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Why you need free e-mail accounts – Outlook.com, Gmail…

Posted in Free, Internet with tags , , , , , , on August 23, 2014 by Sirusdark

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Internet Service Providers (aka ISP) often bundle in their services offering e-mail addresses. But there’s a big problem: if you ever switch provider or stop paying, you’re doomed. I made a couple of phone calls and spoke with some well known Canadian ISP’s customer service and they all told me the same thing: if you change provider, you can’t keep the provided e-mail address. Some may offer you to keep it, but for a fee.

Freedom is free

A free e-mail account on the contrary, is free, it offers the same functionality, long term stability and a LOT more benefits.

With a free e-mail account, mainly you can choose any ISP you want, change whenever you want, you’ll still have the same e-mail address. Move in another country? Not a problem; as long as you have Internet access, you’ll be good to go!

Be smart, start using a free e-mail account from providers like Microsoft (Hotmail, Outlook.com, Live), Google (Gmail) or Yahoo.

IMPORTANT NOTE

Free e-mails however usually have requirements: you usually must stay active. Ex.: Microsoft requires that you sign into your Microsoft account at least once every 270 days, Gmail possibly 9 month too, etc.  So anyone who uses e-mail normally will ipso facto meet the activity requirement anyway. What are you waiting for? Get a free e-mail today!

Yahoo!

I’m still waiting for an official answer from Yahoo!. Since their Terms of Use are quite ambiguous and incomplete about Account inactivity, I can’t recommend it, yet.

EDIT – August 26: Yahoo! Public Relations Manager, Public Policy’s representative replied to my e-mail. Stay tune for more info! :D

EDIT – September 17: I never heard again from Yahoo! since last time. Guess they don’t value much their users after all. Oh well.

Final word

If your e-mail doesn’t look professional (Ex.: whale_killer666@hotmail.com), don’t worry, you don’t have to change or create a new e-mail account. Stay tuned for an upcoming article on how to use e-mail alias!

Enjoy!

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References
-http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/microsoft-services-agreement ( Clearest services agreement ever )
-http://www.google.com/mail/help/intl/en/program_policies.html ( updated as of September 12, 2008 )
-https://www.google.com/settings/u/0/account/inactive ( Inactivity Account Manager )
-https://info.yahoo.com/legal/us/yahoo/utos/terms/ ( Section 15, (e) extended periods […] )

How to prevent Outlook.com or Hotmail to redirect to MSN on sign out

Posted in Browser, Internet, Tweaking with tags , , , , , , , on April 3, 2014 by Sirusdark

Hello crazy world!

I finally decided I would share with you a secret tweak of mine. When I sign out of Outlook.com or Hotmail, I don’t get redirected to MSN. Yes, I don’t.

Firefox is your friend

Step 1. Use a real Internet Browser (aka Firefox).

Step 2. Use NoScript or AdBlock Plus. If you have neither of those installed, Ctrl+Shift+A and do so.

Step 3. Simply deny any scripts from the following domains:

demdex.net

omtrdc.net

Piece of cake. Block these two domains and you shouldn’t get redirected to MSN anymore.

Outlook.com - No MSN

Sign in – sign out. Nothing else. You’re welcome.

EDIT – Workaround

For some reason, this method doesn’t work anymore. Being fedup and wanting a simpler solution, I’ve found one:

Log out from a non e-mail related service, like OneDrive, OneNote, Word/Excel Online, etc. Switch service and logout as usual.

Enjoy!

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IMPORTANT NOTE
-As much as the name implies it, I don’t use AdBlock Plus to block ads. I’ve never used the filter subscriptions either, not even once. I don’t encourage anyone to block ads without a very good reason. If you DO need to block an ad, it means the website you’re on has a problem. Ads are great. Usually.

Outlook.com – Awesome new updates!

Posted in Internet with tags , , , , , on February 25, 2014 by Sirusdark

Outlook.com (or Hotmail.com, for the veterans) finally rolled out new updates today (February 25 2014).

The navigation is now a lot smoother, no more random reloads at login, when navigating or typing e-mails, no more waiting when clicking folders; everything is snappy and fast… Like it should have been in the first place. :D

I like to think it’s the ton of feedback I kept sending Microsoft every time something irritated me or didn’t work as intended. You’re all very welcome.

Enjoy!

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