[Mailman-Users] Commercial hosting for Mailman lists?
Eric S. Johansson
esj at harvee.billerica.ma.us
Tue Oct 5 15:06:46 CEST 1999
At 05:41 AM 10/5/1999 , Michael Stevens wrote:
>On Mon, Oct 04, 1999 at 07:29:50PM -0400, Eric S. Johansson wrote:
> > If you are running a very active list, I suggest making friends with your
> > ISP and asking very nicely for permission to relay through their mail
> > host. If you get the ok, then the loading on your line should be minimal.
>Interesting. I thought relaying via your ISP's mail host was
>practically compulsory for dialup accounts. I even know of ISPs for
>which I think that's the only way to send email. Does anyone know if
>this is a realistic view of the world, or am I sadly deluded by
>happening to have encountered a few unusual ISPs?
as others have pointed out, there are an increasing number of ISPs that do
block port 25 access to all machines except for their relays. Part of my
business is Internet infrastructure consulting and I have a fairly major
wholesale provider as one of my clients. They are learning firsthand just
how bad "free" Internet access customers can be when it comes to
spamming. They are in the process of locking down all of their pops and
forcing everyone to relay through their mail servers.
This lock down of dial-up access is unfortunately very necessary but it
really hurts small businesses/activists like myself that run servers at the
end of a dial-up line. There is an unfortunate tendency in the industry to
categorize services as either cheap dial-up accounts connected to a single
"client only" PC or expensive leased line accounts for folks with a big
budget. I'm finding it increasingly difficult to locate a middle tier of
service supporting the intermittently connected server like I have here at
Harvee. This middle tier of service is essential for the widespread
adoption of thin server technology such as the whistle box and others.
hmmm. smells like a market opportunity is arising.
Eric S Johansson esj at inguide.com esj at harvee.billerica.ma.us
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