November 13, 2003


Now that was weird.

My e-mail client downloaded the first six of twenty messages without a problem today, and then it locked. And it locked. And it locked. And it took three long-distance calls to the ISP to get it fixed, which included accessing the messages on the server, forwarding them to myself, and then deleting the originals from the server. The best guess was that there was an unexpected character in one of the message headers, but that doesn't make sense, because I had to go through that little game a couple of times with different messages. What's the odds more than one message on the same day would have a mucked-up character? Like I said, weird.

In other news, before you trash your landline phone and service:

Verizon also said canceling a landline may also disable alarm reporting services, TiVo, satellite TV, cable pay-per-view and Internet access that depends on a phone line, including dial-up and DSL access.

So think twice. Call 911 on a cellphone and your home address probably won't appear on the dispatcher's computer screen, among other potential horrors.

Posted by Linkmeister at November 13, 2003 12:01 AM

Here's my own personal reason not to cancel the land line: when I call that central Pizza Hut number from my cell phone, it auto-connects me to their Liliha store, not their Ewa Beach one. Feh!

Posted by: Sue at November 12, 2003 09:44 PM

The entire Allegheny County 911 system (Pittsburgh and environs) was down for much of the day, and they still don't know why. My faith in phone switching systems is not high today.

Posted by: Christina at November 12, 2003 10:12 PM

sorry but I don't have your email address. Soup Lady???

Posted by: Cassie-B at November 13, 2003 12:56 PM