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Wednesday, October 27 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.


Here's somebody who has mistakenly taken advice from BBspot Labs...

From: David
Sent: Tuesday, October 26, 2004 12:48 AM
Subject: RE: BBspot Technical Staff

I don’t know what you guys are trying to do, but I tried your idea of freezing my hard drive in a block of ice. You know what? After a very short time the ice melts! It’s a real pain and waste of my time to keep refreezing the hard drive. You know, shutting down, disconnect, add more water, refreeze, reconnect, reboot. Damn, there must be a better way! Not to mention the continual clean up of water seeping out all over my manuals and tech books. Did you ever have to eat a wet soggy sandwich? I solved the problem for you however. Use a small office refrigerator. Place it near the computer and just keep the hard drive in the freezer compartment. It also makes it unnecessary to keep getting up to go get another beer, it’s right there next to you. Neat huh?

Not sure if I believe this Believer.

Another person taking our advice...

From: David
Sent: Wednesday, October 20, 2004 6:00 PM
Subject: keep nixon out

I did that to my tv and it worked, no more Nixon... but now all I receive is Fox News. See attached.

The ghost of Nixon is much worse than that.

Another one falls for the student suspended for using PHP story...

From: Jake
Sent: Monday, October 25, 2004 6:35 PM
Subject: BBlooper

Good lord. PLEASE tell me this is a joke.

PHP is in fact a scripting language derived off of perl, another language. Its found in the geeky population.... you expect some sports jock to take up computer programming as a hobby?

Extension Quiz

Some people took the "Which File Extension Are You?" quiz a bit too seriously...

From: Rocky
Sent: Friday, October 22, 2004 7:37 AM
Subject: Slow Down

I have a cheap fix for this slow down... You say that the cause is your "what file extension are you?" script, well, delete it! No offense, but it is pretty lame anyway. How complex is that script anyway, it is just random I'm sure. There can't be any neural networks involved in the decision making that makes it such a heavy burden on the server. Ok, so maybe I'm just a little bitter about being called a DLL...

The script is definitely not random. It's accuracy has been proven over and over again.

Sent: Friday, October 15, 2004 2:21 PM
Subject: Problem with file extension quiz

I was going through the file extension quiz, when I noticed a problem with it. The question "My music collection is arranged..." doesn't have any suitable choices for people such as myself (and probably only myself, based on the reactions that I get) that are obsessive with the organization of music. It needs to have an "Alphabetically by artist, then alphabetically by album name, then numerically by CD number (for multiple CD albums), and finally numerically by track number." I still got .c though, so all hope isn't lost.

I should've known there would be some obsessive readers out there.

Presidential Showdown

We received several emails about our Presidential showdown...

From: Doug
Sent: Thursday, October 21, 2004 1:09 PM

Was this just an eerie coincidence with the Boston Red Sox come from 0-3 series victory?

>>The first three flips came up heads for Bush, but then four straight tails for Kerry.

if unintentional, when did you write this?

I also thought the results were rather eerie, but I did indeed flip a coin, and that is how the results came out.

From: Adolfo
Sent: Thursday, October 21, 2004 7:32 PM
Subject: Presidential Showdown

Your Presidential Showdown article has been the best unbiased, well researched educated analysis on the presidential candidates and their platforms that I have read so far. It helped me decide for who to vote for on the following election. As an American citizen, I have the obligation to vote for the man that will administer this country for the next four years....

...actually, because I live in a US colony (Puerto Rico), I don't have the right to vote for the man whose decisions will govern so many important aspects of my life. Those who have that right should not waste it. This in not a trivial issue.


Adolfo, an avid BBspot reader

PS. Do you still have the email address of the Nigerian philanthropist?

Please get out an vote people.

From: Clark
Sent: Thursday, October 21, 2004 11:06 PM
Subject: Number one on google

If you search for "George W. Bush will reinstate the draft", with the quotes, BBspot is the number one result on Google. FYI

If the draft gets reinstated, don't blame me!

From: Earle
Sent: Friday, October 22, 2004 3:33 AM
Subject: Tie-Breaker

Regarding your Bush-Kerry scientific poll, obviously you are in desperate need of a tie-breaker comparison. The most obvious and indisputably accurate predictor is the anagram test. Which candidate's name yields the best darn anagram? I submit the following:

George W Bush (yields 832 anagrams), best are:
- Begs we rough
- Hugs Gore web
- Grows be huge

John F Kerry (only yields one anagram)
- Hon Jerk fry

'W wins the tiebreaker and should obviously get your recommendation.

Kerry has the obvious disadvantage with only two vowels in his name. I think it should come down to who can build the best Battlebot.

Personals Mockery

Looks like R. Lee Ermey is getting in on this too...

Video Card

I'm receiving some good suggestions on which video card to purchase...

From: josh
Sent: Wednesday, October 20, 2004 10:00 AM
Subject: video card suggestion

Do -not- go next gen video card. You want an inexpensive card to do your average everyday needs and play a newer FPS without much hassle (with average settings, nothing overboard)?

Go ATi Radeon 9600XT or 9800Pro. Both you can get for under $150 and can play Doom3 pretty well at average settings (I have a 9600XT and made it through Doom3 without any twitchiness or skipped frames and the game looked gorgeous).

Most people are crazy about the newest nVidias... I say go for it if you wanna fork over $500. I don't really think its worth it. I was a longtime nVidia fan, but my newest ATi really has made me a believer. Great drivers, no crashing, no problem.

And go AGP... just a better option.


From: Andrew
Sent: Tuesday, October 19, 2004 1:25 PM
Subject: Video Card Suggestion

Well, you're wondering whether to go with PCI-Express or AGP. What runs on the Feng Shui motherboard?

Seriously though. Go with PCI-Express. Not only will it "future-proof"
your investment, but you can put in two video cards if you ever decide to go that route, and PCI-Express will handle higher data speed for future PCI components.


From: Rich
Sent: Wednesday, October 20, 2004 3:58 PM
To: Brian Briggs
Subject: Video Card

Well if you followed your CPU poll you'll be buying an AMD proc.
Which will leave with AGP as your only option when it comes to a video card (as they don't have PCI express offered currently). Moving right along, you will be safe with a late model ATI board 9700, 9800 with either 128 or 256 (recommended) meg of ram, which will run all of today's games and (read: 9800 all in wonder) you can also connect them directly to your existing cable TV.

But, if you have the money to spend on a higher end video card that will keep you covered for a much longer time with the increasingly intensive video games and applications then, I would be looking at a GeForce 6800 in the fastest/largest flavor currently available, (they blow the current high end offerings from ATI out of the water), but be prepared to shell out 500+ clams for it.

So, basically, it all depends on how much "eye candy" you want it will relate to how wide you will have to open your wallet. FYI; I run a 128 meg 9700 pro with an AMD 64 3000+ and 1 gig of DDR 333 ram and am able to play DOOM 3 at 800 X 600 with all the candy turned on.

And finally...

From: John
Sent: Friday, October 22, 2004 7:54 AM
Subject: Video Card

I too am interested in upgrading my video card. I do CAD work at home but am also using the cold Minnesota winter to take time and convert our home videos to DVD. I have been looking at the All in Wonder from ATI. This card has a video in (composite and SVHS I believe) that allows me to capture the video and audio feed from our soon-to-be-obsolete VHS deck. It sounds like you may be doing some similar work on your new gear so I am interested in if this card has any potential. If you get any information on this or have a link on real users using the card I would be at least one interested party.

I too have thought about the All in Wonder cards. Not sure if they'd be worth the extra cost though.

That's all for this week!

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