From: David Hinerman (WD8CIV@worldnet.att.net)
At 07:18 AM 12/18/2001 -0500, you wrote:
>If Bob wants to find a shell account, his best bet is to go to the #hack or
>#2600 IRC channels, or one of the hacker newsgroups, and ask a hacker. He
>will undoubtedly have to take some flame, but he will find a shell with a
>lot less effort than contacting a few thousand ISPs.
When I moved to New York and needed a new ISP I looked at
http://www.thelist.com/ - it's a pretty complete listing of ISPs in the US
and Canada, even the mom & pops. You can search by area code, and they have
links to each listed ISP's home page. The ISP's home page should list
things like shell account availability, disk quota, etc.
There are free shell accounts to be had, even if they're not offered by
your ISP. For example,
http://www.freebelt.com/freeshells.html lists many. (I'm sure they come and
go, so the list may not always be up-to-date, but it's a start.) You'd
still need an ISP, but getting a shell elsewhere enables a lot more choices.
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