The Boston Diaries

The ongoing saga of a programmer who doesn't live in Boston, nor does he even like Boston, but yet named his weblog/journal “The Boston Diaries.”

Go figure.

Wednesday, February 24, 2021


I have a Gmail account that I don't use for anything other than

  1. having claimed as an email address;
  2. seeing what spam Google lets through its famed “spam filtering process” (hint: quite a bit actually, and I suspect Google gets paid to deliver it);
  3. seeing email for other Sean Conners who's friends/family don't know that doesn't go to the Sean Conner they know.

That last category is just a by-product of getting in early enough with Gmail, and after all this time, I'm still surprised at receiving email addressed to other Sean Conners (latest one: a betting pool to see when a pile of snow known as “Mt. Pfeiffer” will melt completely away).

So I load Gmail today and get:

We’re sorry, but your account is temporarily unavailable. We apologize for the inconvenience and suggest trying again in a few minutes. You can view the Google Workspace Status Dashboard for the current status of the service.

If the issue persists, please visit the Help Center »

Try Again Sign Out

Show Detailed Technical Info

And when I clicked on “Show Detailed Technical Info” I got “Numeric Code: 4”.

Woo hoo!

Way to go, Google! Wonderful technical detail! That helped a lot!

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