Email: you see it every day. It’s on your desktop. It’s in your servers. Through the magic of modern technology, it flows invisibly through the air and into your PDA! Your cellular phone conducts silent and arcane conversations with distant servers, speaking the ancient language of SMTP and the unknowable dialects of IMAP. Surely all this technology means progress of mankind… or does it?
Now you can learn the truth: buried deep within the eldrich documents describing the slow accretion of features in the Elder Protocols lie subtle recursions and devilish ambiguities—grammars that are not grammars, strings quietly stripped of their higher bits—designed to slowly bend the mind of all who implement them.
Now you can hear of the horrors perpetrated by those who became thrall to these documents—and by those, too, who fought to oppose them for the sake of their own dwindling sanity.
Now it can be told: Email Hates the Living!
WARNING: This talk is low in career-sustaining educational content.
Ricardo Signes was thrust into the job market with only a rudimentary humanities education, and was forced to learn to fend for himself. He is now a full-time Perl programmer, maintainer of the Perl Email Project, and frequent contributor to the CPAN.
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