Pet peeves and prizes

A couple of weeks ago I discussed some of my pet peeves and, as I suspected, I'm not alone; a large number of you wrote in to expand on my choices and fan the flames or add peeves of your own.

          A couple of weeks ago I discussed some of my pet peeves and, as I suspected, I'm not alone; a large number of you wrote in to expand on my choices and fan the flames or add peeves of your own.

          I also foolishly offered prizes. An award goes to Josh Turiel simply because he was the first to write, although he also made a couple of good comments:

          "I have similar thoughts on blogging. I write a little one (a journal on Slashdot, username jht) that I update a bit and I know a couple of my friends read it. Mediocre my writing may be, (you don't have to pay for it). I say let us write junk. Anyone who wants to can ignore it or read it by their choice. Granted, I've read some that are even dumber than mine, but I'm free to read or not. Blogging isn't the equivalent of someone shouting at you on the subway (which crosses the line into offensiveness). It's more like having the newspaper posted for free in front of you, and skipping over a section you don't like to read."

          I was going to include a selection of your comments about spammers, but the descriptions of violence were too graphic for my editor. However, there was a reader who requested anonymity that had a spin on the spam peeve:

          "Make any further whining about spam punishable by death. With all due respect to the 'net geeks that still resent that the great unwashed are now online and using email, I've got bad news, Skippy: Spam is not going away! Suggestion to combat 'spam rage': Just click delete and the presence of evil spam can't hurt you anymore. Surely we haven't become so lazy that a click is beyond our capabilities? I think it's hilarious that people spend thousands (or even $20) to avoid a click or two. Frankly, spam rage gets way more of our time and mindspace than it merits." Mr. Anon has opened a can of worms with this one.

          Another peeve several of you cited was first brought up by Mark Kraynak. He heartily dislikes pop-up and pop-under ads.

          "Yes, one can get a freeware app to kill these. Problem is, some websites and a lot of web apps (for instance, Microsoft Exchange's web mail client) use pop-ups that the pop-up stoppers also cancel."

          Juha Suominen of Finland wrote with a great peeve: "What I miss is slower version update cycles. We need to ban Microsoft from releasing new product versions faster than every five years . . . And if Microsoft claims that faster release cycles are required, then [it should make] older versions available royalty-free." Yep, I think people would like that.

          Bradley Gruber wrote in with some great responses to his personal peeves: "Create a software 'lemon law.' Need I say anymore?" And my favorite, "Kill anyone with a mullet!" Regarding this last one, he goes on to note, "OK, not computer-related, but we would be doing the world a great service."

          For at least one of you, R Pierce, I am the peeve: "How about a ban on cheesy beardlets that look like they are the glued-on bristles of old paint brushes. Or how about a ban on wannabe commentators who are so hard up for material for weekly columns that they have to insult people (bloggers) whose stuff they have to seek out to read. (Really, why don't you get over yourself, Gibbs.) Oh, and by the way, you write like you have a dongle in a very uncomfortable place." Pierce doesn't win a prize, natch.

          Our grand prize winner is Jim Smith. He hates "Cellphones in the bathroom. It's bad enough that people answer calls while in there. It's worse that folks make calls from there! 'I just sat down and thought of you.' If your life is so busy that you have to . . . while using your cell phone, you need to get out more."

          Some kind of prizes eventually will make their way to our lucky winners. Thanks for playing and tune in next week. I must go and trim my beardlet.

          Inventive invective to Gibbs.

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