Thursday, 26 May 2005

rant: email blues

first, i get 300 spam plus returned undelivered/rejected emails within a timespan of 60minutes!!! a quick calculation brings that to be receiving one in 12 secs!!! man... i was majorly shocked beyond words!

That's an unusually high amount of SPAM! - was my first reaction. However, upon a little investigation, i realised that close to 99% were returned mail - rejected: spam; returned: user unknown... and only a couple were of the run-of-the-mill spam.

So what happened?

It seems someone took a fancy to my domain name (not this one, my business one) and used it to spam others... in geek talk, that's called email-spoofing, something that's usually experienced by hotmail, yahoo, microsoft and other high profile domains. Why me??? I'm afraid only the spammer will ever know. But if this continues, i'm gonna get black-listed :(

A quick email to tech-support, and what do i get? "there's really nothing u can do about it" d-u-h!!! Don't i know that already??

10 minutes later, i wasn't able to send any emails out from that particular mail server. ok... i hope it's the tech ppl doing their job and not my mail server crashing on me... it went back up some half an hour later... so i guess they temporarily suspended SMTP service to stem the flow and hopefully those bastards will move on to other domains to spoof.

...funny thing is, my other mailboxes are unusually quiet these past two days... and it didn't hit me until i realised that there's no way i have no emails on two of my most active addresses. On a daily basis, i will get at least 5 or 6 emails from topic subscriptions, newsletters and such... and these days with the subscription to certain forums, at least 10 or more notification in an hour. so i did some more investigating... a look at the status box finally uncovered the truth... it seems Outlook Express has a limit of checking 32 different email accounts in one user profile.

How did i come to that conclusion? Simply because i've been adding a few more mailboxes to be monitored, but it appears that it's only checking 32... hmmm... i wonder...

Clicked on Send/Receive on the really quiet mailboxes... and voila!!! 128 emails totalling 5MB over the past two days on one... and 56 emails totalling 8MB on another. OK... that's more like it! Looks like i have to pick and choose which 32 mailboxes to check automatically from now on, and do the rest manually then... bummer!

All these couldn't have come at a busier time... what with a few deadlines to meet and the upcoming scuba trip... leaving in 18hrs and i'm here troubleshooting email problems and resolving connection issues... not to mention struggling to meet deadlines.... oh, and did i mentioned that i need a newer, faster laptop? man... this machine here is overworked and overloaded... it can still cope pretty well, just that my needs have gone up, and it's not keeping up :(

whoa... look at the date... looks like i'm a one post a month blogger... ahaha... we should all be worried if i post more often... that'll mean i have no work to do, and no money coming in :P