The 500-mile email

The 500-mile email

Here’s a problem that *sounded* impossible… I almost regret posting the story to a wide audience, because it makes a great tale over drinks at a conference. :-) The story is slightly altered in order to protect the guilty, elide over irrelevant and boring details, and generally make the whole thing more entertaining.

I was working in a job running the campus email system some years ago when I got a call from the chairman of the statistics department.

„We’re having a problem sending email out of the department.“

„What’s the problem?“ I asked.

„We can’t send mail more than 500 miles,“ the chairman explained.

I choked on my latte. „Come again?“

„We can’t send mail farther than 500 miles from here,“ he repeated. „A little bit more, actually. Call it 520 miles. But no farther.“


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Marcus Jaschen

Ich bin selbstständiger Webentwickler und Systemadministrator und bin unter anderem für, Europas größte Mountainbike-Website tätig. Meine freie Zeit verbringe ich mit Radsport, in der (Holz-)Werkstatt und mit Fotografie.