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Wednesday, January 25 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.


It's hard to tell if this guy is a true BBeliever or not. I'll let you be the judge. ...

From: John
Sent: Monday, January 23, 2006 11:07 AM
Subject: Creative Use of CPU Cooling Fans

Re your article on "Cooling YourKids"; I found a link to it on the LANGA site, but when i tried to contact Fernando Ferringer of, I got redirected to some gaming site instead.

That's a pretty interesting concept - wonder what the Docs think of it?

I would be a little hesitant to smear thermal paste or any such technical product on skin - especially that of a child - without knowing really well that it would not have an adverse toxic or allergic reaction. Skin is very sensitive tissue, especially on kids, and reactions can be very uncomfortable and nasty. Wouldn't lotion or KY jelly work nearly as well?

Hair caught up in a cooling fan is one thing; I would be very circumspect about 12VDC getting shorted out (which "fluid spills" can do) and routed the wrong way, too. It's bad enough that the poor kid is sick; zapping them in the midst of their misery would be unconscienable, IMHO.

Also; I'd think that thermal sensors similar to those used to monitor CPU temps could monitor a patient's temp and trigger an alarm if it got to a dangerous level (febrile seizures and/or brain damage can occur if a fever reaches about 105*). You could connect it - along with audio/video webcam feed perhaps to catch the odd puking etc..- with your PC via a bedside router and monitor things right on your PC as you worked (or whatever).

On a side note, the domain didn't exist when I wrote the article. Looks like somebody snatched it up trying to capitalize on the stories popularity.

Even with the additional warning we're still getting requests for the Nigerian Billionaire...

From: Dee
Sent: Thursday, January 19, 2006 12:31 AM
Subject: Information:

Dear Mr. Briggs
I read you article about the African man who is trying to give away money. Can you forward me information on the necessary step to apply for the funds. Thank you.

The first step is to read the whole article and ask yourself, "Am I stupid?" You obviously answered yes, so you are a prime candidate.

Several readers wrote in to let us know that our story on the SLR phone camera had been picked up by a couple of prominent gadget blogs. Karen was the first...

From: Karen
Sent: Monday, January 23, 2006 10:58 AM
Subject: "Canon Phone Camera" making the rounds

You've probably already been notified of this, but the "Canon Phone Camera"is making the rounds on blogs that should know better:

Bios Magazine


Go BBspot!

Those are some prime catches there.

Wax On

In the BBlog I posted a picture of the box that my brother's computer's case came in. The box said "WAX SOLD SEPARATELY!!" I was at a loss explaining why it might say this, but one reader has the answer...

From: Michael
Sent: Thursday, January 19, 2006 12:05 PM
Subject: Wax Sold Separately!!

Ahh, you bought one of those fancy cases with high-gloss automotive paint. Be sure to wax it at least once a month to maintain that fresh-off-the-assembly-line shine.

I think the company needs to hire new writers.

Wage Slave

In last week's Mailbag one reader told the story of how is company listed employees as inventory items. Another reader adds to that...

From: Richard
Sent: Wednesday, January 18, 2006 12:48 PM
Subject: human capital assets

a conventional employee would be a monthly recurring expense.

obviously, human capital assets implies that Jeff's company has slaves.

richard (a contractor here, and thus a monthly
recurring expense)

Spy Vs. Spy

One reader has an addition to this week's Top 11 list...

From: Blaine
Sent: Tuesday, January 24, 2006 8:49 AM
Subject: Re: Top 11 Reasons the American Government Is Spying on You

Number 1: You don't live in the USA.

That should have been #2. Right after that should be:

Number 1: You live in the USA.

That's all for this week!

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