If you think your teacher has forgotten all about the e-mail you sent yesterday, try not to panic, for your professor might not have received it at all.
â€œThe e-mail server Zimmer crashed from what appears to be corrupted data,â€ Eric McLain, associate director of Information Technology Services, said. â€œAs a result, about half of all users werenâ€™t able to access their e-mail.â€
These users consisted mainly of faculty and staff, as students and cvip.net users access their e-mail from a different server.
Wednesday evening, Information Technology Services sent out an e-mail to the faculty and staff informing them that their e-mail would be down until Thursday at 6 p.m.
â€œI almost had a heart attack,â€ test coordinator Linda Ensche said. â€œMy e-mail is like my life line.â€
Ensche receives tests by e-mail from all over the world, and when the server crashed, it made her realize how dependent she is on her e-mail to perform her job.
â€œIf it was down for a week, my staff and I would be in serious trouble,â€ she said.
Information Technology Services ran system checks on Zimmer and repaired the damaged data, McLain said, and brought the system back online by Thursday afternoon. All cued e-mail was then delivered.
â€œWe donâ€™t believe that any messages were lost,â€ he said.
Ensche eventually received all 1,700 of her missing e-mails.
â€œItâ€™s just an eye-opener,â€ she said, â€œbut maybe it was a good thing, like a wake-up call.â€
She vows to invest in a back-up e-mail in case this should ever happen again.
â€œIt just goes to show that weâ€™re slaves to our e-mails and computers,â€ she said.