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Saturday, November 8, 2008

Email Overload

How many emails have you gotten today? Justifiable email is reaching choke proportions, let alone the spam avalanche of sexual enhancement, financial security, help me get my millions out of Nigeria and more. Buried alive isn’t just a Halloween concern, it is a day to day experience with email.

How to solve the dilemma has occupied a great deal of web space. I use Mail Washer Pro to screen for spam. It grabs all my email before it gets to Outlook. It works fairly well but does lock up about every other week, never had figured out why. It identifies spam with it’s own database, I still do a fast rundown before I process the email which removes the spam. Firetrust which makes MailWasher Pro has a free version as well. I have included the link but as I write this, I am unable to get any Firetrust site links to open. Cnet downloads and other MailWasher downloads are available and working, I don’t know what is up with the Firetrust site.

Xobni is currently a free program which will allow you to more thoroughly search and use Outlook. It is an Outlook plug in and Xobni is offering the beta version free for use in hopes that when they release the final, full bells and whistles version that you will purchase it. I have downloaded it and am going to see how well it works. I’ll let you know.

If you use Outlook and what is in it is important to you, check to see if your automatic backup is working. I noticed that even though Outlook says it automatically backs up when you exit, it doesn’t really do it on all occasions. It does do it when I shut down my system but I leave my system on days at a time. You can export your inbox to a file, actually several different types of files. In Outlook, click on file then backup to see the date of your last backup. If it is not recent, do an export just for safety’s sake.

In spite of all it’s shortcomings, I feel email is a very good thing. It brings a lot of crap but it also allows easy cross generational communication. I get great emails from my grand nieces and I know they would never call or write a snail mail letter. I regularly email old friends who I never snail mailed or called. I get daily emails from other family members. In short, email rocks regardless of it’s problems.

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