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From the good folks at Lifehacker…

According to multiple topics on the Apple Support discussion boards, the problem can occur when a user logs into their Mac’s Guest account — whether by accident or on purpose — and then tries to log back into their regular account.

In some cases, users have reported finding their regular account empty of data, as though it were a brand new account.

Yikes. Avoid that guest account, Snow Leopard Users!

Lifehacker article


3GB net quota screenshot

According to the Net Quota page ( it appears that WU has upped the net quota to 3072 MB (3 GB) for every 24 hour period! Exciting! Rejoice, hopefully this means less scary emails from John Balling for a lot of us…

One of the most common computer-related complaints I’ve heard is, “Argh, I get so much spam email!”

If you actually enjoy reading about “How to Win Over nAy Girl”, “My offer of $$100,000,0000” and “give me your bank information”, stop reading now and GET OFF MY LAWN (and my network)! However, if you are annoyed by spam, please read on.

It is important to note that spammers can find your email address through many means. One of the most common sources is websites with which you signed up. There are many legitimate websites which do not sell your personal information, but some other, more nefarious websites make quite a lucrative profit selling their members’ personal information to advertisers and spammers.

Now, I am not suggesting that you stop signing up for websites that you find compelling. Instead, a good strategy is to maintain two (or more) email addresses, one for web signups, and the other for personal contacts, like friends, colleagues, spouses, and extramarital romantic interests (just kidding). It is very easy to set up accounts with internet-based email providers such as Gmail or Yahoo! Mail.

The second strategy, more specific to Willamette network account-holders, is to have your WU email forwarded to an off-campus email account, such as Gmail or Yahoo! Mail. The primary benefit is that your incoming email will go through two spam filters: one on the WU servers, and another in your destination email account. An added bonus is that you get to bypass the ugly, antiquated WU webmail user interface. I personally have all my WU email forwarded to my Gmail account, and it catches almost all the incoming spam before it hits my inbox.

Caveat: if you set up email forwarding, all incoming WU email received AFTER you set up email forwarding will be forwarded to your off-campus account. This will NOT forward existing email messages in your WU inbox to your off-campus account.

To do this, go to the WU Internal page ( In the upper-right corner of the window, click the “doorway” link most appropriate to you (Enrolling Students, Students, Faculty, Staff). In the “WITS EMAIL AND NETWORK SERVICES” column, click the “Email Forwarding Address” link. Enter your WU username and password as prompted, and follow the directions on the page. Once that’s done, open up the off-campus email account you indicated on the form, and you should receive an email message stating that all your WU email will be forwarded to the new account. You’re done! To undo, simply go back to the “Email Forwarding Address” page, select the “deliver to Willamette account” radio button, and press “Submit Mail Forward Request”.

Some email providers let you to have multiple sending addresses/identities all under one account. This allows you to choose which of your email addresses is displayed as the “sender” in emails you send out. This feature varies between providers, so you’ll need to research this one yourself. Your mileage may vary.