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Takes so long to attach a file to free email accounts
Thread poster: Martin Wenzel

Martin Wenzel
Germany
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Jun 12, 2007

I am bit puzzled why it takes so long these days to attach simple (short) files to free accounts such as hotmail or yahoo.

I know the attachments are scanned beforehand. But it still takes very long...

Could it have anything to do with my file names, which are very long...

The agency always insists on keeping their original file names...

I must add that my hotmail account is even a paid account, so theoretically I should be able to attach 2 Megabytes...

Al Hamdulellah, I have never needed to attach such a big file - - as this may take up to a year to attach...


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nordiste  Identity Verified
France
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put the files into a zip file and give it a short name Jun 12, 2007

I don't know if your guess is right regarding file names, but you could try to put the translated files into one unique compressed file (zip) and give it a name of your choice.
Another advantage is that the size of the attachment will be smaller.

The long time could have something to do with your Internet connection, which is normally much slower when you upload (or send) that when you download (or receive).


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Helene Martin-Hernandez  Identity Verified
United Kingdom
Local time: 13:44
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Outlook Jun 12, 2007

Hello Martin,

I hope it's not too hot in Morocco

If you want to gain some time, maybe you could try to set up your outlook so that you can receive and send your emails from there. That's what I do with my yahoo and tiscali account, and it's made my life much easier!!!


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Owen Davies
Japan
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yousendit.com? Jun 12, 2007

Hi Martin,

You could always try these guys, I've found them to be reliable and secure, and the upload time was pretty fast.
http://www.yousendit.com/
Good luck!


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Kristaps Otrups
Denmark
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English to Latvian
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Mail blues, elohel Jun 12, 2007

It doesn't have anything to do with the length of file names. It's just that either your upload speed is very low (complain to your internet provider, I guess), or hotmail is just a terrible mail service (likely). Switch to gmail or something, or use the mailbox of your internet provider (most providers give you a free e-mail address).

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lingomania
Local time: 23:44
Italian to English
Hi Jun 12, 2007

Hello Martin. I had that problem with my free Hotmail account, but a technician friend of mine pointed out that in my case, it was a PC problem and nothing else, Once I fixed that, my attachments went faster on Hotmail and on other mail accounts I have.

Rob

[Edited at 2007-06-12 09:41]


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Chantal Kamgne  Identity Verified
Canada
Local time: 09:44
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rapidshare Jun 12, 2007

You could also try this one:
http://www.rapidshare.com/

Even faster, I think.


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Mikhail Kropotov  Identity Verified
Russian Federation
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Badly written software is the problem! Jun 12, 2007

I used to use a hotmail account but switched as soon as a friend invited me to open a gmail account. Hotmail was always too slow, and as you rightly pointed out, attaching files to my messages would take forever, even for the smallest files.

I believe it's just how their software works. My advice would be to switch.


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David Earl  Identity Verified
United States
Local time: 07:44
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email software Jun 12, 2007

This is one reason, why I use email software. I can write the email, attach whichever files, and it's stored in the outbox in seconds. Then, when the email software checks the account, it sends, while I'm working on the next thing. Or, I can force the email software to send immediately. Either way, once it's in the outbox, I don't have to think about it.

Added bonus, it puts all of my accounts in one place. No more, "Oh, I want to check hotmail", open web site, log in, log out, "Now check gmail", "Now check my ISP account", etc. Proper email software automates all of that.

Plenty of freeware: Outlook Express, Pegasus, Thunderbird, for starters. Outlook, if you have MS Office. (Nope, Outlook Express & Outlook are two different animals with similar names, like man and woman.)

Downside: you have to figure out their server names and ports and configure the software: mail.hotmail.com, pop.gmail.com, or whatever. Usually, the services have that information in a searchable FAQ file including instructions for common software.


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Ritu Bhanot  Identity Verified
France
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Gmail is worse Jun 12, 2007

Some e-mail providers are slow but with G-mail it's a real gamble... at times you can't even attach the documents!!!

Here's a thread regarding attachments and G-mail:

http://www.proz.com/post/572474#572474


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Mikhail Kropotov  Identity Verified
Russian Federation
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Untrue Jun 12, 2007

You seem to have more of this issue than some other people.

I've never had any problems attaching documents in almost 3 years of use. The only issue I've had has been downloading .rar archives, however, I know a very simple workaround.

Have you actually used Hotmail to substantiate your claim that Gmail is *worse*?


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Ritu Bhanot  Identity Verified
France
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To Mikhail Jun 12, 2007

Yes, I've used hotmail and I still use it.

And I've never had this problem with hotmail or any other e-mail account. Except once, when someone managed to access it and changed the password.:-( Thank god, I could actually get my e-mail account back.

And if you look at that thread, evidently I'm not the only one who has these problems.

And, I have been using G-mail since 30 August 2004. And this problem started a couple of months back. And anyways, why would I lie? I'm not an ISP or another free e-mail provider!!!

In fact, G-mail is my preferred account because of the storage capacity as well as the method of creating groups etc.

Of course, it has great features (but other e-mail providers too are trying to catch up). But there are some problems that can not be ignored...

How does one justify the fact that same document can be sent at one time and not at another? And it can be sent through another e-mail account (free).

It worked great during the testing phase when you could get it only through invitations. But maybe there are some technical problems because of the increased traffic now that anyone can get it without invitation. I'm not a technical expert, but this is something that I've noticed.

As a user, I guess I can safely share my experience with others. Right?


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Martin Wenzel
Germany
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English to German
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I am prepared to pay a small amount... Jun 12, 2007

Well, as Ritu correctly said, it seems anything that's free these days will attract the masses.

The more people are using it, the slower it becomes. I know that I don't have a very fast connection here in Morocco, but just logging into my hotmail account takes ages...

The other thing I noticed is if one has a weak connection that will just cause endless problems i.e. regarding logging in or uploading files...

When I went to one of the cyber cafs today I had no problem when I logged in because the connection is so much faster.

But after all, I have email now at home and don't want to go to a cyber caf all the time....

So if anybody wants to suggest alternative email providers, I am open to any suggestions...

Gmx has been recommended to me by a translator colleague, but I am not so sure since it is also free...

I'd be prepared to pay a small amount...


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Sybille  Identity Verified
Germany
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I have good experience Jun 13, 2007

with GMX and for very large files with yousendit.com. No problems at all for them.

Sybille


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Niraja Nanjundan  Identity Verified
Local time: 19:14
German to English
Good experience with G-mail so far Jun 13, 2007

Hi,

I've sent some very "heavy" documents using G-mail without any problems whatsoever, and also sent an e-mail with an attachment today and got a reply within minutes saying it had reached.

But you never know, I may have Ritu's experience sooner or later too.

Regards,
Niraja


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