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The Crab bites back. Microsoft Corp.'s Crabby Office Lady set us straight about her orientation with this snappy comment by e-mail: 'Dear Buzz, While I appreciate the mention of our site, I think it's odd that your run-on head for my section is 'Windows agony column.' I write about Office, not Windows. And that isn't no rumor.' And Buzz ain't spreading no rumor, neither.

Too much ROM will do that to you. A 500 error, found at www.thegate.ca, apologized: 'For some reason the server isn't responding to your request. We suspect it's probably drunk again. Please come back after the hangover.' 8Music to his ears. At last month's American Electronics Association 60th anniversary dinner in Washington, keynoter Christopher Galvin, chairman of Motorola Inc., got a good laugh when he urged the congressional audience, 'Please ... leave all your cell phones on.' It was, Galvin explained, the 20th anniversary of the portable cell phone pioneered by Motorola.

Harder to squelch than al-Qaida. Fraudulent marketing e-mail, porn and other spam has proliferated so wildly'now amounting to half or more of all e-mail traffic, according to some estimates'that members of Congress and leading Internet providers have drawn up multiple war plans. The various spam slayers want to mandate the inclusion of 'ADV' in marketing subject lines, let e-mail users opt out, ban megasends, or impose fines and prison terms for falsifying sender identity. But are the wily spammers unstoppable? What should Congress do? Spam us with your opinions at [email protected].


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