Dr. Ernest N. Prabhakar (
Tue, 5 Nov 96 08:41:20 -0800

Sound like anyone we know? I think this is a Webicized version of
old hacker lore, though only as recent as Netscape 1.1...

-- Ernie P.

You know you are addicted to the Internet when...

* You wore a blue ribbon to protest the Communications Decency Act.

* You kiss your girlfriend's home page.

* Your bookmark takes 15 minutes to scroll top to bottom.

* Your eyeglasses have a web site burned in on them.

* You find yourself brainstorming for new subjects to search.

* You refuse to go to a vacation spot with no electricity or
phone lines.

* You finally do take that vacation, but only after buying a
cellular modem and a laptop.

* You spend half of a plane trip with your laptop on your
lap...and your child in the overhead compartment.

* All your daydreaming is preoccupied with getting a faster
connection to the net: 28.8...ISDN...cable modem...T1...T3.

* And even your night dreams are in HTML.

* You find yourself typing "com" after every period when using
a word

* When you turn off your modem, you get this awful empty
feeling, like you just pulled the plug on a loved one.

* You refer to going to the bathroom as "downloading."

* You start introducing yourself as "Jim at I-I-Net dot net dot au."

* Your heart races faster and beats irregularly each time
you see a new WWW site address in print or on TV, even tho
you've never had heart problems before.

* You step out of your room and realize that your parents have
moved and you don't have a clue when it happened.

* You turn on your intercom when leaving the room so you can hear
if new e-mail arrives.

* Your wife drapes a blond wig over your monitor to remind
you of what she looks like.

* All of your friends have an @ in their names.

* When looking at a pageful of someone else's links, you notice
all of them are already highlighted in purple.

* Your dog has its own home page.

* You've already visited all the links at Yahoo and you're halfway
through Lycos.

* You can't call your mother...she doesn't have a modem.

* You realize there is not a sound in the house and you have no
idea where your children are.

* You believe nothing looks sexier than a man in boxer shorts
illuminated only by a 17" inch SVGA monitor.]

* You check your mail. It says "no new messages." So you check it

* You refer to your age as 3.x.

* You have comandeered your teenager's phone line for the net and
even his friends know not to call on his line anymore.

* Your phone bill comes to your doorstep in a box.

* Even though you died last week, you've managed to retain OPS on
your favorite IRC channel.

* You code your homework in HTML and give your instructor the URL.

* You don't know what sex over three of your closest friends are,because
they have neutral nicknames and you never bothered to ask.

* You name your children Eudora, Mozilla and Dotcom.

* You laugh at people with 2400 baud modems.

* Your husband tells you he's had the beard for 2 months.

* You miss more than five meals a week downloading the latest
games from Apogee.

* You start looking for hot HTML addresses in public restrooms.

* You wake up at 3 a.m. to go to the bathroom--and check
your e-mail on the way back to bed.

* You move into a new house & decide to Netscape before you

* You tell the cab driver you live at

* You actually try that 123.elm.street address.

* Your virtual girlfriend finds a new net sweetheart with
a larger bandwidth.

* You tell the kids they can't use the computer because
"Daddy's got work to do" and you don't even have a job.

* Your friends no longer send you e-mail; they just log on
to your IRC channel.

* You buy a Captain Kirk chair with built-in keyboard & mouse.

* Your wife's new rule: "The computer cannot come to bed."

* You are so familiar with the WWW that you find the search
engines useless.

* You get a tatoo that says "This body best viewed with
Netscape 1.1 or higher."

* You never have to deal with busy signals when calling your
ISP...because you never log off.

* The last girl you picked up was only a jpeg.

* You put a pillow case over your laptop so your lover doesn't
see it while you're pretending to catch your breath.

* You ask a plumber how much it would cost to replace the
chair in front of your computer with a toilet.

* You forget what year it is.

* You start tilting your head sideways to smile.

* You ask your doctor to implant a gig in your brain.

* You leave the modem speaker on after connecting because you
think it sounds like the ocean wind...the perfect soundtrack
for "surfing the net".

* You begin to wonder how on earth your service provider is
allowed to call 200 hours per month "unlimited."

* You turn on your computer and turn off your wife.

* Your wife says communication is important in a marriage...
so you buy another computer and install a second phone line
so the two of you can chat.

* As your car crashes through the guardrail on a mountain
road, your 1st instinct is: search for the "back" button.

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