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Monday, June 24, 2002

Entry 0023 -- It was the funniest e-mail fuck-up ever.

I've been on the internet since 1995 or so, so I thought I'd seen everything, but the dilemma my boss at work got himself into today when he returned from work was a first, at least in my experience.

When he got in this morning, it was Joe's first day back since going on vacation over a week ago. Just before leaving, he had set up his work e-mail to auto-respond to any incoming e-mails. You know, "I'll be out of the office until June 24th, and I will reply to your message at that time," kind of thing.

Turns out someone sent Joe an e-mail, and also had their e-mail set to auto-respond. This is why Joe's inbox had 4,900 messages all from the same person, with the subject line "re: re: re: re: re:" in them.

Even better, upon investigation, turns out Joe's inbox shut down after those initial 4,900 auto-replies. Waiting on the server was a total of 198,000 messages that had bounced back and forth for the past week, one every few seconds.

Nobody at work thought this was funny except me. I don't know, I know I've said it before, but I love living in the future. It's fucking hilarious.

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