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A Collection of Tips for E-mail

One of the very first things I do in the process of starting my day is I check my e-mail Inbox(es). It is as much a part of my routine as my morning cup of coffee. This morning, it struck me that you do not have to be a computer geek to realize and appreciate that electronic communication has become an important — if not vital — part of our lives. And that it has changed the way we live.

If you will pardon a little self-indulgent reminiscing, I would like to tell you in a before-and-after manner, that I am old enough to well-remember what it was like in the days before email, Instant Messaging, and cellphones. In my High School years there simply were no such things. (There were no ATM machines either, if you can imagine that.)

When I wanted to find out what my friends were up to, I picked up a Slimline telephone (with cord) and tried to catch them before they left, but I usually had to track them down by “making the rounds”, in person, of our ‘hangouts’…which put a lot of miles on my 10-speed bike. (No obesity here.)

Besides ‘Ma’ Bell, the other method of communicating was the mail, now known as “snail mail”. How we ever got along back then is beyond me.

Today the speed at which I transmit written correspondence is limited only by how frequently the recipient checks their Inbox. My pals answer their phones no matter where they are (or their voicemail does) or what they’re doing.. who doesn’t carry a cellphone? I not only talk to my neice and nephew out on the East Coast, but I can see them via “videoconferencing” (free). Or I can “chat” with IM, no matter the miles of separation (also free).

But of all these modern methods, I rely the most on email. Email is the main way I stay informed and in contact with my friends and kinfolk, and the same is probably true for you.
(For kicks, I challenge you to a little test: how long can you ignore your Inbox before it irritates? Could you take a week’s vacation… and never check it?)

Because I am an “email guy”, I am perhaps overly aware of the negatives of email. I am peeved by spam, alarmed by phishing, nervous about privacy, and paranoid about hackers and e-criminals. I have written a few articles on these ‘negatives’ and how to combat them, and my “Tip of the day” today is; if you have not read them, to consider clicking on the following links.
Managing your email: eliminating the junk

Managing junk mail in Outlook/Thunderbird
They ARE reading your mail

How to block ads
Simple e-mail encryption

It is my hope that the knowledge you find there will make using the modern miracle of electronic communication a safer and more pleasant experience.

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October 30, 2008 - Posted by | advice, computers, e-mail, how to, IM, Internet, security, tech, tweaks, VoIP | , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

5 Comments »

  1. Hi Paul,

    Thanks for the good info, as always. Do you advocate using temporary (or throw-away) emails when signing up for services on some web sites? Also, you may be interested in a service called NutshellMail that I talked about on my blog the other day.

    Cheers,

    Mike

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    Comment by Mike M | October 30, 2008 | Reply

  2. Need Free Programs

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    Comment by Andry | October 30, 2008 | Reply

  3. Hello Mike, alway good to hear from you.

    I have mentioned anonymous e-mail before, yes; most recently,
    “You are probably familiar with anonymous e-mail addresses, used when filling out forms on Websites (so you can gain access) to protect your privacy and cut down on junk mail. It is becoming more and more common for your ISP to provide you with some [I always just use nunnof@your.biz].
    Internet Security blogger Bill Mullins posted a nice article this same type of service, except it is ‘temporary’ private telephone numbers (and he reviews two of them) here, Free Anonymous Phone Numbers for Online Safety.”

    I have a special e-mail account that I use just for this purpose.. and I only check it when I’m expecting a reply (such as when I need to ‘activate’ a piece of freeware).

    Folks–
    Mike has a blog which I have listed on my Blogroll. His article on Nutshell Mail is here, and I think you might like to look at his Top 5 Technology Gadgets for Halloween Fun, too.
    Or, you can just click on My Tech Talk in my Blogroll section.

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    Comment by techpaul | October 30, 2008 | Reply

  4. Andry–
    Well just check back here everyday. I post at least one.. almost 400 titles so far.

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    Comment by techpaul | October 30, 2008 | Reply

  5. Very good

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    Comment by tswcbyy20 | October 31, 2008 | Reply


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