I finally had to give up on Hotmail — it was just too unreliable. I had messages arrive as much as five days after they were sent to me and some of my outbound notes didn't reach where I sent them for up to 24 hours.
I switched to my Yahoo account and it worked well for a few days, then went strange if I'm working out of the Safari browser. If I use Internet Explorer, it seems to be OK.
I realize computer programmers have to eat too, but WHY THE HELL CAN'T THEY LEAVE THINGS ALONE THAT ARE WORKING JUST FINE????!!!!!!
They just did something similar at a bank I deal with. Their "more convenient" access to accounts takes three times as long because they give you way more information than you want.