August 19th, 2005


Do not be concerned about your problems with mail

"Do not be concerned about your problems with mathematics," wrote Albert Einstein, "I can assure you that mine are greater."

Indeed. We had a migration last Thursday (department server to campus server, and while it was hotly anticipated, it's been nothing but headaches and hassle for me so far.

For one thing, I never used the address bhsu[AT], so when the migration happened, a receivership that formerly forwarded mail to my own server,, got clobbered.

More immediately, nobody supports Outlook Express because of its outdated SSL. I know what you're probably thinking: banazir uses that piece of crap? Well, try installing Thunderbird on all your family's Windows boxes everywhere you go. (And I mean everywhere! I have family in: Ames, Iowa; Rochester, New York; and now Mountain View, California.) Also, I have hsuwh and other Hotmail addresses that were grandfathered in with free http mail, and that's been more stable than SMTP for the last 9 months, to give you an idea! Just as the problem with Scotland is that it's full of Scots, the problem with Hotmail is that it's full of mail: if once you start down the dark path of sending mail from Hotmail, forever will you receive replies there. For a long time, anyhow.

Right now my problem is that all of Yahoo! Groups are now bouncing because the mailing lists on (which is registered on our Computing and Network Services DNS as are not getting through. In fact, no mail servers in * are getting through. (I'm not sure there were any mail servers or list servers besides the department's and mine in this domain, and I wouldn't be surprised if there weren't.)

Grr, argh, as Joss's Torog-Hans say.

Ad astra per aspera,