> Date: Sun, 18 Oct 1998 02:31:50 -0700 > From: David Larsen <firstname.lastname@example.org> > To: Robert Dinse <email@example.com> > Subject: Re: Network Trouble > > I've been having a lot of trouble getting AOL Instant Messenger to work, > and ICQ too. Usually they connect the first time, but over the last 24 > hours there has been almost total failure to connect. As for WHAT these > guys connect to, I'm in the dark. > > I tried to go to http://aol.com for answers, and that won't connect. I did > get part of that page once, but it stopped about halfway, and now I can't > get it at all. > > I heard that aol bought out icq, so I ws kinda chalking it up to that until > I got this email. > > Currently I am connected to icq, but aol instant messenger simply will not > connect. > > David This is a different problem. AOL's name service is broken up by Sprint in such a way that different portions of the network are routed to their network through different links. The link for this portion of Sprint's network to AOL's name servers is down; actually it is bouncing, it will be up briefly for half a second then go back down. Sprint says it is a problem with AOL's end of the link and they are working on it.