Wednesday, January 18, 2006


Another weird one today. . . System.Web.Mail was throwing this error:

System.Runtime.InteropServices.COMException (0x80040213): The transport failed to connect to the server.

Symptoms: We were setting SMTPMail.SMTPServer to localhost. If we changed that to the explicit IP of the server that worked. It also worked if we set it to the IP of the Smarthost. It did not work if left blank.

Solution: The SMTP service was only configured to run on the one IP address. When we switched that setting to "All Unassigned" it started working. Presumably we could have achieved the same result by setting the service to run on the loopback address as well in the Advanced settings.

File Under: Technology,

Monday, January 16, 2006

Afton Nordic Adventure Race

Afton Race Photoset

Unfortunately, there wasn't enough snow for skiing or snowshoes. So we ran the course on foot, pretty much a straight up orienteering meet.

We finished 10th of 10 on the long course with a time of 3:31.

Photos on Flickr:

Long Course Results

1. Mo Biz Mo Love (1st 2 person coed) 1:18:09/2:06:00
2. Mandatory (1st 3/4 person Male) 1:33:55/2:15:52
3. BumFuzzle (1st 2 person Male) 1:31:45/2:17:23
4. Yoshimi (2nd 2 person Male) 1:32:33/2:21:33
5. Oozing Monkeys (2nd 2 person Coed) 1:34:10/2:34:43
6. The Mod Squad (!st 3/4 person Coed) 1:37:49/2:39:13
7. School Boys 1:44:12/2:44:55
8,. LBS (3rd 2 person Coed) 1:48:31/2:42:50
9. Gnome Hunter #2 1:49:33/2:49:16
10. Gluttons For Punishment 2:13:18/3:31:36

Short Course Results (Finish after first loop)

1. Talking Goats (1st 2 person Coed) 1:38:19
2. Team B (2nd 2 person Coed) 1:44:29
X. Unofficial Solo 1:55:00
3 Tie. Spanish Time (1st 4 person Coed) 2:28:39
3 Tie. Frosted Frogs (3rd 2 Person Coed) 2:28:39

Wednesday, January 11, 2006

Great Quote . . .

No tyranny is so irksome as petty tyranny: the officious demands of policemen, government clerks, and electromechanical gadgets. - Edward Abbey

Tuesday, January 10, 2006

Immigration Scavenger Hunt Begins

One of the items you need for a New Zealand work visa is a "Police Clearance". Here in the states that means you need to request your rap sheet from the FBI.

In order to do that, you need your fingerprints put on a form FD-258 by somebody who's not going to smear them all over. The only place I could find that definitely does it is the crime lab downtown:

Public Fingerprinting

The Minneapolis Police Crime Lab is located in Minneapolis City Hall, 350 South 5th Street, Room 316, Minneapolis, MN 55415.

The hours for public fingerprinting are:

9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m., Monday through Friday, Room 316

The cost for public fingerprinting is $15.00 per card. We can only accept checks or money orders made out to the "City of Minneapolis". We cannot accept cash.

You must present a valid driver's license, state issued ID card or passport.