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Globe and Mail: Take the Internet into your own hands

Oct 25, 2000, 13:18 (2 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by James Carroll)

"I've linked each service into a gateway that allows for the sharing of a single Internet connection among multiple computers. My Rogers@Home service is linked through a Netwinder from Rebel.com (http://www.rebel.com); the HSE connection through an e-Smith Manager (http://www.e-smith.com)."

"Such products offer much more than simple sharing of a connection -- they provide further redundancy. For example, both products -- each from Ottawa-based companies and using the Linux operating system -- provide you with your own e-mail server. That way, if your ISP mail server is toast -- you can send your own mail."

"But there's an important point about this kind of thing -- it's against the policy of both the high-speed services. You can get kicked off either for doing it. But give it a year or two, and competitive pressures will mean that such policies will have disappeared."

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