Dealing with the spammer aftermath

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Just in case you’ve come here today investigating where the spam email you received this morning came from, you’ll have to look elsewhere. Spammers used my “inphotos.org” domain name to send hundreds, if not thousands of spam messages and my poor server is receiving the brunt of dealing with the failed return messages from all over the world.

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I configured Postfix to accept up to 400 concurrent connections and they’ve been maxed out for the past several days.

$ ps auxw|grep -c smtp
401

That also means that if you sent me email over the last 2 days and I haven’t replied, send it again later. Your mail server may have timed out contacting my server. It should keep trying for 4 hours, but after that it will probably send you back an email saying the email was undeliverable. There’s not much I can do right now except ride out the storm and hope it finishes soon.

Update! The bounced emails are still flooding in. I changed the MX record for this domain and temporarily closed Postfix to outside connections so if you want to contact me, do so at donncha @ ocaoimh.ie instead, thanks!

The Lord Mayor’s car

Each year the Lord Mayor of Cork is given a top of the range Ford car to drive. It’s always the first car registered in the new year, hence the XX-C-1 number plate.

Unfortunately for the Lord Mayor, they have to give it back when their annual term is over. Such a car is now in the possession of a taxi driver in Blarney so at least it’s still serving the public ..

Patrick Street from Mothercare

Patrick Street, Cork as seen from the 1st floor of Mothercare..

Looking out the winder beats trying to navigate all the baby stuff in the shop!

Debenhams’ confused identity

Debenhams bought Irish department store chain, "Roches Stores", back in 2006, and rebranded their Cork store on Patrick Street shortly afterwards.

Unfortunately nobody has yet replaced the big "Roches Stores" logo at the top of the building. It’s still there, more than a year later! 🙂

Carrots!

All sorts of produce is for sale in the organic shop in the English Market, Cork. Including these carrots.

Irish Post Office

The post box outside a post office in Fermoy, Co. Cork.

Walking on air

My brother Cathal leapt into the air to head the ball when Kilkully Decking played Mulligans played at Turners Cross a few weeks ago.

Unfortunately they lost, but it was a great game of football. Cathal played a blinder!

Whirling around and around

A merry-go-round or whatever you call it kept the kids entertained in the Peace Park last night as Santa visited courtesy of 96FM.
Even the Lord Mayor of Cork turned up. He had no problems finding parking. I saw his car parked up on the broad new pavement outside the park. The “07 C 1” number plate is very distinctive.

For sale at Sherry FitzGerald

These are the swanky new offices of estate agent Sherry FitzGerald in Cork. I find it intriguing that the owners decided to bring in other agents to sell the other floor space in the building.

There are signs for Savills/Hamilton Osborn King and Lisney on the top floor directly above the "Sherry FitzGerald" logo. I’d be really unhappy about that if I was them and had spent so much money on new offices. 🙂