The Computer Guys Discussion List

The Computer Guys Discussion List

Passionate about computers

The COMPUTERGUYS-L is the very active online remnant of the Computer Guys radio show. List topics include various technology and computer issues, all kinds of computer hardware and software, the societal implications of technology, and other trivia. The list is open to all and we encourage all list members to invite others to join in with the discussion.

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To Subscribe via the Web Interface

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To Subscribe via Email

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  1. Send a blank email to
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The email address used to send this email is the email address that is joining the list. List emails will be sent to the email address you joined with. You can post to the list only from the email address you joined with. You can manage your list subscription only from the email address you joined with. For many more options, use the web interface.

Our New Home at Yahoo!

The list, hosted by AOL, was slow for a week and eventually went down. It stayed down with no communication from AOL. Their support list went down too. So we are assuming that AOL is no longer interested. We thank them for close to 15 years of reliable service and great spam filtering.

So time for us to move to a new home. We set up a new list at Yahoo Groups. I sent out invites to our old members, but so far we have lost half of our former selves. So pass the word on so people will rejoin. Follow the directions above.

Managing Your Subscription

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You can also send commands via email. Notice that this is not the address that is used for regular list discussions. Warning: If you send commands to the regular discussion list address we will make fun of you.

Going on vacation?

Replying to every list message with an Out of Office email will make you unpopular around here. • Before you set your out-of-office message, you should temporarily suspend list mail by sending an email to this address:

• Turn list mail back on by sending an email to this address:

Fortunately, many email services are now smart enough to send only one notice per address, but we sill still make rude comments about you.

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If you have a gripe, send Tom a note about why you are leaving us or see the note below on calmness and then stick around.

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Automatic Deletion

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Things To Keep In Mind

Think before you post. The list is not moderated. Once a message has been sent there is no getting it back. It will be immediately sent to 100s of people and will be archived on the Internet until the end of time.

No advertising! Brief announcements of free events are allowed, but advertising commercial events is prohibited! If your emails normally contain a commercial sig block, turn it off. This is not the place to troll for business.

Spam. Thanks to AOL's very effective spam filters, virtually all spam is blocked. Don't even think about it. AOL may even sue you for a lot of money.

GMail. If you use a GMail account with COMPUTERGUYS-L, be aware that GMail handles email discussions in a special way. After sending an email to COMPUTERGUYS-L you will not see it in your GMail in box until after someone responds. If no one responds you will not see your message. If you want to confirm that your message was seen on the List, just check one of the sites that archive us.

Do unto others as you'd have others do unto you. Please observe mailing list netiquette.

Off topic posts. This list has very few off-topic posts and almost no banter. If you absolutely can't resist an off-topic post. you can put "[OT]" in the subject line.

Speech crimes. Even if you think the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) is a bad law, it is a law and must be observed. If you have a problem with DRM (Digital Rights Management), take it up with the vendor. Do not ask the list how to get around DRM. List members must resist the temptation to be helpful. Providing information about circumvention is a crime. Unless you have a politician in your pocket they are unlikely to retroactively legalize anything you should not have done.

List Archives

Yahoo provides help on using the group RSS Feed here:

List archive is on the Yahoo Group home page:

The old list archive starting with January 1, 2000 is on the MARC

and also at the Mail Archive.

Privacy Policy

The e-mail addresses of list subscribers will not be released or used for any non-list related purpose.

The list archives do their best to strip email addresses from the archived posts, but are probably not perfect.

Nothing you post to the list should be considered private. It will be immediately sent to 100s of people and they will forward it to others. Your post will be archived permanently in several Internet archives. Search engines will index your words. You will be quoted in the New York Times and Wall Street Journal. There is no way to take things back.


If you think someone has egregiously offended you, please watch the fish for a while and think calm thoughts.

It is probably not as bad as you now think it is. Inhale. Exhale.