End of an era: Post Office Box closed
August 22, 2023
by Randy Brukardt
One of the very first things we did at the start of R.R. Software was rent
a Post Office Box for mail. At the time, we were working out of our student
appartment, and like most students, we were moving every August. We needed our
business mail to go to a consistent location, thus we rented a Post Office Box
at the post office across the street from our bank at the time. Thus our
address of P.O. Box 1512, Madison WI 53701 was born.
In the early days, most orders would arrive in the P.O. Box, accompanied
(hopefully) by a check. And bug reports often arrived there as well, with a
printout or floppy disk enclosed. It would be another 15 years before the
Internet was generally used, and bug reports phoned in rarely had code making
Fast forward 42 years. (Gosh!) It's been a couple of years since an order
arrived in the P.O. Box (and it probably was a decade without any mail orders
before that one). Indeed, mainly junk mail comes there now. We haven't
moved in years and have no plans to do so. But we still spend
several hours a month going to the post office to pick up Post Office Box mail.
The Post Office more than doubled the rent on Post Office Boxes last year.
Given that we hardly get any useful mail there anymore, it no longer makes
sense to pay that rent. So, as of today, we're closing our Post Office Box.
Any mail should be sent to our street address:
621 N. Sherman Ave., Suite B6
Madison WI 53704
Mail sent to the P.O. Box address for the next couple of months should get
forwarded to our office, but please do not count on that.
As always, contact us if you have