Over at ZDNet, yet another story comes, from the editor, Larry Dignan, no less, telling about his problems with the Yahoo mail service, that he has used for some time. This is not the first instance of mail problems with Yahoo, and frankly, I wonder why (ostensibly) intelligent people continue to use a system that is, from their recounting, fraught with various problems.

Rather than recount again, or waste space with pasting in Mr. Dignan’s complaint, I’ll simply let you  jump, and view it for your self, if you wish.

What I don’t see, is that, with other alternatives, like Google [GMail], Microsoft [Hotmail, now Windows LiveMail], Lycos [Lycos Mail], and GMX, why does Yahoo own the world market for free e-mail service? It certainly is not that convenient, because, when I had an account, I found it ridiculously slow to respond, and, there was no way, at that time, to get POP3 service without extra costs.

Google should be praised effusively, for what they have done with mail, and no one should get more than mildly irritated when there is an outage, because of the great service that is provided for them on a very consistent basis. Above that, POP3 and IMAP service is free, meaning that you can have your mail the way you like – all free. How there has not been a mass exodus from Yahoo to this point is beyond me – I guess it must be chalked up to either inertia or ignorance.

Microsoft, while not as benevolent as Google, offers nearly the same deal, and seems to keep up with Google, every time that Google increases storage size. The last time I heard from them, my account storage, though I am not a mail squirrel, and use less than 300 MB of space, is 25 GB (Does any one person need this much? I doubt that the President will accumulate 25 GB of e-mail in 8 years) , if I need it. Even the most fervent Microsoft hater must give them props for their beneficence on this deal.

Lycos is another place where one can obtain a free mail account, with few strings, other than the usual stuff about not doing anything illegal with it. The only small problem for some is that all access is web based, unless you pay for POP3 capabilities.

GMX is a company I discovered about 2 years ago, and this is another company that allows the user copious amounts of storage, and continues to update the service, with a better and better feature set, almost monthly. You can access mail through a web interface [it now works well with both Chrome and Opera, originally, it was Internet Exploder only], or use POP3 or IMAP. If you desire showing your pride for, and country of origin, you can request an address at gmx.us, or simply stay with the gmx.com that is standard. I haven’t kept up with the current limits to storage, as I said I don’t squirrel away e-mail as a rule. Looking it up, I see that the current limit is 5 GB, and you can send, or receive attachments, of up to 50 MB in size. All free, and if there has been an outage, I certainly knew nothing about it. The system also has an effective way to stop spam, much like the Google mail system. GMX can also aggregate your mail. from other accounts, if you wish.

So, with all of these choices, all free, with excellent service [I have one of each; it was originally for research], why would anyone not take the short amount of time to change over? After reading this, if you don’t, we must change the word used above, ignorance, to stupidity, for you have now been enlightened. I’m betting Carol Bartz has her own e-mail account somewhere else, because she’s just not that stupid.

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