E-mail security firm MessageLabs reported this week that spam accounted for 76% of all e-mail traffic worldwide recently, and the level is rising. Filters are struggling to keep up. One knowledgeable columnist installed a server-based filter but discovered that its effectiveness seemed to drop after a few months. You may have had the same thing happen if you’ve tried a spam filtering program. […] continuedRead more
The rule of thumb is: never attempt to e-mail a file larger than 2Mb! Large file attachments frequently don’t make it to the other end and at worst can clog the recipient’s mailbox and leave it unusable.
The advice is good but the dilemma remains – how do you send your big Powerpoint presentation, or the 25Mb PDF file, or the original TIF artwork, or whatever other big file needs to be transferred? […] continuedRead more
Google has begun testing a free webmail service named GMail. Here’s a press release from Google about the new service. Google intends to offer each user essentially unlimited storage of e-mail – 1 gigabyte per user, miles ahead of the paltry 2Mb or 4Mb offered by Hotmail and Yahoo Mail. […] continuedRead more
Hotmail got an overhaul yesterday, including a new interface that resembles Microsoft Outlook 2003. Theoretically the junk mail filter keeps improving, grouping and viewing of contacts has been improved, and the calendar can now be shared with other users.
(Is it coincidence that I can’t get Hotmail to load this morning? […] continuedRead more
Clients with e-mail addresses @pacbell.net called me today because they weren’t receiving any mail. The online tools provided by Pac Bell to work with e-mail accounts showed no problems. Outlook could check the mailboxes. But mail addressed to those mailboxes was bouncing.
After hours of head-scratching and banging on desks and shuffling endlessly around SBC voicemail hell (and never, ever talking to a live human being), we discovered by accident that the e-mail addresses had been turned off without warning because they hadn’t been migrated to Yahoo-hosted mailboxes. […] continuedRead more
Looking for an interesting kid present? Think about a subscription to comics by e-mail. Ten bucks buys a year of daily e-mails from one of the largest comics syndicators. You choose the comics you want included from a reasonably large selection – not everything you want, but enough to be satisfying. […] continuedRead more
You’ve probably gotten one of the infamous “Nigerian e-mail” messages. A member of the Nigerian government, or a son of a Zimbabwean diplomat, or a widow of an African dictator, needs your help to get millions of dollars out of the country. Your reward will be twenty or thirty or forty percent of the money. […] continuedRead more
It’s not just your imagination – Hotmail accounts get far more spam than any other mail service through any other ISP. Microsoft has finally signed a deal that might cut down on the junk. Brightmail is a third party filter that will be installed on Hotmail to stop the spam before it reaches the mailboxes. […] continuedRead more
Microsoft and Yahoo are aggressively trying to push people to paid e-mail services by making it harder than ever to rely on free ones. Apple Computer is cutting free e-mail service altogether.Read more
The days of free e-mail are drawing to a close. Yahoo, Lycos, and Hotmail have all started to change their free e-mail accounts to make it more likely that users will pony up a monthly subscription fee. Today, Hotmail announced it will start charging to retrieve mail from other POP mailboxes – just as Yahoo and Lycos announced earlier this year. […] continuedRead more
I mentioned a couple of weeks ago that America Online has continued to use Microsoft Internet Explorer as its browser engine, even though it acquired Netscape last year – pretty ironic, eh?
Well, an even better commentary on Netscape’s software skills comes today from the offices of Time Warner. After the merger with AOL, Time Warner issued an edict to all of its divisions requiring them to use AOL’s email services – software developed by Netscape, running on AOL’s public servers. […] continuedRead more
Microsoft is going to start enforcing its policy of deleting Hotmail accounts if they’re not used at least once every thirty days. If you have a Hotmail account for convenience, check on it every once in a while.[…] continued Read more
The responsibility of owning a computer today includes owning an antivirus program and keeping it up to date. If you haven’t affirmatively done something to update your virus definitions in the last two weeks, then you’re at risk, and you’re putting everyone in your address book at risk. It’s not difficult – the antivirus programs make it very easy to remember to stay up to date. […] continuedRead more
MSN subscribers are being forced to use web-based e-mail, instead of the standard POP3 e-mail that was previously available. It’s similar to Hotmail, although the default installation of the MSN software on your own computer gives you a highly customized screen for viewing your mail. If you’re an MSN subscriber, the advantage is that your mail can also be viewed from any Internet browser anywhere – you’re not limited to viewing your e-mail on your own computer. […] continuedRead more