Not long ago I promised to take a look in to setting up Yahoo mail on an Amiga using YAM. How hard could it be? After all I had successfully synced my Gmail account on my A3000.
After spending the better part of a morning researching and testing various server settings. I ultimately had to admit defeat, it was true, yahoo had bested me. No matter how I tried, I could not get my mail to download and after digging some more online, it became clear why.
On April 24th, 2002 Yahoo ceased to offer POP access to its free mail service. Introducing instead a yearly payment feature, allowing users POP3 and IMAP server support, along with such benefits as larger file attachment sizes and no adverts.
As my yahoo email is a backup, this occurrence went by without me even noticing. Still I’m sorry to see Yahoo leaving its users to cough up for the privilege of accessing their mail. Though I guess it is understandable, when competing against rivals such as Gmail and Hotmail who hold a large majority of users.
So for all you Amigans out there, the answer to Yahoo mail using YAM is simple. If you want it then you will have to cough up $19 for a year’s subscription that will give you POP3 support. Otherwise you will have to use Ibrowse and log in via the web interface.
Yahoo =1 – BMV =0
In the next few weeks I shall be looking at setting up a yahoo email account on an Amiga 3000 and Micro AmigaOne running OS4.1
After learning recently that my Yam guide had failed a fellow Amigan, I have decided to get the proverbial finger out and cover setting up email more thoroughly.
If anyone has any questions or would like me to cover something specific, please feel free to send in a message. I would love to hear from you!
So until next time, keep on geeking!
REVISED EDITION – 26/9/13
So recently as an early birthday present, I was given a Micro Amiga One, running the latest Amiga OS 4.1.
I’ve spent the last few days playing around with the system, getting to grips with Aos 4.1 and how everything works. So far it works very similar to Workbench 3.1 and 3.9, which are the most recent operating systems that can be used on 68k Amiga systems, such as the Amiga 1200 & 4000.
Just like these older systems, you can use YAM as your primary email client. There are others available, but this is the one I’m familiar with and the one I choose to use on the new system. In the past, I have always set YAM to retrieve my blueyonder emails, however as all my Amiga related mail goes to my Gmail account. I decided to try configuring YAM to retrieve mail from my Google account. To begin with, I thought the chance of this working would be slim, as Gmail uses IMAP and not POP3, which YAM is not set up to use. At least that is what I thought, as it happens Gmail still works with POP3! YAY
After some online digging, I found the POP3 client settings for Gmail and set about configuring YAM. Hopefully if you are after setting up YAM on your computer, this process should work for you. This guide assumes you already have YAM up and running with all the necessary SSL files installed.
1. Load YAM and click on the far right icon “Config”
2. Under “First Steps” Enter the follow
- Full name: Your name
- E-mail: email@example.com
- POP3: pop.gmail.com
3. Now click on TCP/IP from the menu on the left, it’s directly under “First Steps”. You should now see the TCP/IP settings page. For setting up your email in more detail. Fill out the fields as follow
- Server name: smtp.gmail.com
- Domain: gmail.com
- Use secure connection, select TLSv1
4. Make sure both “Server allows allows 8 bit characters” and “Use SMTP Auth” are ticked. Below these tick boxes will be fields for Username and Password. This is your gmail email address and password. Such as firstname.lastname@example.org, followed by the password for that account. Make sure METHOD is set to Auto.
The lower half of the panel now covers your pop3 settings.
- Account name: email@example.com
- Server/port: pop.gmail.com / 995
- User name: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Password: your gmail password
5. The only things that should be ticked on this panel are
- Check for new mail on startup
- Use secure connection: With SSLv3
Hopefully if you now close this window and click “Get”, YAM should retrieve your emails from the google mail server. So pat yourself on the back and go make yourself a drink while it downloads.
Yam 2.9 Compatability
It recently came to my attention that someone tried to use my guide to set up Yam without success, perhaps because the layout had changed between 2.8 and 2.9. Thankfully a member on Amigaworld.net came to the rescue and solved the problem. I was sorry to read that my efforts to help a fellow Amigan had failed on this occasion, so I am reposting the fix provided by user “Spectre660″.
Under TCP/IP settings
Receive mail (POP3)
Server/Port pop.gmail.com 995
Connectiion Security SSL/TLS
Authentification Plain Password
Send mail (SMTP)
Server/Port smtp.gmail.com 465
Connection Security SSL/TLS