October 2003

How many group posters does it take to change a light bulb?

This was posted on one of the mailing lists I’m a part of. It had me rolling on the floor!

How many group posters does it take to change a light bulb?

1 to change the light bulb and to post that the light bulb has been changed

14 to share similar experiences of changing light bulbs and how the light bulb could have been changed differently

7 to caution about the dangers of changing light bulbs

27 to point out spelling/grammar errors in posts about changing light bulbs

53 to flame the spell checkers

41 to correct spelling/grammar flames

6 to argue over whether it’s “lightbulb” or “light bulb” … another

6 to condemn those 6 as anal-retentive

2 industry professionals to inform the group that the proper term is “lamp”

27 to post URL’s where one can see examples of different light bulbs

14 to post that the URL’s were posted incorrectly and then post the corrected URL’s

12 to post to the group that they will no longer post because they cannot handle the light bulb controversy

4 to suggest that posters request the light bulb FAQ

44 to ask what is a “FAQ”

4 to say “didn’t we go through this already a short time ago?”

143 to say “do a Google search on light bulbs before posting questions about light bulbs”

1 forum lurker to respond to the original post 6 months from now and start it all over again

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iTunes for Windows

I’ve been using Media Center by J. River since it was in early beta, and Media Jukebox before that — they’ve got a free version but I upgraded to the paid version years ago. But back when I had the PowerBook I played around with iTunes and was impressed with its interface and usability. Well, I finally got around to downloading iTunes for Windows but haven’t gotten around to actually installing it and figured I’d take a look through Apple’s music store and maybe that’d help motivate me. Guess what? — I can’t find a way to browse the iTunes store without installing iTunes! Does that make any sense? Now I’m all huffy about it.

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Yahoo’s anti-SPAM email move

MyWay has this link to a Reuter’s article about Yahoo’s newest anti-SPAM move. It allows a premium mail subscriber to create a “base name” and up to 500 variations. The user can create a “new” email address and give it out to whomever they like. If SPAM starts to show up, that one account can be shut down. This is similar to services like Mailshell and SpamGourmet and, when coupled with other anti-SPAM measures like Bayesian filters, can provide the most SPAM-free solution. I never give out my true email address except to people I trust — every other email address is one of my “traps”.

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