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Wednesday, March 19 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.


First I had one persistent Esenam Ayele BBeliever, now there are two. These guys just won't give up. This from the first one...

how are you sir, i hope you just going well as this is near your b'day. I also hoping that your business is getting better, as the price of oil increasing lately, i believe this will makes you busy in the upcoming days. keep in touch, maybe i can do something for you in the future.

From the same guy...

during your private time for relaxing, do you likes to watch an F1 racing or MotoGP sir?

Esenam replied: No, I don't know what those things are. I prefer watching frog races at the county fair. Especially when we get to eat the winner.

I think I'm going to give more and more ridiculous responses until the guy give up. Here's what the second guy sent...

sir.. it's okay with me if you can't help anyone anymore, but i believe maybe you just don't have a good mood to do that again, just contact me if you do feel want to do some charitable act again, maybe i can do more than you've expected with your help. but please don't give up

Esenam replied: I think you may be right, so I went to my doctor and he gave me some little red pills to take. He said they should make me feel better. Do you think I should trust Dr. Morpheus?

We'll see if that gets a response.


Hard Drive Magnets

After reading my latest injury story, a BBspotter writes in to tell me how to get the magnets off safely. Now you tell me...

From: marcos
Date: Mon, Mar 24, 2008 at 12:51 PM
Subject: Hard drive magnets

One time I was walking down the hall at work when I passed by a cardboard box filled (and I do mean that) with hard drives marked "dead", "doesn't spin up", etc. So, like I'm sure you would have, I took it for the magnets..

I got a lot of practice getting those magnets off their housings. Busted and chipped a few learning how to do it right. What I've found is that the simplest (if something of a brute force solution) method is to remove the metal magnet bracket from the rest of the drive, then by using two pliers for grip and leverage, grab the metal at two appropriate spots near the magnet and bend it. Yes, these brackets are usually steel but it's soft steel and it will bend if you show it who's boss. The bending of the metal will usually cause the seal between the magnet and the epoxy to pop open such that you can then pull the magnet off with your fingers.

So, when you heal up, give that a try.

What I never figured out was something uncommonly cool to do with the stacks of exquisitely machined and oh-so-shiny aluminum platters I got from all those dead drives...

Send me your ideas for the platters. I've got plenty of them here to play with.

Doomsday Oil

The oil problem in Doomsday discussed last week might not be a problem after all ...

From: Nathan
Date: Wed, Mar 19, 2008 at 10:36 AM
Subject: Mailbag March 19th - Re: Doomsday

I have to point out that although Doomsday may be an incredibly flawed movie, Reader Blaine needs a good ole' whack with a cluestick about Scotland's oil production capability.

Quote: "Where in post-apocalyptic scotland (sic) did they start drilling for oil and build the oil refineries?"

Has this chap never heard of the North Sea Oil fields? The UK (including Scotland) already has massive offshore and onshore Oil drilling, pumping and refinery capability. For example, BP Amoco's Grangemouth (in Scotland) operation processes almost 10 Million tonnes of crude oil a year! Should be enough to keep post-apocalyptic gangs going for a while at least.

OK, so maybe Doomsday only had 1,876 impossibilities instead of 1,877.

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

Even prior to launching his site,
Geert got banned. Was this done out of fright?

If his claim that there's violence
Brings fear and forced silence,
He may be (alas) partly right.."

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