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'OT about OT'
1999\09\29@112235 by Ed Todd

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I get PICLIST in summary form, one largish piece of email per day.  OK, I
have to wait up to 24 hours to see something.  I can wait.

I invariably skip OT's.  In summary, it's easy, I just scroll.

Summary has a topic list up front, like this:

There are 114 messages totalling 4556 lines in this issue.

Topics of the day:

 1. [OT] Re: A/D Challenge Summary
 2. PRIVATE & PUBLIC Re: [OT] Thank you all (6)
 3. Knob and Tube wiring (2)
 4. Adapting a HP 7221C flatbed plotter for drilling PCB's (2)
 5. [OT]Dissimilar metals (5)
 6. Binary to BCD algorithm
 7. SV: LCD
 8. [OT?] Retro-Computer (12)
 etc

So at a glance, I can see if there's anything hot for me.  I then file in a
PICLIST folder and go back and look at the whole thing when I have time.
Now is one of those times, but I've got more than a month's worth to go
through.  If I just clear 5-6 days worth, it will be good.

It isn't worth getting mad about anything anyone says, no matter how OT.
There's enough aggravation in life already  Just ignore it!  Like my wall
sign says, 'Beam me up Scotty, there's no intelligent life down here'.

I only find a very low percentage of what's on PICLIST relevant, but I stay
on just for the few valuable items I can find.  The same is true for much in
life, you have to look at a lot to find a few valuable things, both computer
and not.

Ed Todd
VP of Engineering
Cedardell

1999\09\29@160153 by Reginald Neale

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Ed said:

>It isn't worth getting mad about anything anyone says, no matter how OT.
>There's enough aggravation in life already  Just ignore it!  Like my wall
>sign says, 'Beam me up Scotty, there's no intelligent life down here'.
>
>I only find a very low percentage of what's on PICLIST relevant, but I stay
>on just for the few valuable items I can find.  The same is true for much in
>life, you have to look at a lot to find a few valuable things, both computer
>and not.
>

Amen. Sturgeon's Law: ninety percent of everything is crap.

N.B. the closely related Pareto's PicList Law: ten percent of the posters
    contribute ninety percent of the crap. (modify percentages to taste)

    And its corollary: ten percent of the posters contribute ninety
    percent of the gems.

    And the spoiler: my ninety percent and your ninety percent are never
    exactly the same.

    Reg Neale

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