Tech woes…

You know how sometimes a great idea turns out to be bloody awful? Welcome to my day.

I now, officially, only have a $hitty Outlook365 webmail client to work with. What’s worse, I’ve lost all the emails that used to live on my Opera Mail client. So if any of you emailed me in the last 12 hours, sorry, it’s all gone. Every. Last. One.

The one good thing out of today’s disaster is that I managed to export my Contact list before everything fell apart. The bad thing is that the Contact list only works with Opera Mail so unless I can get Opera Mail back up and running, I’ll have to re-enter the contact list manually. I don’t like my chances because apparently, few email clients like playing with Outlook365 email. The reason is something called ‘Exchange’. Exchange plays nice with the crap that is Outlook. It does not play nice with much else.

So, I have three options:

  1. Reinstall Outlook from Office 16
  2. Continue to use the shitty webmail client for Outlook365 email
  3. Keep searching for a non-Microsoft email client that works with Exchange

I’ve read about some workarounds including, Davmail & Thunderbird, Thunderbird & Exquilla, and eM mail [$49]. The first two will probably send my hair white, not grey. The last I refuse to even consider because saving money was what got me into this mess in the first place. And not even that much money…

Less that $100 AUD. That’s what I saved today by deleting my hosting account with GoDaddy.

“What with what?” you say.

In order to have your own website, you need a) a domain and b) a web host for that domain. There are lots of webhosts but I was using GoDaddy. Domains are peanuts – about $20 per year – but the web hosting can really mount up, especially when you have to pay a lump sum for the whole year.

That’s what I was facing this morning, so I rang Godaddy and asked if I could ditch the webhosting but keep my email addresses. The answer was yes, but the implementation did not turn out to be as easy, or cheap, as expected. For starters, the email addresses were linked to the hosting, but wait! For just $50 per year, I could get a plan that would allow me to keep both emails going.

“Great!” said I. “Let’s do it.”

That is the point at which I should have asked for ‘more information’, hung up and done some research. Clearly I didn’t, but that decision was at least partly due to phone fatigue. I’d waited 15 minutes to speak to a person in the first place, so by the time this plan was offered, I just wanted to get it done

I think you can probably guess the rest, not the nitty gritty details, but the general gist. I was committed, the process began, it was too late to turn back, things went wrong. And then things went even more wrong. 😦

Now here I sit, scratching my head and wondering how on earth I’m going to get myself out of this one. I do still have my email addresses, and they do sort of work, so if you write to me I ‘should’ be able to answer, but for the moment, that’s it. And I’ve wasted the best part of the day digging this particular hole.

So, the moral of this story is that Outlook365 is not great unless you’re committed to using Microsoft’s Outlook as well. Given how much I love Micro$oft, I’m feeling kind of sick at the moment.

Not happy,

Meeks

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17 responses to “Tech woes…

  • Jacqui Murray

    I don’t even bother trying to save money on tech anymore. I’m just not smart enough. I’ve run around in circles a few times with GoDaddy and always solved it if I spent more money. Sigh.

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  • Candy Korman

    I’m not sure if this will offer you any comfort, but please know that I tried to follow the problem as you described it and concluded that not only is it “above my tech pay grade” but I’m convinced I will always be someone getting help from someone else with ALL THINGS TECH! Yikes!!!!!

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  • Widdershins

    Well, well, well … the day before yesterday my Outlook started getting all glitchy and wouldn’t accept my main email address. I tried everything I could think of to sort the bugger out but nothing worked.

    After a massive tantrum I decided to cut my losses. It wasn’t worth the time and emotional investment anymore. I did a search for alternatives and settles on eM Client’s free version (with a limit of 2 email addresses before you have to ‘upgrade’ then it’s unlimited) and set it up with just my main address to see how it worked.

    Two days later I’m quite happy with it. The interface is quite similar to Outlook’s, so much so that I’m still tripping over the differences that I don’t expect to be there, but that’s just a matter of retraining the muscle memory.

    One thing I did find out through this … I’m going to be polite and call it a ‘process’, is that gmail, in it’s infinite wisdom was holding emails it considered to be spam in my online gmail account and not pushing them through to my client on my computer. Most of them, of course, weren’t spam.

    So, like you, I’ve had just about enough of ‘modern technology’ for a while. πŸ™‚

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    • acflory

      -grin- Thanks! You’ve actually made me feel better. In different circumstances, I would have gone with the free eM client as well, but I discovered that only the paid version works with $hitty Exchange which is the bottleneck around which Outlook365 is built. 😦
      I am so glad I only signed up for a year. Next year, next year I’ll think seriously about the whole website/webhosting issue. For now, I may have to settle for the least painful solution.
      Honestly, I wish I were techie enough to cope with Linux because I truly hate all things Microsoft. :/

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  • John T. M. Herres

    I find I have that type of problem, as well. I go and impulsively make a monetary decision that turns into a nightmare and wonder when I’ll get it through my thick skull that I suck at money management. :/
    Like Chris said, I use Gmail and MSN (Outlook, but without downloading to my computer). I also have 3 Yahoo accounts, one of which is a ‘throw-away’ for stuff I’m not really interested in. Like a junk account.

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    • acflory

      lol – hi John. πŸ™‚ I used to have gmail as my ‘throw away’ account, but then I got a bee in my bonnet about the surveillance nightmare we’re living and ditched both Facebook and all things Google. Me and my high horse….
      Anyway, bad decision or no, I’m stuck with it. Hopefully I’ll give it just a wee bit more thought next time…maybe.

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  • The Story Reading Ape

    gmail.com, hotmail.com and email.com (mail.com) are what I use most, because I don’t need to store emails on my mac – my wife uses our me.com (mac.com) email account, because she DOES store her emails on the mac LOL
    Good luck with everything Meeks

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  • ChrisJamesAuthor

    Oh, my. I’ve lost count of the number of times I’ve tried to save some money and it’s come back to bite me – I share your pain 😦

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  • davidprosser

    Oh Dear. there are times (like this) when being a technophobe is a bonus.
    Let me know if I need to send last night’s emails again.
    Hugs Galore xxx

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