On Sun, Mar 21, 2004 at 07:59:55PM -0800, Hallam-Baker, Phillip wrote:
I think the small number of geeks who set up their laptops to send
out mail direct from their hotel rooms can figure out the necessary
dynamic dns tweak to make it work. The rest of us will relay their
mail through a static server.
Do you have data on the frequency of this behavior? I don't have hard
data, but anecdotal data from the organizations for which I've worked
over the past 15 years or so would indicate that the volume is somewhat
higher than "a few geeks".
It's not just hotel rooms, either. It's hotel rooms, coffee houses,
client sites, airports, trains, and various other locations, using a
variety of connection methods, including POTS, cellular dial-up,
cellular data, packet radio, 802.11b/g, and various flavors of tethered
broadband. Each has its own ideosyncratic method of handling outbound
email, from blocking it, to transparent proxying, to allowing anything
through. And it's it largely not geeks doing this (though it was back
when notebooks and phones were both enough to give one a hernia).
Instead, it's salespeople, professors, marketing staff, executives,
students, and pretty much every other type of person you can imagine.
The days of the geek being the only person taking advantage of
ubiquitous access are over. Have been for a few years now, at least.
Mark C. Langston Sr. Unix SysAdmin
Systems & Network Admin SETI Institute