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January 24th, 2008
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I seem only able to log into my personal email intermittently. This is a bit of a pain. There are lots of other ways of contacting me, including leaving comments on this post, using my work email address, or phoning me. My contact details are linked to from my profile page, on a filter. If you're not on the filter and think you ought to be it is almost certainly me setting up the filter in a hurry, not that I hate you and am scared you'll kill me as I sleep. Leave me a comment and I'll fix it.

[Also, the email thing is really winding me up, and I don't have a clue how to fix it or what the problem might be. Matthew runs the same webmail as Hermes has on Ming at home for me. But I can get to the log on screen, quite quickly so I don't think bad men have stolen Ming. Then I put in my user name and password and click log-in and it just doesn't do anything. For ages. Eventually I get "Login failed, Status:Connection failed to localhost,143: Connection timed out" Likewise if I put in the wrong password. Other information includes the fact that our internet connection at home has been a bit slow and crap and sporadic for a while now, but it seems to load the log-in page really quickly... It's been like this for about a day now. Any help and advice appreciated ETA - This time it let me log in, after about 3 minutes of waiting!]

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From:davefish
Date:January 24th, 2008 09:44 am (UTC)
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That was an opportune posting. Would you like to come around to ours tonight for chips, or have you forsaken Coventry (At least for tonight) for the mad hedonism of London?
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From:atreic
Date:January 24th, 2008 09:47 am (UTC)
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Ooh, in general chips good, but I decided commuting miles to an empty house was bad, and so have arranged to stay with London Friends until Matthew deigns to come back from the States.
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From:the_alchemist
Date:January 24th, 2008 10:03 am (UTC)
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Can you check your work email at home? If not, perhaps you could set up a gmail address or something. Realistically, the extra faff of ringing you or leaving an lj comment is going to make me choose to do one of the other things I need to get done rather than sending bardcamp emails, even if sending bardcamp emails is most urgent. And it's likely I'll need to send some things that I'm going to want you to see at times when you're not at work

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From:atreic
Date:January 24th, 2008 10:11 am (UTC)
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It is letting me in intermittantly, so I guess I will see bardcamp emails at least as often as some of the less internet-addicted people see bardcamp emails. It is just I am used to having email at my fingertips for urgent things (like "I was going to be meeting you in half an hour and the plan has now changed" ) and I wanted to give people a heads up that that doesn't work any more. If you add my work email address to the bardcamp emails I am guarenteed to see them at least as often as it is reasonable to expect people to check email anyway. I am in Exeter at the weekend so will not have email access regardless of whether I have working personal email, and then will have access to work email on Monday.
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From:atreic
Date:January 24th, 2008 11:45 am (UTC)
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If it is not too much trouble to you, please send my bardcamp emails to my work, usual, and gmail address. (The addresses you might not know are in this locked post here)
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From:atreic
Date:January 24th, 2008 10:12 am (UTC)
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Err, because work don't let us use ssh, I just learnt how to use webmail, and then didn't bother learning to use anything else because webmail works everywhere. So while I could ssh into ming, I can't from my work computer, and I wouldn't know what to do when I got there anyway.

As I said, it is letting me in now. Probably about every 10th attempt.

Edited at 2008-01-24 10:12 am (UTC)
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From:atreic
Date:January 24th, 2008 10:33 am (UTC)
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I guess. But it's so long since I used Gmail I've forgotten my log-in, and then people like IWJ will sulk if I just turn on a forward to Gmail, and I don't really want it all forwarded to my work account. Hmm. Maybe it will just keep working now I've whinged about it publically.
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From:neoanjou
Date:January 24th, 2008 10:17 am (UTC)
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I wouldn't write off problems with the speed of the connection - it may well be that the the log-in page is significantly smaller than the email listing page, therefore will load much more quickly, or else that the log-in page is cached on the other computers you have used.

I don't know how technically included Matthew is, although from what I read above I imagine 'very' - nevertheless is it possible that the home computer has been compromised and a virus / trojan / whatever is stealing CPU cycles or bandwidth?
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From:atreic
Date:January 24th, 2008 10:21 am (UTC)
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Hmm, it is a linux box and Matthew is very technologically savvy. Still, I have emailed him about the problem.

It is odd, because it is very quick _once_ it logs in. It is just the log in that is crazilly slow.
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From:pw201
Date:January 24th, 2008 11:37 am (UTC)

Confucius say

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"man who run his own mail server have fool for sysadmin". I keep being tempted as it'd let me set up inbound spam filtering just how I'd like, but I always decide it's too much faff.

But srsly, the webmail thingy can't talk to the IMAP server where it gets the mail from. Since they're both on the same machine, it's hard to see why that would be, but I'd guess something is up with the IMAP server. The logs from that server might tell you more. The fact that outbound mail is also broken may or may not be related to whatever's wrong with the webmail.
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From:ewx
Date:January 24th, 2008 11:55 am (UTC)

Re: Confucius say

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Unfortunately, it's also true that every MTA you don't control is an enemy mail system.
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From:catyak
Date:January 24th, 2008 01:15 pm (UTC)

Re: Confucius say

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There's only one mailserver I trust, which is the one at home. It probably helps that I can theoretically (as in I've never tried it), I could go talk to my hosting provider's DNS zone files and mail forwarding service and get all the incoming mail rewritten to hit another accessible mail account if it crashed at an inconvenient time.

My home spam filter is finely tuned and does a good job for us. All I need to add when I get time is something to parse for http links, extract the domain name and run a whois on it to find out when it was created. Anything less than a month old is probably spam.

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From:cambs_wanderer
Date:January 25th, 2008 12:22 am (UTC)
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Forgot to txt you earlier as promised, but it's 38 Wonford Rd.
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