[svlug] aol is being worse about taking mail

Mark C. Langston mark at bitshift.org
Sun Jul 13 16:46:11 PDT 2003

On Sun, Jul 13, 2003 at 07:32:58PM -0400, J C Lawrence wrote:
> On Sun, 13 Jul 2003 16:17:14 -0700 
> Mark C Langston <mark at bitshift.org> wrote:
> > I'll consider doing so when "my ISP"...
> There are solid reasons that I chose an ISP whose declared product and
> service sums to: We give you a wire that packets dribble out of.  Simple
> IP connectivity, no frills.
> While I accept that, and most of this list accept, are not JoeSizpack,
> few on this list need hand holding; we're quite capable of operating all
> the basic services ourselves (not that there are many of them).  You
> don't need an ISP, you just want a wire that routable packets drip out
> of -- something that should, by all rights, be the basic default,
> expected, service.

Exactly.  I don't want a service provider; I want basic packet transit.
Unfortunately, in terms of price v. performance (let alone availability
issues), the only solution that makes sense is a cable modem right now.

The only "service" I use from the provider is connectivity.  I don't
want, need, or use the FTP space, web space, newsgroups, email servers,
or anything else they offer.  The fact that they offer them should not
compel me to use them.

Mark C. Langston                                    Sr. Unix SysAdmin
mark at bitshift.org                                       mark at seti.org
Systems & Network Admin                                SETI Institute
http://bitshift.org                               http://www.seti.org

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