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A tale of two Internet users I don't understand [May. 30th, 2008|10:49 pm]
Brad Fitzpatrick

Two emails I got in the past few days, both totally different except in that I don't understand either of the users.

Exhibit A:
From: paul simin <paulsxxxn@talktalk.net>
Subject: advert
Received: from unknown (HELO einstein) ([])
  by smtp.talktalk.net with SMTP; 29 May 2008 17:17:30 +0100
X-Mailer: Microsoft Outlook Express 6.00.2900.3138
i wanted to buy a remote control door look not read your stupid advert stupid lump of shit fuck off
Interesting things to note:
  • Swearing at a stranger.
  • His computer name is einstein, it would appear, yet...
  • All lowercase and without punctuation, of course.
  • He uses what looks like the worst ISP ever (talktalk)
  • Doesn't realize the Internet is not only for commerce, but may also be for documenting stupid dorm room projects like a remote-controlled dorm room door opener. (though admittedly on a commerce TLD)
Exhibit B:
Anonymous Comment (on a motorcycle post I made in September 2007)

wow, same problem with my 78 kz400, did you figure it out? I could use a tip.

Is this user going to be polling that comment page, waiting for a reply? There's no RSS feed of the comments, they won't be getting an emailed reply being anonymous, and they provided no contact information in the body.



[User Picture]From: wcu
2008-05-31 06:18 am (UTC)
oh the lols
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From: nomadphoenix
2008-05-31 06:33 am (UTC)
Your creation(Live Journal) has created some really weird situations over the years that defy logic... kind of makes me laugh to know one of the LJ founders is experiencing some of them as well.
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From: ext_102587
2008-05-31 01:27 pm (UTC)

followup polling

I thought it was common to have a folder of transient bookmarks for things that one has commented on, to check on to see if your comment has been replied to. Conversely, I never understood subscribing to a whole comments feed for this purpose. To each their own, I guess.
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[User Picture]From: erik
2008-05-31 05:03 pm (UTC)
Why the bolded "xxx" in the first guy's email address? I'm assuming that wasn't you trying to mask his email, cause it's obviously just his full name, which is right in front of it, so....
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[User Picture]From: brad
2008-05-31 05:13 pm (UTC)
Just so I'm not a total asshole.
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[User Picture]From: ydna
2008-06-01 12:57 am (UTC)
Now that's class.
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[User Picture]From: robflynn
2008-05-31 09:59 pm (UTC)
Very amusing! :P

I wish I still had some of mine from my gaim days. I got some... interesting emails from time to time.
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