Mark receives hundreds of emails. He can’t respond to all of them, but he tries.
Here’s a small sampling of the messages he’s received:

From:
Grif Nasty
Sent:
May 25, 2007 6:55 PM
Subject:
My Teach

Damn you look like my teach

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You guys kick ass, i hope to be a tenth as cool as mark when i grow up

From:
Scott
Sent:
Apr 26, 2007 4:47 AM
Subject:
Tiny Dinosaur Picture

Mark and Gary,
My friends and I searched for tiny dinosaurs at a creek outside New Rochelle, NY. We actually discovered a new dinosaur and a cast of its footprint. Dr. Bonnie Keache actually made the discovery and decided to name the "tiny dinosaur" Marc ericksonasuarus. Sorry Gary. Anyway see the attached pictures. Once we piece together the dinosaur, we'll send some more pictures. Happy Excavating!
Scott

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From:
*****
Sent:
Apr 23, 2007 2:55 PM
Subject:
dinos

i love dinos but i live in england and i wunt to know if i can still find tiny dinos in england plz…

From:
Titan M
Sent:
Apr 22, 2007 6:00 AM
Subject:
dinosaurs

I tried looking for some tiny dinosaurs in my garden but all I found was rabbit poop.

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From:
Tom M(*****)
Sent:
Mar 23, 2007 7:24 PM
Subject:
Cell Phone Wi-Fi Signal Boost using USB

Hi Mark,

My name is Tom M(*****), and I wanted to thank you for the wi-fi signal boost tutorial. My roommate and I use the free connection from the Starbucks across the street from our apartment, but sometimes the signal strength or link quality is too low for a good connection. I found your tutorial and wanted to try it but codldn't find an ethernet cable, so I asked Ray, my roommate, if he had one and explained what it was for. Ray only had a USB cord (for his camera), though, so we tried it in place of the CAT5. Great news! It worked!

The best signal we've had before is about 85% signal strength but only about 50% signal quality (because there is a lot of radio wave noise with all the secure wi-fi connections in our building), and that's on a good day. When we hooked up the cell-phone-USB antenna, we got 100% strength and an astonishing 100% quality!

Ray said the cell phone radio waves help focus the wi-fi signal in one direction, which cuts down on the noise and increases the link quality. While it might not be as effective as the CAT5 (the USB is farther from the wi-fi antenna), it works well enough for us--we don't even have to use the salad bowl trick. Only my cell phone worked, however, because it has an internal antenna, according to Ray, so you might want to let people know that if they're having trouble getting it to work, they might need to buy a new phone.

Luckily for us, we can just use my phone; it kinda sucks not being able to use the phone and internet at the same time, but it's worth the sacrifice. Ray also says the SRS TruSurround on my phone will help my laptop's wimpy speakers. It's win-win! I attached pictures of the setup with the cable disconnected and connected showing the link status of each. Awesome! Thanks again for your astonishing innovation!
-Tom

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DISCONNECTED

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CONNECTED

From:
Steve S(*****)
Sent:
Mar 22, 2007 3:34 PM
Subject:
expediting snail mail

Hi

I just watched your tutorial on expediting snail mail. It sounds great to me, but I can't seem to find the three digit number for my regional distribution center. I searched all over the usps website with no luck. Also tried google search and wikipedia. Then I called 800-ask-usps. They told me to contact my local post office. I called my post office, and the guy I talked to didn't know anything about the Regional Distribution Center. Can you help me? Thanks,
Steve S(*****)
Brooklyn, NY

From:
Emilio L(*****)
Sent:
Mar 17, 2007 10:04 AM
Subject:
Google TV

we have tried to boost my wireless signal as you show in the video but it doesn't work
why?
we tried with a phone:motorola e6; cable:flat network ribon cable, twisted pair RJ45, cat 5, 5 metres. computer:vaio and asus... the bowl we used was
thancks

From:
Cian B(*****)
Sent:
Mar 21, 2007 11:10 AM
Subject:
wireless

Dear Mr Erickson,

I watched your videos on YouTube and found them quite usefdl but spent quite a while trying to get Google TV but to no avail. I then wondered was it possible for someone to invite you to Google TV and the only person I know to have it is you. So if it is possible could you please invite me to it.

Your fan,
Cian B(*****)

P.S. - Great videos

From:
Chef Jon B(*****)
Sent:
Mar 15, 2007 11:22 AM
Subject:
wrapping the cell phone does it really work?

Dear Mark

I have tried the 'wrapping a cord around the cell phone' trick and it didn't work. Can you tell me what I am doing wrong or need to do.

I have a dell laptop inspiron 8100 with a wireless-G notebook Adapter 2.4 GHz 802.11g. I run windows XP pro.

My cell phone is samsung a950.y103 (what ever that means) my service is via verizon. Don't know if this is a G3 phone but not sure.
I have wraped an ethernet cabel around my cell phone (many times) and plugged the other end into the laptop ethernet plug. I got nothing. I can see 1 wireless signal with 1-2 bars before doing this and no more after.
I am doing this right, or what else can I do to make this work? - Can you help?
Thanks for you time and keep up the cool ideas.
Chef Jon B(*****)

From:
*****
Sent:
Mar 9, 2007 11:24 AM
Subject:
dst 2007 updated

I have tried to restart my computer while holding down alt enter and nothing but it is not taking the dst 2007 update. is there some point during the restart process that I should be pressing alt enter.
contact me by (*****)@msn.com

From:
*****
Sent:
Mar 3, 2007 2:28 PM
Subject:
plz help me..

im jeff and im dumb in computer, so help me.i've tried on your tutorial for GoogleTV BEta but i've tried so many times already but still cannot..so i really appreciate if u help me with it..
this is my gmail acc (*****) pass (*****)

From:
Cameron B(*****)
Sent:
Feb 28, 2007 2:01 AM
Subject:
Don't ever stop making tutorials

Mark Erickson

I just watched your update on googleTV and I must say that I can't believe some people still believe it's a hoax. I can tell by watching the video that you were probably deeply affected by this (and I know my one email out of thousands you receieve probably doesn't mean much to you) but I hope you keep making infinite solutions. Your tutorials are obviously legit, this one is just hard to pull off. I think your a brilliant person with a great charisma. Keep it up man. Truly,
Cameron B

From:
Tom C(*****)
Sent:
Feb 20, 2007 5:28 AM
Subject:
Why cant occur the google TV~!!!!

HI

I Doing many time for the step , but cant not show the google tv , you take lie??

From:
童话 (*****)
Sent:
Feb 20, 2007  4:21 AM
Subject:
google tv

能给我一个邀请吗?
谢谢!

From:
Zach G(*****)
Sent:
Feb 14, 2007 5:16 PM
Subject:
hi

I cant get the cell phone thing to work. How log dose the cable have to be?

From: Wesley W(*****)
Sent: Feb 13, 2007 5:28 AM
Subject: Subject: question for you

In reference to your video on podcasting videos from
youtube. Is the way you described only compatible with
Windows computers? Obviously I have a mac, but I also
wondered how itunes recognizes the code that you said
to put into the youtube subscription page?

thanks,
Wesley

From:
*****
Sent:
Feb 12, 2007 5:40 PM
Subject:
LPC Code / BRL #

Mark,

I watched your clip on expediting mail with an LPC code on YouTube. I talked with my postal carrier as well as the local Post Office here in Lubbock and they had no clue as to what I was talking about. Where can I find the Lubbock, Texas LPC code? We're only about a 100 miles from Amarillo (the letters that you talked about were from there). Also what are LPC and BRL acronyms for?
I'll look forward to your reply.

Thank you,
Ed K
Lubbock, Texas

From:
*****
Sent:
Feb 12, 2007 5:40 PM
Subject:
LPC Code / BRL #

Mark,

I watched your clip on expediting mail with an LPC code on YouTube. I talked with my postal carrier as well as the local Post Office here in Lubbock and they had no clue as to what I was talking about. Where can I find the Lubbock, Texas LPC code? We're only about a 100 miles from Amarillo (the letters that you talked about were from there). Also what are LPC and BRL acronyms for?
I'll look forward to your reply.

Thank you,
Ed K
Lubbock, Texas

From:
Sturla K(*****)
Sent:
Feb 11, 2007 8:12 PM
Subject:
How to Increase my Wi-Fi connection

So i coiled a normal ethernet cable around my Sony Ericsson K800i 3G phone and inserted the other end into my ethernet card as shown in your video.. And it is here i get lost..
Concidering im using a laptop with the wirelessnetwork card intigrated i can't plugin an external antenna, and i don't get how the computer automaticly will understand that i have actully coiled a ethernet cable arround my cellphone..
Using a Broadcom 802.11g Network Adapter , will this work with this adapter or? In other words am i doing it right or am i doing something wroing?
-K

From:
Minh V(*****)
Sent:
Feb 11, 2007 12:37 PM
Subject:
regarding How to Clean Up Your iTunes Library

Hi Mark! I found your tutorial is very helpful so i decided to try it. After i downloaded the front end convert drop V1.1 from download.com. Everything was ok until when i drag the Itunes music Library icon into the FE convert drop, it said "This movie or sound file cannot be opened. It may be corrupt, un recognizable or unsupported type". If you have a little bit of time, please explain it to me. By the way i like all of your tutorials, they are very helpful! I am looking forward for your new tutorials.
Thanks a lot

From:
sp0ink 7(*****)
Sent:
Feb 11, 2007 12:45 AM
Subject:
Electric conducting tape Q

Hey, i need some questions answered about that video you made on recharging batteries with another set of batteries.
Could you tell me where the 'Electric conducting tape' can be found or bought from, or is there another name for it?
I did some research on the material and i could only find Insulating tape materials, used for mainly protection from electricity.
Here's what i found from wiki, which is the exact opposite of what i need.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Electrical_tape

From:
Azam M(*****)
Sent:
Feb 9, 2007 2:27 AM
Subject:
How to increase Wi-Fi signal

Hello Mark,

I really like your videos and hope you come out with some more. I have a question regarding the video on the Wi-Fi signal.

I have a 3G cellphone. What do i exactly have to do? You said, "If you have a 3G phone, you may be already done". Can this work on laptops too? Near my house, there is no Wi-Fi signal. Can i use this method to get a signal? If i do get a signal, do i just double click that signal?

Thanks!!!!

From:
*****
Sent:
Feb 8, 2007 10:52 AM
Subject:
LPC Code

Hey there mark. I saw you video on how to send a letter through the mail faster and I decided to give it a try. However, I have had nothing but trouble with this and I was wondering if there was a web site or something that I could use to find out what my three digit lpc code is. If you could let me know how to get the number I would greatly appreciate it.

Thank you and keep the good vids comming

From:
Mike F(*****)
Sent:
Feb 7, 2007 9:49 AM
Subject:
Google TV

Hi Mark

I enjoy your YouTube channel. Currently I'm trying to get Google TV but am having a hard time getting the steps down could you please write them down on an E-mail for me so as I can do it a little slower without having to pause & switch over to my Gmail & back again.

Thank You

Sincerely,
Mike F

From:
*****
Sent:
Feb 7, 2007 10:07 AM
Subject:
Google TV I know it is real

i still can not get the Google TV to work. Do you know how many time you have to do it for now or what the limit is set up at??????

From:
*****
Sent:
Feb 7, 2007 12:05 PM
Subject:
Front End Convert Drop

I thought that your video on cleaning up your Itunes library was a great video.. I tried your instructions exactly as you described but when i droped my xml file onto the program, it said that it was an invalid file. Thanks anyway.

From:
Raymond T(*****)
Sent:
Feb 7, 2007 3:52 PM
Subject:
Minesweeper WRAPFIELD

Hi, I tried your tutorial on youtube but it doesn't work. I beat the game on
all three levels and typed WRAPFIELD as the name of the person who holds the
record. It doesn't let me right click the Smiley Face. I have windows XP.
What should I do?

From:
Ari M(*****)
Sent:
Feb 6, 2007 1:09 PM
Subject:
LPC code

I saw your video on Youtube on speeding up the mail system. In it, you mentioned to ask your mail carrier what your BRL number or LPC code is. Not only did my mail carrier not know what a BRL number or LPC code is, but when I called the supervisor at the post office, they didn't know either.

What does LPC or BRL stand for?

Is there a list of them on the net somewhere?

Ari M

From:
*****
Sent:
Feb 6, 2007 11:25 AM
Subject:
pcmcia

Hi there

i have wireless router.i have laptop with wireless card installed.when i take my laptop to basement i hardly get signal.i didnot understand your video.can you please tell me how to increase signal .let me know.thx

From:
Michelle L(*****)
Sent:
Feb 6, 2007 6:33 PM
Subject:
google tv beta problem

i had following every step but i still cant get into GoogleTV...!!

WHY?????

i send my self two emails with the link

one open the other unopen

and had log in and out for maybe more than 20 time...-.,-

so plz............T^T

HELP !!!

i live in a boarding school my bed time is at 9:30

and i cant really watch any TV......

so HELP!!!!

From:
Johnny W(*****)
Sent:
Feb 5, 2007 12:26 PM
Subject:
Speedier mail delivery

I spent about an hour on the phone today with the Post Office trying to get a LPC code or a BRL number and they didn't have the foggiest notion of what I was talking about. I got passed around like a hot potato and finally gave up. Any ideas?

Johnny W
Administrative & Personnel Manager

From:
*****
Sent:
Feb 5, 2007 12:56 PM
Subject:
Minesweeper

Hi,

I tried the WRAPFIELD thing and than right clicking on the smiley face but nothing happens??? Can you tell me why?

Thx

From:
Andrew T(*****)
Sent:
Feb 4, 2007 12:55 PM
Subject:
Google Tv help

Could you help me to get that google tv thing. My password is ***** and my username is ***** Please don't mess up anything!

From:
*****
Sent:
Feb 4, 2007 12:55 PM
Subject:
your teaching me a lot

you would be surprised at how many things you are telling me that i dont know and they are so easy to do. i couldnt get google t.v to work but i saw your update video and that explained a lot. keep up your good work and keep these videos coming!

From:
*****
Sent:
Feb 2, 2007 2:43 AM
Subject:
recharge batteries

It makes really sense i can't believe that i can never figure that out. Wow ur solution rocks man keep up the good work,

JaxN

From:
Paul P(*****)
Sent:
Jan 31, 2007 9:25 AM
Subject:
(no subject)

You are really an perfetic.

Stop giving us IT techs a bad name.

Paul

From:
Bob Johnson (*****)
Sent:
Jan 31, 2007 4:11 PM
Subject:
MARK YOU SUCK CONSIDER THIS HATEMAIL

MARK WOW I WASTED 6 HOURS TRYING TO GET GOOGLE TV BETA. WHAT THE HECK IS WRONG WITH YOU? DO YOU THINK ITS FUNNY? ONLY AFTER THEY WASTE 6 HOURS OF THEIR TIME AND GET DUMPED BY THEIR GIFLFRIEND BECAUSE I FORGOT TO CALL HER, BECAUSE I THOUGHT THAT IT WOULD WORK RIGHT AWAY. BUT NO, IT DIDNT, AND INSTEAD IT RUINED MY DAY AND PART OF MY LIFE. NOW, IF YOU ARE SERIOUS, THEN please send me some proof, to motivate me to keep trying. i already lost a lot, and theres not much more to lose. so please, amuse me, and send me either (a) a picture of you on google tv WITH the url clearly visible, and/or (b) the link of your invite, or redirect the invite itself to me so i can see it.

From:
*****
Sent:
Jan 29, 2007 8:53 AM
Subject:
kill yourself

kill yourself

From:
*****
Sent:
Jan 29, 2007 1:42 PM
Subject:
question for you sir

I'm a big fan of all oyur posts so far , but I had a question about the wifi one. I did everything you said even the salad bowl thing but It didn't give me anymore networks. Currently I live in Germany and I was wondering if that had anything to do with it or it was my phone? If you have any suggestions let me know.

Thanks
Nick

From:
*****
Sent:
Jan 29, 2007 2:28 PM
Subject:
$100 for google tv

I will pay you $100 if you can get me an invite to Google TV.

From:
Christian S(*****)
Sent:
Jan 29, 2007 3:23 PM
Subject:
GoogleTV (in Europe)

Dear Mark,

As many else i have watch your film at Youtube and it sounds very trustful and i believe that someone have made it work

But not for me, i wonder if it could be because im living in Europa

Hope you will answer..

Thanks..
Christian S

Ps. Are you Swedish? because youre last name is erickson..

From:
*****
Sent:
Jan 29, 2007 4:13 PM
Subject:
Hello, About the Wireless Boost...

Do you have some Manual or Guide for this thing? i just dont get it... i two wireless cards one is pci and the other is usb. and the ethernet connection onboard.

i just dont get it how u connect the cable to the wireless card O.o it works even if you connect it into the onboard ethernet connection?. another point. How did u got it to say \motorola_v40\ (something like that) on the description of the wireless connection ( when you put the cursor overthe icon)

ty

From:
Manny A(*****)
Sent:
Jan 29, 2007 8:07 PM
Subject:
Wireless question

On how to increase the wi-fi does the cell phone have to be connected with service? I have a cell phone that is not connected but the bars on the cell phone move up and down depending on the location which to me it means that it is picking up antenna signals.

Cani i use it?

Also... I really look forward to more videos. I have suscribed to your thing.

From:
Jonathan W(*****)
Sent:
Jan 29, 2007 11:19 PM
Subject:
Wifi range extension

Im sure you get lots of email about this, but when you wrap the
Ethernet cord around the phone, does the other end have to be plugged
into anything, doest the phone have to be in a certain mode, how many
times around do you wrap it

thanks,
Jon

From:
Manny A(*****)
Sent:
Jan 29, 2007 8:07 PM
Subject:
Wireless question

On how to increase the wi-fi does the cell phone have to be connected with service? I have a cell phone that is not connected but the bars on the cell phone move up and down depending on the location which to me it means that it is picking up antenna signals.

Can i use it?

Also... I really look forward to more videos. I have suscribed to your thing.

From:
Adam Pristel (*****)
Sent:
Jan 27, 2007 2:10 AM
Subject:
your full of shit

fuck off dude. seriously. you can lick some serious balls.

From:
Adam Pristel (*****)
Sent:
Jan 27, 2007 2:11 AM
Subject:
oh yeah, forgot something

Nice fucking hair you queer.

From:
TheN0ble (*****)
Sent:
Jan 26, 2007 8:48 PM
Subject:
BITCH!

BITCH!