Ah, the tribulations of composing and posting readable emails, eh?
I know how you must feel! But your sentence construction was so good that I
could correct your typos in my mind with little effort and get the sense of
what you were saying anyway. I would that could be so with all the emails I
send and receive!
In saying that you have studied IT academically and even you can't
understand why our computers act up sometimes, you have helped answer a
question that has been in my mind for a few years now. I have been
wondering who really owns my computer. Do I, or does Bill Gates? Now I
know. Bill Gates does.
----- Original Message -----
From: Keith McLean
Sent: Friday, December 03, 2004 2:02 PM
Subject: [ufodiscussion] Re: On the poll results for ufodiscussion
Sorry about the typos in that email, Regan.
Some "a"s should have been "I"s, "meat" should have been "meant", etc.
--- In firstname.lastname@example.org, "Keith McLean" <kmskywatch@y...>
> Thanks for your comments and good wishes. :) :)
> Yes, despite having studied IT subjects academically I can't
> understand either why computers at times do not function properly.
> Computing and the internet are increasingly a commercial venture it
> would seem, with increasing competition between stakeholders.
> Typically, the efficency aspect and the desire to avoid legal
> confrontations via copyright law are both factors which would concern
> internet companies, I would think. Artistic and social freedoms are
> reduced to fit this codified landscape, in favour of a product
> orientated or "branding" strategy and ethic. So it would seem these
> reductions in features and technical foulups that you refer to are a
> product of this activity.
> Do you know what I discovered today? My computer informed that a had a
> number of unread emails, refering to the contents of my Outlook
> Express program. Now, while I receive email correspondence from my ISP
> in Outlook, I don't use it activity for email. Surprisingly, not opnly
> had a few messages from my ISP, but I had actually received email meat
> for SOMEONE ELSE! The person who was the intended recipient was also a
> "Keith McLean", but naturally his email address was not mine, but
> shared the same ISP email service system. So, somehow my ISP had
> fouled up somewhere.
> Anyway, I hope you can remedy the computer problems, Regan. I have
> found having a friend involved in IT is a great person to get
> technical advice from - someone who deals with technical issues
> --- In email@example.com, "Regan Power"
> <soulsearcher_22@b...> wrote:
> > Keith,
> > I would just like to say that I do think you are doing just
> fine as
> > Moderator/Owner and I am glad to hear that you feel happy about
> remaining in
> > that capacity for the time being.
> > Also, I am sorry not to have been able to participate in the
> > poll, but I have been suffering a plethora of technical "glitches"
> > computer lately that have made using the net a real ordeal for me.
> It all
> > seemed to start when I downloaded Windows Security Pack 2 and found
> that it
> > immediately blocked my access to basic system-information! It told
> me that
> > I could get more information from my system administrator. That's me!
> > A series of problems arose thereafter, involving all three
> > ISPs and various bits of security software that are running on my
> > although these were probably unconnected with Windows Security Pack
> 2, it's
> > fair to say. However, the concatenation of the whole lot has left me
> > breathless and feeling that the term "internet surfing" has become a
> > joke these days. Surfing implies effortless motion that is under
> one's own
> > control. But today, my computer is not under my own control and the
> > once-simple and easy act of visiting and navigating a web-site has
> become an
> > arduous, time-consuming labour, in which I can realistically
> > unexpected and unnecessary problems to assail me on every occasion.
> As I
> > write, an icon is flashing on my task bar which bears the dispiriting
> > legend, "Updates are ready for your computer. Click here to
> download these
> > updates." Who knows what can of worms I shall open now if I do
> "Click here"
> > as prompted? And who knows what spam, spyware or virus
> susceptibilities my
> > p.c. may be open to if I don't?
> > Happy, the "primitive" tribesman who does not have to suffer
> > afflictions of a hi-tech, commercially aggressive, uncivilized
> > His time is his own and his life is under his own control. No so
> for those
> > of us who want/need to use the Internet, however. I think this
> forum itself
> > demonstrates how poorly we are being served by a
> communication-system that
> > has been vaunted as the culture-icon of the modern age. When it
> > less than half a year ago, we were able to correspond in Rich Text
> > which meant we could use italics, bold-type, underlines, different
> fonts and
> > even different colours. We could include pictures in the text-body
> and the
> > text would go wherever we put it. This facility enabled us to produce
> > emails that were not only clear to read, but also a pleasure. (Not
> that we
> > always did that, of course, but my point is that the facility to do
> it was
> > there.) But steadily and progressively, restrictions have come in
> and now
> > we are reduced to just being able to correspond in Plain Text - the
> > facility and functionality. And accordingly, communication is harder.
> > Is this situation not ironic? We have at our fingertips a
> > communication facility that is widely thought to be the most
> > product of any human civilization that ever was, but we cannot use
> it beyond
> > the most crude and primitive level. How much of our disk-space is
> taken up
> > by "facilities" like Rich Text that we cannot use? If this trend
> goes on, I
> > can foresee us going back to corresponding by snail-mail
> round-robins before
> > very long. Hmmn, now that idea might be worth some
> > Regards,
> > Regan
> > _____
> > ----- Original Message -----
> > From: Keith McLean
> > To: firstname.lastname@example.org
> > Sent: Monday, November 29, 2004 8:03 AM
> > Subject: [ufodiscussion] On the poll results for ufodiscussion
> > Hi everyone,
> > Thanks for voting in the recent polls on the moderation questions.
> > I think the results indicate that everyone is generally happy with how
> > things are going with regard to ufodiscussion. I'll remain as
> > moderator/owner for the foreseeable future, and feel happy enough with
> > things. Thanks to everyone for contributing articles, opinions and
> > points of view to the list and keep it going. :)
> > Thanks also to Regan and Janet for your interest and support.
> > Anyway, have a good day.
> > Thanks,
> > Keith McLean (owner/moderator)