One of the sites I manage is hosted with 1&1. I needed to do an update today and found that when trying to publish the changed page to the server, I got an error message:

“Exceeded storage allocation.”

That sounded a bit fishy, so I checked in the 1&1 control panel and got this:

4 Billion Over

Hmm. 4 billion files over our allocation? I don’t think so! So I rang them up.

“Yes,” the tech. support guy told me, “you’re over your file allocation.”

“I see,” I replied, “you’re telling me I have presently uploaded 4,096,815,118 files to the server?”

“Ah. I see your point.”

After a number of long pauses on hold, he promised to escalate the issue…