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2013-12-13 08:18:54 AM
Meh.  I still use it, among other services.  It's not horrible.
 
2013-12-13 08:33:02 AM
I have it in case gmail isn't working.
 
2013-12-13 09:26:45 AM
The re-design sucks. No, I'm not over it.
 
2013-12-13 09:37:57 AM
Yahoo mail makes a perfectly fine throwaway mail account. Admittedly I used it more frequently when their spam filters worked better than they do now.
 
2013-12-13 09:38:04 AM

texdent: I have it in case gmail isn't working.


I've got several:  Yahoo!, Gmail, couple smaller "throw-away" ones, my work e-mail, and I even have a winlink.org e-mail.

That last one deserves a bit of explanation:  Using long range ham radio, I can access my winlink.org e-mail address from basically anywhere on the surface of the Earth, so long as I have electricity to power the laptop and my radio (for instance, from batteries).   There are hundreds of "gateways" spread out over the globe that feed into 5 redundant e-mail servers equally spread across the globe.

Even if there is a widespread regional Internet or power failure, I'll be able to send and receive e-mails.
 
2013-12-13 09:51:36 AM
I had a yahoo e-mail account just for an address to use on forms.
 
2013-12-13 09:56:53 AM
I use it. I also have a gmail and my own personal domain email. Yahoo Mail's been fine for me, for ... 15 years, I think? I stick with Yahoo because when I tell people my email address I just say "[name] at Yahoo" and I don't have to spell it out. Yeah, spelling gmail would be as easy but I already use Google Docs extensively and I think having everything tied to a single company is asking for trouble.

The trouble may explain issues with POP access I was having recently...
 
2013-12-13 09:57:29 AM
Well, you don't expect me to reply to Casual Encounters ads with my Gmail account, do you?
 
2013-12-13 10:12:01 AM
Hey, I still use Yahoo Mail.

To sign up for things.
 
2013-12-13 10:22:45 AM
I can't elaborate on how I know this, but the way their email systems are architected, this outage couldn't have effected more than a couple hundred thousand users and no where near the whole 270M+ user base...So, not that big of a story...
 
2013-12-13 10:27:26 AM

tricycleracer: Well, you don't expect me to reply to Casual Encounters ads with my Gmail account, do you?


I use my .edu email address for that.
 
2013-12-13 10:29:01 AM
macdailynews.files.wordpress.com

Any thread about Yahoo, gives me an excuse to post this.
 
2013-12-13 10:30:38 AM
I've been using yahoo mail for almost 16+ years.

Give me folders in gmail, then I'll be happy. Not tags. Folders.
 
2013-12-13 10:33:08 AM
I like my Yahoo mail. Like others have said, I've had it since the 1990s. It's a nice throw away account.
 
2013-12-13 10:35:42 AM
The animated exclamation point really sealed the turnaround for me. That's when I knew everything would be ok.
 
2013-12-13 10:37:22 AM
Apparently everyone has a junk mail account now to give to stores or online companies. This time of year, I'm sure the outage is pissing people off who are trying to place orders or track packages.

Seems like no one really uses Gmail for this, though...
 
2013-12-13 10:42:22 AM

Gaambit: Apparently everyone has a junk mail account now to give to stores or online companies. This time of year, I'm sure the outage is pissing people off who are trying to place orders or track packages.

Seems like no one really uses Gmail for this, though...


I have 2 Gmail accounts. One is just for junk mail.
 
2013-12-13 10:43:45 AM
Just this week, I got BIE from Fark in my yahoo email....
 
2013-12-13 10:59:57 AM

Abe Vigoda's Ghost: Gaambit: Apparently everyone has a junk mail account now to give to stores or online companies. This time of year, I'm sure the outage is pissing people off who are trying to place orders or track packages.

Seems like no one really uses Gmail for this, though...

I have 2 Gmail accounts. One is just for junk mail.


...and as I hit send, I realized I have a super-secret Gmail one, too.

The rest gets dumped in Hotmail (yeah, I didn't do that changeover to Outlook).
I have a random Yahoo one out there, too, somewhere...
 
2013-12-13 11:00:24 AM

Gaambit: Apparently everyone has a junk mail account now to give to stores or online companies. This time of year, I'm sure the outage is pissing people off who are trying to place orders or track packages.

Seems like no one really uses Gmail for this, though...


I haven't even bothered to get a gmail account. Or at least I didn't until youtube kept biatching when I tried to watch certain videos and it basically set "Unless you set up a google account, you can't watch shiat where you need to disable the age filter" I still haven't checked out my gmail account after that, it's just not worth my time.
 
2013-12-13 11:10:41 AM
I don't know what the deal is with Yahoo mail but I had to quit using it. Last year, it decided to just delete my entire inbox for no reason. Years' worth of emails just gone. Yahoo tech support said "nothing we can do about it, you're out of luck." So fark 'em.
 
2013-12-13 11:20:39 AM
It's my throw-away e-mail addy. It has it's own android app, which is blocked by it's new security system. I guess that must be the best security.
 
kab
2013-12-13 11:26:25 AM
And this is where subby gets mocked incessantly for thinking that someone's decision in what web mail service(s) they use are indicative of anything.
 
2013-12-13 11:40:16 AM

kab: And this is where subby gets mocked incessantly for thinking that someone's decision in what web mail service(s) they use are indicative of anything.



I agree! It is high time that those technophiles among our friends stop with this blatant elitism and come to terms that all email addresses are the same. I use mine with pride and when I email for prospective jobs I am sure the recruiter enjoys seeing such a clever name and I always get ranked high in the pile of call-backs. I am a professional and no my email address does not mean anything so stop with the persecution hiring managers, you are fools.

BumpInTheNight
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2013-12-13 11:54:48 AM

Abe Vigoda's Ghost: [macdailynews.files.wordpress.com image 570x703]

Any thread about Yahoo, gives me an excuse to post this.


She can sit on my giant red balls any time.

Wait, that didn't come out right.
 
2013-12-13 12:23:24 PM
Ya who?
 
2013-12-13 01:05:54 PM
cdn8.openculture.com

An example of trying to use something cool to make something dorky look better.
 
2013-12-13 01:07:33 PM

exparrot: [cdn8.openculture.com image 640x635]

An example of trying to use something cool to make something dorky look better.


That's not really fair.  Even a Honda Elite has limits.
 
2013-12-13 01:25:38 PM

dittybopper: Using long range ham radio, I can access my winlink.org e-mail address from basically anywhere on the surface of the Earth, so long as I have electricity to power the laptop and my radio (for instance, from batteries).   There are hundreds of "gateways" spread out over the globe that feed into 5 redundant e-mail servers equally spread across the globe.

Even if there is a widespread regional Internet or power failure, I'll be able to send and receive e-mails.


You must really want to get those e-mails from your boss while on vacation.
 
2013-12-13 01:42:29 PM

Ambitwistor: dittybopper: Using long range ham radio, I can access my winlink.org e-mail address from basically anywhere on the surface of the Earth, so long as I have electricity to power the laptop and my radio (for instance, from batteries).   There are hundreds of "gateways" spread out over the globe that feed into 5 redundant e-mail servers equally spread across the globe.

Even if there is a widespread regional Internet or power failure, I'll be able to send and receive e-mails.

You must really want to get those e-mails from your boss while on vacation.


Boss doesn't know that address.  Nor will he ever, at least not from me.

Plus, I have to explicitly "whitelist" e-mail addresses that can send to that address.  This is because of the nature of ham radio:  You can't use it for business communications, or for obscene stuff.  So boss doesn't get it, nor does the friend who's always sending off-color jokes.
 
2013-12-13 02:06:26 PM

dittybopper: texdent: I have it in case gmail isn't working.

I've got several:  Yahoo!, Gmail, couple smaller "throw-away" ones, my work e-mail, and I even have a winlink.org e-mail.

That last one deserves a bit of explanation:  Using long range ham radio, I can access my winlink.org e-mail address from basically anywhere on the surface of the Earth, so long as I have electricity to power the laptop and my radio (for instance, from batteries).   There are hundreds of "gateways" spread out over the globe that feed into 5 redundant e-mail servers equally spread across the globe.

Even if there is a widespread regional Internet or power failure, I'll be able to send and receive e-mails.


Sounds super useful. When society collapses you'll still be able to send emails to no one, because all their computers are dead.
 
2013-12-13 02:18:56 PM

SkittlesAreYum: dittybopper: texdent: I have it in case gmail isn't working.

I've got several:  Yahoo!, Gmail, couple smaller "throw-away" ones, my work e-mail, and I even have a winlink.org e-mail.

That last one deserves a bit of explanation:  Using long range ham radio, I can access my winlink.org e-mail address from basically anywhere on the surface of the Earth, so long as I have electricity to power the laptop and my radio (for instance, from batteries).   There are hundreds of "gateways" spread out over the globe that feed into 5 redundant e-mail servers equally spread across the globe.

Even if there is a widespread regional Internet or power failure, I'll be able to send and receive e-mails.

Sounds super useful. When society collapses you'll still be able to send emails to no one, because all their computers are dead.


Everyone knows that apocalyptic events only affect North America and rarely parts of western Europe, as long as one of the servers was somewhere say in central Asia he'll be able to keep playing his Civ-by-mail game forever...unless someone forgets to pre-populate their hosts file.
 
2013-12-13 02:31:48 PM
I've had the same yahoo mail account for 13 years and have seen no reason to switch just because something more popular came along (google) or because some internet forum tells me that it's outdated.
 
2013-12-13 02:38:38 PM

SkittlesAreYum: dittybopper: texdent: I have it in case gmail isn't working.

I've got several:  Yahoo!, Gmail, couple smaller "throw-away" ones, my work e-mail, and I even have a winlink.org e-mail.

That last one deserves a bit of explanation:  Using long range ham radio, I can access my winlink.org e-mail address from basically anywhere on the surface of the Earth, so long as I have electricity to power the laptop and my radio (for instance, from batteries).   There are hundreds of "gateways" spread out over the globe that feed into 5 redundant e-mail servers equally spread across the globe.

Even if there is a widespread regional Internet or power failure, I'll be able to send and receive e-mails.

Sounds super useful. When society collapses you'll still be able to send emails to no one, because all their computers are dead.


I've highlighted the important word you apparently missed.  Reading is fundamental, you know.

And yes, being able to send and receive e-mails in an area where the infrastructure is so damaged that conventional communications no longer work is actually super useful.
 
2013-12-13 02:58:52 PM
I've been using Yahoo for my primary email address for longer that I can remember. It does everything an email address is supposed to do.
 
2013-12-13 03:01:09 PM

BumpInTheNight: Everyone knows that apocalyptic events only affect North America and rarely parts of western Europe, as long as one of the servers was somewhere say in central Asia he'll be able to keep playing his Civ-by-mail game forever...unless someone forgets to pre-populate their hosts file.


They happen elsewhere also, and ham radio is also effective there.  After the Boxing Day tsunami in the Indian Ocean back in 2004, the *ONLY* way to communicate with the Andaman and Nicobar islands after the tsunami hit was via ham radio:

In fact, what began as a short-term ham radio special event, demonstrated the 
enormous importance of ham radio in emergency situations. Telecommunications 
equipment was damaged or washed away by the tsunami. The satellite uplink antenna 
lost its alignment. The only communication that could function was amateur radio. The 
ham radio team provided communication among officials, communication between the 
islands, and coordination of relief efforts


http://space.rice.edu/Phys401/SPR2007Papers/GUZMANham%20radio%20afte r% 20tsunami%20report.pdf
 
2013-12-13 03:50:48 PM
Now Yahoo will never get its employees to use it instead of Outlook.

I have a couple of throwaway / spam catcher accounts at Yahoo. Ever since the redesign, web mail is slower than a dead dog. Logging in takes up to 30 seconds, displaying mail after logging in takes another 15 - 30, opening a message take 10 seconds,  etc.
 
2013-12-13 04:02:13 PM
In other news, people still use "in other news, people still use" jokes in headlines.
 
2013-12-13 04:43:34 PM
Gee Marissa, maybe spend extra money your company has on real infrastructure instead of massive, one child (yours) day cares...mmmmkaaay?
 
2013-12-13 05:22:37 PM
What ever happened to that guy that "hacked" Sarah Palin's yahoo account?
 
2013-12-13 06:02:24 PM
In other news, people still use Yahoo mail email
 
2013-12-13 06:28:12 PM

dittybopper: SkittlesAreYum: dittybopper: texdent: I have it in case gmail isn't working.

I've got several:  Yahoo!, Gmail, couple smaller "throw-away" ones, my work e-mail, and I even have a winlink.org e-mail.

That last one deserves a bit of explanation:  Using long range ham radio, I can access my winlink.org e-mail address from basically anywhere on the surface of the Earth, so long as I have electricity to power the laptop and my radio (for instance, from batteries).   There are hundreds of "gateways" spread out over the globe that feed into 5 redundant e-mail servers equally spread across the globe.

Even if there is a widespread regional Internet or power failure, I'll be able to send and receive e-mails.

Sounds super useful. When society collapses you'll still be able to send emails to no one, because all their computers are dead.

I've highlighted the important word you apparently missed.  Reading is fundamental, you know.

And yes, being able to send and receive e-mails in an area where the infrastructure is so damaged that conventional communications no longer work is actually super useful.


Communications, yes. Emails? Eh, I don't know why that would be useful.
 
2013-12-13 06:52:24 PM
I've had my yahoo spamtrap account long enough that at least two other people are apparently able to select that username as well.  I've started getting "confirm your signup" and Facebook notifications for other people over the past few months.  It's kind of funny, actually, considering that at least one of the clone users is a heavy dating site and porn user.  My spam folder has gotten way more entertaining of late.
 
2013-12-13 07:29:47 PM

SkittlesAreYum: Communications, yes. Emails? Eh, I don't know why that would be useful.


Because not everyone has a ham radio operator sitting next to them.

Say an emergency manager in a disaster zone needs to contact their counterpart outside the disaster zone.  The ham radio operator that is set up at the EOC (or where ever) can send an e-mail to that person outside the disaster area and can be assured the communication will get to them moments after it is sent.

When that person outside the disaster area gets the e-mail, they can immediately reply without having to find another ham radio operator to send a message back, and that message will be picked up the next time the ham operator in the disaster zone logs into a gateway.

Does that make sense?
 
2013-12-13 07:44:38 PM
A Yahoo! mail address is really a must-have thing nowadays, if only to give out to receive pictures people claim are of them, but Google indicates are really of random pornstars.
 
2013-12-13 09:01:23 PM
Because my wife doesn't know about I have it?
 
2013-12-13 09:20:37 PM
I think AT&T still hosts their att.net e-mail through Yahoo (i.e. U-verse users and DSL users).
 
2013-12-13 09:24:05 PM
Yahoo is my spam/throwaway account. But I haven't been able to access it lately. I thought I forgot the password, went to reset it and couldn't get a "strong" enough password for yahoo to accept.

At one point I tried "jdhJDFHFklj464o9skldlewhLH" and it still said it was too weak.

The only reason I want to get into it is to see what my apple ID password is.
 
2013-12-13 09:35:44 PM
"My dream job is to work at Yahoo" said nobody, ever.
 
2013-12-13 11:45:11 PM
I still use a yahoo email account because it is only 5 characters...the service sucks now, however, and is slower than the pony express.  I don't use it for anything important, though.

/My inbox mysteriously disappeared last week and I had to file a restore request
 
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