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************************************************************************ MAIL.app EMAIL ON MAC OS 10.3 ----------------------------- (Mail.app is also called, simply, Mail; the '.app' may not be displayed. Mail.app is the email facility which Apple provides free with its OS X systems. These instructions will probably work on 10.2 and 10.4 but I haven't checked.) My name Fred Moore. I'm a Macintosh consultant and was involved in writing some of the documentation for Freenet when it started up back in 1994. With this document I'm providing some unofficial support for configuring your Macintosh computer for use with the new WDY Enterprises service. Please read these instructions carefully and refer to online help for your email application as well as for the OS. If you have exhausted all these sources, but still have a problem you can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I'll try to respond. However, be warned that I can only do it on an 'if I have the time' basis. If you find any errors or omissions or have suggestions on improving these instructions, I'll be eager to hear from you. While I wrote the Mac-specific email instructions for WDY Enterprises, I have quoted related info from the official wdyllc.com docs. It is denoted with wdyllc: '
'. ***** BASIC INFORMATION YOU'LL NEED ***** Any email program will as you for 6 major pieces of information, as well as several minor bits. The order in which the data are requested varies and the minor pieces are often entered through sub-menus or special windows. If you have this info in front of you when you set up your account, the process will be faster and less confusing. ** ACCOUNT NAME: This is whatever you want to call this particular email account so you know exactly what account it is. The name can be virtually anything. If you only have one email address, you could use 'My email' (without the quotation marks). If you have several email accounts, you might want to name them for each provider, such as 'WDY Enterprises', 'RR', or 'WOW'. If you have several accounts and/or more than one with a single provider, you might want to use the entire email address as the account name. e.g. My Email Jack Smythe Home Email WDY Enterprises email@example.com ** YOUR NAME: Enter your name as you wish to see it in the 'From:' field of your email messages. Please don't use all caps; that considered poor style. wdyllc: ' Your user agreement does not require that you put the correct name in the "Your Name" field -- it really can be anything you want. Depending on the circumstances, sending mail that can't be responded (with an incorrect e-mail address) may be perceived as an attempt to violate the terms of your user agreement with WDY Enterprises.' Note that if Jack Smythe calls himself Joe Doaks, jsmythe still appears in his email address. e.g. Jack Smythe ** YOUR EMAIL ADDRESS: Type in your email address exactly as it was given to you (new account) or as you have been using it (existing account). e.g. firstname.lastname@example.org ** INCOMING MAIL SERVER INFO: Incoming email and outgoing email each have their own server to receive and send messages. For incoming email, select either POP or IMAP. If you select IMAP, be sure to read the note at http://wdyllc.com/support/OtherClients.html. wdyllc: 'IMAP mail is also available, but we leave its use as an exercise to the reader; one should only use IMAP if one already understands how to use it effectively. While its use is permitted, the use of IMAP without proper care and training is likely to result in lost or misdirected e-mail.' This document describes POP. Enter 'wdyllc.com' (w/o the quotes) in the Incoming POP server box. You will also need to enter a port number, often through another window or sub menu. The default port number, which you likely WON'T be using, is listed in parentheses for your information. See http://wdyllc.com/support/OtherClients.html for more info. You will also be specifying 'use secure connection (SSL)'. e.g. wdyllc.com Port 995 (110) or wdyllc.com:995 ** OUTGOING MAIL SERVER INFO: Enter 'wdyllc.com' (w/o the quotes) in the Outgoing SMTP server box. You will also need to enter a port number, often through another window or sub menu. The default port number, which you likely WON'T be using, is listed in parentheses for your information. See http://wdyllc.com/support/OtherClients.html for more info. You will also be specifying 'use name and password' and 'use secure connection'. wdyllc: 'We recommend that you change the port to port 587. This step may be necessary when you are using a restrictive ISP that blocks outgoing port 25 access. Some ISPs in the central Ohio area are known to do this. If neither port 25 nor port 587 work, it may be necessary to contact WDY Enterprises for assistance.' e.g. wdyllc.com Port 587 (25) or wdyllc.com:587 ** USER NAME or Incoming User Name or Outgoing User Name: This may seem redundant, but enter the first part of your email address (the part before the @ sign) in the box provided. e.g. jsmith ***** Setting up email in Mail.app on Mac OS X (10.3) ***** ** STEP 1: Launch Mail.app. By default its icon, the postage stamp with the eagle, appears in the Dock. Alternatively, double click on it in the Applications folder (or directory for our UNIX friends). Click on 'Mail' in the menubar and drag down to preferences (or type command-comma). Click on the 'General' icon. On the line 'Check for new mail:', I suggest you select manually if you have more than one email account. Checking all accounts simultaneously can sometimes be confusing. wdyllc: 'WDY Enterprises suggests checking for e-mail automatically no more frequently than once every 5 to 10 minutes, in keeping with industry standard practices. Statistically speaking, doing so only increases the computational load on our servers without delivering your mail any faster. We've made great strides to keep your costs low, and can only do so when everyone respects the finite nature of computational resources. If/when you need to check for new mail more frequently (expecting that important incoming e-mail message), use the "get mail" button to request a check by hand.' Next click on the 'Accounts' icon. On the left in the window you'll now see a list of all your email accounts. Click on your Freenet account. If you don't have one set up for Freenet, click on the square plus ('+') button at the bottom left of the window to create a new account. With your Freenet account selected in the list on the left, click on the 'Account Information' button in the button bar just under the Preferences icon bar. If it's active, it will be blue. Be sure the first item, 'Account Type:' says 'POP'. In the 'Description:' box, enter the account name you want to use. Enter the appropriate info in 'Email Address:', 'Full Name:' (your name), and 'User Name:'. Enter 'wdyllc.com' in the 'Incoming Mail Server:' box. I recommend leaving the 'Password:' box empty for security reasons. See my note about Internet paranoia near the end of STEP 3. ** STEP 2: Click on the 'Advanced' button in the button bar. Mark the checkbox for 'Enable this account'. Decide if you want to include this account if you have decided to check your mail automatically, and mark the 'Include when automatically checking mail' box accordingly. The 'Remove copy from server after retrieving a message:' checkbox serves the same function as the 'Leave message on server' checkbox other email apps, BUT with the OPPOSITE logic. Thus, if you want to leave you messages on the server, do NOT check this box. You may not want to check 'Remove copy from server after retrieving a message:' if you need to access current email from many locations such as at home, at work, and from a hotel room. Normally, with this box CHECKED, all new messages are downloaded to the hard drive of whatever computer you are using whenever you access your Freenet account. If you do access your account from several locations and this box is CHECKED, you run the risk of having the originals of incoming email scattered over several computers and they won't be easy to consolidate. HOWEVER, if you DO leave your messages on the server ('Remove copy from server after retrieving a message:' is UNchecked), it ties up system resources. You have an absolute maximum email storage allocation of 100MB (unless you have contracted for more). A stack of undeleted emails and a few large attachments could easily put you over this limit and you could lose email. So be careful if you leave messages on the server. Delete all unnecessary messages as soon as possible or download your messages to a designated computer by temporarily turning ON 'Remove copy from server after retrieving a message:' and clicking 'Remove now' when you check your email from the computer on which you want the email to reside. In the lower half of the Advanced window, enter 995 (not 110) in the 'Port:' box and be sure to mark the 'Use SSL' checkbox. wdyllc: 'This option ['Use SSL'] helps to protects your username, password, and e-mail messages from being captured or viewed by others as it travels across the Internet.' ** STEP 3: Click back on the 'Account Information' button in the button bar. Near the bottom right of this window, click on the 'Server Settings' button to produce the 'SMTP Server Options' sub-window. Make sure the 'Outgoing Mail Server:' is set to 'wdyllc.com', the 'Server Port:' is 587, the 'Use Secure Sockets Layer (SSL)" box is checked, 'Authentication:' is set to 'Password', and your user name is correctly entered in 'User Name:'. Note that there is no place to mark 'TLS', but it works anyway. You're familiar with entering a password the first time you check for new mail after opening Netscape. Be aware that because 'Use name and password' is checked here, you will also have to enter the same password the first time you send mail. This security feature protects you as well as prevents a spammer from seizing the outgoing mail server for a spam attack. Mail. app offers you the opportunity to enter a password in the SMTP sub-window which it will remember so you don't have to when you send mail. Well, even though the Mac is extremely secure, when it comes to the Internet, I'm a little paranoid. So I leave the 'Password:' box empty and enter my password when I want to send mail. Also if my computer is ever stolen, the thief will not be able to send email under my name because the password is in my head, not on the hard drive. Click the OK' button to apply the SMTP settings. ** STEP 4: Now either dismiss the Preferences window by clicking on the red Close button in the upper left part to the window or by typing command-w, or click on another Preference icon in the icon bar to set preferences for Junk Mail control, Fonts & Colors, Viewing, Composing, Signatures, and Rules. Whatever you do at this point you will be asked if you want to save your changes to this account. Click the "save" button. ** STEP 5: Hey, you're done! Grab a beverage and start communicating with the planet! ************************************************************************