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Re: calling Philip Hands <phil@hands.com> [the long version]

On Thu, Jun 03, 1999 at 12:57:27PM +1000, Craig Sanders wrote:
> "innocent bystanders" (to use your zero-content emotionally manipulative
> label) are not prevented from sending mail by the DUL RBL.  they can get
> their message through by using the smtp relay provided by their ISP.  if
> they choose not to use it, then that's their problem.

In the interest of providing some light with the intense heat:

My ISP is, ah, how should I say, a bit erratic at times when it comes
to their server availability. :-)  One of the services that is
sometimes not up to snuff is the SMTP relay.

(So why do I put up with it?  They're dirt cheap, their dialup access
is actually pretty reliable and almost never busy, they don't mind if
I'm in for several days straight doing a long download, and I don't
use any of their other services much, being a Linux user.)

This normally isn't a problem.  I am running Linux, after all.  I have
sendmail, and named, and all the rest.  I have E-mail and Web space
through alternate locations.  Why do I need to rely on them to do
anything besides answer the phone?

But if this filter service starts becoming popular, it may be that I
have to shackle my E-mail fate to my ISP's fickleness, despite having
a superior solution at hand.  Or use HotMail.  (shudder)

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