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Wednesday, March 03 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.


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I think this is our first "celebrity" BBeliever though you'd think he'd know his own story. This email comes from Mike Skupin who appeared on Survivor: Australia, and he wondered about a story I posted many years back...

From: Michael Skupin
Date: Wed, Feb 3, 2010 at 3:25 PM
Subject: Where did you get your facts for this Mike Skupin story? Mike Skupin
Cc: Michael Skupin

I told him I loved him on the show, and that I made the whole thing up. He did not reply.

Someone has a bit of an issue with my trailer review of The BBook of Eli...

From the comments: When does it say in the movie that there are nuclear codes in the book?? its just a bible you retard a bible in BRAILLE. The reason why its so important is because its the last one left and you used Bad ass way to much which makes you sound like a retard

I BBelieve I responded appropriately in the thread.

Another BBeliever thinks The Saboteur 2 game idea is not so good...

From the comments: I gotta say, this sounds like a really stupid idea. Who would pay $60 dollars to throw around shoes?

He then questions the credibility of the site in a later comment. Moi? Incredible?

It seems my trailer review for Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief: Electric Boogaloo was invaded by teenage girls...


Oh, and there are plenty more strange comments in that thread.

More people found my story about the Dexter video game for the

From the Comments: dexter is the #1 tv show series in MY world!!! i have been waiting for this game to come out ever since i saw the first episode of the first season!! i just KNOW this game will make it......BIG TIME!!!!!!!!!!!!!! i hope the game comes out soon,'cuz i can't take the wait much longer! the anticipation is killing me!!! i hope the dexter character in the game is as sexy as micheal c. hall is in real life! i think i would like it even more if the character's sexy!!! lol. well,i think i've said enough about dexter. what do you guys think?

Another BBeliever found the story about Apple moving everything to iPhone OS a bit suspicious...

From the Comments: Sounds like a story from the ONION... think of the lawsuits they would have on their hands if your HD went through an "unrecoverable formatting". And what kind of disparaging or complex problems are Mac users having?

Another comment calls me out with some salty language.

We're #2

Yesterday, I posted a BBlog post on my tendency to guy gadgets that don't turn out to be so successful. Some BBspotters wrote in with some similar experiences...

Date: Tue, Mar 2, 2010 at 8:21 AM
Subject: Gadgets

Being on the  bleeding edge means that your decisions will always risk buyers remorse - and higher costs. But we are geeks and its what we do. (I loved my Psion PDA but it never lived up to its potential.)

Picking the wrong product now isn't as bad as it used to be thanks to shorter product lifetimes. (Its not like picking BetaMax over VHS.)

On the other hand, consider the guy who bought the first fax machine - there's a real leap of faith!


From: Maurice
Date: Tue, Mar 2, 2010 at 9:28 AM
Subject: Buying Number 2...
To: Brian Briggs

You're definitely not alone. When I was a child I desperately wanted an Atari LYNX, their color competitor to the ubiquitous GameBoy. About the time I saved up enough money to buy one the product pretty much tanked and became unavailable. In retrospect I'm glad I had to do all those chores first.

My first DVD player was a "DIVX" player (not the video format) that worked with the failed business model of renting self-destructing DVDs that could be rented for cheap and "purchased" by hooking up the player to a phone line and letting it essentially disarm the self-destruct mechanism after a ridiculous fee. Needless to say, that technology didn't make it. At least it still played regular DVDs.

My most recent experience with what I like to call "The Betamax Phenomenon" was HD-DVDs. I wrote a whole article on how I thought HD-DVDs would win the format war with Blu-Ray, explaining my reasons in great detail, only to have my $300 HD-DVD deck become obsolete three months later. I'm crossing my fingers that my recent Kindle purchase will turn out better (I considered buying the Barnes & Noble Nook instead).

My HD-DVD article is still up for your amusement, if you so desire to read it.

And the wikipedia page for the Lynx, in case you weren't familiar with it.


Date: Tue, Mar 2, 2010 at 9:29 AM
Subject: Palm Pre Woes
To: "" <>

I’m sorry the Palm Pre hasn’t lived up to its potential.  I have had Palm PDAs for about 10 years.  If I hadn’t been stuck on a Family Plan that bound me to Verizon with its golden handcuffs, I would be right in the same boat with you.

Instead I had to wait for Verizon to get the Droid, which I’m very happy with.  I often tend to buy not quite enough technology, going for the second or third best model of cutting edge technology and missing out on some features that I end up having to buy later.  I end up upgrading earlier than I would otherwise have to or doing without for quite a while. 

I foolishly bought a 386-40MHz instead of a 486-33MHz in college because 40 is better than 33, right?  I bought three laserdisc players between 1995 and 1998 because the first one was a defective used model, and the second lacked Dolby Digital (I didn’t have a DD reciever at the time, so why would I need a DD laserdisc player, amiright?).  I bought my HDTV in 2004 or 2005 without HDMI connections because they were a few hundred more.  You get the idea.  It’s hard to be a gadget geek on a budget.  You constantly have to do cost benefit analysis, and sometimes the analysis comes up wrong.

That's all for today. Stay geeky!

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