I've been connected for about an hour now, And I've still got around fifty or so email messages to download! This despite the fact that my Earthlink account has a spam catcher. (Not an excellent on - it's always let a lot of the spam through - but still, it cuts down on a lot of the crap usually.)
Yes, almost all of the email messages that my poor dial-up connection is slooowly chugging through have viruses attached. But there's one thing further that *really* pisses me off...
Damnit, if you're running an ISP or a domain or what have you, and you have apparent "undeliverable mail"... there is NO DAMN NEED to send THE ENTIRE ATTACHMENT back through the goddamn mail when sending the error message to the apparent sender. Especially since, unless you've had your head up your ass for a LONG time now, you should know that a lot of times the apparent sender of a virus-ridden message isn't the person who really sent it.
Really, this simple realization on the part of a bunch of people who should really know better would cut down on my spam right now immensely - about half of these messages are "bounce messages" that I never sent in the first place, sending the virus right "back" to me. The other half being, of course, the nice little professional-looking Microsoft emails that might actually fool me (okay, I said *might*) if a) I wasn't paranoid, b) I didn't know that Microsoft doesn't send attachments but directs people to their website, and c) I didn't get about TEN OF THEM AN HOUR.
Oh JOY. Apparently because between the time I went to bed and the time I got up and checked email I got too many emails with too many damn virus attachments, one of the last emails that I received was from earthlink saying that my email inbox was nearly full, and thus email sent to me would start being bounced soon. LOVELY. For those wondering, the limit for email for my Earthlink account is 10MB.
So if you tried to send any email to me and received a bounce message, you know why. I finally got the backlog all cleared out (which only took about an HOUR AND A HALF), so hopefully everything should go through nicely again. (Including more virii, yay.) But I'm wondering what email I might have missed now. Well, probably nothing important. But it pisses me off even further.
Today has sucked. Today has sucked long, hard, and with quite a bit of practice at sucking so that it can suck *just right*. Today just needs to go away. Now.
I made the mistake of actually *gasp* going away from the computer for a while to pick up a new filter (actually a protein skimmer - a much better piece of equipment that does more, but is pricier) for my tank, since I realized (I think) that the problem for the fish tank was that the filter wasn't working right still, and had almost zero flowthrough - which meant that the fish weren't getting any more oxygen. If it weren't for the fact that I still have one worm goby and a few crustaceans and mollusks alive in there (hell, if all of them are even still alive - I haven't seen the snails today, frex) I'd be tempted to just wash my hands of the whole thing and dismantle the tank... but oh well. :( I just really really really hope that this will fix the problems and make everything okay.
But anyhow, I digress. What I was originally saying was that I went *gasp* away from the computer to go pick that up and install it, and then to go eat. And since for a couple hours I wasn't sitting at the screen clicking my anti-virus notifications to keep downloading the email as it came in, I ended up with a backlog again. And just now received another message of being near my 10MB limit. At my best guess for this point, I'm getting about two over-100K-emails per minute.
Someone really needs to die for this, horribly and painfully and at great length. Or, to slip into the little theme for the day, since I haven't yet... Arrr! Keelhaul the lot of 'em! They be needin' to be strung up fer the gulls to peck at their livers and make 'em suffer, mateys! Arrr!
Serious though - between the viruses, and the fish problems, and having been worrying about Isobel, and everything else, I have ZERO energy left. Today's the day that I should be writing my reviews to post to Usenet, but I just can't. I haven't had the time to even finish reading the books, and I have NO energy to write the reviews at this point.
Just shoot me now. No, better yet, shoot the idiots that say "ooo, Microsoft sent me email to update Windows! How thoughtful of them!" and go *clicky clicky* to run it. Without even having a goddamn anti-virus program.
As a quick note in an edit to correct another misspelling: I checked my Norton Antivirus software to see how many virii it had detected just today. Wanna know how many? 332. I think just over 100 of those were from last night - I'd been getting increasing numbers of what I now know to be the Worm virus in email, but it wasn't triggering antivirus messages, so last night I manually updated the virus definitions and scanned my whole computer, and over 100 messages in my attachments folder got deleted. (No, I hadn't run them or anything.) The rest were from today.
Lots of fun on a 56K modem.