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Wednesday, September 12 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.


Before I get to the Apple Lisa BBelievers, here's one guy who's not so sure about Fox's new fall schedule...

From: Paul
Date: Sep 6, 2007 1:38 PM
Subject: Blog

I understand that its a blog article, but I would like to know how true it is about Fox's new kids show "Kid Army".

He wasn't the only one unsure about the show, check out some of the commenters in this Fark thread...

Parents eager to see their children on television signed waivers clearing Fox of any liability in the injury or death of their children.

Wow. Just wow.

And now for the main attraction...

I knew the story about "Jobs giving a refund to Apple Lisa early adopters" would be big when it was already on the front page of Reddit when I woke up in the morning. Many sites like The Fake Steve Jobs posted it as a satire article (ruining the potential fun for all of us). Some posted it as real news, then caught it like Forever Geek. And others, like Crunchgear leave it a bit ambiguous if they bought it or not.

Reddit was the first to the story, so they snagged the first BBeliever (be sure to look at the downvoted comments)...

So what? Everyone lost a receipt already.

Digg jumped on board next and the thread there has some classic comments. Be sure to do a "sort by date (show all)" or you'll miss some of the good ones. Also, you might notice that one of the co-founders of Digg, Jay Adelson, enjoyed the article as well...

This takes Class. . . Do you think Microsoft would give a refund. don't hold your breath.
Cudos Steve You Rock !

The story led to some name calling including the first time someone called me a Nazi (in jest) in this Fark thread which also contains some entertaining BBelievers...

And the proof of purchase from the original box, because you've probably been holding onto that since 1983. Headline oughta read "Jobs refunds seven grand to packrats and hoarders".

I also was called a "smarmy Blackberry nutjob" by this site, though it has since been corrected. Apparently, he thought the BB in BBspot stood for Blackberry...

Site Mocks Apple’s Rebate Offer, Makes Lisa Analogy

This next thread also snagged some BBelievers. It's a Honda Civic forum, so you can't really blame them...

Oh...that's it. Sure I have the receipt from 24 years ago and I also kept the box.

nice gesture but really?

Next come the emailers...

From: Robert
Date: Sep 10, 2007 1:52 PM
Subject: Re: Jobs Offers Apple LisaEarly Adopters Store Credit

Re: Jobs Offers Apple Lisa
Early Adopters Store Credit

The upside of the $7000 rebate to Lisa buyers (all 10, I note), is the free 24 year $7,000 loan, which approaches the price of a Paris Hilton cottage in today’s dollars. Shrewd move, Apple!

Shrewd indeed.

From: El Cap
Date: Sep 10, 2007 3:00 PM
Subject: Jobs Offers Apple Lisa Early Adopters Store Credit

check your math - a $ 7,000 store credit per Lisa leaves Apple on the hook for $70,000 potentially?

Methinks they sold more than TEN ! units at that price!

Apple on the hook for Apple Lisas sold - $70,000.

Scolding someone for not fact checking their fake news article? Priceless.

From: Mike
Date: Sep 10, 2007 4:16 PM
Subject: Apple article...

I just got finished reading your article, “Jobs Offers Apple Lisa Early Adopters Store Credit”. In your article you mentioned that, “…Jobs said that early adopters of the Apple Lisa would be receiving a $7000 in-store credit”, continuing with, “Apple could be liable for almost $70,000”.

Now I was wondering if I was reading this correctly, but this would mean that Apple only sold ten Lisa computers at the $9,995 price. I was wondering if you could either confirm that, or clarify the correct amount?

I told him that it was in "today's dollars." I think his head exploded.

And now for one that's 100% classic, guaranteed!

I saw in my logs that I was getting hits from Craig's List, but when I went to the page the ad had been withdrawn. Fortunately, a BBspotter emailed me the ad...

From: jeff
Date: Tue, 11 Sep 2007 20:52:11 UT
Subject: Original receipt for an Apple Lisa - $500 - $500 (Salt Lake City)

"" has forwarded you this posting. Please see below for more information.

Original receipt for an Apple Lisa - $500 Reply to:
Date: 2007-09-10, 3:54PM

If you bought an Apple Lisa all those years ago and still have your receipt, I would like to purchase it from you. I'm involved in a project putting together a visual history of Apple computers and your receipt would be a great way to "make real" how much cheaper and better computer equipment has gotten. The price is not a typo, as I feel this is an important part of the demonstration, I am willing to pay up to $500 for your receipt.

If you have one you are interested in getting rid of, please send me an e-mail. Thank you.

Location: Salt Lake City
it's NOT ok to contact this poster with services or other commercial interests

Original URL:
this craigslist posting was forwarded to you by someone using our email-a-friend feature - if you want to prevent these, please go to:

Now maybe someone is making a "visual history of Apple computers," but the evidence seems to be against that.

I also have, as yet unconfirmed, reports that the story was mentioned in a CNN broadcast about the iPhone refund. Anyone with a clip of this would be my hero for life.

Wind Beneath My Wings

This email tops all the BBelievers for me...

From: xxxxxx
Date: Sep 10, 2007 4:09 PM
Subject: FW: BBspot Update - 8/24/07

Obviously I am a bit behind in reading my BBspot updates (does that really say August 24?!), but that is because I was in the hospital for the past month (was supposed to be a day, day-and-a-half procedure, then had almost every possible complication, including almost losing my leg!), so now I'm sitting up in my own bed, reading old emails. Pathetic, yes, but it's better than staring at these four walls (as opposed to the four walls of my hospital room).

I just wanted to thank you for this issue's quote of the week:

> ------------------------------
> Everywhere is walking distance ... if you have the time.
> -Steven Wright
> ------------------------------

My husband and I are big fans of Steven Wright, and this happens to be one of our all-time favorite Steven Wright lines. So thank you for the smile when I need all the smiles I can get.


Weekly Limerick

The winner of the 2003 and 2006 Geek Limerick contest has volunteered to write a weekly limerick for BBspot. Seth also has a new book coming out that you should take a look at..

From: Seth

Selling one million iPhones is nice,
So Steve Jobs will discount the device,
And give one hundred buckers
To all of the suckers
Who foolishly paid the full price.


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