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Old 04-11-2012, 05:25 AM
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After years of being ****@comcast.net I want to change my email server to one of the web based ones. Comcast pisssed me off yesterday for about the 6th time for various reasons. Never looked at other service providers for my TV cable and internet connection because they have been my email carrier forever. I want to break that tie so I have the freedom to change out if I want, and I don't want to go through another Outlook program change fiasco when MS just decides it's time to put me through one.
I have a Gmail account set up thanks to my Droid already, but only have used it through windows live mail on the computer, which obviously, I want to get out of as well.. Really want to have all my emaills and addresses in the clouds so I don't have to worry about backing up and computer crashes while I'm travelling. Last summer on the road the hard drive in my laptop crapped out and I only had some addresses on my relatively infrequently used (for business) ipad.
One thing that I want is storage capacity, I keep business emails forever. AIM or AOL seems to be the leader closely followed by Gmail. Spam is annoying but seems to get pretty well filtered. I read complaints of slow loading on with Yahoo & Hotmail.
Pretty easy to just get started with any of them, just don't want to make a mistake right out of the gate. Anybody that's involved with this stuff heavily please share what you know!
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GMAIL by far--
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It's getting time to have email address portability, like we have telephone number portability. Like, yourname@eMailUS.mail, with email forwarded to the ISP and then to you. ISPs would absolutely hate it, because the inconvenience of changing eMail is huge. Once gone, you would be free to switch from Comcast to FiOS to dialup without a care. This is the ISPs hook on you, so I don't think I'll ever live to see it. But I sure would like to.
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GMAIL by far--
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Gmail and Yahoo; use each for a backup for the other so if ever compromised you can get it back. We went through precisely the same thing about 12-14 years ago. The Admiral and I have had the same yahoo primary email accounts since then.
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Would comcast host your email if you had your own email domain?

Originally Posted by t3rockhall View Post

It's getting time to have email address portability, like we have telephone number portability. Like, yourname@eMailUS.mail, with email forwarded to the ISP and then to you. ISPs would absolutely hate it, because the inconvenience of changing eMail is huge. Once gone, you would be free to switch from Comcast to FiOS to dialup without a care. This is the ISPs hook on you, so I don't think I'll ever live to see it. But I sure would like to.
Portability would definitely be nice.
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gmail....we actually sync it through outlook. Works great for us.
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The next time one of your Gmail fans clicks on the [compose] button, also click on [attach file] and select any picture you have on your computer. Then watch your Internet access status -- Google is grabbing that file and downloading it. Note: you do NOT need to hit the [send] button. Say you attached the wrong file to your email, you remove it and attach another. Now Google has them both.

Google also scans every email message coming and going for key words, then associates those words with you and embeds them in your overall bigger profile of you Google has.

Google is also getting into face recognition software so Google can literally recognize who is in the photos you are sending/receiving with Gmail. And again Google associates those people with you ... put that info into your profile ...

Google also associates people in your list of contacts with you, with faces in pix sent by email, with address/location from items bought through Google's other services ... And with your gmail address in other people's list of contacts.

For simple web based email it seems Inbox.com is ok. I do not like that they add a line at the end of ever msg you send -- an advertisement for the recipient to open an Inbox acct.

Best email is to register yourself a domain on the web. See GoDaddy.
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Originally Posted by NCcarguy View Post
gmail....we actually sync it through outlook. Works great for us.
exactly what I do, works great
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The next time one of your Gmail fans clicks on the [compose] button, also click on [attach file] and select any picture you have on your computer. Then watch your Internet access status -- Google is grabbing that file and downloading it. Note: you do NOT need to hit the [send] button. Say you attached the wrong file to your email, you remove it and attach another. Now Google has them both.

Google also scans every email message coming and going for key words, then associates those words with you and embeds them in your overall bigger profile of you Google has.

Google is also getting into face recognition software so Google can literally recognize who is in the photos you are sending/receiving with Gmail. And again Google associates those people with you ... put that info into your profile ...

Google also associates people in your list of contacts with you, with faces in pix sent by email, with address/location from items bought through Google's other services ... And with your gmail address in other people's list of contacts.

For simple web based email it seems Inbox.com is ok. I do not like that they add a line at the end of ever msg you send -- an advertisement for the recipient to open an Inbox acct.

Best email is to register yourself a domain on the web. See GoDaddy.

X2. It is also rumored that some or all of this info google collects is available to/for the NSA. Not that most of us have anything to hide but WTF?
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X2. It is also rumored that some or all of this info google collects is available to/for the NSA. Not that most of us have anything to hide but WTF?

Not worried about fed govt stuff. I'm sure they have more important things to worry about.

It is impossible to avoid Google on the web. Think about it ... you click on a link on a website and it takes you to something posted on Blogger .com, a popular website owned by Google, ... the contents of that blog page get associated with you in Google's database.

I think we are not far off from a time when local police will acquire access to a specific person's Google profile for the purpose of building a case against them. If the person is guilty, great, who cares. But what happens when an innocent person is targeted for prosecution and their Google profile is used by the DA as ammo.


Btw, Google is starting to use Picasa to search the photos on your computer for people that Google can identify ... to make your web experience better.

And fwiw, iApple is also moving in the same direction as Google with its stealth database building. Both iApple and Google want you to put as much personal crap as you can into your iPhone or 'droid phone.
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Gmail X Whatever we are at now....
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I use Yahoo and my contacts list was hacked and spam sent out from "my email address".

I'd give GMail a try but assume they're both susceptible to hacking.

I deleted that contact list on Yahoo and been ok since (Knock on wood).

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X6 on Gmail for me. Been using it for years. I use it for any receipts, pics, docs, anything I want to save because it will be there forever. I happen to like all of the things that eyeball pointed out. It makes life so much easier.
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... I happen to like all of the things that eyeball pointed out. It makes life so much easier.

I think that's the idea ... make products that keep users happy and hanging around. That translates into more specific targeted advertising ... and that translates into more money for Google. No problem with that. My problem is the possible nefarious use of Google's profile by a 3rd party.


Here is one of the down sides to Google profiling you: let's say you have an interest in 60's and 70's cars. You are Googling and reading about the Plymouth Barracuda. That information goes into Google's profile of you. Then, some months later you get an invite to join some friends fishing for barracuda, your first time. You Google to see what/how to best do that, and you get a bunch of hits for car websites because Google is trying to provide search results based on its profile of you.

Instead of Google (or iGoogle) search, try Ixquick.com . It anonymously does Google searches on your behave. Try the same Google search through Google and Ixquick and you will get different results, based on the data in Google's profile of you.
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Going with gmail.. Been working on it for an hour now. I tried of course to have my comcast emails forward automatically like the ones in my company domain, but of course they make no provisions for that. To add to that, unfortunately gmail doesn't accept contacts from Windows Live directly, but I'll keep working on that.... If I need to continue with Windows Live, it isn't the end of the world. Would like to just end up with 2 email addresses though.

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Dayum, I have been using gmail to organize and launch my plan for global domination and submission. I need to switch my operations over to another service! Dr. Evil won't be happy about this.
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I have several email accounts. The first, my main address, I use for most of my day-to-day stuff like signing up for new accounts, buying stuff online, and corresponding with random people. A second one is only ever given directly to friends or family, and is never given to strangers or entered into any website for any reason.
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