I got my own domain name back in about 1996. Since then I've moved ISPs several times and initially I simply redirected my email address to go through whichever pop/smtp servers were required. Once I worked out how to do it I now set things up so my mail gets redirected to my own mail server which runs happily on a really low powered mini-itx box (along with other stuff such as WWW services etc.)
Admittedly this is not something that your average "non computer geek" user can probably do so it's about time it was made much easier for any semi computer literate individual to set up. That way the local computer geeks can help the local community to stand on their own two feet and get off the corporate tit.
I can't for the life of me understand why anyone who is remotely computer literate would trust their email to be handled by a corporate mail provider ? All they do is fish through your emails to better spam you with crapvertisements, allow any old Tom, Dick & Harry to rummage through your email without a warrant, try to lock you in to their services and generally hold you, the customer (i.e. the product), in total disdain.
On which note if law enforcement have a valid reason to go through my emails then fine. As long as this has been sanctioned by a court of law then I've no problem with that. I've got absolutely nothing to hide but you're not looking at it without judicial oversight.
It's about time people got their heads out of their arses and simply stopped using corporate "cloud" and "mail" services. The bastards who run them are a bunch of abusive trolls who have zero respect for their "customers". I won't trust so much as a single zero bit that I've generated to the likes of Google, Microsoft, Yahooo etc. etc. Neither should you.
The whole point of the web is supposed to be a collection of ad hoc individuals being able to communicate with each other as equals. Accept nothing less !
Fuck corporate service providers. Fuck the "cloud".
Oh well, rant over. I trust this is one of the last nails that needs hammering into the coffin of Yahoo.