• The Nerve (unregistered)

    As these comments will soon show, people are much nastier in their online personas than in real life.

  • logical.. (unregistered)

    I haven't had time to read all the other comments so maybe someone has said this already..

    he sounded like a very easy-going-guy..

    you might even say that he would 'add value'

  • nonpartisan (cs)

    I remember FidoNet. I used to be an echomail hub in zone 1 net 105. Lots of fun that was at the time! Zmodem, YooHoo, TSYNC, FidoNet Technical Standards, writing my own mailer (in assembly no less), ZedZap, DietIFNA . . .

    GAH!!! MAKE IT STOP!!!

  • Alargule (unregistered)
    Alex <span style="color:red;">Papadomilous Papamidilious Pammalicious Palladimious Papadipopulous</span> Papadimoulis:
    Bert Glanston...Bert Glanstron...Bert Gladstron...Bert Glastron...Bert Glanstrom...

    Just curious: what's the guy's real name?

    -- Note from Alex: Ugh. Well that was embarassing. Fixed. I should note, they all looked the same to me, with their red-squigly underline in Word!

  • frits (cs)

    As far as I'm concerned, Greg is the crazy one. I mean, what dude holds a grudge longer than 15 minutes?

  • The Nerve (unregistered)

    When conducting interviews, my boss was always overly concerned, insisting that we never cut short the interview of even the most useless of candidates. I think he was worried about discrimination lawsuits, but I never found out if his concerns were warranted. If they were, it would seem that if Bert Glad.* had found out they brought him in and never had any intent of hiring him, he could issue a similar complaint.

  • fjf (unregistered) in reply to logical..
    logical..:
    I haven't had time to read all the other comments so
    You haven't had time to read a single comment?

    Anyway, what did you say? Didn't have time to read the rest of your comment.

  • ch1gz (unregistered)

    So where exactly is the WTF ?

  • amischiefr (cs) in reply to The Nerve

    This is one of the best stories we have seen in a while, and all you guys can do is nitpick over grammar. Thank you TDWTF, I really enjoyed this story.

  • GettinSadda (cs)
    Greg depressed a button he had build just for that occasion, causing the lights in his office to dim and the dark and dangerous sweeping crescendo of a Danny Elfman soundtrack to start playing.
    Funny - the music that comes into my mid when someone mentions Danny Elfman is the Simpsons Theme, which would be rather odd here!
  • Ceiswyn (unregistered) in reply to frits
    As far as I'm concerned, Greg is the crazy one. I mean, what dude holds a grudge longer than 15 minutes?

    I'm still bitter over my primary school teacher, 27 years ago, telling me off for pointing out to her that tyrannosaurs only had two claws on their forelegs.

    So... what was your point, again? :)

  • mike5 (unregistered) in reply to frits
    frits:
    As far as I'm concerned, Greg is the crazy one. I mean, what dude holds a grudge longer than 15 minutes?
    Another sign that he comes from an age with a longer att what's with the name? Is this one guy or three? But he sounds easy-going enough...

    Mike5

  • wtf (unregistered) in reply to ch1gz
    ch1gz:
    So where exactly is the WTF ?

    The guy remembered Bert Whatever's name after 22 years, that'll be a start. And he expected Bert to remember him, that's another. And that this guy was old enough to have had a lawn and lawn problems (and not, say, a face full of pimples) when he was playing with FidoNet. That he was looking for lawn care information on FidoNet in 1988. That was subscribed to a lawn care feed. That Bert Glantonbury (or whatever) was also subscribed to a fer-frack's-sake lawn care feed. How's that for a start?

  • GettinSadda (cs) in reply to ch1gz
    ch1gz:
    So where exactly is the WTF ?
    The WTF is that Greg forgot the important step - send him a rejection letter signed "SARUMANATEE"
  • Matt Westwood (unregistered) in reply to GettinSadda
    GettinSadda:
    ch1gz:
    So where exactly is the WTF ?
    The WTF is that Greg forgot the important step - send him a rejection letter signed "SARUMANATEE"

    +1

  • highphilosopher (unregistered)

    There was a time when this site stuck to code that people wrote, not stories made up by the admins. Are you really that low on content?

    (Not that this message will last long)

    captcha: damnum -- I'm done.

  • pallen (unregistered) in reply to GettinSadda
    GettinSadda:
    ch1gz:
    So where exactly is the WTF ?
    The WTF is that Greg forgot the important step - send him a rejection letter signed "SARUMANATEE"

    Correct

  • bbsuser (unregistered)

    PCBoard rules!

  • gramie (cs) in reply to GettinSadda
    GettinSadda:
    Funny - the music that comes into my mid when someone mentions Danny Elfman is the Simpsons Theme, which would be rather odd here!

    Maybe that's because you don't know that Elfman writes a lot of movie scores too, like most of Tim Burton's movies, Terminator Salvation, all three Spiderman movies and dozens of others (although, to be fair, some of the others are not dark or violent).

  • frits (cs) in reply to Ceiswyn
    Ceiswyn:
    As far as I'm concerned, Greg is the crazy one. I mean, what dude holds a grudge longer than 15 minutes?

    I'm still bitter over my primary school teacher, 27 years ago, telling me off for pointing out to her that tyrannosaurs only had two claws on their forelegs.

    So... what was your point, again? :)

    You also may be crazy. Get to the gym once in a while or take a walk or something. Exercise relieves stress that can lead to obsessing on crap that doesn't affect you in least bit.

  • anon (unregistered) in reply to highphilosopher
    highphilosopher:
    There was a time when this site stuck to code that people wrote, not stories made up by the admins. Are you really that low on content?

    (Not that this message will last long)

    captcha: damnum -- I'm done.

    What time was that? Non code, story style articles date back to June 04, a month after the site launched. I pretty much guarantee you haven't been reading since then.

  • Bert Gla[nstron|dstron|stron] (unregistered) in reply to The Nerve
    The Nerve:
    When conducting interviews, my boss was always overly concerned, insisting that we never cut short the interview of even the most useless of candidates. I think he was worried about discrimination lawsuits, but I never found out if his concerns were warranted. If they were, it would seem that if Bert Glad.* had found out they brought him in and never had any intent of hiring him, he could issue a similar complaint.

    Dear THE NERVE,

    In case you haven't noticed this is a grown up place, the fact that you insist on using your ridiculous handle clearly shows that you are too young and stupid to use the internets.

    Go away and grow up.

    Best, Bert Gla[nstron|dstron|stron]

  • Kensey (cs) in reply to gramie
    gramie:
    GettinSadda:
    Funny - the music that comes into my mid when someone mentions Danny Elfman is the Simpsons Theme, which would be rather odd here!

    Maybe that's because you don't know that Elfman writes a lot of movie scores too, like most of Tim Burton's movies, Terminator Salvation, all three Spiderman movies and dozens of others (although, to be fair, some of the others are not dark or violent).

    When I read the line about an Elfman soundtrack my mind went immediately to the shootout scene in the first Batman movie (where the Joker pulls out a revolver with a six-foot barrel).

  • fjf (unregistered) in reply to GettinSadda
    GettinSadda:
    ch1gz:
    So where exactly is the WTF ?
    The WTF is that Greg forgot the important step - send him a rejection letter signed "SARUMANATEE"
    Yeah because he was certainly the only one Bart er Brad er Bort ever annoyed on FIDONet, so he surely remembers his handle.
  • momerath (unregistered) in reply to wtf
    wtf:
    And that this guy was old enough to have had a lawn and lawn problems (and not, say, a face full of pimples) when he was playing with FidoNet. That he was looking for lawn care information on FidoNet in 1988.
    I like that getting to 50-ish counts as a WTF to you. Would you prefer the alternative?
  • charles (unregistered) in reply to Alargule
    Alargule:
    Alex <span style="color:red;">Papadomilous Papamidilious Pammalicious Palladimious Papadipopulous</span> Papadimoulis:
    Bert Glanston...Bert Glanstron...Bert Gladstron...Bert Glastron...Bert Glanstrom...

    Just curious: what's the guy's real name?

    Clearly, his real name was Greg. He must have been interviewing himself!

    Alex Papadimoulis:
    Without even a hint of sarcasm, Greg said ever-so-sweetly, “actually, I don’t think I’ve ever had a conflict with anyone.”
  • frits (cs)

    In circumspect, I think we can all agree that the guy's last name should just be shortened to Glans, right?

  • wtf (unregistered) in reply to momerath
    momerath:
    wtf:
    And that this guy was old enough to have had a lawn and lawn problems (and not, say, a face full of pimples) when he was playing with FidoNet. That he was looking for lawn care information on FidoNet in 1988.
    I like that getting to 50-ish counts as a WTF to you. Would you prefer the alternative?

    That's not the WTF. The WTF is that he was 30 or so and couldn't find anything better to do with his time than FidoNet. It's about like seeing a 30 year old playing on Facebook today.... oh, sorry, some of you might take that personally.

  • Unregistered User (unregistered)

    Sooo....

    Was this a story told from the eyes of the person causing the WTF? I mean imagine if you are someone who works there.

    So the hiring admin brought in this completely and utterly unfit person, insisted on interviewing him even though we already confirmed he was unfit. Had the interview and seemed to try to act like he knew the guy, but the guy didn't know him!

    When we asked the boss about it, it turns out around 22 years ago the guy trolled a lawncare forum the boss was on..and after all this time he still remembered him!

    Captcha: Verto.....vertigo's unknown lesser cousin.

  • Me (unregistered) in reply to frits
    frits:
    As far as I'm concerned, Greg is the crazy one. I mean, what dude holds a grudge longer than 15 minutes?

    I agree. Greg can't have spent much time online if he remembers a tame flame war he was briefly involved in 20 years ago.

  • Anonymous (unregistered) in reply to Matt Westwood
    Matt Westwood:
    GettinSadda:
    ch1gz:
    So where exactly is the WTF ?
    The WTF is that Greg forgot the important step - send him a rejection letter signed "SARUMANATEE"

    +1

    +1 again, that one should be the Featured Comment.

  • Uncle Al (unregistered) in reply to Me
    Me:
    frits:
    As far as I'm concerned, Greg is the crazy one. I mean, what dude holds a grudge longer than 15 minutes?

    I agree. Greg can't have spent much time online if he remembers a tame flame war he was briefly involved in 20 years ago.

    What?!? Doesn't everyone keep a notebook of the names of those who have offended them in flame wars so as to never hire th... Oh, wait, is this thing on? I mean -- yeah, yeah, that Greg is a real dweeb...

  • frits (cs) in reply to wtf
    wtf:
    momerath:
    wtf:
    And that this guy was old enough to have had a lawn and lawn problems (and not, say, a face full of pimples) when he was playing with FidoNet. That he was looking for lawn care information on FidoNet in 1988.
    I like that getting to 50-ish counts as a WTF to you. Would you prefer the alternative?

    That's not the WTF. The WTF is that he was 30 or so and couldn't find anything better to do with his time than FidoNet. It's about like seeing a 30 year old playing on Facebook today.... oh, sorry, some of you might take that personally.

    Shakes fist Get off my farm, err, lawn!

  • Bumble Bee Tuna (cs) in reply to frits
    frits:
    In circumspect, I think we can all agree that the guy's last name should just be shortened to Glans, right?

    Yeah, the vas majority of people would find that more clear. In deferens to your suggestion, I will use Glans from now on.

  • The Nerve (unregistered) in reply to Bert Gla[nstron|dstron|stron]
    Bert Gla[nstron|dstron|stron]:
    The Nerve:
    When conducting interviews, my boss was always overly concerned, insisting that we never cut short the interview of even the most useless of candidates. I think he was worried about discrimination lawsuits, but I never found out if his concerns were warranted. If they were, it would seem that if Bert Glad.* had found out they brought him in and never had any intent of hiring him, he could issue a similar complaint.

    Dear THE NERVE,

    In case you haven't noticed this is a grown up place, the fact that you insist on using your ridiculous handle clearly shows that you are too young and stupid to use the internets.

    Go away and grow up.

    Best, Bert Gla[nstron|dstron|stron]

    Dear Bert,

    Frankly, I am shocked and would like to apologize. I have no idea why his handle is showing up in my messages. The comments clearly indicate that no handles are allowed, and I don't have a choice as to what name is displayed on my posted messages.

    Sincerely, The Nerve

  • nB (unregistered) in reply to The Nerve

    We don't cut interviews short, but only because it would screw up the other interviews. We have four interviewers and will usually interview four people at a time, they just round robin through. If you cut it short then WTF do you do for the rest of the time?

  • ForcedSterilizationsForAll (unregistered) in reply to wtf
    wtf:
    ch1gz:
    So where exactly is the WTF ?

    The guy remembered Bert Whatever's name after 22 years, that'll be a start. And he expected Bert to remember him, that's another.

    I think that was added to make the story more fun. I can't even remember the people that I've ridiculed 15 minutes ago, let alone 22 years ago.

  • The Nerve (unregistered) in reply to nB
    nB:
    We don't cut interviews short, but only because it would screw up the other interviews. We have four interviewers and will usually interview four people at a time, they just round robin through. If you cut it short then WTF do you do for the rest of the time?

    We get back to work, making money for the company.

  • someguy (unregistered) in reply to amischiefr

    Good story! Should've gave him an earful though :)

  • Don (unregistered)
    Bert Glanstron was an older fellow, possibly in his late 50’s. He wore brown shoes, white socks, and brown polyester slacks that were a good three-inches too short. His button-down, short sleeve shirt was ledger yellow with thin blue, lines in a graph paper pattern and opal buttons trimmed in silver. As for the blazer, it was tweed and sported elbow patches. And it too was about three sizes too small for his portly belly. He also had a long, wispy beard, a bald head, and wore black, horn-rimmed glasses. All told, he was straight out of a 1962 yearbook photo of a math professor… with a little powdered sugar from the last interview in his beard.
    I have to admit... what with the crap-storm this twit raised; I had the exact image almost right (no glasses though in mine).
  • Ken B. (unregistered) in reply to wtf
    wtf:
    ch1gz:
    So where exactly is the WTF ?
    The guy remembered Bert Whatever's name after 22 years, that'll be a start. And he expected Bert to remember him, that's another.
    I don't know if Greg expected Bert WhatsHisName to remember him. Rather, it was a major case of curiosity to actually meet the guy.
    And that this guy was old enough to have had a lawn and lawn problems (and not, say, a face full of pimples) when he was playing with FidoNet. That he was looking for lawn care information on FidoNet in 1988. That was subscribed to a lawn care feed. That Bert Glantonbury (or whatever) was also subscribed to a fer-frack's-sake lawn care feed. How's that for a start?
    Sure, because nowadays you would post the question to "comp.lang.c", prefaced with "I know this is off-topic, but since many C programmers also have lawns..."

    Of course, he could have ended the interview with "while you're here, do you know anything about lawn care?"

  • Iie (unregistered)

    This is the stuff of butthurt trolled nerd fantasy.

  • Greygor (unregistered) in reply to frits
    frits:
    As far as I'm concerned, Greg is the crazy one. I mean, what dude holds a grudge longer than 15 minutes?

    Congratulations, you've just made my list, I'll get round to you eventually :-)

  • CMMI Snob (unregistered)

    The real WTF in this story is not telling us what the fix was for the dead spots in the lawn! (The other not as real one is having to go through a f.+ing history of FIDOnet for the punters).

    I tried posting to the FIDOnet lawncare feed, but got kicked by someone named Bert Glad.*!!!

  • Ken B. (unregistered) in reply to bbsuser
    bbsuser:
    PCBoard rules!
    Yup.
     Directory of \\fileserver\oldsys_bbs\c\pcb
    ...
    08/31/1996  04:30 PM            17,214 PCBDESC.EXE
    08/31/1996  04:30 PM           121,802 PCBDIAG.EXE
    08/31/1996  04:30 PM           119,824 PCBEDIT.EXE
    08/31/1996  04:30 PM           318,992 PCBFILER.EXE
    08/31/1996  04:30 PM           159,462 PCBMODEM.EXE
    08/31/1996  04:30 PM            34,130 PCBMONI.EXE
    08/31/1996  04:30 PM           301,258 PCBNLC.EXE
    09/19/1994  04:20 PM            22,870 PCBNUM.EXE
    08/31/1996  04:31 PM         1,034,256 PCBOARD.EXE
    08/31/1996  04:31 PM           991,104 PCBOARDM.EXE
    ...
    
    (So, how do you get it to single-space?)
  • Raymond Burr (unregistered) in reply to gramie
    gramie:
    GettinSadda:
    Funny - the music that comes into my mid when someone mentions Danny Elfman is the Simpsons Theme, which would be rather odd here!

    Maybe that's because you don't know that Elfman writes a lot of movie scores too, like most of Tim Burton's movies, Terminator Salvation, all three Spiderman movies and dozens of others (although, to be fair, some of the others are not dark or violent).

    That's exactly right. In fact, I'm picturing the opening sequence of Men In Black right this moment, you know, with the dragon fly zipping along the freeway, and all I can hear in my head is the theme from the Simpsons. Thanks. Thanks a lot.

  • Brot Gnarfstroll (unregistered) in reply to The Nerve
    The Nerve:
    Bert Gla[nstron|dstron|stron]:
    The Nerve:
    When conducting interviews, my boss was always overly concerned, insisting that we never cut short the interview of even the most useless of candidates. I think he was worried about discrimination lawsuits, but I never found out if his concerns were warranted. If they were, it would seem that if Bert Glad.* had found out they brought him in and never had any intent of hiring him, he could issue a similar complaint.

    Dear THE NERVE,

    In case you haven't noticed this is a grown up place, the fact that you insist on using your ridiculous handle clearly shows that you are too young and stupid to use the internets.

    Go away and grow up.

    Best, Bert Gla[nstron|dstron|stron]

    Dear Bert,

    Frankly, I am shocked and would like to apologize. I have no idea why his handle is showing up in my messages. The comments clearly indicate that no handles are allowed, and I don't have a choice as to what name is displayed on my posted messages.

    Sincerely, The Nerve

    This forum is exactly what’s wrong with the Internet. They are dragging down the whole system with their idiocy! I insist that they are cut from the Internet completely!”

  • Ken B. (unregistered) in reply to Me
    Me:
    frits:
    As far as I'm concerned, Greg is the crazy one. I mean, what dude holds a grudge longer than 15 minutes?
    I agree. Greg can't have spent much time online if he remembers a tame flame war he was briefly involved in 20 years ago.
    "You always remember your first time."
  • Ken B. (unregistered) in reply to frits
    frits:
    wtf:
    That's not the WTF. The WTF is that he was 30 or so and couldn't find anything better to do with his time than FidoNet. It's about like seeing a 30 year old playing on Facebook today.... oh, sorry, some of you might take that personally.
    *Shakes fist* Get off my farm, err, lawn!
    Yes, Mr. Nebbercracker.
  • Ken B. (unregistered) in reply to nB
    nB:
    We don't cut interviews short, but only because it would screw up the other interviews. We have four interviewers and will usually interview four people at a time, they just round robin through. If you cut it short then WTF do you do for the rest of the time?
    Eat the donuts?

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