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This post was published more than 13 years ago

I keep old posts on the site because I often enjoy reading old content on other people's sites. It can be interesting to see how views have changed over time: for example, how my strident teenage views have, to put it mildly, mellowed.

I'm not a believer in brushing the past under the carpet. I've written some offensive rubbish on here in the past: deleting it and pretending it never happened doesn't change that. I hope that stumbling across something that's 13 years old won't offend anyone anew, because I hope that people can understand that what I thought and felt and wrote about then is probably very different to what I think and feel and wrote about now. It's a relic of an (albeit recent) bygone era.

So, given the age of this post, please bear in mind:

  • My views may well have changed in the last 13 years. I have written some very silly things over the years, many of which I find utterly cringeworthy today.
  • This post might use words or language in ways which I would now consider highly inappropriate, offensive, embarrassing, or all three.
  • Factual information might be outdated.
  • Links might be broken, and embedded material might not appear properly.

Okay. Consider yourself duly warned. Read on...

I’ve just received this email. Normally, when people forward me these ridiculous virus warnings, I bounce them right back with a link to a page like that one. But how anybody with a grain of sense can really have fallen for this

It is a virus that opens an Olympic Torch which burns the whole hard disc C of your computer.

is beyond me. It’s people like this who make me want to reach for the ‘Ban this person from the internet’ button which no-one’s yet managed to create. I already have enough stupid email to deal with without having well-meaning, slightly-slower individuals clogging it up. Example:

Approximately 90% of all disease and discomfort is related to an unclean colon.

Best get the scrubbing brush out, then!  The problem isn’t a blocked colon, it’s a blocked inbox!
Gmail is pretty good a spam-killing, but the problem now is, how do I filter out friends’ and colleagues’ well-meaning but annoying messages from ones I actually care about?

This 833rd post was filed under: Headliner.

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