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Quick note before bed... [Oct. 20th, 2000|03:10 am]
Kurt Onstad
[Current Mood |exhaustedexhausted]
[Current Music |Chicago - "Remember the Feeling" (really sad, romantic song)]

Chatted with Megan's friend, Don tonight. He didn't realize who I was at first and hit on me. I found that quite amusing...

Once I explained who I was, he asked me if I liked Megan. I believe I've mentioned my whole "completely honest" thing, so I said, "Yes, yes I do." He asked why. I went on about her positive qualities, that we share common interests, and told him it's hard to explain exactly what it is, but that she "makes my heart go pitter-pat." Yes, I used those exact words...He thought that was cute. He told me he thinks she likes me too, but that he'll be able to tell from watching us together for sure. Yay! I have help! :)

Okay. If I want to be at all coherent tomorrow (actually, later today...), I should get some rest. I'll finish this iteration of the song I've got on continuous loop, and then go to bed...Good night all.

Kurt Onstad
Be back Saturday...

[User Picture]From: self
2000-10-20 10:36 am (UTC)

Random Paranoia

You probably should get in the habit of saving your chat conversations. At least when you're talking about other people. It's all too easy for the other party to twist your words (in an HTML editor) if they're feeling malicious.

Pray you never have to thank me for that advice.
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[User Picture]From: speedball
2000-10-21 01:37 pm (UTC)

Re: Random Paranoia

That's true, but unfortunately, if they can edit conversations how they please, so could I. No real proof one way or the other of whose conversation is the "correct" one. That is the advantage of ICQ, in this case. As long as it was recent enough, I could show the person the message history. That's probably a little harder to change than an HTML file...

You're right about one thing, though. Hopefully, this will never come up...

Kurt Onstad
Just got to work...
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[User Picture]From: self
2000-10-21 09:22 pm (UTC)

That's not entirely true.

It's a question of motive. And timing plays into it too.

Hypothetical Situation:
You are hit with an accusation based on an edited chat transcript.

If the accusation comes up while in chat, you can quickly go through your archives and send them the conversation to prove your innocence. If you respond in a reasonable amount of time, they'll know you couldn't have edited the file.

If the accusation happens in person, you can drag the accusor back to your house, boot up the computer, and show them the file. They will know, again, that you could not have edited the file in that time. If they are unwilling to travel the distance to your house, they will at least know that you were confident in your ability to disprove the accusation. That will build credibility for when you do get a chance to send them the file.

If the accusation happens over the phone, you can send them the file and tell them to check their e-mail. Timing continues to be everything.

But couldn't I have edited the file before that?

Sure. But why would you?

Okay, but what if the accusation happens over e-mail? There's no accounting for my time! How screwed am I then?

Not very.

See, your nemesis only sent part of the conversation. They couldn't possibly transition back into the context of what actually transpired, so they abbreviated the exchange to just what would damage you.

You're sending the whole conversation. And the evident continuity will save your ass.

Hmm... What if they create an entire conversation from scratch, and it doesn't relate to anything I've said in chat with them? I don't have a "real" version to protect me! Am I screwed now?



Yeah, like I'd post that here if it were true... =)

You're a very open person, and I doubt they'll be able to think of anything too damaging which you haven't conveyed your real position on somewhere. You just need a record of having said it in case you can't get a cooperative witness.

I suppose that makes sense. But I'm kind of lazy and that seems like too much effort.

You're probably right. Perhaps your LiveJournal entries will serve as evidence, should the need ever come up.

Good thinking!

That's what I'm here for.

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From: (Anonymous)
2000-11-27 08:12 pm (UTC)

From your female Roomate

Hey Kurt,

Just a quick note to let you know that I have finally started reading your Journal (hey, you don't have to hit me over the head with a computer moniter more than 6 or 8 times!).

No commntary now, I'll save anything until I've caught up to real time. Just wanted to let you know I was reading & where I'm at.

Your Female Roomate
Sometime alias: The Ice Bitch (don't forget the full gow-tao!)
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[User Picture]From: speedball
2000-11-27 08:55 pm (UTC)

Re: From your female Roomate

Great! I've been holding out on giving you an alias until you started reading. And now, you've given yourself one...The Ice Bitch, it is...

Kurt Onstad
No, that's probably not what I'll actually call her...
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