A few weeks ago I got an email from my domain provider telling me they are switching to a new and improved email platform.
I liked having my own personal email address at my own personal domain (@ patbertram rather than @yahoo or whatever), so I used that email frequently. I also used that email address to sign up for various websites because if I got inundated with junk, it didn’t come to me via the phone. I had to wait until I went online to check my email.
Ever since that notification, I’ve been making a list of people and businesses I have to contact to change my email address, as well as sites where I have to change my email login address. Making all those changes in the two months allotted seems insurmountable. (After two months of a free trial, they will be charging me monthly, though how being charged for a service that used to be free can be considered new and improved, I don’t know.) Because of the monumental task (and because I am rebellious and don’t want to do the work), I’ve been considering going ahead and paying for a year or so until I either get everyone changed over or until attrition makes some of the changes unnecessary.
Today the changeover happened. And the new and improved is nothing more than Microsoft’s Outlook. I already have a Hotmail email using that same platform, but since it’s dedicated to family emails, I don’t have to use it very much, which is good, because I find it tedious cumbersome.
The only good thing about the changeover today is that it made the decision about keeping the account for me. Since it’s a platform I don’t like, and one, moreover, that I already have, I see no point in paying money for the service.
I bet you can guess what I’m going to be doing the next couple of months! And it won’t be me having fun, that’s for sure.
Pat Bertram is the author of Grief: The Inside Story – A Guide to Surviving the Loss of a Loved One. “Grief: The Inside Story is perfect and that is not hyperbole! It is exactly what folk who are grieving need to read.” –Leesa Healy, RN, GDAS GDAT, Emotional/Mental Health Therapist & Educator
June 11, 2021 at 8:49 pm
Send me an email so I know which one to use should I need to.
June 11, 2021 at 9:07 pm
I think pat @ bertramsblog.com should work until I decide what I’m going to do.
June 11, 2021 at 9:19 pm
Thanks. Keep me posted.
June 12, 2021 at 11:29 am
Oh these “upgrades” and “improvements,” my foot. Just IT developers trying to look busy and justify their enormous salaries while people who do real and vital work get paid a pittance.
June 12, 2021 at 1:01 pm
Exactly. And so we have to pay or pay more so they can get paid more.