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Having problems with email downloading

I normally use Netscape Mail. I like the Netscape package, although IE does a better job rendering most webpages. Nonetheless, Netscape Mail was working until yesterday. Now it won't download my mail.

I've downloaded Netscape 7.1 again. No dice. I could use GoBack to try to restore whatever changed...but I don't like to do that unless there's no other choice. Other than that, I'd have to use another mail reader...and I've tried a few, and don't like the other choices.

Anyone have any ideas? I'm going to head to work soon, so there's not exactly a rush...but sooner or later, my account will fill up, forcing my hand.


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Nov. 6th, 2003 06:18 am (UTC)
Eudora - there is a free "lite" version available which works just fine. Mind you you have to open web pages in a browser window, but that's not a huge deal. It's also less vulnerable to attack than most of the other programs out there, like Outlook :)
Nov. 23rd, 2003 03:05 am (UTC)
things are all better now
I downloaded a new copy of Mozilla, which meshes well with Netscape (Netscape *is* Mozilla) and all is now good.
Nov. 6th, 2003 06:42 am (UTC)
I use pine, and just cut and paste URLs as needed. It's just safer that way; I haven't heard of a virus that attacked pine yet. But that's probably not the class of solution you're looking for.

Do you have any idea what might have changed on your machine between two days ago and yesterday? Do you have any automatic updates going on? If you can figure out what changed, it could help you figure out how to recover.

If you like Netscape and it's broken now anyway, you might give Mozilla a try. It's built on the same code base as Mozilla and the UI is pretty close to identical, but I've found it to be less buggy than Netscape. Note, however, that Mozilla uses/overwrites some of the same files that Netscape does, so once you install Mozilla you probably won't be able to run Netscape again without first uninstalling Mozilla and then (possibly) re-installing Netscape. It's possible that installing Mozilla into a non-standard location would fix that; I took the defaults and that broke Netscape for me. Once I established that Mozilla did everything I needed, though, I didn't care.

By the way, the reason IE handles more web pages is that there's a lot of bad Microsoft-specific HTML out there (e.g. generated by Word). Netscape, Mozilla, Opera, et al can't necessarily render HTML that isn't in the spec. I avoid IE unless necessary because I think following standards is important. When I encounter a page that just plain won't load in Netscape, I send a complaint to the webmaster. Then if it's important I pop it into IE.
Nov. 6th, 2003 08:30 am (UTC)
Opera - I use it, it's pretty good. I have a few issues with it, mainly due to my video card. Also, java doesn't seem to work properly, but that may just be the version I downloaded.

Or, as a work around during your email outage, try this. Comcast has this online page where you can check your email without a true client.

Of course, there's always outlook regress... err, express....
Nov. 6th, 2003 08:46 am (UTC)
Re: Options...
he does know how to check his email via comcast's web page... but honestly, that's a pain in the tuchis. Plus, there's a limit to how much mail you can store there.

Seth and I both use Comcast's web site to check our email when we're not at home, but from home, it's really much nicer to be able to download it into a client.

Personally, I think he's weird for liking Netscape Mail.

I hate Outlook Express, but I have the full-blown version of Outlook on my computer, and frankly, I like it. It does everything I want it to do and it's never screwed anything up (yet....ergh, did I just curse myself?)
Nov. 10th, 2003 10:57 pm (UTC)
If you have to...
Give Fuzz a call (you know how), he is willing to do a free house call for you :-)
Nov. 11th, 2003 04:58 am (UTC)
Re: If you have to...
We may get to that point. Thanks, Fuzz.

I've tried doing GoBack...turns out I waited too long. There's events (e.g. standard maintenance) that clears the record of GoBack, which was done. I suspect the culprit was the Vaio AutoUpdate software, and if I get the chance, I'll figure out how to reverse those changes. As of this morning, however, I couldn't access *any* internet at home from my computer. My wife's computer was somewhat more responsive, but not much...so we may have been having problems with Comcast as well.
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