The Email Provider of Your Choosing Sux

Of the top of my head there is yahoo, hotmail/outlook, gmail. Yes, I know there are other email providers, and I know some that provide email also provide other things {as in google which does gmail}, but these are the ones I use, and what most people primarily use, and what they claim they do.

Now, first off, what is an email provider supposed to provide {versus what it actually provides, that will come up soon}. The supposedly provide a place to get your emails, and as an offshoot of that to also be able to indicate ‘spam’, block senders {in various ways} all together, and to sort the mail in various ways {folders, etcetera, depending on the email provider your choices may be different}. Yahoo {free} now has 1 TB storage, Hotmail has {free} 5 GB/Plus is 10 GB {unclear whether this is their regular paid service or just what}.

Yes, that was Shot 1. Yahoo has other ‘things’ but it is primarily/started as email service. Do I get the email that my contacts send me; ususally, as far as I know, but this included having to check my spam folder each and every time, even though have already selected ‘not spam’ for some of that email. I also have to {from spam folder} hit block/filter. I still get the same spam emails from the same people/companies, day after day, even when have blocked them by name, keyword, email, etcetera. With yahoo supposedly even the ‘free’ users have 100 that they can list to block. In truth, you MIGHT can block about 10 {at least they stay on the list, although they rarely stop the actual spam supposed to} and if you click block/filter, it doesn’t actually do it. They do have a paid service that is ‘better’ {supposedly} but since they can’t do the simplest of thing that they are SUPPOSED to do, why would anyone want to take a chance that a paid service would be any better. They do have a relatively easy add folder utility, but it goes alphabetically, so if you read and then try to put certain ones in your chosen folder it may or may not be a major pita.

Hotmail/Outlook {my hotmail.com goes to outlook now, and so does my backup which was an actual outlook.com mail} is another one of the long time providers. I use an adblocker, and hotmail is always telling me {off to the side} to maximize space in my inbox to sign up for {paid} ad free Outlook…except of course the amount of space in my account has nothing to do with blocking ads, and that account is primarily for linking to my amazon/book etc account. One has nothing to do with the other, and that account has plenty of space. The blocking/spam function works, to a degree, in that it doesn’t want you to block email that ‘shows’ it was sent from your own account, which means that more and more spammers and scammers and phishers {is that a word?} set their emails to you to appear to hotmail that it came from you. Since they won’t let you block those, regardless of what the metadata shows {that it did not come from you}, I have taken to sending those to the ‘phishing’ folder/notification. I did attempt to fully block any email coming from ‘my’ account to my account but it would not let me, even though I wrote them and assured them I NEVER send myself email. The folder system is about the same as yahoo’s, except {for me} little easier to deal with because don’t have that many folders, so if it actually does the long list the same as yahoo I haven’t noticed it because of that. It blocks better on in that it seems to actually put blocks, all of them, in that section, allowing 1024 blocked senders and 1024 blocked domains {not the same thing}, but I still get spam almost constantly, and this is NOT my primary email. Don’t know storage limit.

Google accounts now use a shared pool of storage. Every account gets 15 GB of free space, which is shared across your Gmail, Google Drive, and Google+ Photos. But certain types of files don’t count towards your storage quota. These items don’t take up space Google Drive: Google Docs, Sheets, Slides, Forms, Sites, and files in “Shared with me.” Files only take up space in the owner’s Google Drive. Google Photos: Photos and videos stored using the “High Quality” size. Learn how to change the size in Settings. Pixel phones: You can back up an unlimited number of photos and videos to Google Photos from a Pixel phone. Storage differences in Google Drive When you use Google Drive for your computer, you can see that items take up a different amount of space than they do at drive.google.com. Items in your Trash take up space in Google Drive, but aren’t synced to your computer. Shared items will take up space on your computer, but not Google Drive. Items that are in multiple folders will be synced to all folders on your computer, taking up more space. If you’re only syncing some folders to your computer, the storage on your computer will be less than what is shown on Google Drive. Your computer may show a slightly different file size than drive.google.com because of Mac or PC requirements.

You can view your Google account’s overall available storage space from Google’s Drive storage website. In my case and in the case of other chromebook users, you may have the 1 year upgrade from buying a chromebook or other offer. I have 15 GB BUT for that year {or 2} I have 117 GB {and not sure why that odd number but that’s what it currently says}. Mine shows almost 2 GB on the ‘drive’ part overall, gmail is a bit over 12 GB, 0 photos {don’t think that is correct but maybe those don’t count}. Basically, 117 GB total storage Your plan 15 GB Chromebook promotion – expires 6/20/19 100 GB 2015 Security Checkup Bonus 2 GB. — free is 15 GB, 100 GB is normally $1.99 {Month, or $19.99 yearly} 1 TB $9.99 {Month, or $99.99 yearly} and even 10 TB which is $99.99 month. {There are plans up to 30 TB} for personal use, couldn’t find the information of business use pricing. Did see one 16 TB at $800 per month, still unsure whether business or personal although don’t see why any non-business would need that much space or be able to pay that much money {just outright buy a storage drive, pretty reasonable for external ones of all sizes these days}.  Now the reason to mention all this, is because google is integrated, highly, so the chromebooks are definitely that way, but even a user or some to most google products in chrome etcetera is going to have high integration and matters for all this.

Business users via Google Apps/online productivity suite cost at least $5 monthly, and gives custom email address, guaranteed uptime {compensation limited to small fees for actual downtime}, free version of Gmail comes with 15GB of space for documents, emails, photos and other files, while paid has 30GB on the US$5 a month plan and unlimited storage for US$10 a month (or 1TB if your business has less than five users), and while businesses that deal in Microsoft Office documents rarely touch these limits on a per user basis but as we move to using video more often in work, those storage limits will become more relevant. {all this info is directly quoted from google affiliated and other sites writing about gmail etcetera}, 24/7 support, no ads, google apps marketplace, sync mail to Microsoft Outlook {not quite sure myself why this one but noting it}.

Primary, Social, Promotions, and 2 more tabs is all that gmail offers, so there is no make your own category/heading which I find very unusable, but there is a way to set up ‘categories’ so you can have different folders {or even tell it to go straight to that folder when received I think but like to know what getting before putting it away myself}. This is NOT my primary email, but I am currently on a chromebook and have long been somewhat integrated with chrome ‘things’, and am actually thinking about starting the process to close down yahoo, because it just doesn’t WORK.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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