Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Email Netiquette

If there is one thing that sets my teeth on edge, it's cluttered emails. Nothing makes my day more than opening five .eml attachments to find if I forward this chain email, Bill Gates will pay me five bucks for each person I send this to. I know I'm preaching to the choir here, because most of you who regularly read me are far more 'net savvy than I. But, I'm gonna rant anyways.

First, when you (and I say this to those who forward emails just like they get them) forward an email without cleaning it up, you increase the data for no good reason. Some of the emails I open end up being a third as large when I finally get to the part that I'm supposed to read. This means you are cluttering up servers, using extra space and burning extra energy. Plus, if you aren't on a big pipe, downloading the email takes longer. I do realize that webmail displays a lot of this convoluted crap inline, so it may appear far different than what an email program sees. No excuse -clean the damn things up before sending it to me.
Then, when you forward all those email addresses, plus send "To:" rather than blind carbon copy, you are sending out valid email addresses to the rest of the world. This means spammers who might get hold of this will have that many more legitimate addys. Plus, while this isn't the problem it used to be - some viruses not only picked up addresses from the address book of an email program, but from emails as well.
Thanks to you, propagation of viruses and spam emails just got a boost.

Then there are the chain emails. Jesus H. Christ - if an email begs you to forward it - it is a chain email! Jeebus on a pogo stick, some people have been online for ten years or more and still can't figure this one out. "This virus is the most destructive ever, news just released on CNN and McAfee today." Really? Why the f**k isn't on their sites? "It destroys the zero sector of the hard drive, where all the important information is kept." Oh? So the other data isn't important? Zero sector? Been greasing your muffler bearings as well, lately? Then there are the "help little Tiffany who has cancer by forwarding this email, we have an email tracker" line of BS. Email tracker? Fly to the moon by flapping your arms much? Then there are the religious variety - "If you love Jesus, forward this to ten people. If you love the Devil, go ahead and delete this email." I really doubt that on my Judgment Day, I'm going to be called to task for not forwarding ridiculous emails. I'd rather demonstrate my love for Jesus by doing something a bit more useful to the world than just forwarding a stupid email. Just a thought - how many emails would you have to forward to get into heaven? Just asking.

So, I like to return the more idiotic ones with a link to Snopes or whoever debunks the BS that is being spread. I really like it when the sender has sent it openly to about fifty seven people, because I hit "Reply All" so everyone gets to see how I think they are ignorant. I've gotten the "Obama is a Muslim" one about three times, and I have refined my answer somewhat. Here is the last version I got:

Pleasae take note: I have stated before that "SNOPES" can and DOES lie....if you click on the link in here, you will immediately KNOW because he(obama) IS A RADICAL MUSLIM, he WAS SWORN IN ON THE QURAN, and other things SNOPES says is false....(is chavez bankrolling him???) SATAN IS ALIVE AND WELL IN SNOPES, OBAMA, OPRAH, AND OTHERS......

I have felt for sometime now that Obama is the one person that 'Frightens Me'. I believe the Bible has warned us that 'A man will come from the East that will be charismatic in nature and have proposed solutions for all our problems and his rhetoric will attract will many supporters!'

When will our pathetic Nation quit turning their back on God and understand that this man is 'A Muslim'....First, Last and always....and we are AT WAR with the Muslim Nation, whether our bleeding-heart, secular, Liberal friends believe it or not. This man fits every description from the Bible of the 'Anti-Christ'!

I'm just glad to know that there are others that are frightened by this man!

Semper Fidelis, Chuck

'Saepius Exertus, Semper Fidelis, Frater Infinitas' 'Often Tested, Always Faithful, Brothers Forever' - United States Marines -

Who is Barack Obama?

Very interesting and something that should be considered in your choice.

If you do not ever forward anything else, please forward this to all your contacts...this is very scary to think of what lies ahead of us here in our own United States...better heed this and pray about it and share it. http://www.snopes..com/politics/obama/obama.asp confirms this is factual. Check for yourself.

Who is Barack Obama?

Probable U. S. presidential candidate, Barack Hussein Obama was born in Honolulu, Hawaii, to Barack Hussein Obama, Sr., a black MUSLIM from Nyangoma-Kogel, Kenya and Ann Dunham, a white ATHEIST from Wichita , Kansas.

Obama's parents met at the University of Hawaii.

When Obama was two years old, his parents divorced. His father returned to Kenya. His mother then married Lolo Soetoro, a RADICAL Muslim from Indonesia.

When Obama was 6 years old, the family relocate to Indonesia. Obama attended a MUSLIM school in Jakarta. He also spent two years in a Catholic school.

Obama takes great care to conceal the fact that he is a Muslim.. He is quick to point out that, 'He was once a Muslim, but that he also attended Catholic school.'

Obama's political handlers are attempting to make it appear that he is not a radical.

Obama's introduction to Islam came via his father, and that this influence was temporary at best. In reality, the senior Obama returned to Kenya soon after the divorce, and never again had any direct influence over his son's education.

Lolo Soetoro, the second husband of Obama's mother, Ann Dunham, introduced his stepson to Islam. Obama was enrolled in a Wahabi school in Jakarta.

Wahabism is the RADICAL teaching that is followed by the Muslim terrorists who are now waging Jihad against the western world. Since it is politically expedient to be a CHRISTIAN when seeking major public office in the United States, Barack Hussein Obama has joined the United Church of Christ in an attempt to downplay his Muslim background. ALSO, keep in mind that when he was sworn into office he DID NOT use the Holy Bible, but instead the Koran.

Barack Hussein Obama will NOT recite the Pledge of Allegiance nor will he show any reverence for our flag. While others place their hands over their hearts, Obama turns his back to the flag and slouches. Do you want someone like this as your PRESIDENT?

Let us all remain alert concerning Obama's expected presidential candidacy.

The Muslims have said they plan on destroying the US from the inside out, what better way to start than at the highest level - through the President of the United States, one of their own!

Please forward to everyone you know. Would you want this man leading our country?...... NOT ME!!!

This is my current reply:

Not true. I'm no fan of his - I fear for our country if he is elected, but some of the charges simply are false. The leaders of the church he belongs to make Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton seem conservative as far as reparations, etc. are concerned. But, it is a Christian church. And while it is true that recently there was a politician in the news who refused to be sworn in with the Bible, and used the Koran, it wasn't Barack. It was Keith Ellison, D-Minn. Barack was sworn in with a Bible just like everyone else, claims that Snopes is lying notwithstanding. Snopes definitely has a liberal bias, but lying? Mmmmmkay. As far as his "refusing" to salute the flag - he was photographed once on a stage with other Democratic presidential aspirants, and he didn't have his hand over his heart. When questioned about it, he said he didn't feel that holding his hand over his heart made him a better patriot than anyone else. In other words, a lot of the people up there with him who did use their hand were hypocrites. He felt the same way about flag pins in his lapel. I kind of think he had a point. It's no different than Kerry's pictures dressed in blaze orange and holding a shotgun - that didn't make him a hunter. Barack was not slouching, either. For reference, I have included the widely shown picture of him "refusing" to salute. I question his patriotism over his political positions, not some nebulous claim that he is the Antichrist just because he didn't hold his hand over his heart.

Instead of being worked up over his supposed connections with Islam - which are tenuous at best, we should be more worried about his socialistic/communistic leanings in policy and practice. His policies are right out in the open and is something he campaigns about daily. Allowing the UN sovereignty over our laws, income redistribution on a huge scale, and reduction of armed forces everywhere should rattle our cages. The comments his wife has been making about being ashamed of our country also have me alarmed. Don't just take my word for it - do some research yourselves. Unless you really like having spurious email chain letters make your political decisions for you. If that is your preferred method of being informed, please don't bother to vote.


I keep hoping the dumbasses who keep sending me this crap will be offended and just stop it. A forlorn hope, for sure.

1 comment:

Bob's Blog said...

Good for you!