wmoran at potentialtech.com
Thu Jun 4 17:10:19 UTC 2009
In response to Mark Hartkemeyer <hartkemd at gmail.com>:
> I'm pretty new to FreeBSD and was reading part of Greg Lehey's The
> Complete FreeBSD 4th Edition. I found the section on ISPs in chapter
> 18 really interesting. I put some of his recommended questions to my
> ISP, Cincinnati Bell's Zoomtown. I think I talked to three or four
> people before I even got some of them answered.
> Here are some of the questions and answers:
> 1. What speed connections do you offer?
> 5MBps upload/5MBps download (she said bytes, but should it be bits?)
If they're doing 5 megabyte per second, then sign me up!
> 3. How many hops are there to the backbone?
> "It depends on the site you're trying to reach." (I think they
> misunderstood what I meant by "backbone"?)
I suspect you're correct, although it is possible to have multiple
backbones that are different hops away.
> 4. What kind of hardware and software are you running?
> "Can't provide this, due to security reasons."
That's the stupidest answer I've heard today.
> 7. Do you give complete access to the Internet, or do you block some ports?
> "Cannot provide this info, due to security reasons." After
> asking, I was told that I would be able to run a mail server and http
> server on my connection.
That's the stupidest answer I've heard today (just trumped the previous
Reminds me of when I was trying to pay my student loan back, and the bank
refused to tell me what the monthly payment was until I started paying it
back. No, I'm not making that up or exaggerating.
"How do I know what to write the check for?"
"We'll tell you."
"Well then tell me now."
"I can't divulge that information until you start making payments."
> 8. Do you have complete reverse DNS?
> (They didn't know.)
Heh. Can they find the bathroom in the dark?
> I assume this is a pretty typical response from ISPs. Has anyone
> asked their ISP questions like these? If so, what kind of response
> did you get? Does anyone know of a really good ISP, or a good
> resource for finding a good ISP around Cincinnati, OH?
I recommend hooking up with your local user's group. There's probably a
LUG in Cinci somewhere, and most LUGs I know are pretty friendly to BSD
folks, and there will be someone in the LUG who's already done this
research. How 'bout this:
If you meet anyone there who recognizes my name, tell them I said "Hi."
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