kicks of a new series by rounding up the free
e-mail and news services for Atari users
My parents always
taught me that "nothing in life is free". However, following
the arrival of the internet, this is now
far from the truth.
As net savvy users,
I am sure you are all familiar with the "free"
services on offer from the likes of Hotmail,
Yahoo, Geocities and Tripod - as long as
you don't mind the adverts. But how many
of you are familiar with the range of products
and services on offer with Atari
enthusiasts - like yourself - in mind?
Let me give you the tour...
I am not a
number... I am an Atari user!
join an ISP, it is now quite rare to be able
to get your e-mail address of choice. It is
much more common to be stuck instead with something
like firstname.lastname@example.org, which is
neither short nor memorable. Even trying to get a
good e-mail address from the
likes of Hotmail or Yahoo nowadays is virtually
impossible - after all, who wants to be email@example.com?!
So why be stuck
with a dull and instantly forgettable e-mail
address when you can have a cool
Atari one such as firstname.lastname@example.org,
email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.
you're after a short and memorable Atari related
e-mail address, then having email@example.com will
no doubt appeal.
Signing up for an
e-mail account couldn't be easier, just fill
in the simple form and agree to the terms and conditions (pretty
standard including; any dormant accounts for 30 days will be cancelled
and no spamming) and you're up and running before you know it ;-)
web-based interface is extremely friendly and includes the following features;
- 1.5 MB e-mail space
- 0.5 MB attachments
- Multiple attachments per e-mail
- E-mail forwarding
- Retrieve mail from another POP3
- Up to 10 folders
- Address book
- Unique signatures
- Secure password protected
With no adverts
to wade through and all those features, an Atari.NET
e-mail account is hard to beat!
is brought to us by the same people behind
Atari Users Network, the popular Atari portal
and currently offers
four e-mail / hosting packages to suit all
but the fussiest of users. The entry package offers 12
MB of web space, e-mail forwarding and some
rather fun tools including a file manager, webring,
guest book and hit counter. However, a few restrictions do apply
to this package such as a 256 KB file size and
512 MB monthly bandwidth limit.
The sign-up process
uses a friendly wizard approach which takes
you step-by-step through the process of
registering an account (as shown below). By signing up,
not only do you get firstname.lastname@example.org, you also
get the matching web address, http://yourname.fujiland.net.
Cool or what!?
While the entry
package will probably meet most users' requirements,
FujiLand.Net does offer three subscription based
packages for the more feature hungry user. The
Starter, Value and Professional hosting
packages include all the features
of the free service (minus the advertising) and more besides.
the Professional package (which costs $14.95
per month) includes;
- 500 MB of
- 500 MB file
- 3 GB monthly
- No banners
- FTP access
- E-mail forwarding
or POP3 access
- 10 POP3
- Site stats
of tools to help you develop your site
you're a fan of the Atari Jaguar console then
a funky e-mail address courtesy of Atari-Jaguar.Net
is probably going to tickle your fancy!
can spare the time to complete the rather lengthy
registration form (see right), you too could have email@example.com.
Atari-Jaguar.Net has chosen to outsource its
e-mail service to a third party - in this case
Everyone.net. The result of
this choice brings both pros and cons.
Everyone.net are one of the leading community
building sites that enable domain name owners
to provide features such as e-mail and bulletin boards
to its users for free. Consequently, Atari-Jaguar.Net
provides a feature packed service including a
6 MB inbox to fill, address book and comprehensive
help pages. Unfortunately this also means that the
end user is subjected to a fair bit of third party advertising.
But hey, what do you expect for free?!
is one of the newcomers to the free
Atari e-mail scene. Atariland is a community
site which describes itself as the "Premier Portal for Atari Enthusiasts Worldwide!"
and provides a selection of member only features
including chat, message boards, games and e-mail.
To register an Atariland
e-mail address, all you need to do is pop along
to the Atariland portal
and fill in a simple web-based form (see below). Once you
have submitted this, a confirmation e-mail is sent to you containing your username and password,
then you're ready to log in!
After logging in, you are free to access the members
area of the site (including your mailbox). The
entire site is beautifully presented (if a touch
graphical heavy) and easy-to-use. Although not
as feature packed as some of the other e-mail
services on offer, the e-mail account at
Atariland does include an address book, the
to send and receive e-mails to firstname.lastname@example.org
and retrieve mail from any other three POP3 accounts.
but no means least is Atari.Org. As you all
probably know, Atari.Org has
been generously offering a free e-mail forwarding, sub-domain,
hit counter, search engine, message board service for a few years now.
Signing up for an Atari.Org e-mail address is
quite straight forward.
Simply, complete and
submit the web-based form including your name,
e-mail and web site address (that you want
Atari.Org to forward too) and wait...
the other services we've already looked at,
you cannot register and instantly use email@example.com.
In fact, after you register firstname.lastname@example.org,
it could take up to seven days.
Why? Well this
is because an Atari.Org e-mail address also
comes with the corresponding sub-domain, http://yourname.atari.org.
In order to prevent automated or fraudulent
requests, Atari.Org double checks every single
account request it receives. While this can
at first appear frustrating, this does ensure
only true Atari enthusiasts are awarded an
Roll up, roll
up, read all about it!
The on-line Atari
community is a busy place. To keep find out the latest
news and gossip is certainly challenge! However,
thanks to the following Atari sites, you
can quickly and easily stay up-to-date
with the latest scene news, gossip and more...
all for free!
If you have any
suggestions for the next article in this
series, please send them directly to email@example.com.