“We can’t send mail farther than 500 miles from here…”

December 8th, 2002  |  Published in Uncategorized

From Sean MacLennan’s Gopher archive, we have Trey Harris’ account of a curious geographic limit to sendmail’s range:

“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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