[kwlug-disc] Yahoo / Thunderbird Windows Problem Solved

John Kerr jkerr0102 at rogers.com
Sun Mar 11 21:00:37 EDT 2012


The problem is Yahoo wide, people all around the world are havbing problems sending mail from Thunderbird  via a  yahoo mail server.

Just changing the SMTP server to gmail will allow people to download from Yahoo (keeping your folders intact) only the outgoing mail would be sent via google.

Another soloution has surfaced and that is to change the background colour of your e-mail to anything but white. Changing it to a pale yellow works.

This problem has happened before, I am ssure that it was at least 10 years ago and the same solution was to change the background colour of the e-mail.

My LInux based thunderbird was not affected, it was just Mary's Windows version.




Fewer things are harder to put up with than the annoyance of a good example. - Mark Twain
John Eddie Kerr | Guelph, Ontario 

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Sent: Saturday, March 10, 2012 8:32:32 PM
Subject: Re: [kwlug-disc] Yahoo / Thunderbird Windows Problem Solved
On 03/10/2012 6:33 PM, John Kerr wrote:
> Hi everyone
> Your poor friends who are using Windows and Thunderbird may be having
> a problem sending e-mail now.

And why might that be?

> A quick solution would be to get them
> on Gmail if you have not already and then show them how to switch to
> a gmail SMTP account.

Or Yahoo, or Live, or GMX, or ... just about anything not tied to an ISP.

> this Life Hacker article is what they need.
> http://lifehacker.com/111166/how-to-use-gmail-as-your-smtp-server

> This is not a problem in Linux.
> Of course.

And what has the OS to do with any of it?

And just a heads up ... gmail and anything (I suspect, definitely TB), is and can be a PITA - only in the sense that because gmail doesn't really use folders, using labels instead, (let alone things getting uncontrollably and automatically labelled as starred or important) things get placed into what appear to be folders such as important, starred, spam, trash, inbox, and so on, but they're actually just labels.

    So, you can delete something out of 'important' and it doesn't really go away. It just leaves the folder (getting that label removed), but still lies elsewhere. And some thing only appear in 'all mail' instead of 'inbox' and it's all very ... strange. Disconcerting even.

    To get around it all, I have a series of accounts (live, yahoo, etc.) that get auto-forwarded to gmail, and have gmail auto-forwarded to a real account. Just to get around the labelling nonsense.

    Which all just goes to show you how insidious non-standard implementations are.

In you have Android, it seems that the Google Ecosystem that surrounds it brings so much functionality that one (sadly) puts up with gmail. (Cursing all the while.)


Oh, and finally, ... there's always webmail, in a pinch. Not OS dependent, not browser dependent, and heck, not even your own device dependent. Sit down anywhere there's a computer ... and just get on with your day.

P.S. Have as many e-mail addresses as you like, including one per web site. http://mailnull.com/, worth checking out.

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