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22 May 2004 @ 07:45 pm
I seem to have killed the e-mail server. Didn't mean to, but it happened anyway.

All I was trying to do was send a file to a member of my quartet. I'd sent it earlier in the week, but his e-mail box was overflowing at the time and it was rejected. So I set the thing to resend in Outlook before going to the chorus' gig this morning.

That seems to be where things went screwy. We're not sure why yet - the admin will check on it Monday, when he gets back in town.

What seems to have been happening was that my Outlook tried to send the file, got about 90% through it, then the connection broke down. Then Outlook tried to send it again, with the same results. And every time it did this, it ate up some more resources.

Admin saw there was a problem, but the resources were so sucked up by my file (4MB, by the way) that he had to reboot before he could even look at it. He saw what was happening, and blocked incoming SMTP connections from my IP (that's incoming from the server's perspective - outgoing from mine). Immediately my computer gave up on that and tried to retrieve my incoming mail - which had similar results! Finally he ended up blocking incoming and outgoing SMTP connections from my IP and rebooting again - so now everybody else should be able to deal with their mail however they want, and I can still deal with mine via webmail. And Monday, we'll try to fix it.

Anyway, if your e-mail is through AOKP and it got interrupted today, I apologize. I have no idea how or why my system did it, but it seems to have been my doing somehow.

Post Script. File went through via webmail just fine. First time, no issues. Maybe it's time to format my hard drive and start Windows over again. (That's a tangental thought - it's been bluescreening a lot lately as well)
Kurt Onstad: ready to kill (Choo-Choo noose)speedball on May 23rd, 2004 03:17 am (UTC)
That was your doing?
Well, then you sir, are my mortal enemy.

I love you, man...

Bobbin' and Weavin'
Idtechnomonkey on May 23rd, 2004 05:46 am (UTC)
Looks that way.
Also looks like someone's been watching......um......Real Genius?
Kurt Onstad: Jeremy (told many many people)speedball on May 23rd, 2004 03:13 pm (UTC)
Nope. Although, I wouldn't mind watching that again...

It's Sports Night. When Rebecca leaves...
Idtechnomonkey on May 23rd, 2004 06:42 pm (UTC)
OK, I remember now.
Still, doesn't it seem like something Val Kilmer's character would say?

Come to think of it, he and Dan have a bit in common... =)

Incidentally, I wouldn't mind watching it again either. Except that we have West Wing now.....
Kurt Onstadspeedball on May 24th, 2004 06:18 am (UTC)
I filed this under H for Toy
Yes, it does kind of seem like something he might say...

I miss Val Kilmer doing comedies...
angelicfall on May 24th, 2004 05:58 am (UTC)
Mail problems.
I remember once, where I used to work. I had sent out a mass email at the exact time that the virus checker for the email server came on. It saw the many messages, and paniced or something, so it decided to scan each and every email. To make it brief, I shut the thing down for nearly two hours... I'm just glad it was around lunch time, so there were only a few complaints. Of course, it wasnt my fault... just bad luck. Funny stuff, considering that was probably the start of my unlucky streak.