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July 29, 2004

Managing Technical Things Too Early in the Morning

Clicking the "Get Msgs" button on my email software has become a bit of a nervous tic, as I skip from program to program getting things done, so I often manually check my mail more quickly than my automatic settings — five minutes, I think. Such was the case this morning, when I was surprised to find that 62 messages had arrived during the mere minutes since my previous click.

As it turned out, they were all identical spam that had been sent to random email addresses at "timshelarts.com." My email being the default, they had all come to me. So I reconfigured my account to send all messages that are addressed to nonexistent addresses to a "blackhole." Apparently, "jkatz@timshelarts.com" was actually a nonexistent address.

Upon discovering my confusion, I brought that email address into existence, and it is now functional. However, if you sent me any mail, made comments to any posts on my blog, sent trackback pings to any posts on my blog, or otherwise directed a message my way via email between about 10:15 a.m. and 12:20 p.m. this morning, please resend any direct notes and, if you'd like, draw my attention to any comments or trackbacks.

Sorry for the disruption.

ADDENDUM:
I just remembered that I can check all recent comments and trackbacks myself, so only regular ol' email and responses to the online forms scattered around timshelarts.com have slipped by me.

Posted by Justin Katz at July 29, 2004 12:45 PM
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Posted by: Justin Katz at July 29, 2004 12:49 PM