Attention users of techapartment resources: Especially and

I know service has sucked today. It's not a bandwidth issue. I'm undergoing a gigantic joe job right now. Some spammer is generating hundreds of thousands of emails with the sender address being random addresses

Since and share much of the same architecture (but not quite) it is also affected.

My apologies for the shitty service, but it's not my fault. I'm doing what I can, but under the load I've already had one backup MX bail out on me (quite understandably and with my blessing) for the course of the attack, and had to switch my offsite backup MX because it was crushing that server too. Mainframe has over 30,000 backed up emails in its mail queue that are almost all invalid, just waiting to be bounced.

It's a fucking mess.

I'll summarize the rest of the day with little plus and minus signs:
+ Optimizing my monitoring system at work
– Fucking up the summary cache database on it in the progress, but rebuilding it was part of the above optimization and made a HUGE difference.
+ 100 Megabit Full Duplex connection in the detroit datacenter at work now
– I think (provider) is inaverdently forcing my redundant connection to 10/half. Grr.
+ Renewed my badge at (colo provider) today
– Got bitched at for not signing in guests. I've been taking guests for like what, 2-3 years now? and they decide to throw a bitch fit while my router is in several pieces on my lap? Fuck that noise. My guests come to help me do shit, like be my gopher or help me organize my crap.
+ K index of 9 today. Heard the Northern lights were cool. Look up at the sky and it's fucking like daylight because I'm a city boy. I hop in my truck and take off on the first road that went north I could find. Took it until I seen dark skies.
– Didn't see a damn thing
+ Got lost up in BFE, and hilarity ensues as one of my backup MXen calls me with far more patience than I would have had under the circumstances, and asks me to flip my MX record to the proper machine. My bad. I go to grab my data cable for my cell phone. It's not there. Nope, it's back 50 miles south at home. I plug in my wireless card, and remember that up in BFE, they don't use wireless ethernet. I actually manage to find an AP to find out it's not actually connected to the internet, or anything else interesting for that matter. Ugh. End up calling my other backup MX to have him edit the DNS record. More hilarity ensues as I am apparently in a non existent town.

Welcome to my day today. Hi.

6 thoughts on “Attention users of techapartment resources: Especially and”

  1. This is the email that highjacked you guys – just got it here in Dallas

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    Cut and paste the URL above in your brwoser or simply double click it NOW.

    1. Re: This is the email that highjacked you guys – just got it here in Dallas

      If you could paste the headers, we might be able to shut these jerks down.

        1. Re: This is the email that highjacked you guys – just got it here in Dallas

          Nope. The systems that are stupid enough to bounce this rather than issue a 550 during the RCPT TO: phase of SMTP are also stupid enough not to give me useful bounce messages.

  2. First, thanks for the wonderful resource that is/was; I used it a lot for work and "play."

    Second, while I haven't had the time just yet to replicate all of your functionality, I took a combined copy of the NPA/NXX database from NANPA (threw in 500 and 900 numbers for good measure) and put some rudimentary searches on in case anyone comes clamoring for a public resource before you're available again.

    Thanks again,

    1. Pursuant with my terms, I can only use the computer for business purposes. I was supplied with replacement hardware, colocation, and unlimited bandwidth, in addition to getting $1, to bring the site back up online. Since I am self employed as well as working at the unnamed software company, I'm permitted to do this. I consider it free marketing for my skills. 🙂

      It doesn't have all the data back, but hopefully will soon.

      I read your site. Indeed the Joe Job sucked, but I was in fact arrested by federal authorities on November 9,2003. They claimed I was hacking into lowes, but it was really my roomate and his idiot friend, who they somehow mistook for me.
      I think they realize at this point I had really nothing to do with it, and in fact actively tried to distance myself from it beforehand, and they've made a big mistake. Hopefully they'll let me go soon and this will all be over with for me….

      Until then, the site at is now back up.

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