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September 12th, 2000

You’ve Got [bleep!]

I don’t know if this is a good idea or not. I don’t think so. But here’s the deal: Eudora now includes MoodWatch which will monitor your outgoing (and incoming) email and let you know if it might get your goat.

So if I send Ryan an email that says, "Hey pal, your last Ping was a pile of doo-doo and I was the one who hacked into your stupid domain!", MoodWatch will come up with a cutesy-poo message telling me that the language is "hot", with a picture of chili peppers.

This is progress? Why can’t people think for their [bleep]ing selves anymore?! -pm

Posted in Technology

FROM: Ryan
DATE: Tuesday September 12, 2000 -- 9:33:10AM
Man, this is a pointless feature. Seems to me Eudora might want to do something like, say, stop the app from crashing so often when using IMAP? Just a thought.

FROM: Paul
DATE: Tuesday September 12, 2000 -- 2:27:12PM
Looks like MetaFilter's following us again. ;)

FROM: Robert
DATE: Tuesday September 12, 2000 -- 6:50:08PM
Do we really want machines deciding when we should or should not be happy?
All I need are happy faces to indicate that someone actually cared enough to email me.

FROM: Matt
DATE: Tuesday September 12, 2000 -- 7:00:29PM
Sorry to Bypass the subject matter but I just learned with less then a days notice the World Famous Wake Up show in LA on the beat radio was dropped. This is another foul supression of hip-hop that can be used to uplift a mass in bondage. The beat wanted more comercial materialistic, myspoginistic, and sexist music played on their show. Basically this is a destruction of the diversity of LA radio by the powers that be at radio one.

FROM: Robert
DATE: Tuesday September 12, 2000 -- 9:10:56PM
Matt--[bleep] that [bleep]!

FROM: Tony
DATE: Wednesday September 13, 2000 -- 6:58:07AM
In 2090 we will all be required to wear devices over our mouths that bleep offensive words, and re-arrange insulting sentences.

FROM: Paul
DATE: Wednesday September 13, 2000 -- 10:01:18AM
Only if George Bush gets elected. Kidding! Kidding.

FROM: Ryan
DATE: Wednesday September 13, 2000 -- 11:45:31AM
Actually, I think Joey L. on the democrats side might go along with that idea as well! :)

FROM: Ryan
DATE: Thursday September 14, 2000 -- 7:52:19PM
I installed Eudora 5.0 yesterday and toyed around a bit with the stupid peppers. It is, without a doubt, worthless.

A letter filled with nothing but the "F" word garners no warning. But a letter that says "You're a piece of crap" gets one pepper.

It may do context searching, but it can't tell the tone behind a letter. I realize the idea is that the person on the other end might not realize that something is supposed to be read a certain way, but who the hell is actually going to make use of this as anything other than a novelty?

DATE: Friday September 15, 2000 -- 9:46:29AM
I'm just proud that at least half of the letters from me got at least 1 pepper and some of them got 3. Yeehaw!

DATE: Saturday January 1, 2005 -- 2:46:33 pm

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