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What spam looks like in real life

[Notice: if at some point during the reading of this blogpost – which is partially an experiment in investigating decreased readability due to extensive use of side-thoughts – you have the feeling of losing track, an alternative version with color coding for improved readability is available here.]
Picture by Dave Jones (https://www.flickr.com/photos/eevblog/)
If you’ve ever been employed in a sales position, chances are that at some point you had to work on a booth at a trade show. To an outsider this can look like pretty easy work: just hanging around on in some big hall all day and talking a bit to people visting the booth. Clearly those people have never had any first hand experience at it!

One of the surprising facts is that the work is actually more tiring on slow days, when there are not a lot of visitors to the fair, Continue reading

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Guest post: Open letter to Bill Gates

Dear Bill,

It’s now been 8 years since you sent me the e-mail in which you promised to pay 10 cents for every e-mail I would forward. But as you have so far not responded to any of the e-mails I have sent (and then forwarded MULTIPLE times) on this topic, you leave me no other option than to use a public forum to contact you, such as this guest post on a blog which is hugely popular (or so I am told, and I can assure you: I’m not a person that is easily fooled!).

Picture by Thomas HawkAnd please don’t claim that you have never received any of the mails, as I have used several different e-mail addresses: bill.gates@microsoft.com; william.henry.james@microsoft.com; bill_melinda@hotmail.com; Continue reading