fan mail

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 <>
Sender: Simon Redhead <>
To: <>
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.


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.

Message-ID: <>
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


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.

Subject: Re: RV: Hopeful thinking
Date: Fri, 11 Dec 1998 22:31:08 EST

you are very stupid

Thanks so much for writing.

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