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Re: Fun new policy at AOL
From: Ray Wong <rayw () rayw net>
Date: Sat, 30 Aug 2003 00:21:50 -0700

On Fri, Aug 29, 2003 at 04:04:42PM -0400, Vivien M. wrote:
You seem to be misunderstanding the issue. Let's say you work at
someplace.edu. You want to send mail from home. With the SPF-type schemes
being discussed, your mail MUST come from someplace.edu's server.

If someplace.edu won't set up an SMTP AUTH relay, what do you do? Your
dialup account will let you use the dialup ISP's mail server... But your
mail will get bounced because it's not something from someplace.edu.

Did I miss the obvious?  This is not a technical issue.  You have presented
a case where one lacks the (free) resources needed to perform one's job.
This is something you take up with your manager.  "I could easily do
this part during my off hours, it just requires the mail server admin
to setup (free) SMTP AUTH s/w to limit access to us employees."
If not, the company policy is not to do work during off-hours.  It can
wait until you get in the next business day.  (Note that policy here is
defined by the actual behavior, not the statement of policy, which can be

Hence, if no SMTP AUTH relay, you're screwed.

Sure.  And if they throw the (power) circuit breakers at work, none of my
computers work (for long) either.  That's not a limitation of the grid.


Ray Wong
rayw () rayw net

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