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Wednesday, May 10 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.


Esenam Ayele is still reaching out ...

Sent: Friday, April 21, 2006 11:47 PM
Subject: request info

In an email from Esenam Ayele, on 9/4/05, he stated he can still be reached directly. Could you please forward his email address. My email address is Your response is greatly appreciated.

Thank you

My response is: You're stupid.

The Dearth of BBelievers

One reader opines on why there haven't been many BBelievers lately...

From: Mark M
Sent: Thursday, May 04, 2006 3:08 AM
To: Brian Briggs
Subject: No BBspot Mailbag

I read, in your BBlog,
Unfortunately, for the past few weeks I have not received enough reader email to fill a BBspot Mailbag.
I wonder, are the BBelievers' brains coming out of their winter hibernation? Perhaps they're less gullible when the weather is warm enough for them to get out and see the world outside of the internet.

I mean, once you've paid for a couple of historical landmark bridges in the real world, and realised you can't bring them home and build a moat or whatever, you sort of lose your naïve trust in strangers.

Maybe you should run a themed competition: writers submit stories
*designed* to attract BBelievers, and the story that generates the most mail from BBelievers within, say, a month of publication is the winner, netting its author a snazzy prize (just off the top of my head, I'm thinking: banana hammock. Who could resist a banana hammock?).

Hope you're comfortable in your new office surroundings, and try to stay out of harm's way. Oh, and warm.


I think he might be onto something. The BBelievers may be emerging from their protective cocoons.

Top 11 Expansion

Olli adds some more ideas to our recent top 11 list...

From: Olli V
Sent: Tuesday, May 09, 2006 3:32 AM
Subject: 9 Other Signs Someone Else Used Your Computer

Since we are talking about Windows, number 1 on the list could also be:

- Sticky keys are activated

which would actually be much worse than somebody cleaning your keyboard. Also these came to mind:

- IE has nice new cool search toolbars
- IE is the default browser
- Outlook Express is the default email client
- Firewall is disabled because it kept asking stupid technical questions about network access for some Gain software
- Desktop icons are replaced with smilies
- Wallpaper is a picture of Winnie the Pooh
- Your name is no longer in the Minesweeper top score list
- All your pr0n are belong to recycle bin

That's all for this week!

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