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Wednesday, February 15 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.


You might remember the bright bulb who took exception with our Internet Explorer Vs. Firefox comparison last week. Here was my reply to him...

On 2/4/06, Brian Briggs <> wrote:
Thanks for the feedback. I'm really happy you enjoyed the review. It's great hearing from dedicated readers of BBspot like yourself. I don't like Internet Explorer either. I'm glad we're part of the same team!

He was not amused...

From: David
Sent: Tuesday, February 14, 2006 4:16 AM
To: Brian Briggs
Subject: Re: firefox vs. internet explorer

that was a pretty clever response... pretending you think i was rooting for firefox when i made it clear i think the main argument against IE is ilogical. glad to see a so-called writer has so much wit.. comes up with such clever stuff to say. that really was so intelligent and interesting.

I think sarcasm might be in play here.

Here's another reader who wasn't amused by one of our articles. This time the Nigerian Billionaire story...

From: kathleen
Sent: Friday, February 10, 2006 2:23 AM
Subject: great job

so, the story "nigerian philanthropist can't give away millions" is just a piece of sadistic satire? or is there really a "esenam ayele" from lagos nigeria?

is this story supposed to be funny? or just targeted at those of us who have had our lives ruined by african scammers?

are you just trying to rub the proverbial salt into our already ravaged wounds? cause if you are, you just did a great job of it.

Satire, yes. Sadistic satire, no. No idea. Yes. No. No. Thanks, I'm really glad you enjoyed it!

This next guy is so smart. He just has to tell me he wasn't fooled by the article...

From: Mohit
Sent: Thursday, February 09, 2006 1:13 AM
Subject: (no subject)

dont believe you with that gates and linux thing

I wonder if he emails every author to tell them whether he believes their articles or not.

Looks like some of the Microsoft engineers read the award-winning articles on BBspot...

From: Guy
Sent: Saturday, February 11, 2006 10:33 PM
Subject: From the "Life imitates art" department...

"Microsoft Anti-Spyware removes Norton Anti-virus" seems a little too close to "Microsoft Anti-Spyware removes Internet Explorer"

Geeky Valentines ...

A reader wrote in with one we missed on our "Top 11 Geeky Valentine's Day Gifts " piece...

From: Mark
Sent: Tuesday, February 14, 2006 5:26 AM
Subject: Geeky Valentine Gifts

I saw your list and just thought you missed the ultimate geek valentine gift which was recently posted on a Lego fan site:

'I had originally intended to build a bunch of Lego roses, but as I sat there staring at the bin of red bricks inspiration struck, “I know I’ll build a deathstar in the shape of a heart!” '

That's all for this week!

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