mail service

hi all,

I am looking for some email service.

problem is that yahoo mail, gmail, hotmail etc kind of services are blocked at my work place.
but of-course in certain circumstances, i cannot use the office email address all the time..
is there any place where i can get the email service only .. and use that as my email address..? i can pay some amount, but really looking for free or cheap email service.

please help
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MiguelSilvestreCommented:
Hi irodov,

It all depends the service you want .... and what do you have access ....

You can use Gmail and Yahoo Mail (Pay service) with pop access, if you don't have access to use webmail systems.

Miguel
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irodovAuthor Commented:
i don't have access to gmail or yahoo mail really..
i might have access to email service which like for example:

if i register a domain, i can get a mail server on top of it correct?

i can have access to it.. i basically probably have access to the mail server hosted by some company..

i am looking for webmail kind of stuff..
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masnrockCommented:
Yeah... plenty of web hosts offer something where if you register a domain, you'll get an email account that you can use over the web. However, I'd be careful of that in light of your company's policies. There's a reason that they block known email sites... namely to ensure that viruses stay out of their network. (Sometimes productivity is a factor as well) Just don't put yourself in a position to lose your job just because you want to read your email.
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irodovAuthor Commented:
masnrock,

I do understand .. but problem is.. if I need to send my professional profile to other company(for job etc), i cannot do it ..

that is why i am looking for a mail service.. not really a domain .. not putting a website.. though my other questions talks about T1.. but that is only because i want to learn about T1 and stuff..

how about.. if i put a VNC on my home computer, and connect from my office computer to home VNC.. and then use really home computer for doing anything like personal..

ofcourse -- i don't want to buy domain service because of this.. so like FTP, can i use the VNC server on my computer as well?

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masnrockCommented:
Are you running XP on your home computer? If so, you could do Remote Desktop.
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irodovAuthor Commented:
yes i am running win xp professional..

can you please tell me how to do remote desktop
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irodovAuthor Commented:
BTW, I think it is SP2 or may be SP1... not sure, does it matter?
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MiguelSilvestreCommented:
Hi irodov,

About this Question - Mail service, if you buy a domain and contract a isp service, normally your isp gives you a mailbox. To access the mailbox you need to have access to pop service (port 110) and smtp (port 25) or webmail (access througt the browser), if your company don't permit that type of accesses you simply cannot use a external mai service.

Miguel
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masnrockCommented:
Depends on the filtering rules as far as mail service goes. However, if they only block the common places, you'll be fine.
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irodovAuthor Commented:
i was using webmail from other company before.
I used to work for that company, so i had it free.
now that company is shut down and thus i am looking for an access..
i was able to use webmail from them..

But cannot use it from google, yahoo etc..
so looks like they block common one's or may be free one's..

masnrock -- how to set up remote desktop if you can please help..
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masnrockCommented:
Check this article...
http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/using/networking/expert/northrup_03may16.mspx

BTW - You'll still have to do port forwarding on your router. I know there's port 3389 for sure... forget off the top of my head if there are any others you'll have to forward.
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irodovAuthor Commented:
masnrock:

i was able to the setup the remote desktop. and I am able to get to the login page of remote desktop from my office,
but it doesn't connect..

I don't fill up anything in the server field and I just click on connect once the login page appears from the below URL:

http://<ip_address>:port_num_of_iis_server>/tsweb

i click on connect, it displays the below msg after a while:

VBScript: Remote Desktop disconnected

The client could not connect to remote computer. Remote Connections might not be enabled or the computer might be too bustto accept new connections.
It is also possible that network problems are preventing your connection. Please try connecting again later. If the problem continues to occur, contact your administrator.


also, i am not able to connect to VNC, displays message:

"could not connect to srever"

I am not able to ping the ip address as well...

it just says request timed out..

but i am able to get to login page..

any ideas?
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masnrockCommented:
Your router is most likely dropping ICMP packets, hence the reason you're having issues pinging.

Did you configure all of the ports on your router related to Remote Desktop? You might need to do that.

The other thing you could try is to put the remote desktop client on your work computer, then connect with that.

If your firewall at work is blocking ports, all you can really try to do is try to use a hopefully open port.
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irodovAuthor Commented:
well, only ports I configured from my router is

3389 and a port of IIS..

any other ports i need to configure?

i just click of security/i guess advanced setting or something..

it has a port forwding tab..

i put in the port number 3389 and in ipaddress it was 192.168.1.<fill_in_textbox>  I put in the textbox 192.168.1.101 which was the ipaddress of my machine (if i do ipconfig)..  is that correct way of doing it?

where can i get remote desktop client from? why cannot i use webbrowser?


and basically, how should i open a port and use that..  not sure how to configure port per below


>>If your firewall at work is blocking ports, all you can really try to do is try to use a hopefully open port.

pls help
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irodovAuthor Commented:
also, i will remove the router tonight and will it out.. but basically, i wanted to do it now.. but well, stuck in the office now.. so will have to do it once i reach back home again..
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masnrockCommented:
Remote Desktop client can be downloaded from Microsoft. I'm suggesting this possibility because I don't think you can really get the browser way to try using Remote Desktop on a different port.

Try configuring your router to forward traffic for port 8080 to port 3389 on your machine running Remote Desktop. Then try using the Remote Desktop client to connect to <your ip address>:8080
(FYI - Make sure that you either disable remote administration on your router if you have it enabled OR change the port for remote administration first)
8080 is normally used as a web port, so you might be able to work with it that way.
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masnrockCommented:
If you're really looking for another job, isn't there a way you can do it at a starbucks or something on a lunch break?
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irodovAuthor Commented:
masnrock:

Not only that I am looking, but I also want to learn how to set this up in the complicated env i am in.. it is always good to learn these things correct? I have not done any networking in my career, so just new things I am learning is fun.. plus, i am sure lot of people face this issue not to have access to their personal email at work.. but sometimes, we have to .. there can be lot of scenarios that personal email addr needs to be used.. so this workaround can provide some solution..

okay, i guess,
1),. I will remove the router and directly connect my computer to cable modem and see if it works.. ofcourse this would mean that I have to make all my other computers off-line, but okay.. will try that.. now this should be simple correct? not enabling/disabling the port -- just use the ip address with the port number and it should work right?

2). configuring router -- this i am not sure if I understand this part.. firstly can i have some link which details out how to forward the ports.. i might have done it wrong.. i just tried with combinations I could figure out..
like for example, you are saying:

>>Try configuring your router to forward traffic for port 8080 to port 3389 on your machine running Remote Desktop. Then try using the Remote Desktop client to connect to <your ip address>:8080

i don't know how to configure my router.. ofcourse please kindly don't say to me to read whole manual of the router.. i very much want to understand all this, but will not able to read the whole manual and figure out.. so if you can provide some details, would be really helpful...

also,

>>FYI - Make sure that you either disable remote administration on your router if you have it enabled OR change the port for remote administration first

how?


thanks
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irodovAuthor Commented:
once I nail down all the steps, i can prepare a doc with all the steps discussed for novice person (like me) to take help from with all the experts advise here..

i can send over the doc is anybody is looking for it here... but anyways, experts exchange thread will be there anyway for all needy person's to look at..
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masnrockCommented:
1) Yes. Just leaves your computer open to anyone to try to poke and prod... so you might want to make sure to have some security going.

2) You seemed to have done the port forwarding correctly from one of your earlier comments... I was just giving some additional information on something that might work.

Don't worry about the FYI part... remote administration is off by default. If you're not sure if you've turned it on, chances are you haven't.
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irodovAuthor Commented:
masnrock,

I removed the router and directly connected the laptop to cable modem..
but still have the same issue.. cannot ping, cannot do remoe desktop, cannot VNC..

any other ideas please? or am i stuck?
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masnrockCommented:
Is Windows Firewall on or off? Either disable Windows Firewall or make exceptions for programs like VNC. WF also drops pinging packets by default, so that's going to be a problem as well.
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irodovAuthor Commented:
hmm, okay i am not sure if it is on or off.. so will check it.. but just so that i am clear, you are saying from my home computer, not from the office computer correct?

can you please tell me if possible, how to turn it off for windows XP..

also, is it possible that just these ip addresses are blocked from my office?

but i am able to hit the website of remote desktop
so it should be okay correct?
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irodovAuthor Commented:
well, unfortunatley its not working either.

i checked, the firewall was already disabled..

i am not able to ping.. i changed the port of remote desktop (from 3389 to a new value).. just to give a trial..  and hen i tried

telnet 67.85.209.213 <port>

response:

Connecting To 67.85.209.213...Could not open a connection to host on port <port>:
 Connect failed


can you ping this ip?

please any other ideas?>

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irodovAuthor Commented:
helo,

please help!!!
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masnrockCommented:
telnet shouldn't work, even if you had actually left the port open unless you had a server running. do you have any other firewalls running, such a norton internet security?
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irodovAuthor Commented:
no, i don't have a firewall running...

is it my computer? or is it my office computer having an issue?

you should able to ping my ip address correct?

if you are able to do ping my ip address, it is not my home computer then causing the problem..


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masnrockCommented:
Windows Firewall might be running, assuming that's still your public IP. Your machine is either offline or dropping ICMP traffic. However, I'd recommend for the future not to post your IP address up... you just never know with some people out there.
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irodovAuthor Commented:
thanks for the advise!! will keep that in mind..

well, will check if my machine is on or off once I am back home..

How can i check if my windows firewall is running? It is a win xp professional service pack 1 machine..

I tried looking at it from microsoft websites --

I saw that they suggested to look at

cntrl-panel-->windows firewall

but I don't see this option in cntrl panel..

i don't see any place to look if my firewall is up or down.

i see mcfee firewall says it is off..
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masnrockCommented:
It's called Security Center in the Control Panel. I think this was supposed to apply to SP2, but check for it anyway.
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irodovAuthor Commented:
i checked the windows help and basically it suggests to disable the internet connection firewall..

its already there -- i checked it by going to

cntrl-panel --- network connections -- click on wireless conn (thats what i use currencly) -- go to advanced-- clear the option where is says -- protect my computer etc....

it was already disabled... thats the only thing i got from windows help

anything i missed?

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masnrockCommented:
There is also a service called Windows Firewall. SOMETIMES can be an issue for some people, but more often than not isn't. You can disable that service, then reboot the computer. (However, doing that would disable it for ALL of your internet connections)

Got any other firewall software? i.e. Norton Internet Security, ZoneAlarm, etc?
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irodovAuthor Commented:
well, windows firewall has been disabled..

i hope i am doing it correctly..

can you tell me how to disable windows firewall on win xp machine.. just want to make sure i am doing it correctly..
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