A couple notes about Synhosting. First their web site has all (6) Web hosting packages split evenly between "shared" Web hosting and "reseller" Web hosting. Now the reseller Web hosting packages are not dedicated servers, they are shared Web hosting with two extra features, the dedicated IP address being the one I was interested in.
A few minutes after going through their entire sales system and prepaying for six months of service, I received one e-mail showing a successful charge my credit card, a second e-mail a notice saying my credit card purchase was refunded, and a third with a terse statement: "Unfortunately, we are no longer accepting Reseller Hosting accounts and your entire transaction has been refunded via 2Checkout."
At the bottom of the main page of their web site they have a statement "Copyright © 2002-2007 SYN Hosting - All Rights Reserved." Only problem with this is that archive.org shows that in February 2005 homepage was a placeholder and they did not commence operations until December 2005, meaning they have been in operation from this domain name for a little over a year and a half.