Lee Munsick wrote in 020122 MMDigest:
> Could we all please so indicate our homelands
We already do this in a more or less explicit way: you can conclude
from my email-address that the country-specific extension ".at" is
Austria. A 'whois' query will even deliver you more information.
Okay, suppose your provider is "earthlink.net". To detect the
location someone has to execute a little program named 'traceroute'.
('tracert.exe' is a valid name on most operating systems from a certain
software company located in Redmond, WA.)
"Visual Route" could be another program where you can spot the location
on a geographical map, but pay attention when you use it: it belongs to
the rapid growing sort of 'phone home' software.
With kind regards
Claus Kucher [ "Vienna.at" ;-) -- Robbie
[ Editor's note:
[ The Internet is often overloaded and extremely slow during "rush
[ hours" and, in addition, malicious programs are attacking servers,
[ attempting to disrupt service. Here's a simple test you can perform
[ to check if your own ISP is performing okay or not.
[ Launch MS-DOS prompt from the Start button of Windows and type
[ C:\>tracert 18.104.22.168 This is the numerical IP address
[ equating to mmd.foxtail.com, the Foxtail HTML web server. The
[ returned list shows all the routers that the 'ping' message packets
[ passed through.
[ But why does your web browser report "Cannot connect to ..."?
[ Now type C:\>ping mmd.foxtail.com If replies are not returned
[ then you can suspect that your ISP's DNS (Domain Name Server) has
[ failed, so contact your ISP and complain! The DNS is the service
[ which looks up 'foxtail.com' and returns the numerical IP address.
[ One of the 'Whois' services which shows USA registrations is Network
[ Solutions, at http://www.networksolutions.com/cgi-bin/whois/whois
[ Enter the domain name foxtail.com and you will see our registration
[ data. For domains in Europe try http://www.internic.net/whois.html
[ -- Robbie