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How not to annoy everyone you know with your tech toys

This story appears in the August 2000 issue of HomeOfficeMag.com.

I'm in an Internet cafe in Hong Kong, and sweat is steaming out of my eyeballs--not because of the city's heat but because I'm watching the clock expensively tick as minute after minute goes by while I'm retrieving e-mail from my various accounts. And I know that, yet again, some colleague with a too-fast Net connection must have forwarded me a "funny," "must see," "you'll love this" download, probably of a naked dancing baby doing the Macarena or somesuch stupidity.

Eventually, yes, there it is--a large zip file of aphorisms lifted from the Charlie Chan movies and served up in an audio format. Presumably the sender thinks that in the midst of my busy day in Hong Kong, I'm going to unzip these Chanisms ("Confucius could give answer to that...unfortunately, Confucius not here at moment") and play them for the amusement of my Chinese hosts. Right!

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