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POP Mail Guide

What Is POP (or POP3) Mail?

This is a popularly used mail service where email sent to you is "queued" at your service provider. When you log-in to the Internet, you use Netscape Messenger or Microsoft Outlook or similar application to pull your mail down into your computer.

This differs from Web-based mail services such as Hotmail, Juno and Yahoo. These services store your mail on their computers; mail messages are read by you on a web browser, but the mail is not archived on your computer.

Okay, I use Outlook (or Netscape Messenger). So what?

While at Pennsic War, you won't have access to your computer. Thus if you use a POP3 mail account, you will have to retrieve your email another way. Also, bear in mind that you can only read new mail sent to you during War -- not old mail stored on your computer at home.

Well then. What do I do?

We had been recommending Hotmail as a service to pull down your POP3 mail, however we have been told that Hotmail will be discontinuing this as a free service as of July 15, 2002. If you still want to use Hotmail for POP3 retrieval, you'll have to pay the $19.95 "enhanced account" fee.

One alternative is Web2Mail which appears to offer free service. We mention this as an option but we do not offer any endorsements or guarantees. Use of this or any other web-based service to retrieve your POP3 mail is at your own risk.

NOTE: If you want to retrieve POP3 mail while you're away, don't leave your home computer running while you are at War. If you do, it may pull your mail down automatically and you won't see those messages until you return home.

Important! Know your account settings

BEFORE you go to Pennsic War, be sure that you have the following information:

  1. The name or IP address of your POP mail server (e.g. pop.earthlink.net)
  2. Your account/user name
  3. Your account/user password
The first two items can be found in your mail application's settings. The third item won't be visible anywhere in the computer; if you don't know your password you will need to work with your service provider to change it to a password you can remember.


How To Find your Account Name and Server

Netscape Messenger

  • Start up Netscape Messenger
  • On the menu bar, select "Edit->Preferences..."
  • Up pops the window you see below. Expand "Mail and Newsgroups" and then click "Mail Servers"

  • Select your Incoming Mail Server (note: if you have more than one you may need to repeat this step to get all your settings). In the example above, it is "acorn.he.net".
  • Click on "Edit..." button. The following window appears:

  • Make note of the "Server Name" and "User Name." If you don't know the password for this account, you will need to find it in your service provider's sign-up documentation or call them to get it. You will need all three pieces of information in order to use POP3 mail at Pennsic War.

    Microsoft Outlook and Outlook Express

  • Start up Microsoft Outlook Express
  • From the menu bar, select "Tools->Accounts..."
  • Up pops the window you see below. Click the "Mail" tab. Select your mail host and then click the "Properties" button. (Note: If you have more than one account listed in this window, you will need to repeat the following steps for each one.)

  • Another window pops up like the one below. Select the "Servers" tab and take note of the "Incoming mail (POP3)" field and the "Account Name" field. If you don't know the password for this account, you will need to find it in your service provider's sign-up documentation or call them to get it. You will need all three pieces of information in order to use POP3 mail at Pennsic War.

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    Last Updated: 26-July-2002


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