[olug] Google changes to free

Jay Hannah jay.hannah at iinteractive.com
Thu Feb 17 14:11:11 CST 2022

+1 for Fastmail, since if Google is booting jays.net <http://jays.net/> (4 people have personal email accounts there) then I’m finally motivated to support the company where the CTO is a former Perl pump-king and great guy, and another former (Perly) co-worker of mine also works there. If I’m going to throw money somewhere, it’ll be to them, not Google.  :)

https://twitter.com/Fastmail/status/1485717645035032582 <https://twitter.com/Fastmail/status/1485717645035032582>

That said, $5/user/month is going to be $240/year in my case? When I can maybe set up email redirects via my NIC (directnic.com) for $0/year, like Ben suggested?

Just Another Perl (Golang, Python, PL/pgSQL) Hacker

> On Feb 5, 2022, at 10:26, Ross Nelson <ross.nelson at gmail.com> wrote:
> I've been using Fastmail <https://www.fastmail.com/pricing/> for a few
> years for my "professional" account and I've been happy with it. Nice
> webmail interface, nice mobile (which is just the webmail in an app), all
> the basic features you'd expect.
> With file storage (OneDrive), Microsoft Office licenses, and so forth,
> Microsoft 365 (formerly O365) is going to be closer to what you currently
> have. But if you just want basic email, contacts, and calendaring, I like
> Fastmail. (Looks like I have a referral code for 10% off for the first year
> if you end up going that route.)
> On Sat, Feb 5, 2022 at 10:12 AM Dan Linder <dan at linder.org> wrote:
>> Not sure who has heard about the plan, but Google is changing the terms of
>> the free G-Suite service this year:
>> https://arstechnica.com/gadgets/2022/01/google-tells-free-g-suite-users-pay-up-or-lose-your-account/
>> I signed up for it near the beginning - it's how I host the Linder.org
>> email and use GMail for the actual mail processing.
>> Over the years I've set up a handful of emails on this for my wife, kids,
>> and parents, and only used the Google docs/spreadsheet/etc. lightly.  If
>> nothing happens with the change, I'll now have a $42/month bill for their
>> services - it's not "break the bank" level, but still, $500/year is pretty
>> hard to get past the family financial controller (e.g. wife).
>> We're an Android family, and all of our devices are registered with our @
>> linder.org email.  They haven't said what happens to our devices and
>> purchases if we let the @linder.org link with Google expire.
>> So I have two comments for the greater OLUG group:
>> 1: If you're concerned, please take some time to fill out their survey
>> about this:
>> https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeY9yv4WGCHvOiJN4tgt3SdsunaVBoT_6rN8un9Q4_lzBKGeA/viewform
>> *(It's only one question, so reading an "it'll take you X minutes" comment
>> takes longer than filling it out...)*
>> 2: I've been looking a bit at other email providers (Microsoft O365,
>> ProtonMail, etc).  Transferring might be a pain, but I'm willing to change
>> to another hosted provider if I'm being forced to by Google anyway.  And
>> there are enough options available now (vs 15 years ago) that I can be a
>> bit more selective.  Does anyone have any suggestions on where they might
>> have a domain hosted that has a decent email web experience (mail filters,
>> good spam filtering, etc)?
>> Thoughts?
>> Dan
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