Although I'm not sure about the way GovNet is implementing the
email, I suspect that unless they changed their base servers,
the new modem setup doesn't affect delivery ... Even with
email internal to the UVM network, we see a wide variey in
the way mail is "delivered."
Email is usually kept on server in a "spool" area in the
order in which the mail is RECEIVED by the server ... which
is somewhat related to the time it was "sent" and only
weakly related to the time it was written, and almost
totally independent of the "time stamp" in the DATE line.
- a large number of system clocks are off - by many hours,
because people don't know how to correctly set their time
zone, or how to correct for daylight saving time.
- clocks themselves are generally NOT set to recognized
standard (although most servers do synchronized their
clocks with network standard time)
- when the writer presses the "send" button, the email
may be queued (if there is no internet connection
- when the smtp server gets the mail, it may store the
mail depending on it's network connection. Or if it comes
from a list serve, things may be even more complicated !
(I have one list that routinely delivers mail from several
different days at once ...)
- then it sits on your pop or imap server
You can often see a history of messages by setting up your
mailer to "view full headers" ... great fun, really, and
it can help you understand how the network is working behind
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