Could I have a side of spam with my comment salad?

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I have this 8 year old desktop computer that has been an endangered species for some time. It crashes randomly, sometimes once a week, but occasionally up 6 times in a single day. Sometimes when it crashes it just beeps and reboots, sometimes it's a Blue Screen of Death (BSOD).

I have scanned it for viruses, cleaned the registry, and eliminated every bit of junk software. I have used sophisticated programs to analyze what is happening when it crashes; searched for faulty memory; scanned the hard drives for errors. All for naught - the only thing I can say for certain is that it crashes randomly. It seems to help if I let it have a little nap now and then.

This same computer is also a web server. You can only reach Wojo by its IP address -, so no matter how hard you try to Google it, you won't find it. If you visit it, it is totally uninteresting. All it says is:

This site is under construction...

So - really boring, and really, really unreliable. Who could like something like this?

Nonetheless, this computer and its web page now has a fan club. You can sign up for a name and password, and leave a comment. A valid e-mail address is needed to activate the account but hey, with Google mail, that is no problem.

I thought I would share a few of the comments left on the totally captivating web page creation that I shall call "This site under construction..."

The sample comments below all had random words for a closing paragraph, some of which were links to really useful products and services like viagra and online poker. In the interests of brevity though, these have been edited out. You can view the full comments by requesting an account for yourself.

We just know you won't be disappointed.

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Thank you Google Mail

Most of this spam is from 'people' with Google mail accounts.

Google decided a long time ago that it would get into the email game. My son got an account. So did I. After all, Google was cool! They made it real easy, to set up an account and start sending and retrieving email from any computer with a web browser. And it was fast.

But I was put off by the first email from a friend that I received on my gmail account. He had taken a little holiday to Vancouver with his family. He loves Vancouver.

In passing, he mentioned the high price of condos there.

On both sides of the body of the email were a variety of ads for vacation spots and real estate from around the world. The mighty Google machine had read the email and selected suitable ads to accompany the email message.

Maybe Google thought I would be delighted to have recommendations that I could pass on to my friend. Instead I was shocked and disgusted.

So as an experiment, the response to my friend's email was loaded with all kinds of repulsive disgusting, terms that would properly raise the attention of the authorities if they were used in the wrong context.

It went something like this - "Not that I am interested in child pornography, neo-nazis, weapons for conducting terrorist attacks, snuff films, or holocaust denial, but I am interested as to what kind of advertisements have accompanied my email to you.

I never heard back.