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Phitzy1  (Level: 66.4 - Posts: 873)
Sat, 24th Feb '07 10:25 AM


I have a client who is 83 and is just venturing into (onto?) the internet. He specifically needs help with his e-mail. Currently, he is using Yahoo and with all the crap (ads, pop-ups and stuff) he frequently, accidentially clicks on those trying to move the mouse over to log-into e-mail.

My question is this: Does anyone out there in Sploof-Land know of an e-mail provider with minimal "crap" around it's screen?

Any and all suggestions would be appreciated...


Gypsylady  (Level: 141.0 - Posts: 6036)
Sat, 24th Feb '07 12:22 PM

Mine is It's a telephone company from which I have my DSL connection. I find it simple. Have tried Yahoo, but prefer Bellsouth, and I was new to the internet a year ago. I just have it as my home page.


Kaufman  (Level: 254.0 - Posts: 3936)
Sat, 24th Feb '07 1:04 PM

Gmail's ad areas are quite nonobtrusive ...

Jerryew  (Level: 153.7 - Posts: 55)
Sat, 24th Feb '07 7:15 PM

Hotmail has always worked for me.... And its free

Soldotna  (Level: 27.7 - Posts: 145)
Sat, 24th Feb '07 7:38 PM

I have a yahoo email and a email and have never had any problems with either one. I plan to direct my father to both cox and yahoo as soon as his system is set up. He's 72 and has no idea of the net and all it's insinuations.

Missashlee  (Level: 125.6 - Posts: 543)
Sat, 24th Feb '07 8:46 PM


I definitely suggest he use Google's Gmail, as Kaufman recommends. It is free and does not depend on your internet provider whatsoever. Also, here's a quote from Google:

"There are no pop-ups or untargeted banner ads in Gmail, only small text ads."

You are familiar with the Google text ads on the Sploofus site, so you know what Gmail will be like from that, and whether it will be useful to your client.

The address to read about it is:

- Jeanne

Suzer22  (Level: 165.6 - Posts: 1982)
Sun, 25th Feb '07 12:06 AM

Set-up a mail program (Mac comes with one called "Mail", PC's can use Outlook I believe). When you use these your email gets automatically 'forwarded' from whatever your online account is.

I have mine set to automatically open when I log on to the computer. The Mail program opens, downloads all my recent messages, and I never have to log onto the web for email. No pop-ups or extraneous things to accidentally click. And you can configure the window to show frames, previews of emails, etc.

If I am not on my home computer, I CAN log-on to the website and access my mail there, and whatever I read STILL loads onto my home computer later.

It also gives a 2nd layer of SPAM filtering (after whatever you set up on the website itself).

Phitzy1  (Level: 66.4 - Posts: 873)
Sun, 25th Feb '07 9:48 AM

Thanks for all the suggestions!

I thought of Outlook, but I thing that with all the multi-taksing abilities of the program, he'd probably click on the clalnder and get lost.

I think that I will direct him to Gmail. I perused the site and it looks straight forward. I'll post how it workd out for him.

Thanks Again!

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