Dear Lei Zhang of Fujian Nan’an Boreway Machinery Co., Ltd. in Shuitou Town, Nan’an City, Fujian Province, China. We have never met. But you emailed me on my blog email this morning. Your email was beautiful. I sadly have no use for boring and grinding heads as I sadly have no boring or grinding equipment. I wish I did. I saw the attached photograph of bush hammer rollers and thought to myself, “This is good and useful spam. All spam should be this good and useful. Imagine if it was, I would buy things.” So, thank you, Lei Zhang, you have done the unique. In all my years of receiving spam, in all those tens or hundreds of thousands of impersonal and unwanted emails, yours is the first that’s made me say, “I wish I had a need for this, I would buy immediately.” It’s true, if I had spare cash, I’d buy some bush hammer rollers just because they look brilliant — and I’ve never even seen them before. Because of your email, I learned something new, which is what is best in life. You must think I’m being sarcastic and mocking you, but I’m not. Yours is genuinely the best unsolicited email I’ve ever received.
For all of you with Apple computers, iPods, iPhones, wireless internet, other bits and pieces of hardware, a need for various design things, anything else you can think of with a laptop or desktop, I’m finally offering what some of you have already enjoyed – Mac support and design services – from my years of fiddling around inside Macs.
THINGS WITH PIXELS
video – from documentation to dvd, web
design – print and web
web – sites, blogs, web2.0, social networking
software and hardware support
networks, security, ipods iphones mobile sync
getting things done
backing up your data
help it’s not working
This lawsuit turned Zimmermann into something of a hero in the computer community. Many people downloaded PGP just to see what all the fuss was about, and quite a few of them wound up using it. Zimmermann’s legal defense fund spread news of the PGP lawsuit even further. In congressional hearings about encryption, Zimmermann read letters he had received from people in oppressive regimes and war-torn areas whose lives had been saved by PGP, contributing greatly to the public awareness of how valuable his work had been. Also, PGP was available on the internet before the book was published — the code was available from anywhere in the world. (Admittedly, you needed internet access to get a copy, which was slightly difficult in the early 1990s.) The book was simply a legal device to make it possible for people outside the United States to use PGP without breaking US law.
I haven’t been blogging for a few days, or even touching my PowerBook, which I have a very ambivalent attitude to at the moment, and have considered using it as a frisbee for most of the last week. In a moment of Terminal-induced confusion, I managed to delete both my original and backup of my email. Five years of emails gone. The data salvage is … well, mostly it’s crap, completely unsorted and in giant semi-corrupted files of tens of megs. The process of getting this shit back into Apple Mail is torturous and severely manual, and I really just want to break things … I do have a hard copy back-up from March last year to work with but the interim 10 months have been some of the most special and memorable of my life, and … my history pretty much exists in the electronic world, and so I feel right now like I have had that destroyed and so exist far less than I did a week ago. This isn’t an asinine lesson in backing up, which I did every week, it’s that at some point, no amount of backing up is enough, it can all be lost in an instant. So with hell just finished, (and the accompanying post-show blues I always get) and monster amounts of pre-production looming for the next piece in Guangzhou, I really just want to fuck off up a mountain and hurl napalm at everyone and everything.
I have no access to my email at the moment, and erratic access to my websites. Possibly I did something stupid on my computer, or I’ve made it onto the great China blacklist (what took ya so long, you bastards? get back to work!).
In the meantime, I’m off to Zurich on Thursday, have a bunch of applications to finish, and the DVD of my last couple of years poor attempts at making art. It’s like having a retrospective already. And between then and now am going to be occasionally busy. Don’t expect any 8-post wonders like last Wednesday.