We even had one evening of relaxing, when we went out on Andy's boat (an aging Bayliner) with Naomi and a local friend of Andy and Scott's, and motored along to a lakeside restaurant. Then we parked in the middle of the lake and sang songs at the top of our lungs -- badly -- along to Andy's iPod, which was hooked into the boat's radio. Was a lot of fun. :)
Getting back, however, I discovered that the spam load had killed my antispam solution once more; mail was being dropped, lost, spam was getting through when it shouldn't, generally it was just a horrible mess. So I ripped things apart -- and frustrated myself immensely in the process -- and rebuilt the antispam/antivirus for Noderunner and Legendary /again/. This time, I'm fairly certain it'll work reliably, so here's hoping. It's even more complicated, involving sender reverse validation and all kinds of wacky stuff to detect forged e-mail addresses and whatnot. However, so far, it's already stopped a good several thousand(!) spam messages.
I am, however, immensely disgusted by the entire spam thing. The fact that a dedicated server dies under the load, that I have had to literally stress myself out over trying to find a workable solution so my e-mail still WORKS... it's insane. It's not right. Considering spammers have all this talk about 'we don't send mail where we're not wanted' or whatnot, it infuriates me that I have to go to these lengths to protect my systems from what is, in effect, destructive mail, since it can constitute a Denial of Service attack. It is just plain not right. At all.
Grumph. Anyway, immensely tired.