefits of RAID 0 in a real time environment are pretty slim at best. Also the speed at which a new drive works these days you'll notice an improvement from just about any single drive you pick. That can work to your advantage as you can just pick up a nice quick'n'cheap drive rather then blowing big $$$'s investing in a RAID array. That way you can always buy something new later on down the track and not have your wallet too burnt overall.

I'm about to change my RAID 0 to a RAID 1 (mirrored) array as I've found that with all the data I've got on my system I'd rather two points of redundancy rather then two points of failure.

That's all for this week!

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