That’s right, nine thousand, five hundred and forty-eight unread emails when I got to work this morning! Well, I say this morning, but it was nearly the end of the morning by the time I had got into work after a spectacular over-sleeping/not-setting-ye-alarm event, to which I decided that blatant honesty was definitely the best possible approach when phoning my boss. But I digress…

9,548 emails?! That can’t be right. And it wasn’t after I had spent half an hour deleting them (Outlook couldn’t cope with deleting more than about 500 at a time…). Basically it transpires that our glorious new bug tracking system (hereafter to be referred to as contbugs) can’t cope with the concept of auto-replies. This being so, when I go on holiday before Christmas I set my Out Of Office, after which point I am sent 12 (yes, twelve) contbug emails. What follows is a daily (yes, daily) tennis match between the contbug system and OOO emails, that resulted in my OOO emails updating the contbug system with that information which then sent me another email to say that someone had updated the contbug request, to which my OOO replies, the contbug system updates the system, and lets me know this, and &c &c &c…

So 12 little emails spawned 9,475 emails, and for each of those 12 contbugs about 158 pages of update information! Don’t you just love technology?!!

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In case you were wondering, I only had about 50 unread messages to deal with by the time all of that was sorted… *grins*