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Partial Recovery.

I found most of the missing emails. It seems to be some sort of glitch with AOL 9.1; I remembered I had an old AOL 9.0 disk, reinstalled it, and everything worked as expected.

However, somehow what got saved was an old version from the last time my computer died. That means all of my emails from January through last week are still gone, which is still a great loss.

So now here's my dilemma:

I kept AOL for all of these years because all of those emails were stored there. Yesterday, thinking they were gone forever, I set up a gmail account and sent a "goodbye, cruel AOL" email to pretty much everyone I'd ever met. Now that I've recovered (most of) those emails, I'm not sure what to do.

Pros and cons:

* I like my AOL screen name much better than I like my gmail screen name. "Hopita" has been my online identity since ... well, since I've been online. Had hopita@gmail.com (or h0pita@gmail.com, or h0p1ta@gmail.com, or any similar derivative thereof) been available, I would have snatched it up no worries. "Hopalessence" is nice (it's a Dan nickname -- he calls me "hopalescent one" sometimes), but it's long, and it has a lot of potential for spelling errors ("hopalessence"? "hopalescence"? "hopalessense"?) and the like.

* With gmail, I don't risk having this happen again. AOL apparently has some sort of "premium" thing where you can make sure that this shit won't happen, but I'd have to pay more for it.

* Oh yea, the money. gmail free. AOL not so free. And to make sure that I don't lose everything again, they're gonna ask me to bend over. And that's money that could be going toward the data plan for the iPhone I so desperately wanted.

So there's my dilemma. Bare minimum, gmail will be pulling copies of all of my AOL emails for 30 days, so I at least have some time to decide while I'm covered in both places.

Thoughts?

Comments

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bishopjoey
Sep. 15th, 2009 01:20 pm (UTC)
Dump AOL...
...but this is advice I've been giving for ages (even when I worked for them - brilliant though the software is, it's evil).

Given how important that email archive is to you, I would go back to the beginning and save text copies of the lot - these are much easier to back up to CD or other storage device. Or print, for that matter.

I'm with you about the gmail username - How about hopita_pa? (Somehow I lost my password for my yahoo bishopjoey account and couldn't recover it for love or money, so for flickr and yahoo groups I use bishopjoey_nl.)
hopita
Sep. 15th, 2009 06:14 pm (UTC)
Re: Dump AOL...
There are nearly 23,000 emails in my main folder, and who knows how many in the two dozen smaller folders. Any idea if there's a quick and painless way to save those to text? Or would I have to go one by one?
nounsandverbs
Sep. 15th, 2009 02:29 pm (UTC)
AOL = suck. Gmail = awesome.

Your new address has a lot of positive connotations, and once people save it in their contacts (or use Gmail's autocomplete function) spelling errors won't be much of an issue. I say go with it.
furious_mold
Sep. 15th, 2009 02:58 pm (UTC)
I really like Gmail - it offers so many things. I used it to import old emails from another address. I use it to make documents. It's a great service.
ratphooey
Sep. 16th, 2009 06:27 pm (UTC)
Gmail good. AOL bad.

Backup your old stuff, then kiss AOL goodbye.

Or? Just let the old e-mails go.
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