You could purchase an Earthlink (or ATT or MSN, etc) account for
20 bucks a month and have it forwarded to one of your Notes
accounts.  I have an earthlink account that forwards to my
powertechgroup.com account and the turnaround time can be under a
second, and is seldom more than 3 seconds.

jte




--
John Earl
johnearl@powertechgroup.com
The Powertech Group          www.powertechgroup.com
Seattle, Washington, USA    +1 253-872-7788


----- Original Message -----
From: <rob@dekko.com>
To: <midrange-l@midrange.com>
Sent: Monday, December 31, 2001 12:17 PM
Subject: Testing email connection to the outside world


>
> I have this project to verify that we can send and receive
email to the
> outside world.  Duh, we can now, of course.  The problem is
that they want
> some sort of program that every x minutes verifies that we
still can, and
> if not, perform appropriate actions.
>
> Options I have mulled around in my head include sending out an
email using
> SNDEMAIL and having it arrive into our Notes.  The problem is
that if I do
> this internally the Cisco kid has it never really leaving us.
Performance
> wise this is a good thing  - testing wise it isn't.  We do this
alot.  Our
> current testing methodology does do this and a Notes agent -
which executes
> the SNDEMAIL on the 400 and does an action when new mail
arrives into
> Notes.  This actually tests quite alot.  Many of our problems
have been
> internally.  But it does leave out the line and problems with
the ISP.
>
> We thought of bouncing it off of yahoo or hotmail but the
turnaround is
> unacceptable.  Yahoo has an out of office but I am not sure how
often it
> grinds out the out-of-office message.  Yahoo also has a
forwarding to
> another address which sounds really cool but that only pumps it
out on
> occasion and not upon the receipt of new mail.
>
> Our Cisco kid have me this url to verify our email, but I don't
know how to
> utilize this information programmatically:
> http://www.zmailer.org/mxverify-cgi.html
>
> Perhaps an option is to get DSL set up to my home and have a
throwaway box
> there configured with it's own email domain to bounce back
messages.  Work
> has already supplied my home PC and is currently paying for my
second phone
> line.  Some other employees here have this DSL connection with
a VPN.  We
> might be able to utilize them instead.
>
> Rob Berendt
> --
> "They that can give up essential liberty to obtain a little
temporary
> safety deserve neither liberty nor safety."
> Benjamin Franklin
>
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