Here’s another tale of caution from the early days of digital communication:

Some time ago our office endured one of those cubicle-to-cubicle civil wars that occasionally erupt over critical workplace issues, things like full strength vs. decaf coffee, who will clean the office frige, and how to honor colleagues on their birthdays. In this case the issue was E-mail.

For a while we thought we had the answer with an Internet-based service. But then we began to run into limitations on the hard disk space allotted to us, and around the time of last year’s summer fiction issue, when writers were inundating us with electronic manuscripts, our service began to wobble under the weight.

We scurried around our E-mail boxes, deleted old offers for everything from Viagra to vacations, and successfully handled the incoming fiction and poetry.

But soon we had a new E-mail server, in-house, with enough gigabytes to handle multiple submissions of War and Peace and Bleak House. On top of that we got a spam filter, a good one, that allowed us to train it to recognize those E-mail scams.

It’s all been going well, until the other day when a freelance writer called, asking if we had received her article. We hadn’t, despite the fact that this freelancer has sent scores of articles to us over the years, all successfully received until now. The subsequent investigation revealed that our E-mail system had been taking every incoming message from AOL and dumping it into our inbox for junk mail. Since then we have searched the trash for any treasures, and begun retraining our spam filter to let AOL pass through once again.

But that still raises the question: Have any would-be summer fiction contributors sent us anything via AOL that has not reached us? If you submitted something via AOL and have not heard back from us, then you might want to resubmit it to (and it wouldn’t hurt to put a copy in the mail).

And if you haven’t sent anything to us yet at all, please do (see our ad, page 42, for submission guidelines). While we said above that we were "inundated" with submissions last year, the fact is that we look forward to great range of subjects and styles that we encounter each year. And we won’t regret a small flood of entries as the deadline of Wednesday, June 22, approaches.

And please note: We cheerfully accept hard copy that is mailed to U.S. 1 Summer Fiction, 12 Roszel Road, Princeton 08540 or even slipped under the door of Suite C-205. Sorry, we have no transom.

To the Editor: Escape to Nature

Thank you for publishing Carolyn Foote Edelmann’s article, "Nature Creates Her Own Green Version of Route 1" (U.S. 1, May 25). As a relative newcomer to Princeton from the west, it answered my questions about the bridge that I frequently go under on my way south on Route 1. Which by the way captures the earlier times of this area so well in its design. Her article really tied the fast paced world we live in to the delight of nature that can be found just a few pot-holed filled minutes driving time from Princeton.

I am not a "birder," yet the images painted in the article took me far away from my desk and computer for a few delightful minutes. As I sat at my desk and "walked with her" down the D&R Towpath it brought renewal from the keyboard and business issues to be solved. I like to think of the roar of traffic in the distance as the roar of the Pacific breaking on the shores under the cliffs of Route 1 on the coast of California.

Your paper covers a wide range of topics, from $99/MO leases to yellow-bellied sapsuckers . . . what a pleasure and innovative way to look at the world.

My thanks, also, to the D&R Canal Commission who have preserved and manage the D&R Canal and Towpath for the enjoyment of us all.

Alan MacIlroy

MacIlroy is the Princeton-based representative of TetraData, a South Carolina educational data firm.

More on Akshay

In reference to an article published in the issue of June 1 [referring to the move of Akshay Software International from Edison to the Carnegie Center], we wish to note that Akshay has a total of 35 consultants employed in the firm specializing in various verticals, and not 35 consultants certified only on Trema, as mentioned in the article. Also, it is a general practice in information technology to address employees as consultants rather than as workers.

We would also like to draw your readers’ attention to our no-obligation pilot accounting solution for small to medium-sized businesses in the greater Princeton area. Our in-house, locally developed back-office solution works online/remotely and includes, among other back-office business operations, transaction entry, reconciliation, accounting reports, A/R and A/P management, and more.

Aravind Sakarand

Akshay Software,

103 Carnegie Center


The listing for one of the law firms featured in the June 8 issue on "super lawyers" contained inaccurate information. The corrected listing reads as follows:

MillerMitchell PC, 134 Nassau Street, Second Floor, Princeton NJ 08542. 609-921-3322; fax, 609-921-0459.

Richard M. Miller, Brooklyn College – City University of New York, 1973. State University of New York at Buffalo, 1976. Member New Jersey and New York State Bar Associations.

Areas of Practice: Business Law, Mergers & Acquisitions, International Transactions, Intellectual Property.

Significant Transactions: Developed Prince into worldwide brand that resulted in successful sale to Benetton. Served as counsel to numerous clients in mergers and acquisitions, including a software application provider acquired by a subsidiary of Microsoft.

Pro bono work: Member of Rotary International.

Most satisfying personal accomplishment: Four beautiful children

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