I appreciate your replies. This is what I expected, that comcast redirects to their home page. It ticks me off, because I don't want to see their adverstising -- I already pay comast enough money each month and should have the privilege of getting to a login page as the first step.
comast doesn't realize that in the long term they are only hurting their business, because as soon as a decent alternative is available, I'll switch.
A decent alternative is already available. Doesn't your computer have a mail client, like Outlook Express or Windows Mail? No one is forcing you to use SmartZone if you don't like the hoops you have to go through to get to it.
You can come pretty close without doing anything complicated. Go to the Comcast home page. Drag the icon next to the address onto your desktop. You now have a short cut to the Comcast homepage. Then, when you click on email, and sign in, also click on keep me signed in.
For the next 30 days, every time you click on the desktop icon for the homepage, you will already be signed in and ready to go.
I don't think clicking the box for keeping me signed in once a month is any big deal.