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CPCUG Letter to CPCUG.ORG Subscribers | Five Keys to Email Transition | Other Developments
[Feb. 2, 2006] On January 23, all CPCUG Members of record who had accounts @cpcug.org with Millkern were mailed particulars of their new email accounts, that will be available free in Februaray, 2006. The remainder of the Membership will receive their letters in a week or so, so please be patient. The addresee's own default username, the default password are listed on a sticker on the lower right of the single page.
The "change of IP Address" moved slowly at first, but is becoming better distributed across the internet after 48 hours. Some members believe it would have been a smoother transition if our old ISP had cooperated in the transfer. Certainly we did not have an accurate or complete list of usernames, so a few who should have received letters did not (and had to call the CPCUG Office for their passwords). If you missed it, the text of the letter from the CPCUG Board of Directors reads as follows:
Effective February 1, 2006, the Capitol PC User Group has terminated our relationship with Millkern Communications. For those of you who maintained a dialup ISP account with Millkern, that means your existing email account in the CPCUG.ORG domain will no longer be hosted on the Millkern server. Any web pages you made available under the CPCUG.ORG domain will also be affected.
Here is what we foresee as the chain of events to follow:
We will make the change to the new domain host on February 1st,
It may take a day or two for the change to be widely distributed across the internet.
Any Email addressed to a CPCUG.ORG email address should automatically arrive on the new host's servers as soon as the internet changes take hold. No email will be lost. It will either be on Millkern's server from prior to the change or on the new server from [sic] after the change.
To access Email on the new server, there are 2 ways:
Web Mail: That's right, we have 3 different kinds of webmail:
Login using your full Email Address (email@example.com)
This letter contains your password
Change your password after you log in
All 3 flavors of webmail point to your same Email box; it is just a matter of personal choice which you use. Give them all a try.
You can set up your Email client to point to the new server.
Set up the Outgoing mail server requires authentication
Check both websites for further instructions if you need them
Contact the CPCUG User Support Team (see the Monitor magazine for Instructions).
We will be working on rebuilding the CPCUG.ORG website and ListServ® lists starting now.
Keep looking at the website (http://www.cpcug.org) as you will likely find new information and changes every day until we can get fully functional again.
First, if you do not stay with Millkern for dialup services and do not have another internet connection, you will need to get a new dialup provider, even if you only want to use the new, free email account.
Second, you can access the account via WebMail from any internet browser, even if you have not setup your email software.
Third, some ISPs require that you send mail using their Outgoing email servers, and effectively block sending via our SMTP server. In that case, set your "reply to" to firstname.lastname@example.org and use your ISP's SMTP server name instead of that for CPCUG.
Fourth, if you have trouble with your logon name set your email software to use yourusername+cpcug.org instead of email@example.com. Who knows why but it has fixed several problems.
Fifth, there are online tutorials on setting up your email software that only require a working internet browser (with a Shockwave plugin). Choose the link you want from those below:
The first 30 minutes of the February General Meeting will be an opportunity for the Membership to discuss the new CPCUG hosting arrangements. The time and place are listed in the Monitor.
Earlier ISD Advisories
Millkern Email to CPCUG.ORG Subscribers
Capital PC User Group, Inc.