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07 December 2010 @ 02:25 pm
Changing E-Mail (Watch This Space)  
Our service from Speakeasy has been getting increasingly flaky, with more outages in the last couple months than in the previous few years. The last straw was that messages from addresses that are in the spam filter whitelist have been repeatedly dropping into the spam bucket anyway (and attempts to re-enter them into the whitelist don't work); the dreadful webmail interface to fish through the spam bucket is just the icing on the cake.

After considering the range of "competition", such as it is, we're going to Verizon FiOS. I have some misgivings, but they seem less bad than the alternative (Cox cable internet). The scheduled install is in two weeks; once I verify that it works I'll distribute the new e-mail address.
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Joshua Kronengoldmneme on December 7th, 2010 08:53 pm (UTC)
Suggestion: Decouple your email from your ISP.

ISPs are historically awful for providing email service, and you can get good and free (or for a minimal cost, if you want your own domain, etc, with a lot more features added in) email elsewhere, trivially and easily.

Why tie your email to who's dropping a wire into your house?
Steve Brinich: Ansom (WTF)stevemb on December 7th, 2010 09:16 pm (UTC)
So far, I've set up a gmail account to be used for impersonal mail (forum registrations, online shopping, etc); that gives me a while to transition those things over while waiting for the new connection. The new personal e-mail address(es) will be distinct from that; I might use (name)@verizon.net and (samename)@somewhere-else.com and give out both for personal e-mail so people can just cc: both to make sure the message doesn't get lost.
Joshua Kronengoldmneme on December 7th, 2010 11:30 pm (UTC)
Giving out the "real addy" isn't terrible, and backup addies are useful, of course.

FWIW, my strat is to maintain a personal domain. I do pay for hosting and get imap off there. But for a lot less, I could park it somewhere where it forwarded all my email to...well, anywhere.

The annoying thing about this approach is that it costs money (at least enough to retain a domain name; unless you're going to hand a friend who is already doing hosting your addy, also something for hosting; pobox does email-only hosting for $20/year for up to 3 addresses).

The nice thing about it is that it's totally under your control regardless of disruption of the underlying service (unless you manage to fail to renew your domain, anyway, but that's what long-term domain pricing is for aside from the cheap rates). If google goes all darkside, your @gmail.com address might become a liability -- but if you're hosting your domain on pobox, or a friend, or dreamhost.com, and the underlying service starts to suffer, you can just yank your domain and move it somewhere else without having to issue a COA to all your friends.
Steve Brinich: Citation Needed (XKCD)stevemb on December 10th, 2010 12:36 pm (UTC)
Thanks. I don't know if I'll bother with setting up a domain, but I have thought about segregating e-mail addresses (providing different levels of privacy, spam protection versus certainty of any given message getting through, etc), including one for household services (directly accessible to both me and starmalachite).