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jack@jack-desktop:~$ ping -c 4 alt.giantitp.com
PING alt.giantitp.com (174.132.204.34) 56(84) bytes of data.
64 bytes from 22.cc.84ae.static.theplanet.com (174.132.204.34): icmp_seq=1 ttl=52 time=52.9 ms
64 bytes from 22.cc.84ae.static.theplanet.com (174.132.204.34): icmp_seq=2 ttl=52 time=55.9 ms
64 bytes from 22.cc.84ae.static.theplanet.com (174.132.204.34): icmp_seq=3 ttl=52 time=55.3 ms
64 bytes from 22.cc.84ae.static.theplanet.com (174.132.204.34): icmp_seq=4 ttl=52 time=55.4 ms

--- alt.giantitp.com ping statistics ---
4 packets transmitted, 4 received, 0% packet loss, time 3003ms
rtt min/avg/max/mdev = 52.989/54.907/55.923/1.155 ms

jack@jack-desktop:~$ ping -c 4 www.giantitp.com
PING www.giantitp.com (108.162.195.182) 56(84) bytes of data.
64 bytes from 108.162.195.182: icmp_seq=1 ttl=53 time=30.8 ms
64 bytes from 108.162.195.182: icmp_seq=2 ttl=53 time=30.8 ms
64 bytes from 108.162.195.182: icmp_seq=3 ttl=53 time=38.7 ms
64 bytes from 108.162.195.182: icmp_seq=4 ttl=53 time=36.9 ms

--- www.giantitp.com ping statistics ---
4 packets transmitted, 4 received, 0% packet loss, time 15134ms
rtt min/avg/max/mdev = 30.867/34.365/38.735/3.549 ms

jack@jack-desktop:~$ traceroute www.giantitp.com
traceroute to www.giantitp.com (108.162.195.82), 30 hops max, 60 byte packets
1 192.168.0.1 (192.168.0.1) 0.864 ms 0.996 ms 1.332 ms
2 73.98.6.1 (73.98.6.1) 10.680 ms 10.892 ms 11.727 ms
3 te-7-2-ur03.olympia.wa.seattle.comcast.net (68.87.205.97) 11.065 ms 11.159 ms 11.377 ms
4 ae-25-0-ar03.burien.wa.seattle.comcast.net (69.139.164.173) 12.092 ms 12.309 ms 12.535 ms
5 ae-1-0-ar03.seattle.wa.seattle.comcast.net (68.85.240.94) 13.743 ms ae-2-0-ar03.seattle.wa.seattle.comcast.net (68.86.177.146) 13.461 ms ae-1-0-ar03.seattle.wa.seattle.comcast.net (68.85.240.94) 13.926 ms
6 he-1-5-0-0-10-cr01.seattle.wa.ibone.comcast.net (68.86.94.57) 29.405 ms he-1-6-0-0-11-cr01.seattle.wa.ibone.comcast.net (68.86.92.33) 25.903 ms he-1-6-0-0-10-cr01.seattle.wa.ibone.comcast.net (68.86.94.69) 22.315 ms
7 pos-1-11-0-0-cr01.sacramento.ca.ibone.comcast.net (68.86.87.173) 29.816 ms 29.417 ms 32.134 ms
8 pos-0-6-0-0-cr01.sanjose.ca.ibone.comcast.net (68.86.86.202) 38.471 ms 38.562 ms 38.780 ms
9 pos-0-9-0-0-pe01.11greatoaks.ca.ibone.comcast.net (68.86.88.110) 39.746 ms 39.342 ms 39.180 ms
10 173.167.57.122 (173.167.57.122) 40.027 ms 38.863 ms 39.452 ms
11 as13335.xe-8-0-5.ar2.sjc1.us.nlayer.net (69.22.130.146) 37.193 ms 37.640 ms as13335.xe-9-0-2.ar2.sjc1.us.nlayer.net (69.22.153.74) 32.071 ms
12 108.162.195.82 (108.162.195.82) 35.899 ms 32.622 ms 32.638 ms
jack@jack-desktop:~$ traceroute alt.giantitp.com
traceroute to alt.giantitp.com (174.132.204.34), 30 hops max, 60 byte packets
1 192.168.0.1 (192.168.0.1) 0.753 ms 1.080 ms 1.292 ms
2 73.98.6.1 (73.98.6.1) 9.509 ms 14.843 ms 14.931 ms
3 te-7-2-ur03.olympia.wa.seattle.comcast.net (68.87.205.97) 14.344 ms 14.354 ms 14.445 ms
4 ae-25-0-ar03.burien.wa.seattle.comcast.net (69.139.164.173) 15.040 ms 15.243 ms 15.468 ms
5 ae-1-0-ar03.seattle.wa.seattle.comcast.net (68.85.240.94) 16.687 ms 16.901 ms ae-2-0-ar03.seattle.wa.seattle.comcast.net (68.86.177.146) 16.245 ms
6 he-1-6-0-0-11-cr01.seattle.wa.ibone.comcast.net (68.86.92.33) 25.469 ms he-1-6-0-0-10-cr01.seattle.wa.ibone.comcast.net (68.86.94.69) 28.630 ms he-1-8-0-0-11-cr01.seattle.wa.ibone.comcast.net (68.86.95.249) 22.214 ms
7 be-10-pe03.seattle.wa.ibone.comcast.net (68.86.84.74) 12.890 ms 12.632 ms 16.575 ms
8 ae13.bbr01.wb01.sea02.networklayer.com (75.149.228.38) 16.410 ms 17.241 ms 16.135 ms
9 ae0.bbr01.cs01.den01.networklayer.com (173.192.18.145) 82.177 ms 81.898 ms 82.476 ms
10 ae12.bbr02.eq01.dal03.networklayer.com (173.192.18.138) 59.240 ms 59.416 ms 59.616 ms
11 po32.dsr01.dllstx3.networklayer.com (173.192.18.229) 59.707 ms po32.dsr02.dllstx3.networklayer.com (173.192.18.231) 60.022 ms po32.dsr01.dllstx3.networklayer.com (173.192.18.229) 56.480 ms
12 te2-1.dsr01.dllstx2.networklayer.com (70.87.255.66) 53.368 ms 53.304 ms 53.310 ms
13 te5-1.car13.dllstx6.networklayer.com (70.87.254.234) 53.429 ms te6-1.car13.dllstx6.networklayer.com (70.87.254.238) 53.757 ms te5-1.car13.dllstx6.networklayer.com (70.87.254.234) 53.317 ms
14 22.cc.84ae.static.theplanet.com (174.132.204.34) 54.121 ms 55.836 ms 55.942 ms
jack@jack-desktop:~$


I'm at: 67.168.187.103 (not that you can't just read it off the site logs).

The issue started up... Monday or Tuesday, I think? ... and is still ongoing.

The alt page... works, but apparently I don't remember my password, and the forgot password link on the alt site leads back to the main site... which means I can't give you your answers without keeping my hosts file edited. Ah well. Getting rid of the edit after this post per your request (which means unless you dig up my e-mail and actually e-mail me, I won't be able to give you any further answers until after it's resolved). If it's relevant, my router says my DNS entries are 75.75.75.75 and 75.75.76.76.