“We Cannot Ship Electronic mail Greater than 500 Miles”. A True Story.

“We Cannot Ship Electronic mail Greater than 500 Miles”. A True Story.I used to be working in a job operating the campus e-mail system some years in the past once I obtained a name from the chairman of the statistics division.“We’re having an issue sending e-mail out of the division.”“What’s the issue?” I requested.“We are able to’t ship mail greater than 500 miles,” the chairman defined.I choked on my latte. “Come once more?”“We are able to’t ship mail farther than 500 miles from right here,” he repeated. “A bit bit extra, truly. Name it 520 miles. However no farther.”So begins a extremely entertaining anecdote.  Because it turned out, the chairman was utterly proper: they might ship e-mail to recipients 500 miles away, however no additional.The story is from the Nineteen Nineties and I learn it whereas additionally operating an e-mail system (a horrible job).  The know-how is far older – references to Sendmail 5 and SunOS – however the story will make sense should you’ve ever administered any form of system.The whole encounter is amplified by the truth that it’s a gaggle of statisticians reporting the difficulty.I definitely am not going to deprive you of the pleasure of studying the unique story, which might be discovered right here on MIT’s web web site.  Dread Lord of LowEnd Content material at LowEndBoxI’m Andrew, techno polymath and long-time LowEndTalk neighborhood Administrator. My technical pursuits embrace all issues Unix, perl, python, golang, shell scripting, classic working programs corresponding to MVS, and relational database programs corresponding to Oracle, PostgreSQL, and MySQL.I additionally get pleasure from utilizing LEBs! I’ve an empire of little guys for VPNs, bigger guys for apps, and massive guys for databases and storage. Once I’m not in entrance a display screen I am into German Shepherd canine, high quality knives, goal taking pictures, theology, tabletop roleplaying video games, and forest mountaineering.I get pleasure from writing technical articles right here on LowEndBox to assist folks get extra out of their programs. Yow will discover me on LowEndTalk @raindog308Latest posts by raindog308 (see all)

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