On an E-Mail Gripe

Well, that was a fun ten minutes.

I tried to send an e-mail. I couldn’t connect to my SMTP server. Why? Because Earthlink had put up some extra jiggery-pokery to prevent spammers from using their servers.

Well, yippee.

My e-mail error log gave me a URL to visit. So I did.

And it wasn’t helpful. If I used Outlook or Eudora, I’d be okay. It had instructions for those. But not The Bat. Never The Bat.

I love The Bat.

Fortunately, I am nothing, if not a compulsive tinkerer. I read the Eudora directions. Eudora’s pretty basic. I understand a little bit about e-mail protocols. I knew I’d be able to puzzle out the right combination of settings to allow me to connect to Earthlink’s SMTP server.

How many different connections did I try? Too many, too many.

Ten minutes worth of work, it was. But now I can send e-mail again.


Published by Allyn

A writer, editor, journalist, sometimes coder, occasional historian, and all-around scholar, Allyn Gibson is the writer for Diamond Comic Distributors' monthly PREVIEWS catalog, used by comic book shops and throughout the comics industry, and the editor for its monthly order forms. In his over ten years in the industry, Allyn has interviewed comics creators and pop culture celebrities, covered conventions, analyzed industry revenue trends, and written copy for comics, toys, and other pop culture merchandise. Allyn is also known for his short fiction (including the Star Trek story "Make-Believe,"the Doctor Who short story "The Spindle of Necessity," and the ReDeus story "The Ginger Kid"). Allyn has been blogging regularly with WordPress since 2004.

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