Linux != 1337

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On Thursday of last week, I received an e-mail from a co-worker that had one of those Animusic videos attached to it. It was a .wmv file that was about 4MB in size. In the e-mail, which was addressed to ten people besides me, he apologised for attaching a file that large.

Since I had featured Animusic in Friday Funday XCIII, I recognised it right away. Instead of just replying to my co-worker to tell him what it was from, I thought that the other people who had received the original e-mail may also be interested to know, so I replied to all with the following:

“That’s from the Animusic series ( ). You can see a bunch more of those on Google Video.

This morning, I got a reply from one of the recipients. Here’s what he had to say:

“Nice bit of animation there! Worth the 20 minutes download time on my dial-in connection. I’d go with broadband, but I’m holding off until I know whether I’ll be living elsewhere. Dial-in works anywhere there’s a telephone, and I’m only paying seven dollars per month for it. Yeah, I’m cheap! It was one of the .WMV types I can play in linux too. That’s a plus. There’s a few I have to reboot into Windows to view. Windows is OK to visit, but I wouldn’t want to live there.”

Now, I can’t tell if he’s being serious or sarcastic, but I’m leaning toward the latter. Because I have no idea who he is and because I’m not the one who sent the 4MB .wmv file (which means I don’t feel the least bit of guilt), I’m not going to bother to reply. If I were going to reply, however, this is what I’d say:

“Hey there! I’m glad you thought the video was worth the twenty minutes it took you to download it. I also really enjoyed it even though it only took me three or four minutes to download. I imagine the extra download time helps you appreciate it more. It’s been years since I’ve had to deal with dial-up, but I remember the old days. Downloading your porn must take forever!

“If you really want to join the twenty-first century and get a broadband connection, I’m sure you could sign up for one right now. I have cable internet at home I’m really happy with the speed of the connection. Even though you sound like you’re going to move soon, I’m sure the cable company would be more than happy to get you set up both at your current residence and your future one.

“And wow, Linux? That’s pretty 1337! In fact, you’re obviously so 1337 that you didn’t feel the need to see who sent you the 4MB e-mail and who sent you the 4K one. Perhaps the next time you get snarky at someone, you’ll check the message headers first.

“P.S.: It’s called “dial-up” not “dial-in” ( ).”

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  1. Wait…there are still people using dial-up? And they don’t even know the proper terminology for it??


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