This may be more than you want to know about my computer systems, but I do now have a cobbled-together e-mail system again after 11 days without. And I have absolutely no desire to use it. I included a couple of shots of a very old FO - my second Unpattern and third or fourth sweater - to entertain you while I rant a bit and get it out of my system.
Last Thursday my husband set up a temporary e-mail account with our ISP so we could send and receive mail. It didn't go through our server and it's many layers of spam filtering, but at least we could reconnect to a degree.
Which still left about ten days worth of spooled e-mail floating around with no way to get to us. Something in our connection between our server and the outside world is broken and until he can debug it on-site, neither the DSL or ISP people can know what to fix.
So he also arranged for the ISP to forward directly from the spooled stuff on their servers the e-mail for our specific real accounts. This step of specifying which e-mail to forward was necessary because we have our own domain name. That means that every made-up address that gets generated by sellers of male-oriented drugs or fake banks for ouraddress.com comes to us unless we do something to filter it first. Usually we have about three layers of filters and still get a few in our regular in-boxes but only a dozen or so a day in our desktop junk-mail folders.
When DH set up this forwarding the service rep told him it should happen in about 20 minutes. Four hours later when he called back he found that, unlike in the past, the guys on the phone couldn't do this particular fix but had to forward it to the one and only guy who could, who would get to it as soon as he had a chance. On Friday afternoon when the guy still hadn't gotten to it, they suggested DH try sending him an e-mail since he sometimes read those from home on the weekend.
And he did. But he just set it up to send current mail and didn't do the part about only forwarding mail for specified addresses. And for some reason the Universe decided the system would forward everything to me. From late Saturday morning until the guy apparently got to work today and got around fixing it at about noon, I received about 350 to 500 e-mails each time my computer retrieved it - every 15 minutes. I turned off the chime for new mail in the first half hour.
It took 2 1/2 hours for last night's 6,000 message build-up to down load when I turned my laptop on today. Fortunately yesterday I had left it on so the 9,000 ones I had that morning were already there. I estimate I dealt with deleting about 25 to 35,000 pieces of spam and two real e-mails in two days. Sorry, no good screen shots as I was busy trying to keep up with it all. Thank goodness he didn't send everything that had spooled for ten days also.
Last night I had to close various windows and slow down my Ravelry search for patterns as I kept getting out-of-processing-memory messages just from the stuff coming in every 15 minutes (and, um, a lot of photos of sweaters) even though I have a ton of memory. I had trouble with Bloglines not opening stuff while the massive download happened one-at-a-time this morning, but then, I'm not sure Blogline has everything together again after their transition either.
But now I have all the 'real' e-mail I'd not gotten, most of which is out-of-date holiday sales offers and only one business-related thing we should have signed and returned last week. Luckily, most of my knitting and blog-related stuff comes through the account I receive on-line so I've gotten the important stuff all along. I'll now receive e-mails sent to any of my addresses, though all replies from me will still come via the temporary address.
So, that's the long way to say that if I haven't responded to a comment you left on this blog or a message you sent, please bear with me. I think I got all the real e-mail that went to my in-box but did not check everything that went into the junk folder while I deleted a few hundred at a time.
And I may not respond to everything I get over the next couple of days. New messages have lost some of their thrill. I hope to get a lot more knitting done instead.