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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.


We put a warning on our BBspot Labs articles to "not try this at home," but some people just don't take our advice

From: JOe
Sent: Wednesday, May 04, 2005 8:19 AM
Subject: Frozen Computer

Mr. Briggs,

I recently an article on your website about speeding up a hard drive.

I know you warned that I should not try this at home unless I had experience, but because I am an industrious person, with alot of experiences working with sensitive computer parts, I felt if you could do it, I could do it.

The problem i had, is after the hard drive freezing process, the hard drive would not work. I know the ice was definately frozen solid. No ice was touching any other component.

Furthermore, after trying the iced hard drive, my entire computer system is permanently frozen. I tried to remove the little battery inside the computer, because someone told me that makes it forget stuff, but apparently it either still remembers being frozen, or the part that remembers things is frozen too.

I feel that you gave bad advice, that the ice made the bits get too close together, and the whole thing just froze permanently. Now my computer is essentially broken. Can I send it to you and have you repair it, or would you be willing to help pay for someone locally to fix it? I don't feel I should have to pay for your bad advice either.

I have a sneaking suspicion that this one isn't real, at least I hope so, or else I'll be losing my last shred of faith in humanity..

One reader wonders if Microsoft is getting greedier than it already is...

From: Matt
Sent: Thursday, May 05, 2005 6:59 AM
Subject: Blue Screen of Death

Is this a joke or real about the ads?

Another wonders if Hillary Clinton has lost it...

From: Martha
Sent: Sunday, May 08, 2005 3:02 PM
Subject: Hillary Clinton Rallies to Outlaw Daydreaming

Dear Mr. Briggs:
Hillary Clinton Rallies to Outlaw Daydreaming
Is this some kind of late April Fools joke? This can't be serious...... can it?

Come on people, you have a brain for a reason.

Hitchhiker's Guide

One reader offers an apology for the HHGG movie..

From: Matt
Sent: Friday, April 29, 2005 6:51 AM
Subject: Hitch Hikers Guide Review

Hey Brain
Sorry to throw a tack into your dingy, but being british i have already seen the movie - wow, we never normally get to say that. But seeing hitch hikers guide last night and seeing your uplifting review i felt it my duty to bring you back down to earth, like a whale.

The movie is not terrible, but it sure as hell isnt even close to being good. Trust the brits to take a flawless book and cock it up. Obviously turning such a gigantic story into a 1hr 30min movie is a challenge and a half, but i found movies like 'dawn of the dead' funnier per minute than hitch hikders guide.

You might as well have been watching a chaplin movie, the humor was very slap stick, none of the verbal jokes douglas adams was known for, any joke that was uttered was killed by another character attempting to explain the joke, taught from the "some of you might not get it" school of acting.

Of course there were a few light moments, the original marvin turning up, and when they all turned into woolen characters as you have in your review, but theres not much more than that.

The actors were terrible at their lead job, acting, not to mention unfunny - have i said that already - apart from the greats in there, of course, such as alan rickman, bill nightly, and john malcovich, who shone out like a light bulb in a totally black space ship, unfortunatly their parts were small and incidental to the movie. And lets not forget about the fantastic music from the radio and tv versions which just - for me anyway - appitamises hitch hikers guide, we were treated to a full 30seconds worth of it somewhere half way through the movie.

On behalf of britland, I'M REALLY SORRY

I enjoyed the movie, but I wasn't a fanatic for the books and never saw or heard any other production of it.

That's all for this week!

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