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Wednesday, February 8 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.


Here's an e-mail from a Nigerian. It's not a scam letter, although I'm not quite sure what it is. I'll let you decide...

From: tiwai
Sent: Friday, January 27, 2006 8:33 AM
Subject: the problem with nigerian youths

hi briggs,my name is *********,a nigerian from lagos.i have an advice for you,we know nigerians are the most fraudulent people on this planet,and we all know that.but we are missing certain points her,nigerians are not just naturally fraudulent,the fact is that we are just restless and too much happy,yes we are extremely happy people,thats why we aree so restless and want to do things that will make us rather smart,than our folks,that the splurge can get makes me so sad when all around me i hear the bad image this issue of fraud has befallen on this nation.we should not continue to see nigerioan as fraudulent,rather we should try to look at what really makes them go in this abominable act.the west should try as much as possible to initiate a lot of psychology-based programme that would change nigerians(xpecially the male youth)from being a fraud slave,to people who would use their thinking talent to help solve african,and maybe,the world problems.the nigerian govermentr should startprogrammes thst would change their thinking habits from this abominable acts,like pulling out a lot of programmes that could earn them money,or maybe encourage their info systems expert to design hardwares and softwares that will make mails to foreign lands from nigeria seeable by manned expert before sent.i dont really know what could solve this problem,we sholud try our best to persuade them to turn away from spamming and not continue to see them as extremely fraudulent to be serious,am ashamed to call myself a nigerian anywhere in the world.thanks.please help our minds.


One bright bulb took exception with our Internet Explorer Vs. Firefox comparison...

From: David
Sent: Friday, February 03, 2006 11:21 AM
Subject: firefox vs. internet explorer

please pull this pathetic excuse for an article down. it was really lame and stupid and childish. and for your lameass information internet explorer returns about 211 million results and firefox about 130 million.

also IE is far more robust than firefox. it has more attacks since it has way more of the market and usage % making it appear less secure but this is a misconception, a trap morons like you fall into.


Me idiot. Me don't know how to respond. Me so dumb. You show me!

This guy makes an observation about our Bush Countdown Clock...

Sent: Tuesday, January 31, 2006 6:56 PM
Subject: Jack Bauer

Bush is like Jack Bauer; he will continue to be president long after your clock has run down. Your worse nightmare come true!

With the Constitution the way it is these days it wouldn't surprise me. However, i have much worse nightmares than that.

You Might Be a Geek...

A couple readers write in with comments about our "You Might Be a Geek If ..." piece. If you had any doubt that geeks read BBspot...

From: David
Sent: Friday, February 03, 2006 4:30 PM
Subject: I might be a geek.

While my answers to "you might be a geek if..." can be succinctly represented by the hex digits 74D, answering the questions reminded me of a couple stories I'd like to share.

First, as a collector of old computers, I've actually notched a 5-1/4"floppy within the past year. I've lost my heavy-duty steel notcher I used so much back in the 80's, but was able to find a usable plastic one on ebay a few years back. It's tricky to find SS/SD disks these days though.

My second story is about my cat named after a scientist. My wife brought him home in a cardboard box. The box was very still and quiet. We had a cat in a box, and we didn't know if it was alive or dead (or both). There was only one name possible: Schrodinger. Thankfully, once we opened the box and collapsed the wave function, the cat turned out to be alive. My wife found all this to be far less amusing than I did.


From: Greg
Sent: Monday, February 06, 2006 8:59 AM
To: ''
Subject: Re: You might be a geek if...

I don't have any pets, but my daughter's middle name is Tesla. How many points do I get for that?

That definitely gets you a spot in geekdom .

That's all for this week!

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