So long Interfree, and thanks for all the fish!

Babel fish - A mental interface between Sir Arthur's sensibility and the events from the outer world. And for all the rest, too I am used to bring along my “historical” Internet accounts even if they are actually useless, because for me one of the most important things is “retrocompatibility” and support of all the e-mail addresses opened in the past in the unlikely case someone would decide to contact me there. So I have learned with much disappointment the news about the change of Interfree‘s free services into professional paid products, a transition that will take place from today and that will have the practical effect of disabling the mailbox and the web space offered at no cost to users thus far.

Interfree is sentimentally important for me because it was the first provider I used, at the beginning of the 2000s, to access the Internet from home through an analog (56K) connection to the closest POP (Point of Presence) and at the “only” cost of a local call (…). Eventually I also opened an e-mail account, and then I made use of the small free web space offered by the provider to put up a resemblance of web page to host an old personal project of mine, the Sound Blaster 16 Emulation Bootdisk.

The Interfree FAQs state that from today, March 1st the mailbox and the web space will be disabled, while the analog POP for Internet access will continue to work as before – for the time being at least. Not that I used it that much, the mailbox, just a couple of newsletters already marked as spam years ago and that I already planned to unsubscribe. Furthermore, as for the bootdisk for the SB16 emulation on Sound Blaster Live! sound card, I have everything stored on HDD and there will surely be the chance to talk about it again on these pages.

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It’s not my fault, this was FrontPage…

Having the POP for an Internet connection in case of (extreme) emergency that is still available is a good thing, however the Interfree decision to disable its free services for those users that (don’t) use them since an almost unthinkable time for the modern connected society isn’t pleasant at all. Surely I will not pay a single cent for something I don’t absolutely need except for the retrocompatibility point I was talking at the beginning. So long, then, Interfree, and thanks for all the fish…

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