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Friday, January 21, 2005 11:29 AM
Fighting the Demons
Kevin Salwen on Technology

Martin Flaherty, who runs a brilliant communications-consulting company called PencilBox Inc., has been having email problems. Everyone does sometimes, right? But what sets Martin apart is that instead of just cursing up a storm and kicking his computer, as I would do, he decided to communicate with the world through a hilarious email (from a different account). Enjoy:

Attention those trying to reach us.

For some reason the email server gods and various ghosts inhabiting the
ether have decided to smite us here at PencilBox. Since yesterday
morning we've been incommunicado. A swat team of malodorous
propeller-heads armed only with cans of Mountain Dew and horrendous
customer service skills are (supposedly) hard at work to correct this
situation. I've been told a tale of IT hell including firewall issues,
viruses and rebooting (oh my!). It seems that someone else is to blame
for the situation. I'd appreciate it if you'd keep an eye out for this
'someone' and call the authorities if you should come across
him/her/it.

I've constructed a small marble altar and will begin the animal
sacrifices at 10 am. My apologies to the local squirrel population.

Yours in IT hell,
m


4 comments

mark - 1/24/2005 12:21:29 AM
no, they do ~not~ have to be squirrels: I've had good success with sacrifices of other small critters, and even insects -- flies, cockroaches, the errant black ant ....
genevieve - 1/22/2005 6:07:01 AM
do they have to be squirrels? really?
martin - 1/21/2005 5:11:32 PM
well...no. we checked the windows. they are nailed shut.
Kate - 1/21/2005 1:15:05 PM
Thanks to Martin for using his pain and his wit to provide a good laugh for the rest of us!

To paraphrase the perpetually perky Maria in 'The Sound of Music': 'Every time the IT gods smite shut a door, somewhere, they open a (new) window.'

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