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There are still some older dispenser with a lever on the bottom, or whatever, which will give you the required couple of drops of soap if you're careful.
The thing that really annoys me about these is that it's almost certainly deliberate. It must be a great way for the soap companies to sell more soap to the landlord - never mind the fact that most of it is washed down the sink unused.
Oh, and if I don't have a telly then I can just ignore this really scary letter.
It makes me want to stand this old 21" monitor in the corner, where it can just be seen from the door, in case they pop 'round for a chat.
Likewise, the lucky anti-virus charms that virus scammers append,
> _____________________________________________________________________ > This message has been checked for all viruses by MessageLabs Virus > Control Centre. > ________________________________________________________________________ This email has been scanned for all viruses by the MessageLabs SkyScan service. For more information on a proactive anti-virus service working around the clock, around the globe, visit http://www.messagelabs.com ________________________________________________________________________So, if you see this after something has attached a virus to it, who are you going to call first?
This is a long-standing pet hate of mine. I'll write a proper rant later, I just can't summon the enthusiasm at the moment. (I bet you can't wait!)
In the meantime, here's a sample I pushed into the feedback form, over at Rackspace.com:
Let's see whether they bother to reply... most web site owners don't. Those that do generally offer platitudes.
No problem though, I'll go somewhere else. The hosting market is big enough that I can just go somewhere else. I just thought you should know that your site will drive some people away, though ignorance (the button doesn't work and doesn't say why), apathy (can I really be bothered to turn JS on, then remember to turn it off again after?) or principles (I'm an awkward sod, and make no apology for this).
But still, have a happy New Year! -- mca
These used to drive me mad, but now I just block them. They're mostly spam, and the rest are from people who aren't in full control of their email software.
Marketing departments love HTML emails, because they offer the potential consumer a compelling end-user experience.
I dislike them because I don't want a flashing jumping gaudy web page rammed down my throat. I don't want my mail client to go off to some external web server as soon as I display the mail (delivery status and message display notification, anyone?). I certainly don't want it advertising to the spammers the fact that the address they grabbed from somewhere is a "live one". I don't want 200k of image attachments when half a page of text will do just fine.
The solution is simple though. I now use mutt to read my mail, and it doesn't display the HTML part, it prefers the text part. On some of the systems I use, I've gone the extra mile: I filter such messages to the junk folder and send a bounce message explaining that HTML mail is not acceptable.
I have yet to see a valid and useful application for HTML mail, so I'm not worried about preventing use of functionality - maybe this will change when the "pedantic web" takes off?
Some people get upset or confused because I've rejected their email, but I think if they can't be bothered to click the "format as text" button before sending it, it probably isn't worth bothering to read anyway.