Thursday, January 19, 2017

A Break in the Battle

I spend an inordinate amount of time wading through electronic correspondence most of which, in some form or other, I requested (not all of it, despite what some of the telemarketers want me to believe when challenged but a not inconsiderable amount of it is self-inflicted) but no longer read.

I've concluded I (and you, too) am actually responsible for the National Security Agency, NSA, bringing me the Second Coming of the Red Scare because I never, ever, read any of the those End User License Agreements, EULA, that come with every computer program and smartphone applications and to which the developer insists I agree before allowing its use.

C'mon, 'fess up; neither do you. I just scroll down and click the 'agree' box and go about my business. The EULA may well demand one or more of my children as indentured servants, or that I surrender my Klondike Bar as a condition to which I blithely agree.

I have no way of knowing as I NEVER read the small print and that, my friend, might have been just the opening through which the NSA came storm (troopering) as it trampled on my rights in order to protect them. It may take a village to raise a child, Hillary, but sometimes we have to destroy the village to save it. Sign here.

Meanwhile, I dig out an e-mail in-box which employs powerful and effective spam filters so all the hinky and many of the kinky solicitations have already been weeded out. Okay, every once in awhile, one of them, usually involving a palomino pygmy pony, rubber sheets, and cooking oil shows up but after a couple of days (and it depends on the number of photos, I admit) I manage to delete that as well.

The other day, I just had enough of skimming stuff I'd asked to be sent for reasons that only God and I once knew and now only one of the two of us (perhaps) still does and decided to stop the e-madness. There's no personal animus involved in this, as it's all automated. The sent email will have a line at the bottom on 'how to unsubscribe' which is good for the sender and even better for me.

I don't remember which one of the legion of senders whose unsubscribe link I clicked but I smiled as I read this confirmation of the termination of our (non) relationship: "You have been removed from the Daily Digest mailing list. You will receive one last email, and maybe a creepy voicemail because we know we can work this out."

Gotta tell ya, I was tempted to rejoin just for the unsubscribe part of the drill all over again, proving sometimes in the "It's not you, it's me" dance of a thousand denials, no matter what I say, it is you. Really, you.
-bill kenny

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

Just found this Blog after reading your comment on hessenschau.de regarding AFN. Good to see that you are still around, and full of fun.

Memory jogger, we worked together for a while at V Corps TASO.

Gerry Wilson, Frankfurt

Lee Hilliard said...

Hmmm...gone but not forgotten. And, seemingly, kindly remembered. NOW what do you have to say for Yourself?
Sent electronically but unsolicited.

William Kenny said...

Gerry,

You were the critical component as I recall of Light and Magic.
Delighted to come across you again though if you were less than enthused, I couldn't really blame you.

Strange days unter den dach at the Abrams Building, indeed.

Hope you are well and gut auf and best wishes!

William Kenny said...

LR,

Too many miles, oder kilometers, and too few smiles (sometimes).
Some mornings just getting up is a triumph (while being a profound disappointment for so many others).