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April 16, 2008

Housekeeping
Posted by Patrick at 04:00 PM *

I’m having trouble with my work email—stuff sent to patrick.nielsenhayden@tor.com or pnh@tor.com. Among other things, people are getting told that I’ve deleted their email unread when I definitely haven’t done any such thing, even though I’ve supposedly got Outlook/Exchange configured to never respond to “read receipt” requests. And there are other issues as well.

For this reason, I’m urging people to simply stop using my “tor.com” address and send any and all email to pnh@panix.com for the foreseeable future. That’s been my primary email address since 1992 and I expect that to continue to be the case.

(Despite the “tor.com” address, these issues have nothing to do with the “tor.com” science-fiction ubersite we’re developing, as discussed here. Just sayin’.)

Comments on Housekeeping:
#1 ::: John ::: (view all by) ::: April 16, 2008, 04:50 PM:

Suggestion: Change your password, and manually make sure there is no forwarding set on your account. Missing emails and "deleted unread" notifications that you didn't send could be a sign that someone's tapping your mailbox and they're not very bright about keeping it a secret.

It's been known to happen, sometimes even by people who are supposed to be able to read your email (your employer) but who are unaware that they're causing problems for you.

And it could be one wacky mixup. But change your password, check for forwards, and ask your boss about it, anyway.

#2 ::: beth meacham ::: (view all by) ::: April 16, 2008, 05:19 PM:

:raising eyebrows:

#3 ::: Dave Kuzminski ::: (view all by) ::: April 16, 2008, 08:44 PM:

I sent Teresa an email about two weeks ago and received no response. I hope that doesn't mean that email sent to her @panix.com address is also failing to arrive.

#4 ::: Patrick Nielsen Hayden ::: (view all by) ::: April 16, 2008, 08:47 PM:

No, it probably means that, like me, she's swamped with email, and imperfect at responding to everything in a timely fashion.

Panix really is an extraordinarily reliable email provider. I knew that; I should never have given out any other email address.

#5 ::: JKRichard ::: (view all by) ::: April 16, 2008, 09:30 PM:

I'm with Beth @ #2. My eyebrows are raised too. That sounds like some serious email server SNAFUS. I don't see what someone would gain by tapping and re-routing your work email as John @#1 suggested--- then again, rumor has it there is no secret cabal.

Sorry for the technical woes. Some asshat said somewhere that technology was supposed to make our lives easier.

#6 ::: Edward Oleander ::: (view all by) ::: April 16, 2008, 11:02 PM:

Patrick, is this why you've been ignoring my request to help me transfer $10 million from my deceased Uncle in Liberia?

#7 ::: paul ::: (view all by) ::: April 17, 2008, 03:23 PM:

1992, huh? Arriviste.

#8 ::: lightning ::: (view all by) ::: May 05, 2008, 10:39 PM:

Also, run a virus/spyware checker in full paranoid mode on any computer that might touch that e-mail account.

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