Far out in the uncharted backwaters of the unfashionable end of the Western spiral arm of the galaxy lies a small unregarded yellow sun.
Orbiting this at a distance of roughly ninety-eight million miles is an utterly insignificant little blue green planet whose ape-descended life forms are so amazingly primitive that they still think digital watches are a pretty neat idea.
This planet has -- or rather had -- a problem, which was this: most of the people living on it were unhappy for pretty much of the time. Many of the solutions were suggested for this problem, but most of these were largely concerned with the movements ot small green pieces of paper, which is odd because on the whole it wasn't the small green pieces of paper that were unhappy.
And so the problem remained: lots of people were mean, and most of them were miserable. even the ones with digital watches.
The Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy
And speaking of digital watches, did you know that the first email spam message was sent by an employee of Digital Equipment Corporation? So, if you're looking for an excuse to ditch those HP servers and run Domino on IBM eServers, you can just tell yourself that it is morally wrong to run an anti-spam solution on hardware sold by the company that bought the company that bought the company that sent the first spam. ;-)