Larry Sheldon LarrySheldon at
Sun Feb 21 19:10:23 UTC 2010

On 2/21/2010 12:32 PM, Jon Lewis wrote:
> On Sun, 21 Feb 2010, Michelle Sullivan wrote:
>>> To the best of my knowledge, MAPS was the first to do it.
>>> currently does it (and does the sort of query aggregation across your
>>> entire? network) that I mentioned.
>> Can you access MAPS without a subscription at all?
> At this point, I have no idea.  Originally, yes.  Even after they "went 
> commercial", IIRC, they were still going to provide free access for 
> "hobbyists" but not for business users.  The quality and coverage of their 
> service compared to others that were available became such that I stopped 
> using it and didn't miss it.

I also have no current information (except personal surprise that they
were still around), but I got into anti-spam groups and lists, and
learning "sendmail" when our mail started failing left and right.

Long story short somebody (HP, our vendor? the previous secretive
"admin"? I never did figure out who) had configured all of our sendmail
instances to use MAPS, and MAPS had shut off the service--no warning
that I know of, no alternative that I know of.  I do recall that when we
started developing our own tools (in the pre-Postini days) our catch
rate went up and our FP rate plummeted.

"Government big enough to supply everything you need is big enough to
take everything you have."

Remember:  The Ark was built by amateurs, the Titanic by professionals.

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