Tuesday, June 12, 2007

Computin In West Virginia

Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at PhotobucketBeing from the South, I understand the frustration when folks make fun of you, your area, or your state.

But, doggone it, sometimes some people make it so darn easy.

Take WVNet, for instance. Sure, West Virginia isn't a Southern state, but they get made fun of as much as ... or more than ... Alabama, Mississippi, Arkansas, Georgia, and the rest.

But, like I said, sometimes some people make it so darn easy.

According to their site:
WVNET is the West Virginia Network, a dynamic service organization providing telecommunications and computing services within West Virginia. WVNET was created in 1975 to provide central computing facilities and wide-area network communications linking its "central site" computing resources in Morgantown with the campus computing systems at most of the colleges and universities throughout the state.

That's all well and good. But check out this image I captured from the visitor logs about a visitor from WVNet. Notice how they spell "West Virginia Network for Educational Telecomputing." Note the last word is spelled in the logs as "Telecomputin" and not "Telecomputing."

Now, in fairness to West Virginia and WVNet, they spell it right the whole time. On the bill that created WVNet (PDF), on the WHOIS search, and everywhere else I can find.

But it seems that the fates are determined to make fun of West Virginia. The Site Meter logs truncate the last letter. And that is what turns "Telecomputing" into "Telecomputin."

Sometimes you just can't win.

1 comment:

  1. 51 of the state's 55 counties are south of the Mason-Dixon line

    And besides, we're in the South Atlantic League ... oh wait. So is New Jersey



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