Stupid GMX Mail. I should have known, I guess. I don’t trust Google (and therefore I don’t trust Gmail), so I set up an account at a free e-mail provider called GMX. Free POP3/IMAP access, generous terms, all that. Very popular. Great Webmail interface but I like to use a 3rd party e-mail client (like Thunderbird, but I use Geary).
But the outgoing server (smtp) times out, fails, won’t connect, whatever. Constantly.
It turns out that GMX is apparently known to be a big ol’ spam factory, so a lot of ISPs block it. Who knew? Everybody but me, I guess.
Fine, GMX, be that way. I don’t need your stupid outgoing server anyway, and since it’s blocked by a lot of people, I’ll bypass that.
The trick is to use your own ISP’s email server for outgoing mail. You’re not stuck using your free e-mail provider’s smtp server, y’know.
Shared just because – a lot of us are un-Googlifying, especially since Google has started quietly censuring conservative sites and profiles lately. Natural News, for example, has been effectively “banned.”
I’m not recommending GMX by any means, only suggesting that if you’re using one of those free email services and an e-mail client like Outlook, Thunderbird, Eudora, etc., you can use your ISP’s outgoing server if the free one is as unreliable as GMX’s has turned out to be.