#881 – Clog

One day I was sitting at my desk in my Chicago suburb day job and my boss walked in.

Boss: “Chris, I just got off the phone with my client and he is emailing all the files for the project to you. Let’s take a look at them.”

Me: “Ok let’s see… no… I don’t have anything here yet.”

Boss: “But how could that be? He sent them while I was on the phone with him.”

Me: “Well it’s not instantaneous. Depending on how large the files were it will probably take at least a few minutes.”

Boss: “Oh… well they are coming from Wisconsin.”


23 thoughts on “#881 – Clog”

  1. Crimson_regret says:

    My grandfather tried e mailing his thousand + photo collection to my father. The computer didn’t unfreeze for a day.

  2. Drakey says:


    I’m done now.

  3. ZeoViolet says:

    Biff should’ve put a safety case around that file attachment first….lest it slice anyone’s head open upon landing.

  4. dartigen says:

    I know the feeling. Sent a massive Flash assignment (well, the miscellaneous bits and bobs were big. The .fla and .swfs were tiny) to my teacher. In theory, should have shown up in about 10ish minutes. In practice, took an hour just to send.

  5. MaskedMan says:

    With a CD, you don’t need the slingshot – Just ninja it!

    At work, massive files are a fact of life – they had to set up autoarchiving systems specifically to deal with e-mail inbox log jams.

    Oh, and Wisconsin..? That’s a moment from that cartoon dealing with dysfunctinal office workers…

  6. Kree says:

    Email is one of the least efficient file transfer methods over the internet. Any one of the many direct connection types would be desirable, but alas, mention anything more complicated than the barest of basics and you get that worried look on their faces…

  7. Solace says:

    I have no experience with this, as I am a stay-at-home mom. On the other hand, if I want to communicate with one of the kids, either across the house or down the street, I yell. 😉

  8. Amy says:

    I’ma give a second “WOOO! WISCONSIN!” 😀

    I’ve got a nice webfolder through the university here. I can just send people links to get files there. Unfortunately, it has a 400Mb/hour cap, and I just finished a crucial project that’s about 450Mb. BLEARGH!

  9. xarexerax says:

    Hah! We normally use our FTP servers for large files like that (or other shared network resources), but I’ll admit, I’ve been tempted to throw a CD across the office a few times. Never thought of a slingshot!

  10. baughbe says:

    If you send it as spam, it might get through quicker…

  11. @Amy: nothing a CD can’t fix. Never drop your faith in good old fashioned Sneaker-net. 😀

  12. Dracos125 says:

    How many jobs does he have?

  13. Chris says:

    @Dracos125 – How many have you counted?

  14. Ziggy Stardust says:

    I used to get impatient waiting for e-mails.
    *Refresh refresh refresh*
    *Refresh- ooh, it’s here!*

  15. Rare says:

    Ziggy is a known lier. Do not listen to Ziggy :3

  16. Biligum says:

    And here’s a third: “WOO! WISCONSIN!”

    My mom once didn’t check her inbox for about a week for some reason or other, and when she finally did, there were about 8000 emails coming in. That was a fun day.

  17. sco3tt says:

    And Wisconsin up north of Chicago, so the email was going uphill too, that can’t have help.

  18. Space Butler says:

    From the looks of that slingshot, I’d say that Biff’s large files get stuck in peoples’ heads.

  19. gelugon2105 says:

    Man, that’s dangerous.

  20. shenhibiki says:

    I thought he was in the bathroom, tossing some paper to someone else XD

  21. Elkian says:

    SOMEBODY’S going to end up resembling a piggy bank…

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