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Wednesday, November 17 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.


The Nigerian Billionaire strikes again...

Sent: Saturday, November 13, 2004 1:46 PM
Subject: artile on net

Dear Mr. Briggs,
In a calm but getting desperate search for a solution to my financial noose I have been purusing the net in search of a philanthropist (if one does not try, then one will not know). I came accross your article, found it interesting but odd...I am wondering if this person you wrote about, Mr. Esenam Ayele, is real, or is the article just a demonstration of the scams that someone can get caught into. I followed several links but could find no line to Mr. Ayele nor to the SCAM organization referred to in your article.
I realize that this is a stretch, but if someone really has "more money than God" and wants to help; I am more than willing to accept the offer. I am a single mom who over the last 10 years has raised my 6 children, 3 teen daughters and a 2 yr old granddaughter still at home, and put myself through college for my Masters. Unfortunately during that time I have amassed a very large and ugly green monster debt. I have managed to keep my credit rating good; but it is now getting to be at the expense of food...which is seeming more and more riduculous to me. So before I give more serious thought to bankruptcy...I thought I would chase this wild hare of philanthropy.
so there you have Mr. Ayele real? If so, how does one approach him?
If not?...just one more wild goose chase.
I do so hope you have time to reply. I have e mailed Forbes (another link) but they have not replyed and most likely will not.

I have set up a gmail account for Esenam Ayele, but I just didn't have the heart to string her along.

Many, and I mean many, people forwarded the link to the BBC article about a man ruining his hard drive by putting it into the freezer. I'm not sure where on the net he'd get such advice...

From: David P
Sent: Sunday, November 14, 2004 4:31 AM
To: Brian Briggs
Subject: Link - How to smash (and freeze) a home computer - BBC

Hi Brian,
Suggestion for link or the day, including "One user put his hard drive in a freezer, after reading on the internet that this can fix malfunctioning hardware" I wonder where he obtained such ridiculous advice?

And to the many readers who suggested I might be in legal trouble over this, I'm not.

Now here's a strange one. I'm doing some advertising work for, so my e-mail address is on a few of the pages over there. Now, I'm getting Believers emailing me about that site...

From: Donald
Sent: Monday, November 15, 2004 10:43 AM

Who writes this garbage. Does the author even own an house? IMO the real delusion is thinking that 75 million people would actually have $235,000 to buy a house with rather then renting an apartment that they will never own, able to exercise equity on, and fix in any why they wish.

With an URL like, I can understand some people getting fooled, but

Here's a tongue-in-cheek Believer, at least I hope it is, about our voodoo overclocking article...

From: Brent
Sent: Tuesday, November 09, 2004 11:13 PM
Subject: Now That was Funny!

Kudos to Steve @ Hardocp for including a link to BBspot (Voodoo Overclocking). Call me sheltered, but I hadn’t heard that was an option for increasing CPU performance. I tried a DYI approach using some books from the local library and an older goat I never knew what to do with. The results were fantastic – my system benchmarks are much higher now.

I have your site bookmarked now – I’m looking forward to greasing my hard drive this weekend.

Now this next guy, really needs some help...

Sent: Wednesday, November 10, 2004 11:51 AM
Subject: Frustrated

Have been trying all buy a three in one scanner/Print:/Copier. with the ability to scan negatives to computer.there is one out there somewhere,but 1 cant find it.When 1 bought my computer 1 was led to believe, that 1 could find ANYTHING,what a laugh.

Nothing but ???? for this one.

That's all for this week!

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