Technology / Email / Hesiod: A name service that keeps track of information (e.g., post office servers, printers, and machines) in a distributed network environment such as MITnet. Hesiod keeps track of each registered MIT email user's post office server where his/her email account resides. When configuring an email program that supports the use of hesiod (e.g., Eudora) it's advantageous to specify 'hesiod' as your incoming mail server. This eliminates problems associated with your email account being moved to another post office server. Email accounts are moved from one server to another from time to time to redistribute the load.