[SIGCIS-Members] UK resource guide now completed -- from Jame Sumner

Thomas Haigh thaigh at computer.org
Mon Dec 20 14:55:56 PST 2010

[Forwarded from James Sumner -- james.sumner at manchester.ac.uk.]

Dear listmembers

The full version of "History of computing in the UK: a resource guide"
is now up on the SIGCIS site, joining Tom Haigh's more general resource
guide and Chigusa Kita's Japanese listing. Please take a look:


Suggested additions and corrections are very welcome -- as are comments
on the arrangement and scope. Putting together this kind of finding aid
always involves a lot of subjective decisions about what to include and
how to present it. For the record, my ground rules have been

- to offer starting-points for researchers, rather than trying to be

- to follow the shape of the literature, rather than trying to give
balanced coverage to areas where not much has been written

- to focus on secondary sources, listing primary sources only when
they're particularly rewarding and/or the secondary source base is
particularly light

- not to exclude anything purely on the grounds that it's difficult to

I hope I've managed to come up with something most people will find
useful. Thanks again to everyone who has contributed material so far!


On 17/12/2010 18:57, Thomas Haigh wrote:
> Hello James,
> Did you try to send the message from the new account? I don't remember
> seeing it...
> Tom
> -----Original Message-----
> From: James Sumner [mailto:james.sumner at manchester.ac.uk]
> Sent: Sunday, December 05, 2010 9:14 AM
> To: Thomas Haigh
> Subject: Re: Mail delivery failed: returning message to sender
> Good idea. Page has been updated; I'll announce it to the list now.
> Best
> James
> On 01/12/2010 21:17, Thomas Haigh wrote:
>> OK. I added this address to the list, but turned off mail delivery for it
> so
>> it should be good for sending but will not fill up with extra copies of
> the
>> list messages.
>> Tom
>> -----Original Message-----
>> From: James Sumner [mailto:james.sumner at manchester.ac.uk]
>> Sent: Wednesday, December 01, 2010 3:44 AM
>> To: Thomas Haigh
>> Subject: Re: Mail delivery failed: returning message to sender
>> Hi Tom
>> Sorry -- I'd forgotten this detail. But I doubt I can get anything done
>> to fix it at this end. I'll drop a line to IT services, whose typical
>> approach to anything non-obvious is to reassign it to someone I can't
>> contact directly and ignore it forever.
>> There's james at jbsumner.com , I suppose -- I try not to use this much,
>> but it will do the job. Please set it up as accepted.
>> Thanks!
>> James
>> On 30/11/2010 22:19, Thomas Haigh wrote:
>>> Hello James,
>>> What I recall finding when we checked before is that this was a case of
>> your
>>> email server being unable to find the sigcis.org domain or communicate
>> with
>>> the SMTP receiver running on it (failing on RCPT as it tries to
>>> the recipient) and therefore refusing to transmit the message.
>>> It is not that the SIGCIS listserv receiving the message and rejecting
>>> for some reason. That makes it much harder to fix, as it's a problem
>> is
>>> taking place in the interaction between the two servers that is for some
>>> reason only afflicting your email server and maybe a few others.
>>> I am cc'ing Brent to see if he has any ideas.
>>> As a workaround do you have another email account you can use for
>> I
>>> can manually add it as an accepted sender to both lists.
>>> Tom
>>> -----Original Message-----
>>> From: James Sumner [mailto:james.sumner at manchester.ac.uk]
>>> Sent: Sunday, November 28, 2010 3:07 PM
>>> To: Thomas Haigh
>>> Subject: Fwd: Mail delivery failed: returning message to sender
>>> Tom,
>>> This is evidently a persistent problem. Checking my mail archives shows
>>> that I haven't been able to get a message through since July.
>>> Please could you forward the message?
>>> Thanks
>>> James
>>> -------- Original Message --------
>>> Subject: Mail delivery failed: returning message to sender
>>> Date: Sun, 28 Nov 2010 21:04:09 +0000
>>> From: Mail Delivery System<Mailer-Daemon at tranquility.mcc.ac.uk>
>>> To:<james.sumner at manchester.ac.uk>
>>> This message was created automatically by mail delivery software.
>>> A message that you sent could not be delivered to one or more of its
>>> recipients. This is a permanent error. The following address(es) failed:
>>>       exec at sigcis.org
>>>         SMTP error from remote mail server after RCPT
> TO:<exec at sigcis.org>:
>>>         host mailstore1.secureserver.net []:
>>>         550 #5.1.0 Address rejected exec at sigcis.org
>>> ------ This is a copy of the message, including all the headers. ------
>>> Return-path:<james.sumner at manchester.ac.uk>
>>> Received: from rankine.its.manchester.ac.uk ([])
>>> 	by tranquility.mcc.ac.uk with esmtps (TLSv1:AES256-SHA:256)
>>> 	(Exim 4.69 (FreeBSD))
>>> 	(envelope-from<james.sumner at manchester.ac.uk>)
>>> 	id 1PMoPm-000A6r-2u
>>> 	for exec at sigcis.org; Sun, 28 Nov 2010 21:04:06 +0000
>>> Received: from [] (port=4690 helo=[])
>>> 	by rankine.its.manchester.ac.uk with esmtpsa (TLSv1:AES256-SHA:256)
>>> 	(Exim 4.69)
>>> 	(envelope-from<james.sumner at manchester.ac.uk>)
>>> 	id 1PMoPl-0004YS-Tr
>>> 	for exec at sigcis.org; Sun, 28 Nov 2010 21:04:05 +0000
>>> Message-ID:<4CF2C3C4.8020902 at manchester.ac.uk>
>>> Date: Sun, 28 Nov 2010 21:04:04 +0000
>>> From: James Sumner<james.sumner at manchester.ac.uk>
>>> User-Agent: Mozilla/5.0 (Windows; U; Windows NT 5.1; en-US; rv:
>>> Gecko/20101027 Thunderbird/3.1.6
>>> MIME-Version: 1.0
>>> To: exec at sigcis.org
>>> Subject: UK resource guide again
>>> Content-Type: text/plain; charset=ISO-8859-1; format=flowed
>>> Content-Transfer-Encoding: 7bit
>>> X-Authenticated-Sender: James Sumner from ([])
>> []:4690
>>> X-Authenticated-From: James.Sumner at manchester.ac.uk
>>> Dear all
>>> As (repeatedly) promised, a revised version is up as a draft -- not
>>> publicly visible -- at
>>> http://www.sigcis.org/node/113
>>> Comments welcome. Do we think this is now in a fit state to be promoted
>>> to the membership? (If so, could someone please tell me how to make it
>>> appear as a link from the main site?)
>>> Best
>>> James

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