Linux programmer plays Good Samaritan to Microsoft

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Linux programmer plays Good Samaritan to Microsoft

A lone Linux programmer is responsible for helping giant Microsoft recover from a domain registration snafu that partially paralyzed its Hotmail e-mail network during the Christmas holiday.

Microsoft has confirmed that the service was temporarily unavailable because of the company’s failure to pay a $35 registration fee for the Passport.com domain name.

The e-mail service was rescued by programmer Michael Chaney, who covered the payment with his personal credit card.

Within hours, Hotmail was back online.

A product manager for Microsoft’s MSN online service said the company is “profusely grateful” to Chaney, and it has offered to repay the $35.

As many as half of Hotmail’s 52 million active users may have been affected by the glitch.

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