Mail

Mail services are offered to friends, family, coworkers, etc. They may be offered to members of mailing lists I host, in the event their current ISP has a problem. If you would like to request a mail account, contact jfesler@gigo.com .

Retrieving Email

Web Mail

Mail can be accessed using SquirrelMail, a web based application. This requires no setup, and is accessible from any place where web browsing works. Be sure to log out when you’re done, especially if you use public computers.

When logging in, use just your “username” (the part before the “@”).

POP

If you email software supports POP (most do), you can fetch your mail from the server. POP’s greatest strength is the ability to retrieve email, and read/respond to it offline; however, many IMAP based clients can do that now too. POP however won’t easily let you use multiple clients (say, desktop + iPhone).

IMAP

IMAP’s greatest strength is in supporting multiple clients. If you read a message on one machine, your other machine will see that it has been read. If you delete messages from one machine, your other machine will see that too. You can use both a desktop and an iPhone at the same time. Jason uses “pine” (in imap mode), plus the webmail client, plus his iPhone and iPad - they all play well together.

IMAP does have one downside - many IMAP clients do not handle offline mail well. You’ll have to try it and see. Apple’s applications do work well for this.

Web Mail

There is a web-based client installed; go to https://mail.gigo.com to log into SquirrelMail. This is really an IMAP client in disguise; so it is a great backup option to get to your mail when you are away from your desktop. Be sure to log out when you’re done!

Shell

Those of you with shell access will find your mail in ~username/Maildir, in “mh” format. IMAP is recommended but not required for accessing your mail; this gives you the flexibility of using other mail clients (webmail, portable devices, etc). You are welcome to use procmail.

Sending Email

If you are using the webmail program, you don’t have to do anything special.

Everyone else, please configure your software to use mail.gigo.com for your “SMTP” or “Outgoing Mail” server. You can use port 25, 587, or 26. Some ISPs require you to use 587 or 26.

Authentication is required to send email. Your software should have an option for sending your username and password. Use the same username and password as you do when picking up your email.

Domain Owners

If you are granted [[shell|shell access], you can directly edit a personal aliases file with your domains in it. When setting up your domain, Jason Fesler will tell you where your aliases file is (usually, ~username/aliases). Just “vi” the file, save it when done. Updates are picked up by the system once a minute. Note that attempts to alias domains that are not yours will send an alert to the admin.

If you are not granted shell access, you can route your requests to Jason Fesler. These will be updated on a best-effort basis (see SLA).

For people without domains

I recommend getting a domain name for your use. This will permit you to move your web site and your email address, without having to notify all of your contacts. This basically makes your address “portable” on the internet. Otherwise, you will be tied to the services of gigo.com long-term.

Spam Filtering

A paid solution is available. For for information, see Spam Filtering.

Changing Passwords

Shell users: run mailpw after logging into gigo.com.

Everyone else: Contact Jason Fesler. I don’t have an automated way for you to do this. We can coordinate a password change by phone.

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