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Benefits of owning a domain (was Re: Cross Yahoo off the list of free e-mail services!)

"Kenneth E. Lussier" <ken.lussier at> writes:

> I decided that very same thing a few years ago. I registered a domain
> name (, and set up my own firewall, DNS server (using
> granitecanyon as a secondary DNS), mail server, and web server. All on
> Linux. At the time, I was running it all over a MediaOne cable modem.
> When AT&T bought out M1, things became extremely unstable. The
> connection would drop every couple of days, and my IP address was
> changing 2 or 3 times a week. I switched over to DirecTVDSL, and I have

Sure, running your own server is also a good thing to do, though I'd 
consider that orthogonal to the issue of owning your own domain. You 
can always host your "real" mailbox anywhere, and find a way to get
mail to your "official" address forwarded to that mailbox. Still, it's
certainly more straightforward to get all the pieces working if you
just run your own server.

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