E-mail on your own box

Joseph Norton jnorton at nortcom.com
Fri Jun 23 20:03:05 EDT 2000

Hi Brent:

Unfortunately, Tzo doesn't have a free service (they do have a free 30-day
trial and I believe you don't have to give them any billing details for
the trial).  This is only for the standard Tzo service.  After the trial
is over, they charge for their service.

The standard service costs $24.95 for 1 year and $39.95 for 2 years.  The
premier service (where you have your own domain and Tzo redirects to
that domain)) costs $59.95 for 1 year and $99.95 for 2 years.  This does
not include the store and forward service for E-mail.  The price for that
service varies depending upon amount of storage space required and the
subscription period.  Here is the price summary for the store and forward

   6 months of service 5MB of storage $59.95
   1 year of service 5MB of storage $99.95
   1 year of service 10 MB of storage $149.95

Again, a little more than I want to keep paying out, but, it has been an
interesting learning experience.

Hope this helps.

On Fri, 23 Jun 2000, Brent harding wrote:

> It  seemed that my provider allows these ports, mail comes in to my
> machine just fine when I come online. I don't think dynodns has that. What
> does tzo's free service give?
> On Fri, 23 Jun 2000, Joseph Norton wrote:
> > Hi Brent:
> > 
> > What happened with you getting "unexpectedly terminated?"  Sounds ominous.
> > 
> > Anyway, here's a little info that may be helpful, sorry if I'm being
> > redundant.
> > 
> > As you know, it is possible to send and receive mail on your own Linux box
> > with the aid of services like dynodns.net, tzo.com or yi.org as long as
> > your isp doesn't block access to or from your machine on ports 25 and 110
> > (to name just 2 of them).  Sending mail is usually no problem unless
> > something goes wrong (like the message being deferred) that keeps it in
> > your mail queue.  Receiving is a bit more ticklish as you need some
> > machine to store your mail when you're off-line.  When you're on-line,
> > again, it's probably ok as long as the mail server trying to communicate
> > with you can access your machine on port 25.  If you're off-line and no
> > other machine is mapped as a secondary mail exchanger, the messages people
> > send to your machine will be deferred at best, and bounced at worst.
> > 
> > I don't know if dynodns.net offers any solution for this, but, tzo.com
> > does offer a service (unfortunately they charge around $60 for 5 megs of
> > storage per 6 months) which will take mail for
> > <whatever at yourmachine.tzo.com> or <whatever@[yourmachine].yourdomain.com>
> > if you have a domain hosted by tzo.  This is in addition to the charge for
> > the regular or premium service that does the dynamic domain
> > redirection.  So, it's a bit costly, but, kind of neat anyway.  I decided
> > to try it out for six months, but seriously doubt if I'll keep it, so,
> > it's back to my regular E-Mail address after that.  If your ISP allows you
> > to send and receive on port 25, Tzo will map the primary mail exchanger
> > preference to your machine and the next preference to their machine.  When
> > you're off line and the sending mail server can't communicate with your
> > machine, it tries the next preference and the machine at Tzo simply takes
> > the mail and holds it.  When you sign on to Tzo, they dump the mail they
> > receive to your machine on port 25--to your machine, it looks like regular
> > messages coming in.  If your ISP doesn't allow you to send and receive on
> > port 25, you can even have Tzo configured to use some other port to
> > communicate with your machine's smtp daemon.  Of course, this means that
> > all mail to your machine must go through the Tzo server even when you're
> > on-line.  Usually, in this case, Tzo doesn't bother using your machine as
> > one of the mail exchanger preferences since it probably won't work.  Tzo's
> > only shortcoming is that you can't configure these preferences after you
> > set them up--you must call them or E-Mail them with the information.
> > 
> > Hope this helps.
> > 
> > On Fri, 23 Jun 2000, Brent harding wrote:
> > 
> > > That's what I would like to do. I might be switching isps soon, and would
> > > rather switch everything to that address now before I get terminated
> > > unexpectedly again.
> > > I had pine set up to use my local smtp, and it sent as from
> > > wbth.dynodns.net. Is there a way to make mail wait until I come on, or
> > > does the mail system fail if the system isn't always there?
> > > I'm using debian 2.2 potato.
> > 
> > 

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