Speaker for the Diodes - September 16th, 2007

Sep. 16th, 2007

12:03 am - Oh great, one more #%^@ thing to worry about

Uh oh.

This afternoon a question in person confused me and my confusion confused the asker until we figured out that an email message sent to me had never arrived. Er, that's not good, but maybe my spam filter got confused? I figured I'd check the spamtrap for it when I got home.

Then a couple hours later came, from a different person, the question, "Did you see the email from earlier today?", which seemed innocent enough as it could've been sent after I'd left the house ...

But now I'm home, and I see no signs of either message, not in my mailbox, not in my spamtrap, not in the copy-to-my-home-machine duplicates of my incoming mail stream. So two different people have sent me mail in the past uh (48 hours? 60?) -- that I know of -- that never arrived and never bounced.

This is not good. Very not good, considering the content and timing of both messages (that is, neither was idle chitchat or "dude you gotta see this"; both concerned coordinating plans).

I know email ain't 100% reliable, but ... Eww.

At this point, I've no clue where the problem is, whose server dropped the message -- the two senders were on different ISPs, which suggests that my mail provider is responsible, which would be bad if true, since a big part of the reason I punted my last ISP was unreliable email delivery.

I hope this is a brief, very unusual glitch, and won't turn into an ongoing problem.

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05:28 am - QotD

From the Quotation of the day mailing list, 2005-06-20:

"Towards the end of his days his horror of interfering, or seeming to interfere, with the freedom of others became so overpowering that it was a misery for him to suspect that the plans of his friends might be made with reference to himself." -- Theodora Bosanquet, from her essay "Henry James at Work".
(submitted to the mailing list by Mike Krawchuk)

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