From time to time, we get a particularly heartwarming piece of fan mail from someone who really appreciates someone else taking the time to explain some of the mysteries of technology to him. We'll use this space to highlight some of what we believe to be the greatest of these that grace our mail spools.
Our current winner goes out to a member of the Cambridge community. How far the once-mighty have fallen.
From: Simon Redhead <firstname.lastname@example.org> Sender: Simon Redhead <email@example.com> To: <firstname.lastname@example.org> Subject: Address Munging Considered Harmful Date: Mon, 4 Feb 2002 01:15:09 +0000 (GMT) Having read your article entitled as above, I have come to the conclusion that you are a complete cretin. simon
Here's a reply to an answer given to an out-of-the-blue question whose literary value was nearly, but not quite, as great as this piece.
From: GrymeeCat@aol.com To: email@example.com Subject: Re: FIREWALL QUESTION Message-ID: <firstname.lastname@example.org> Date: Fri, 14 Jan 2000 17:08:53 EST no they can't track fruckin aol instant messenger so what the heck are you saying. you know ish. i asked this computer guy around the projects if this was true and he said naaaaah. so what the fruck is you saying kid. i'm out grymeecat
We're honored to have been of service.
The previous winner was the author of an especially insightful piece written by someone who had the origin and nature of Internet chain letters explained to her.
From: NameDeletedToPreventHarassmentOfTheGuiltyParty@aol.com To: email@example.com Subject: Re: RV: Hopeful thinking Date: Fri, 11 Dec 1998 22:31:08 EST you are very stupid
Thanks so much for writing.