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heleninwales
Not a wasted day, though it feels like it
I don't feel as though I've been at all productive today, even though I walked into town this morning and did some bits of shopping. But most of the day has been spent logging in to numerous online accounts and changing my email address.

I've had a Demon email account for 20 years, but the company was taken over and sold on a couple of times and now the current owner has decided to discontinue the email that came with the broadband. Creating a new Gmail account only took a moment, but it's going to be a long a tedious job updating all my accounts. :(
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ladyofastolat From: ladyofastolat Date: July 29th, 2016 06:44 pm (UTC) (Link)
I've had a Demon email address for 20 years, too! I feel strangely proud of it; there can't be many people who still use the same email address that they used in 1996. I began the process of transferring everything over to Gmail about 6 months ago, but ran out of steam half way through. I really must return to that project before my Demon email addresses disappear on me for good.
heleninwales From: heleninwales Date: July 30th, 2016 12:28 pm (UTC) (Link)
I know a few Demon users who have been loyal for a similar amount of time. I had been online for a couple of years before 1996 via the OU, but they stopped offering dialup connection facilities and told students to get their own ISP. Demon was regarded as the best at the time and on the "if it ain't broke" principle, I've remained with them ever since.

It really is the end of an era. :(
birdsedge From: birdsedge Date: July 29th, 2016 07:36 pm (UTC) (Link)
Better send me your new email address, Helen. Mine is still the same. (but you can get it from my website if you've lost your old Demon address book).

We stuck with Demon for 17 years until I realised that quite a bit of legitimate mail was being caught in their spam filters, and there was no way of checking it. We swapped over to BT on one of their cheap deals and haven't regretted it (though there are times when BT is non-responsive and we're out in the stickls so broadband is slow). Demon was great in its heyday when it was run by a few geeks who really knew their stuff. Their tech department was brilliant. And I loved Turnpike (and still miss it). Even though they'd ceased to support it, I ran it until we left Demon and then despite paying for the licence couold never get it up and running with BT to switched to Thunderbird. The beginning of the end came when Demon was taken over and the tech queries were outsourced to someone reading from a script. (Yes I have rebooted it. No I don't have a spare router to try. No I can't borrow a router from my neighbour!)

heleninwales From: heleninwales Date: July 30th, 2016 12:33 pm (UTC) (Link)
For writing and SF fannish friends, I'll start using the Gmail account I set up back in the days when you needed to get an introductory code from someone who already had an account. I'll send you an email from there so you can update your address book. Fortunately I have all my Demon emails downloaded to Thunderbird offline so I still have everyone's addresses. That's one small mercy.

Like you, I loved Turnpike, but Thunderbird isn't too bad as a replacement.
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