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Within one day we received two copies of an e-mail doing the rounds: This one claims that Sony Ericsson will give you an "Ericsson T18 Laptop" if you send the e-mail on to eight others, or an "Ericsson R329 Laptop" if you forward to 20 or more. The mail helpfully says "I DID check Snopes - it IS legit". This is of course a hoax, as detailed on Snopes, Urban Legends and Hoax-Slayer. It takes five seconds to find them on Google.
I wonder why people forward offers like this, unchecked. Doesn't the idea that you could get a R20,000 computer in exchange for sending an e-mail seem a tad far-fetched? If the sender copies the addresses to the fictitious email@example.com as requested, what would she do with them? Spam the recipients? Rather disrespectful to the recipient, I'd say.
Maybe the forwarder trusts the sender enough not to check up? If so, it's a way to learn how trustworthy someone is.
Perhaps the forwarder figures that the possible benefit to him outweighs the disadvantages to all the people he is sending it to: Wasting their time, using their bandwidth, clogging their mailboxes, and embarrassing them if they are gullible enough to forward it too.
I e-mailed the same lists pointing out the hoax. The reactions I got were interesting. They ranged from one saying she had been about to do likewise, to several that were outraged and affronted. Some people seem to feel that sending out lying hoaxes is OK, but trying to stop them isn't! I never got an apology from either of the hoax-passers.
The cherry on the top? The Ericsson T18 and R329 are cell phones, not computers. And the hoax is so old that both models have been discontinued.
Customer: May I try on that dress in the window, please?
New Kids on the Block Back to top
Restaurant Review (***) by Judith Back to top
JINNIU, Mutual Mews Shopping Centre, Rivonia Boulevard, Rivonia
Previously "Best of Asia", this restaurant is now focuses on Chinese, Sushi and Teppanyaki. We started with chicken spring rolls, one portion, which were huge! They were also very tasty and contained cashew nuts, which made a pleasant taste surprise. The Two Oceans Sauvignon Blanc was served good and cold with ice on the side. Rick was delighted to find they also have coconut milk!
The main courses we chose were the Salmon Teppanyaki and Shanghai Duck. Rick declared the Salmon beautiful but the extremely salty oyster sauce spoiled it. The Shanghai Duck was somewhat bland, although the duck portion was generous and there were plenty of vegetables and a large dish of rice. Rick ate the latter with relish! A good place to go for a quiet, well-priced meal.
Their prices are very good and the service and food are reasonable. Contact Details for Jin Niu Restaurant.
Did you hear? The three most popular web sites on the internet, YouTube, Twitter and FaceBook, are going to capitalise on their success by amalgamating into one.
The new combined site will be called "YouTwitFace".
The Gone Dogs Back to top
Political News Just In
The Tripartite Alliance has broken up: The ANC Youth League will contest the next election as a separate party.
Morningside Shopping Centre at Rivonia and Outspan Roads, our newest (completed) shopping centre, is not resting on its laurels as the largest and most up-market centre in Morningside. They have a promotion at least once a month, and keep their web site suitably updated (though our page for the centre has more details about the shops).
Their latest event is the CANSA (Cancer Association) Shavathon on Saturday 6 March, 10:00–15:00 at "The Men's Room" entrance on the upper level ("The Mens Room" is a hairdresser, not what it sounds like). You can shave your hair off or get it sprayed a weird colour, and donate R50 per adult or R25 per child to fight cancer. Enquiries: 087 940-3833.
At the Checkout...
As she was looking for her wallet, I noticed that the lady in front of me
in the queue had a remote control in her bag.
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