As part of the changes back to a Linux server, and in an effort to provide something useful to Plus account holders, I have decided that HamiMail will cease to exist in its present form and will instead become a Plus only feature. This is broadly in line with most other ‘blogging’ sites these days, and the overhead of dealing with 100,000 odd e-mail addresses collecting up spam is really starting to show. Making the feature a Plus only feature removes 99% of the dormant accounts that are just gathering spam, and reduces server load significantly.
As part of this change however, anyone who does have a Plus account will be able to pick up their e-mail using either a Webmail solution which improves on HamiMail, or will be able to send and receive using any normal email client, such as Eudora or Outlook/Outlook Express. Full details on how to configure your e-mail client will be available in due course for those that will need it. Mailbox quota will be set to 10Megabytes initially but may be increased depending on whether people need more.
Anyone with mail presently stored on HamiMail that they want to keep will need to contact me as I won’t be migrating mailboxes by default simply because there’s so much utter rubbish to sift through 🙂
I estimate there is at least two weeks for people to clear out their HamiMail accounts. Anyone setup to use ‘forwarded email’ will notice that hasn’t worked for some time anyway… (And will work properly again when the new system is in place). I’ll post another update closer to the time 🙂