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Offline HymenBreacherTopic starter

Having a major problem with PM's
« on: March 22, 2009, 11:45:52 AM »
On top of my screen, it says

"I have 256 messages, one of which is new."

When I clicked on that to go to my Inbox, it says :

"I have 255 messages, none of which is new."  (So one PM seems to be in limbo.

And when I tried to highlight some PM's to move into a label, it says ;

"Session verification failed. Please try logging out and back in again, and then try again."

Needless to say I tried logging out and back in but the problem persists.  I don't know how to read the new PM's that are coming to me.  And something seems corrupt.

Offline Vekseid

Re: Having a major problem with PM's
« Reply #1 on: March 22, 2009, 12:05:49 PM »
Are you using AOL or something? Who is your ISP and what browser do you use?

Try clearing all cookies for elliquiy.com and try again?

Offline HymenBreacherTopic starter

Re: Having a major problem with PM's
« Reply #2 on: March 22, 2009, 12:10:47 PM »
Edited : see below
« Last Edit: March 22, 2009, 12:14:22 PM by HymenBreacher »

Offline Vekseid

Re: Having a major problem with PM's
« Reply #3 on: March 22, 2009, 12:12:17 PM »
Something is really insisting that it be caching. Are you behind any proxies of any sort?

Offline HymenBreacherTopic starter

Re: Having a major problem with PM's
« Reply #4 on: March 22, 2009, 12:17:15 PM »
Okay, learned something new today.  Apparently here is what happened :

My 7 year old cousin was playing and clicking with the computer clock last night.  I noticed just now that the year was set to 2039.

Apparently the cookie to this site uses some kind of date stamp? (no idea why that would affect the number of unread messages I have)  So I reset the clock, re-deleted the cookie and it seems fine now.


Offline HymenBreacherTopic starter

Re: Having a major problem with PM's
« Reply #5 on: March 22, 2009, 12:18:04 PM »
Thanks for the help Vek.  That last post of yours hinted at the solution and problem, however bizarre it was.

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Re: Having a major problem with PM's
« Reply #6 on: March 24, 2009, 04:40:10 PM »
Apparently the cookie to this site uses some kind of date stamp? (no idea why that would affect the number of unread messages I have) 

Here's a thought - whether a message is read or unread basically seems to come down to two factors:  The time of the last visit to the PM box, and the time that it is when you enter the PM box.  If the time that the message arrives is between those, then it's 'new'.  With your clock set way in the future, any 'actually new' messages would be arriving way in the past.

Offline Vekseid

Re: Having a major problem with PM's
« Reply #7 on: March 24, 2009, 05:34:24 PM »
A cookie can't be set beyond 2039, so that's what most such programs set it to. If you set your computer's date to 2040 lots of fun stuff will happen on a lot of sites.

Offline HymenBreacherTopic starter

Re: Having a major problem with PM's
« Reply #8 on: March 25, 2009, 01:40:16 AM »
A cookie can't be set beyond 2039, so that's what most such programs set it to. If you set your computer's date to 2040 lots of fun stuff will happen on a lot of sites.

Thats very interesting.  Whats so magical about the year 2039?

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Re: Having a major problem with PM's
« Reply #9 on: March 25, 2009, 09:52:35 AM »
Wasn't able to find references to 2039, but 2038 is supposed to cause something similar to the Y2K issue.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Year_2038_problem

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Re: Having a major problem with PM's
« Reply #10 on: March 25, 2009, 09:54:39 AM »
Ah right, 2039, 2038, easy to mix them up :-p

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Re: Having a major problem with PM's
« Reply #11 on: March 25, 2009, 10:24:17 AM »
Amusingly enough, 2039 did bring up a Kabbalistic prediction for Armageddon, made some time in the 1200's.  The number was close enough that I decided to search off of the Y2K issues for other 'threshold' events.

Basically, it's when the 32-bit Unix date coding wraps around.