Thanks to both respondents! Some details....
It's been years since I used Mutt. My concern is to get it so it works with Time/Warner, and I don't have much confidence in those people to guide me.
Here's the relevant section of a successful config file I used when I lived in Bangkok. I believe SSMTP is no longer used these days; that strikes me as a shame, because it was slick. And don't I recall that Mutt can get mail on its own, without needing an MTA?
What I need is the info that allows me to get hooked up with Time/Warner. Then too, I probably need something that I don't yet know I need.
# this config file suggested by geocities text
# added to /home/zwerg 14DEC06
# revised 16DEC06 with info from http://aperiodic.net/phil/configs
# revised 30JAN07
# version 0.5.0 -- Changelog in notebook, p. 71
# located /home/zwerg/.mutt/muttrc
# for Mutt 1.5.9-rr.compressed.1 Debian Stable
# set pop_authenticators=digest-md5:apop:user
# incoming mail to be spooled to
set pop_delete=yes # changed to yes after tests went OK
# set pop_host=mail.starconnext.com # alternate host designation
set pop_host=18.104.22.168 #(naughty word redacted) changed it, didn't tell me, drove me nuts
I'll catch up with the recent version of Mutt later.... Time/Warner is the bone in my throat right now.