JYA ping

Bill Stewart bill.stewart at POBOX.COM
Sun Oct 6 08:42:53 PDT 2002

At 12:38 PM 10/06/2002 +0200, Mok-Kong Shen wrote:
>It seems to be strange that he wrote at <jya at pipeline.com>,
>an address which is also given on his web page, but
>ping pipeline.com doesn't work.

Lots of machines don't accept pings anymore,
either for security reasons or whatever.
That's independent of whether those names accept email,
or whether you can find MX records for them.
In particular, most big ISPs have multiple machines
accepting mail; if you wanted to ping, you'd have to try
box1.bigisp.com, box2.bigisp.com, box3.bigisp.com, ...

Pipeline was in the big-ISP business, and I suspect
they've been eaten enough times that pipeline is just
an alias on a big email server farm.

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