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yahoo vs. gmail vs. hotmail

Discussion in 'Tech Talk' started by 1911lover, Aug 4, 2004.

  1. 1911lover

    1911lover Fiddler1911

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    I was wondering which email servers GT prefer. I have an acount under all three and beleive that currently yahoo is best, but beleive that gmail will improve its service and beat yahoo. what are your oppinions?
     
  2. ronin_asano

    ronin_asano

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    hotmail blows just because of who provides it.

    yahoo is pretty good for a webmail service.

    gmail is average, and i don't like the privacy issues.
     


  3. Yahoo since 2001. I even purchased a premium account to remove most of the ads.
     
  4. 1911lover

    1911lover Fiddler1911

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    awww. some of the ads were neat, like the ones that you were supposed to keep the car on the road using ur curser and other interactive ads
     
  5. Ned Ludd

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    The premium version of yahoo mail is one of the great bargains. For $20 a year you get 4Gigs of storage, email you can access anywhere and pretty good spam protection. Unlike Hotmail, it works well all the time and has few limits on attachments.

    -NL
     
  6. 1911lover

    1911lover Fiddler1911

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    why do you need 4 gigs? if your getting that many emails wouldnt a nice free pop3 acount work better
     
  7. David_G17

    David_G17 /\/\/\/\/\/\/\/

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    hotmail, just b/c i've had it since hotmail was new.

    my how they have changed.
     
  8. ronin_asano

    ronin_asano

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    wait, if you have a premium yahoo account you still have to look at ads?
     
  9. AZMAN

    AZMAN Millennium Member

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    The following is from yahoo...

    Yahoo Mail Plus

    SpamGuard Plus
    Simply by reporting spam, you train your personal spam filters to recognize similar messages in the future and divert them to your Bulk folder.

    200 blocked addresses and 50 filters
    Block mail from up to 200 unwanted senders. Use up to 50 filters to automatically sort incoming messages into designated folders or send them to your mobile device.

    Virtually unlimited storage
    The more emails you get, the more storage space you need. With Yahoo! Mail Plus, you get a whopping 2GB of email storage – it's like an online archive.

    Virus cleaning†
    Automatically clean infected email attachments to help protect your computer from dangerous viruses – whether you use our web interface or a POP3 mail client. More info.

    No graphical ads
    We've removed all graphical ads from the Mail pages, so your experience is even more enjoyable.

    No promotional taglines in messages
    Whether you send from the web interface or through a POP3 client, all messages you send are free from ad taglines.

    AddressGuard
    Create disposable email addresses to use when you don't want to give out your primary address. Messages sent to your disposable addresses will be delivered to your inbox or to any personal folder you designate. More info.

    POP access
    With POP access, you can download your Yahoo! Mail messages using your desktop email application, such as Outlook™, and then access them offline.

    Mail forwarding
    With Mail forwarding, you can automatically forward your email to another email account – even another Yahoo! Mail address.

    Archiving
    Back up your entire mailbox, or select specific folders and dates. After downloading and unzipping your archive, simply drag and drop the messages into Outlook Express™ for easy offline access.

    Send messages from any of your email accounts
    Now you can send messages under different email identities. When you write a message, just select the "From" email address you want to use.

    No account expiration
    When you subscribe to Yahoo! Mail Plus, you will no longer need to sign in periodically to keep your account active.

    Stationery ‡
    Personalize your email using a wide variety of backgrounds. Easily access your favorite stationery. More info.


    only $19.99/year*
    less than $2/month!
    To order Yahoo! Mail Plus, you need
    to have a free Yahoo! Mail account.
     
  10. SamBuca

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    I don't like spam filters because of privacy issues. It's kind of creepy....I mean, some program reading my email to determine its contents? Come on.

    Sounds dumb? Yup. So do the gmail privacy concerns.
     
  11. 1911lover

    1911lover Fiddler1911

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    i agree, but how often are you sending mail that has important info in it that shouldnt be read by COMPUTERS
     
  12. ronin_asano

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    it's not dumb at all. one big difference is the intention of the scanning, and the fact that a profile is kept related specifically to your id in order to target the ads. a spam filter does not track specific information in this way, nor does it set cookies on your machine.
     
  13. SamBuca

    SamBuca

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    Bayesian filtering keeps a profile on what your email looks like. Gmail keeps a profile on what your email looks like.

    A cookie is irrelevant since it tracks it by email address (as in, your account), not by a random cookie. If you dislike cookies, then just type your login/pass everytime you access Gmail.

    The misinformation on this tech board is almost as bad as the other gun boards' representation of Glocks.
     
  14. alpine18

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    Hotmail has gone down the tubes ever since Microsoft bought them. They tried several times about 5 years ago to unsuccessfully to convert their server system over to the Windows operating system, which promptly crashed and caused all sorts of problems for them. They finally did it, and they have sucked ever since. They used to have one of the better server clusters in the industry and were very stable. Since then their service has become mediocre. Avoid them like the plague.
    Personally I use Yahoo mail. 100mb of free e-mail storage. You can't match that anywhere else.
     
  15. ronin_asano

    ronin_asano

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    speaking of misinformation, cookies are required for one to use gmail, and cookies are not irrelevant as a privacy concern.
     
  16. SamBuca

    SamBuca

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    To stay logged in, yes. Session cookies are not saved because they expire after that session.

    Don't want cookies? Don't click the "remember me for 2 weeks" thing. They'll go away when you close the browser.

    Anything else? ;Q
     
  17. ronin_asano

    ronin_asano

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    do you have a gmail account? cookies are required. i don't use the 'remember me for two weeks' thing. all that does is cache your password.

    clear every google cookie from your machine. set the browser to prompt you for cookies. log into gmail, and watch what happens. deny the cookies and see if you can get in. even if you allow the one for the session, you will still be prompted for others, and you will get a message that you will need to enable cookies to use the site.

    anything else? yes, as a matter of fact. guess what? they use the cookies to direct ads.
     
  18. 1911lover

    1911lover Fiddler1911

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  19. ronin_asano

    ronin_asano

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    yes. however, one thing the gmail cookies do is affect the rest of the google stuff. for instance, now if i go to google.com to do a search, i see text ads, where i didn't before. i used the adblock extension of firefox to block them.

    the novelty of gmail has worn off. i don't even use it anymore. i just hold on to the account in order to get some invites to send to some friends that wanted one. so far, they have only given me two.