Using Alpine with POP3 Hotmail accounts

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I really, really wish I’d found a page with that heading when I’d been trying to configure Alpine to work with Hotmail. A lot of us, myself included, don’t understand the inner workings of Alpine, which is no surprise as I gather it’s a pretty powerful email client.
Like many, I’m used to application being glossy and intuitive, all thanks to the colourful GUI OS’s we use today. The downside however, and bare in mind this is just my personal opinion. Is that all this eye candy is making us stupid and overly dependent on dumbed down interfaces that a 3 year old could follow.
Developers today work hard to make modern operating systems easy to use. So much so, that when we are faced with the bleak barren landscape of DOS or the Unix Terminal, the absence of pretty buttons has us running for the hills. I grow up in the 80s, Spectrum’s, C64s, DOS 6.22, I lived through all of that and was pretty good in using the lot, apart from the old BBC Micro. I always felt intimidated whenever I sat in front of a Model B at school. But somewhere along the way, I lost the ability to bend my head around a simple blocky, ASCII based program like Alpine. Worse still was after going online I found I wasn’t the only one. So after an evening with my thinking cap firmly on, here is how you get pop3 Hotmail working on Alpine.

When is an IMAP, not an IMAP, when its a POP!

So your struggling with Alpine and still cant retrieve your mail from hotmail yes? Well your possibly in luck, because below are the settings I used to get my mail via Microsofts POP3 servers. I’ll even walk you through what I did, so you can replicate it.

Things you need
-Linux Ubuntu or Xubuntu (will probably work on other destros)
-Liquid refreshment and snacks
-Internet access

First let us install Alpine, open up a Terminal and type;
“Sudo apt-get install alpine”

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Fig.1

Once your computer has finished unpacking and installing the package, lets run it, in Terminal type;
“Alpine”

You should see something similar to fig 1, continue to the config screen by pressing “S”, then press “L” for “Add a new collection”. You should see a page similar to the one in fig 2.

Enter the fields as follows
Nickname: Hotmail
Server: pop-mail.outlook.com:995/pop3/ssl/user=BGates@hotmail.com
Path: mail/
View:

‘In the server address, replace BGates with your own email address. Unless you are BGates, in which case, hello! *waves* ahem!’

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Once everything is entered, press Ctrl+X to save and exit the screen, then press ‘E’. You should now be back to the main menu, press ‘S’ and then ‘C’, you should see something like fig 3. This is the main configuration panel and we have a few things that still need entering.

Fig.3

Fig.3

Personal Name: B Gates
User Domain: hotmail.com
SMTP Server (for sending): smtp-mail.outlook.com:587/user=bgates@hotmail.com
Inbox Path: pop-mail.outlook.com:995/pop3/ssl/user=bgates@hotmail.com

Compare your screen with fig 3, the only fields I had to change were the ones I’ve listed above. Now scroll down the screen until you reach “Folder Preferences” and make sure “Enable Incoming Folders Collection” has a cross next to it. Now for all the changes to take effect, you must quit out of Alpine by pressing ‘E” and then ‘Q”. This will bring you back to the command
prompt. From here, type;
“Alpine”

If all has gone according to plan, Alpine should now prompt you for a password, so that it can log on and retrieve your mail. Finally enter the “Message Inbox” by pressing “I”.

Voila! Your online and accessing your POP3 hotmail!

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Sync Multiple Google Calendars With You iPad

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For the last few months I have had the pleasure of using my friends 3rd Gen iPad.

Originally the plan was to use the iPad for a month in preparation for a review for my blog. During this time, I faced an interesting challenge when it came to synchronising my Google calendars with my Apple tablet. On first glance, when you link your Google account with your iPad, everything seems fine. However I noticed all of the events from the calendar I share with my girlfriend, where not visible in the iOS calendar app.

Technically you have one Google calendar and any that are shared are classed as a separate calendar. Using the steps below will hopefully help you link your iPad to your additional calendars.
1. Assuming like me you have already linked your Google account with your iPad, go in to your settings and then ‘Mail, Contacts, Calendars’. Select ‘Gmail‘ and check ‘Calendars’ is enabled. If it is not, then go ahead and switch it on.

2. Now the next step is to select which calendars you want to sync with your iPad. For this we will need to open up a browser window and visit https://www.google.com/calendar/iphoneselect

3. Unless you are already signed in to your Google account, you will need to do so now. After which the above page should present you with a list of all the Google Calanders associated with your account, with a tick box beside them. Select which you wish to sync with your tablet and then click ‘Save’.

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Select the calendars you want to be synced

It may take a minute to update, but if you return to the Calendar app on the iPad, you should now see all of your events have synced to your tablet.

Keep on geeking!

– This article was written and uploaded using an upgraded G4 Apple Pismo