You never know what you’ve got until it’s gone.
I’m writing this from a tiny cheap aspire one 10 inch netbook
that I bought used from a friend 7 years ago. I’m sitting outside on the
veranda in a hotel in Africa, where the temperature never
really goes below 75, and that they would consider a cold day. In Africa
you sweat at night and you sweat a lot more during the day, and after you
step out of the shower, you sweat some more, so you need another shower..
Here in a city of more than 82,000 sitting in one of the nicest hotels around
Both the internet connectivity (one single router sitting on the lobby desk)
and the power availability are suspect, and highly subject to going out randomly.
So I’m half-way through a post and… foom. the power is out, the internet is out.
And I just pray that my old laptop battery holds on long enough for me to hit “save”.
(God help you if you have an old school pc like some of the schools, universities,
and libraries here – I guess they are glad to have one at all).
But apparently that’s just how it goes in this part of the world.
Jimmy-rigging is not a thing to be looked down on. Here it is treated like
Miguivering and it is a necessary life skill.
All that said, the bandwidth/connectivity is shoddy at best, and slow,
and you better just thank your lucky stars that you are connected at all.
So when i discover that this tiny laptop that I’ve brought
(didn’t want to bring the firari of laptops in case it gets jacked)
is linux and therefore you must configure everything by hand.
If there is one lesson to be learned from the battle between mac/pc/linux it
is that configurable options are the antithesis of simplicity…. but I digress.
This lappy needs SMTP connection so that I can get my email before my beard grows again.
And in order to do that, I need all my major email addresses in one spot.
Does anyone else have one email from every provider or am I just greedy or something?
Anyways, So here is a table of the SMTP settings for the major free providers
and their appropriate ports, etc. Why couldn’t this just be preset?
Because everyone has different options and we wouldn’t want anyone to have any
fancy one-upmanship or something? I donno. here’s the table.
|Server name||Port||User name||Connection security|
|Incoming||imap.gmail.com||993||your gmail address||SSL/TLS|
|Outging||smtp.gmail.com||587||your gmail address||STARTTLS|