There once was a geeky exchange team


Hey folks,


This blog's got a lot of great technical information which is all very well and good... but we figure it's time for a fun break. Combined with that, we have some extra goodies left over from the Exchange 2003 SP2 TAP program and wanted to put them to good use. 


We put those two bits of information together and decided to host the first ever official You Had Me At EHLO Contest!


This contest is a tricky one that will require an in-depth knowledge of Exchange.


What's the contest, you ask?




Yes, that's right, you heard us. Come up with some witty limericks about e-mail or Exchange[1], the more creative the better (feel free to stretch the rules on the exact cadence), and email them to [updated 2/8 9:10 PM PST - we're figuring out what's up with the DL, in the meantime just mail me directly] kclemson AT microsoft DOT com.


We will accept entries until midnight, PST on February 17th, at which point a crack team of judges will review all the submissions and pick our favorites (the exact number of winners is to be determined) which we will then share with you.


Each of the winners will receive a magnetic poetry kit from the Exchange 2003[2] TAP program that looks something like this:



We thought we'd whet your appetite with an example of a limerick, prepared by yours truly[3]:


There once was an email from me
That I sent via SMTP
It flew over the net
'Twas delivered no sweat
Thanks to E 2003


Of course, we have to be proper here, so without further ado:


By submitting your limerick to Microsoft, you agree that you are doing so voluntarily, and that Microsoft shall be free to copy, edit, modify, license, publicly display, create derivative works, and otherwise use your submission in whole or in part at any time and as it sees fit, entirely without obligation or restriction of any kind to you or any third party.


- KC Lemson 


[1] Snarkiness also accepted

[2] You may have noticed certain words in the poetry that may or may not be used in mildly amusing sentences. This is entirely unintentional, we believe it may have been a byproduct of the manufacturing process. We don't know how they got in there.

[3] Genius, I know


Comments (21)
  1. Murray Wall says:

    how about..

    The following recipient(s) could not be reached:

    (editted for clarity ;-)

         ‘ehlocon at microsoft dot com’ on 2/8/2006 9:39 PM

               The e-mail account does not exist at the organization this message was sent to.  Check the e-mail address, or contact the recipient directly to find out the correct address.

               < #5.1.1 smtp;550 5.1.1 User unknown>

  2. Exchange says:

    Thanks, Murray (and for a while I thought you were kidding :-)… not sure what’s up with the address, but while we’re looking into it I updated the entry to just point at my email addy.

    – KC

  3. Anonymous says:

    We’re looking for a few good limericks!

    Check out my post on the Exchange blog.

  4. AIM48 says:

    From far and wide they came –

    spam messages all the same.

    Who would have thunk –

    but excahnge filtered out the junk –

    and the mail box was all clear of that gunk.

  5. AIM48 says:

    there once was a lazy admin guy –

    who allowed one of his exchange servers to die.

    but the cluster took up the slack –

    and there was not a bounce back –

    So the lazy admin didn’t get sacked

  6. AIM48 says:

    forget the lick, forget the stamp, just hit the send key

    because my exchange server does all my mailing for me.

  7. AIM48 says:

    There once was a guy named jim –

    who had to disscuss something with tim.

    So he sent an exchange invitation –

    asking for a meeting confirmation –

    even thought they could have used I.M.

  8. Peter says:

    Your mailing first talked EHLO at arriving.

    Where it met Exchange front-end who was driving.

    It answered 500 5.3.33 Unrecognized command.

    It should start with HELO As we demand.

    Well finally I got your mail "You had me at Ehlo" and that’s what I want.

  9. Dave Howe (Exchange PSS) says:

    When I went into work one morning,

    I found my hard drives a roaring,

    A coworker said "Hey!

    Have you tried EXBPA?"

    When I ran it I got lots of warnings.


  10. AIM48 says:

    I was reading a blog from the exchange team

    looking for the best limricks ever seen

    But I missed out the part that said

    to email it (to an address that by the way was dead)

    so I mistakenlly posted it to the blog instead.

  11. Ruwan says:

    Hello was the first call

    we got EHLO for a change

    Exchange was exchanged

    You Had Me At EHLO

  12. Andy David says:

    5.5 was x.400 with a connector in the back.

    With 2003, tarpitting is free

    My SMTP baby’s got stack

  13. Amanda Murphy says:

    It’s Friday…

    My briefcase once got lost

    All docs and appointments got tossed

    If I had used Outlook

    As an electronic black book

    I wouldn’t be in such crap with my boss

  14. ethereally lost says:

    There once was a techie from Blighty

    Who thought that php mail() was mighty

    Till his mail was barred

    As Auth Login required

    Now he’s fsockopening with base64_encoding

  15. Anonymous says:

    Το διάσημο blog του Exchange Team &quot;You had me a EHLO&quot; διοργανώνει διαγωνισμό για αστεία στιχάκια που…

  16. David B says:

    There once was an FE.

    That found its true love in BE.

    Then came SSL.

    That turned the relationship to hell.

    Now there is no more owa or oma for me.

  17. Kelly Cook says:

    There once was a server named BES

    It kept upper brass on the edge.

    One day it got lost

    And at such a great cost

    That E12 saved us all from the ledge.

  18. LMH says:

    There once was a messaging admin

    Who didn’t know how to stop spammin’

    Til he downloaded Exchange 2003.

    With improvements in anti-spam and sender id,

    That messaging admin kept his job, how lucky he be.

  19. Anonymous says:

    The winners from our Limerick Contest (see original post) have been chosen!

    We had a great time reading…

  20. Bhalchandra says:

    There was once a Captain Crook

    Who used Exchange 5.5 with Outlook

    He wanted to have messages with better Look

    So he migrated to Exchange 2003 and Outlook

  21. Anonymous says:

    If you read KC’s blogoversary post&amp;nbsp;carefully, you saw that she hinted that there would be new contest…

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