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http://www.ibiblio.org/harris/500milemail

Could It be true? Or it's just a joke? :O

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closed as not a real question by Ward, ThatGraemeGuy, Mark Henderson Jun 28 '11 at 8:11

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Good story, I'd never heard that one before. It's off topic, however, so this will likely get closed. –  Ward Jun 28 '11 at 7:35
    
Can you point out the exact FAQ point that states that this is off-topic? who gived -1? why? –  LanceBaynes Jun 28 '11 at 7:46
    
from the FAQ: You should only ask practical, answerable questions based on actual problems that you face. Chatty, open-ended questions diminish the usefulness of our site and push other questions off the front page. –  ThatGraemeGuy Jun 28 '11 at 7:50

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I remember reading this quite a long time ago. Nobody ever really had any reason to doubt the credibility of the author. Remember, the Internet was a slightly saner place then. What's more, is this same question is addressed in the FAQ (linked from the original story).

Did this actually happen, or were you just spinning a yarn?

Yes, it happened. At the time, I was running the centralized campus email system, Isis, at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. I was informally responsible for some aspects of the email systems in departments who chose to run their own independent systems. Most notably for the purposes of this story, I wrote sendmail.cf (Sendmail configuration) files that were used in most of the mail servers on the campus.

http://www.ibiblio.org/harris/500milemail-faq.html

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