Extra line breaks removed

Microsoft Outlook has had, for several versions now, a feature whereby it will remove “extra” line breaks when displaying messages. I have no idea why it does this. It seems to serve no purpose. Here we are at a point in the history of our planet when forests are disappearing, when ice caps are shrinking, when animals like tigers are on the verge of extinction. And Microsoft Outlook is doing its part by “conserving” extra line breaks.

Microsoft programmers: line breaks are digital. You can make as many of them as you want without harming the environment (directly). There is no need to conserve them. Be free with them. Be generous. Stop trying to reformat my email messages!!

Thank you.

(Ha! I’ve just “wasted” three line breaks. So there!)

Published by Jamie Todd Rubin

Jamie Todd Rubin writes fiction and nonfiction for a variety of publications including Analog, Clarkesworld, The Daily Beast, 99U, Daily Science Fiction, Lightspeed, InterGalactic Medicine Show, and several anthologies. He was featured in Lifehacker’s How I Work series. He has been blogging since 2005. By day, he manages software projects and occasionally writes code. He lives in Falls Church, Virginia with his wife and three children. Find him on Twitter at @jamietr.