email clients on 3.11

Microsoft Windows 3.11
May 31, 2010 at 20:20:37
Specs: Windows 3.11, 256
Well, after creating ram disks, working on doslynx, adjusting configs, autoexecs and systemini, I thought I would try something a little easier. Or so I thought.

Sending and receiving email. Of the clients I have tried - here is what I think.

Netscape Messenger - total joke. Bad experience and bloated browser package. Tries to take over the system.

Eudora 3.03 - Somewhat confusing setup. Nice interface, but couldn't get it to work. Would quite enjoy using it if I could.

Outlook Express - There's an annoying bug makes me angry with it and it's too bound up with the browser. Really hate that.

Pegasus - A no-nonsense client. My favorite of them all - BUT it doesn't work. At least to send email. I can receive. If I could get it to work I would want to use it with my main computer!

The problem stems from the problem of today's security conscious computing - the secure socket layer or SSL.

Email used to be very simple to set up by looking at these old programs. Today, I think the email client is being shoved out on purpose by ISPs in favor of their web based clients so people can look at adverts while they get their mail. The internet is going to the dogs - real quick. Google is trying to take over the world - they are worse than Microsoft. That's saying a lot.

But I digress.

I cannot find a free email account that doesn't require SSL nor can I find a 16bit client that supports it - even Outlook cannot deal with it.

Has anyone got email working on 3.11 and if so, how did you do it? With what and with whom? My own ISP has long since required SSL now. I have to look elsewhere for a mail server that is not so tight.

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June 1, 2010 at 12:45:02
using the netscape 4 browser
gmail and yahoo work
just turn css/javascript off
and press esc to stop reload as needed

wat say?

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June 5, 2010 at 17:52:47
Netscape messenger does not work for 16 bit.

But, I have found a program that might do the job. It is called PMSMTP32 by the same guy who created DOSLYNX (revisited). I will return...

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June 7, 2010 at 19:21:37
You can always try AOL.

Sign up for a free account on the website, then install AOL 3.0 16-bit and sign in with your AOL screenname. (AOL access if free as long as you're using a TCP/IP connection).

My family has used AOL since 1993. I would recommend AOL 3.0 16-bit. I don't believe AOL 1.0 had support for TCP/IP and I don't believe 2.0 or 2.5 did either, but I may be mistaken.

I have used AOL 3.0 16-bit regularly on my legacy Windows 3.x and NT 3.x and 3.5x systems and it still runs flawlessly, even 14 years later.

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