The first part of this is a little boring, but trust me, it does get interesting.
I hope you enjoy my story!
—– Original Message —–
From: “Joe Blow” email@example.com
To: “Matt Simpson” firstname.lastname@example.org
Sent: Friday, January 11, 2002 10:17 PM
Subject: Re: webmail NOT WORKING again
> At 10:15 PM 11/01/02 -0500, you wrote:
> >Hey Joe,
> > When the hell did this start happening…
> > this is crazy. It can’t have been today.
> > Something is messed up with the web-mail,
> > it’s confirmed, I’ve been testing it all
> > night. This is crazy. Grrr… I’m working
> > on it now… This apparently hasn’t been
> > the best week for me.
> Hi Matt, sorry about your week ! ;+(
> blow.ca just started complaining about it
> last night. Remember the other night when the
> qMail was down, do you think it was related?
> I had a complaint from someone else also
> (unrelated to blow.ca) - in this case,
> he said he was trying to email the address
> email@example.com and it was not going through - with
> a DNS not found error. The address was
> getting mail - from others, so I put it down
> as a problem on his end.
—– My Reply —–
Ask him/her to do a tracert next time it doesn’t work. at the command line just type: ” tracert mail.blow.ca ” See if the hops are messed up somewhere along his/her line, I’m guessing that’s the problem.
It’s probably a rebel DNS server who was just sick of conforming to DNS server “standard” of updating DNS records every 12 hours… I’m pretty sure it’s name is Boris. Boris has had a hard life. His parents, Sun Sunfire and IBM Netfinity, had high expectations for Boris the little DNS server… All Boris wanted was to be a fast Database machine, but his parents held him down saying “But DNS is where the bytes are! You must stay with DNS serving!”. After 25 computer years (6 human months), Boris was fed up and paid a techie 100000 bytes to pull the plug on mommy Sunfire and daddy Netfinity. Boris soon found that he couldn’t switch jobs no matter how many bytes his mother and father left him in their will; he was lonely and depressed, so he turned to self-destruction as his only escape. One day he did the too much of the hardest computer drug around, called “Melissa” and he OD’ed and became a vegetable, not ever having the ability to update his knowledge of DNS again, but forever serving what little unreliable knowledge he had.
I have no idea how I got off onto that rampage, but I did… so I hope you enjoyed the story of Boris the DNS server… I think I’m going to put that on my web site.