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Some wag we know is starting a new service providing the names of unsuccessful Internet Service Providers (ISP). I think this is going to catch on. When you think of it, you're much better off with an unsuccessful ISP: they won't grow, you won't get great service for a while and then gradually watch it degrade as you would with a successful one; you'll not have to try to remember everyone who has your email address to give them your new one, because the mail server at the successful site is crashing with the regularity of Big Ben's chimes; you won't have to wait 36 hours to find out your post to went instead to A list of losers is going to be a winner, I think.

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An elderly cousin of mine, Clara (not her real name) lives in Minnesota. She likes to write and also needed something to help her organize all her recipes, so her family bought her a PC - an IBM clone - last Christmas. She really enjoyed it; even took a couple of classes. Early this summer I heard she had gotten an Internet connection. Well, she found out about IRC, and the next thing the family knew she was into a budding net romance with a gentleman from Ohio. But, all that was off the day he told her he used a Mac to connect to the net. She said she wasn't going to have anything to do with a man who claimed he could communicate using a hamburger: either he was a liar or involved in voodoo or some such thing.

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President Clinton had been using an old 486 -- trying to save money for lawyers, I guess. One of his aides finally decided to order him a new whizbang Pentium . He asked the President whether he wanted another monitor, too. He said, "Hell, no! Starr's enough; I don't need another one."

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