Monday, March 09, 2009

The irony of it - Yahoo messes up!

In 1992 I finally migrated from my numeric CompuServe email address, which I had used since 1983, to an AOL one - convenient and with good parental controls as my son hit 7. While I have been steadily frustrated by it, all my friends knew it so I stayed with it since then. Finally, I decided a few weeks ago that I would migrate to a Yahoo hosted custom email address. After a brief period of time, last Sunday, Yahoo started to bounce back all incoming emails with a "this email address has been suspended message." I immediately reported it, with Yahoo promising a response in 12-24 hours. 26 hours later, on Monday, I received an email asking for the bounced message header. I sent this and have been waiting since then for the "all clear."

In the meanwhile I have gone back to AOl and had to explain to everyone that my "change of address" was premature. Since I have problems with Hotmail, and am unwilling to use a cable company's since I have moved a number of times in the past few years, I have learned that no email provider is really satisactory. Though perhaps a greater lesson is that life does not end with a failed email system!


Prem said...

Have you tried gmail? I Migrated from Hotmail to Gmail 3 years back and it's been just wonderful.

Jonathan said...

I get my e-mail address from my Web site host ( it's part of the bundle with the Web site. It works pretty well except that it refuses to handle any message larger than 10 MB, which is occasionally embarrassing.

The other problem is that some bastard spammer has been forging my domain name on his messages, so I've had Hotmail classifying my messages as spam. However, this hasn't been a big problem so far.