Yahoo Mail is Down

Yahoo Mail is down. Again. It doesn’t happen often, but it does go down every once in a while. My experience with Yahoo Mail hasn’t been good. The mail interface is quite problematic. I often had to refresh the Yahoo Mail page every time it becomes unresponsive. I think it’s time to think about using another email service. Either start using a free service like GMail or perhaps running your own personal server. I’m leaning more towards running my own email server.

Turning Off Google Two Step Verification

Google created a two step verification process to increase security. The process requires entering some code, typically a six digit number, in addition to the regular user password. The code is normally sent by Google via SMS text message to the user’s phone.

The downside is if you have any applications that use Gmail’s SMTP to send out email messages, it will be rendered useless due to the extra authentication.

I ended up using another SMTP server. Thanks to AT&T. I’m glad I found another option for sending out email messages within applications. Google does give you the option to turn off the two step verification process, which I ended up doing anyways.

I think the two step process is more of annoyance than anything. Clearing your browser’s cache requires you to re-enter a new code. Each time you’ll receive a new code via SMS text from Google. After doing it for about 10 times all within a week, I grew tired of it.

Now, the two step verification is turned off for good. Thank goodness.

Fixing CodeIgniter Email Setup

I have been using an application I wrote in CodeIgniter that sends email notifications when an advertising link is activated or when it has expired. Several weeks ago, it suddenly stopped working. It was no longer sending email notifications as intended. I was using GMail’s SMTP server to send out the email notifications. GMail’s SMTP does require authentication. Typically, the CodeIgniter’s email preferences are located in the “config/email.php” file. It dawned on me that changing my GMail password broke my script. Here’s my email preferences found in the config/email.php file.

$config['protocol']='smtp';
$config['smtp_host']='ssl://smtp.gmail.com';
$config['smtp_port']='465';
$config['smtp_timeout']='30';
$config['smtp_user']='yourusername@gmail.com';
$config['smtp_pass']='your password';
$config['charset']='utf-8';
$config['newline']="\r\n";

So, updating the password fixed my problem.

Yahoo Mail Going Ape Crazy

I just tried checking my emails at Yahoo Mail, and it’s going ape crazy. It looks like the upgrade didn’t go over very well. That’s one thing the new CEO, Marissa Meyer needs to fix. Yahoo needs to have flawless execution when making upgrades, and especially to Yahoo Mail, where millions of users use it for business and personal reasons.

How many times do I have to accept the terms of service? Is five times enough? I hope Yahoo doesn’t lose my mail. That would be a disaster. This makes you think twice if you should rely on free email for your business. I wonder how many people really read Yahoo’s Terms of Service. I bet 99% of users don’t read it. I certainly didn’t.

Yahoo could have put anything in that agreement, and by law, I’m bound to it. I should really read it. You should, too. Come to think of it. It’s quite scary. I just love the fact, that you can check Twitter, if you’re not the only one having issues with something, because everyone and their mother is tweeting about it. Twitter, you’re awesome.

Changing Password Affects Google Talk

I recently changed my GMail password since I was changing passwords for all my other email accounts in light of the Yahoo password leak the other week. Little did I know, changing my GMail password also affected my Google Talk setup at Obihai.

A few months ago, I bought an analog terminal adapter (ATA) called the Obihai 110 from Amazon. This tiny little device allows me to configure my Google Talk number to the device and connect a regular analog phone to it.

The reason I choose Google Talk is, because it’s free. I can make phone calls to any cell or landline phone in the US and Canada for free. So, when I changed my GMail password, the Obihai setup with Google Talk got all screwed up as well.

Of course, I should have expected that. Somehow, I didn’t cross my mind until I realized I couldn’t dial out. I’m making a mental note. If I ever change my GMail password again, I need to head over to Obihai and update my Google Talk setup.