Tue May 27 20:35:45 PDT 1997 — Sonic is expanding it’s offices, and you can watch the work in progress. Using an Axis Neteye 200 which we’ve mounted on the wall in our new office space, you can view the construction as it progresses over the next month. Real time images plus an archive are available. They’ve torn down a few walls and framed some new ones, plus taken out the carpet, ceiling tiles and some glass. In the next few weeks they’ll be finishing up the walls and drywall, painting and installing carpet and furniture. We’re hoping to be moved in on July 1st. See all the fun at: www.sonic.net/neteye/
Fri May 23 17:34:26 PDT 1997 — Sonoma Interconnect will be closed on Monday May 26th for Memorial day. Have a nice long weekend and hope for good weather! -Dane
Thu May 22 09:53:55 PDT 1997 — Our FTP server was impacted by a large number of off-site users downloading a pirated registered version of Duke Nukem 3D. Please don’t distribute pirated software from our FTP server! For a few hours this morning local users were unable to login and upload web pages, etc. Note that if you have trouble at ftp.sonic.net, you can also connect via ftp to shell.sonic.net. -Dane
Tue May 20 10:17:31 PDT 1997 — As you may have heard, Windows systems have a networking bug which may allow a remote system or user to crash your desktop system while you are connected to the Internet. To avoid this, Sonic has implemented filters in our routers which block this type of attack. For more information and for fixes for your system, see mydesktop.com/ or news:sonic.help
Tue May 20 14:07:11 PDT 1997 — In our continuing efforts to cut down on unsolicited commercial email and SPAM, we have implemented domain name verification on inbound mail. This means that we’ll no longer get mail from firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com and other such bogus domains. Post to the newsgroup news:sonic.net if you have any questions about the implementation of this. -Dane
Thu May 8 11:09:08 PDT 1997 — We had some stuck talk daemon processes and decided to reboot the shell server to get rid of them. The server was offline for about 3 minutes. Also – folks, please don’t run persistant processes like ‘eggdrop’ and other bots and daemons.
Thu May 8 01:11:37 PDT 1997 — Important: As the next step in our attempt to stamp out SPAM and UCA mail, I’ve implemented filters which restrict our dialup users from using off site SMTP (mail) relays. As all dialup customers should be using ‘mail.sonic.net’ as their SMTP relay, this should not affect you, however if your email client software is misconfigured to use someone else’s mail relay, you’ll need to change your settings. The goal is to avoid making Sonic an attractive place to SPAM from – by requiring users to use our relay, we can avoid remote relay abuse. If you have any questions about this, please do post to news:sonic.help and let us know.
For more information about SMTP and POP, please see: www.sonic.net/info/relay/
Wed May 7 23:12:54 PDT 1997 — Two of our terminal servers had some problems with very high network load – seems that someone at the University of Delaware doesn’t like us. We also had a seemingly unrelated problem with our mail server which forced us to reboot it. Mail services were unavailable for about 15 minutes. Nothing like a little excitement, egh? -Dane