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January 21, 2004

Frozen Ears and Email

I do wish the Canadians were less generous with thier disapproval. This icy stare is uncomfortable. Even when I dive down out of sight it finds me. I wore a sweater over my shirt and tie (and undershirt, layering up), and my tweed jacket over that, and then wrapped a scarf around my neck and topped it with a ball cap (RSA Security) and my ears and fingers still froze in the two block walks. They hurt now as the circulation returns. Did I mention I grew up in the Amazon? Any green left in my blood is wilted and turned to an ugly brown sludge in this. It reminds me of my 14-month residence in Bayonne, New Jersey. That's a memory I'd as soon lose.

At least I'm getting exercise. I walk up the escalator from the Rosslyn Metro station, in addition to the walks on either end. Now, that may sound like nothing, but you have to ride the escalator to believe it. By the time I got off my thighs were numb and not from the cold. I was wheezing like an asthmatic steam engine. I'm sure passersby thought I was drunk as I staggered out into traffic. For all that, my fingers and ears still went numb in minutes. There's a good stiff breeze out there too. That effectively punches the temperature down into the icy levels.

Speaking of ice, I'd better go see if I'm about to be removed from the rolls of institutional non-persons. No reply from my "boss" (the quotes denote that she's my superior in the reporting chain, but not literally my boss, a nuance of working as a consultant) on my status, but it's rather possible she got none of the three attempts I made to email her yesterday. My connection was flakey and my webmail attempts kept erroring out. I need to find out what sort of status reporting I'm supposed to do and where my stinking badge stands.

Ah, yes, the joy of anti-spam and the frustration of trying to mate up properly with SMTP servers! I spent a couple hours yesterday fiddling bits trying to set up my email so I can migrate away from my existing spam magnets to a fresh one. Actually, I want to kill off some old accounts I can't justify keeping, like my DSL account in Atlanta, and move all my email to the account associated with this blog site. That's independent of ISPs, and as such is far more "portable." My shift to portability with this wireless was a qualified success. As I mentioned below the performance isn't up to my standards, but the flexibility is simply stunning. Already I am the envy of this little bureau I inhabit. I'm waiting for someone to question the security angles (and I'm prepared to discuss those), but so far it's been pure envy.

In any case, after much fiddling and tweaking and trying of things just to see what happened, I seem to have figured out how to get my email out without resorting to webmail. Half the issue, roughly, was buglets in Netscape 7.0. The other half was the anti-forwarding setup of the mail server against which I was running afoul in my tests because I had two mail accounts set up at once in my mail program. If I am not careful to ensure the sending address is the new one, the server refuses to allow a connection (or so the error message claims). My dansch.net server will not allow outbound mail from my bellsouth.net account, which while sensible, is a pain in the lower portions of my anatomy. How all this should work is through real authentication. The server shouldn't care what tricks I play with return addresses as long as it's sure that it's me doing the sending. If I'm breaking the ISP TOS, sending spam or other dirty tricks, they can prove it was me and cancel or otherwise persecute and prosecute me. If I'm sending mail with return addresses from other, legitimate accounts of my own, that should be perfectly fine.

But real authentication is expensive, or so everyone claims. Expensive in time and effort. It is and it isn't. What they are really doing is a typical capitalist/human shift of today's problems off into tomorrow. It's procrastination on a bugetary level. Because they don't set things up sensibly up front, they get more customer service and maintenance issues on an ongoing basis (or they deliver lower quality of service, which "costs" them revenues) and in the end will have to deal with some serious breaches of security. Spam goes out no matter what. Already I got my first Nigerian plea for aid in shifting large amounts of currency on the new account that I set up yesterday. (Of course, I suspect that resulted from someone trolling blogs for email addresses. I did change my contact information in the sidebar.)

The reason I go to the trouble to set up my email this way is because I am not a one-computer person, nor a one-connection person. I want to be able to outbound mail from any of my devices and connections. I want to be able to have a standard, known-good setup. One method I considered was running my own mail server. That would give me the known-good setup, but would throw a wrench into the mobile part. I think I have both with my third-party host arrngement, as long as they don't go out of business on me.

Posted by dan at January 21, 2004 09:48 AM | TrackBack
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