Tuesday, August 23, 2011
Upgrade Now--Or Else, Yahoos!
For a few weeks now, whenever I've tried to check my e-mail, this message has popped up. Easier, faster, newest version. It's got to be better than the old classic, right? Wrong.
Take a look at what showed up on my screen today. Note the spelling error. "Newset?" Trust a Yahoo with my precious mail? Like Gulliver, I will--not! I'd rather believe that there really are Houyhnhnms.
...I gave the captain, Pedro de Mendez, a very short relation of my voyage, of the conspiracy against me by my own men, of the country where they set me on shore, and of my five years' residence there--all of which he looked upon as if it were a dream or a vision; whereat I took great offense, for I had quite forgot the faculty of lying, so peculiar to Yahoos, in all countries where they reside, and, consequently, the disposition of suspecting truth in others of their own species...
(from Gulliver's Travels by Jonathan Swift, 1726)