shell accounts [was RE: strangest systems I've sent email from]

Mike Stein mhs.stein at
Fri Apr 22 17:20:26 CDT 2016

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Swift Griggs" <swiftgriggs at>
Sent: Friday, April 22, 2016 5:48 PM

> On Fri, 22 Apr 2016, Mike Stein wrote:
>> What *is it* with the thin skins around here?
> Mike, sorry if I came across as being overly defensive or thin-skinned.  
> I really don't want to step on toes, I'd rather just kick it with folks 
> who share my interests.  In retrospect, it might have been better if I 
> just didn't respond. Also, it's pretty likely that folks were just 
> expressing themselves and things went off the rails a bit. Email is weird 
> that way.
> Sorry to all if I ruffled feathers. I'm not really that prickly, I just 
> felt I could try to move the conversation along even though I was skating 
> the edge of some potential vitriol, as long as I was polite enough. It 
> seems that I at least partially failed at doing that, Mike, since you 
> picked up on a bit too much negativity and defensiveness.
> I'll turn down the amplifier a bit, and switch the station to easy 
> listening for a while.  :-)
> -Swift
No problem, and for goodness' sakes don't stop sharing your insights, experiences and opinions.

My feathers weren't ruffled, I just naively wish that intelligent folks could compare different PoVs, opinions and perspectives without personally judging or feeling judged, especially since I've often been guilty myself. There's no right or wrong or even better or worse in most of these issues, it's usually just a question of circumstances, priorities and subjective opinions which we really ought to respect even if we disagree.

The public example set by the US presidential candidates isn't very encouraging though... ;-)

/End Sermon/


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