Alex, Jeremy, Michael and the rest,
I just have to say that I have belonged to a number of email lists and this
has to be the best one for signal to noise ratio.
That being said, further investigations have lead me to some discoveries.
I will share them with you briefly because the symptoms were a little
confusing and lead me to think the problem was something other than what it
This is one for the trouble shooting list that seems right up there with "Is
it plugged in?"
1) After further testing I was able to determine that my smtp after pop3
auth is working fine.
2) After questioning the owner of one lovely little cafe he gave me the
email to his network person. He was able to quickly determine the root
of the problem. The public network that I use when I am out at lovely
little cafe's is personaltelco.net. personaltelco.net blocks outgoing
traffic to port 25 on any machine in the world. They do this for good
reason. Spam control. By blocking outgoing smtp traffic on all of their
public nodes they eliminate the possibility of some less than honorable
people sending out masses of UCE's through open/broken relays.
3) This network person thanked me for my information and is now informing
personaltelco.net that one of their nodes is broken and ALLOWING
outgoing smtp traffic. Personaltelco is fixing that since they don't
want a bunch of spammers wearing Rush Limbaugh lapel pins sucking up
their bandwidth and getting them listed in an rbl.
1) Destroy all spammers and take back our network
2) Write a small proxy listener that I can connect to and forward the
traffic to my smtp server.
3) Continue being happy using my sqwebmail install when I am out a lovely
Of the possible solutions 3 seems to be the easiest, 2 will be the one that
I will probably do and 1 seems like the funnest.
Sorry for the noise and thanks for the help. I guess you learn something
everyday. I've got to get back to work.