I’m Cleaning Out My Inbox

This is something that I should have done ages ago, something I should do on a regular basis, but I don’t. Now I have to. I’ve been using an email address from AOL that let me pick my own domain. I hadn’t really thought about it until now, but they actually registered the domain I chose and allowed me to use it for my email. Well, now they’re releasing those domains. They’ve given me until the end of the month to transfer the domain if I want to continue using it. Otherwise all my email goes away. At least it looks that way. I can’t find any way to just convert that email address to a regular AOL or aim.com address.

I really don’t need to keep that domain because I’ve really only given that email out to a couple people. I can easily notify them that it’s going to change. The problem I have is that one of those people is a big time email forwarder. Since he’s practically the only person who emails me there, I have practically every email he’s ever forwarded sitting there in my inbox. Do I just leave it there, let it go, and figure I’ll get plenty of forwards in the future? Some people could probably do that, but not me. Luckily, I just found out about a new service called ForwardOn, and I’m forwarding all the emails in my inbox there. At least, as many as I can get to before the end of the month.

ForwardOn is a free and easy alternative to all those email forwards. When you get an email, instead of forwarding it to all your friends, you know you’ve been guilty of this, simply forward it to ForwardOn. You can send all kinds of attachments, photos, video, Powerpoint, etc. ForwardOn will host the email and send you a link. Then, if you just have to share with all your friends, simply send them the ForwardOn link – like this one. No more cluttered inboxes or email messages that take forever to download. Your friends who still have dial-up will thank you! No more worry about viruses in email attachments.

You earn points when people view your emails, and points can be redeemed for rewards or donated to charity. I haven’t really checked into the points and rewards yet. I’m more interested in cleaning out my inbox, and maybe convincing my email forwarding friends to start using ForwardOn so I can keep it cleaned out.

Portable Apps

If you’re away from your own computer but still want access to all your favorite computer programs and information, you’ll want to check out Portable Apps. Here’s how they explain it:

A portable app is a computer program that you can carry around with you on a portable device and use on any Windows computer. When your USB flash drive, portable hard drive, iPod or other portable device is plugged in, you have access to your software and personal data just as you would on your own PC. And when you unplug the device, none of your personal data is left behind.

  • No Special Hardware – Use any USB flash drive, portable hard drive, iPod/MP3 player, etc
  • No Additional Software – Just download the portable app, extract it and go
  • No Kidding – It’s that easy

I just found this today. There are a bunch of applications that can be downloaded and installed onto your USB flash drive, iPod, or portable hard drive. You can carry your favorite computer programs with you wherever you go, along with all of your bookmarks, settings, and email. It works with any Windows computer, works with any hardware, and it’s free.

I’m usually at home on my own computer, but I like the idea of being able to carry all the important stuff with me if I’m away from home. I browsed through the list of available programs, and I’m really impressed. I can get Firefox to browse the Internet, Thunderbird to check my email, Nvu for editing webpages, OpenOffice portable for word processing and spread sheets, and so much more. You just have to check out this list of Applications.

How to Forward E-Mail Appropriately

I just got this from friend, and thought I’d pass it along. Please don’t assume I don’t think you know how to do any of the things listed here – I just thought there might be some useful information, so I’m passing it along.

HOW TO FORWARD E-MAIL APPROPRIATELY
A friend who is a computer expert received the following directly from a system administrator for a corporate system. It is an excellent message that ABSOLUTELY applies to ALL of us who send e-mails.

Please read the short letter below, even if you’re sure you already follow proper procedures.

Share it with your friends… you know the ones who don’t know!

Do you really know how to forward e-mails? Most of us DO NOT know how.

Do you wonder why you get viruses or junk mail? Do you hate it?

Every time you forward an e-mail there is information left over from the people who got the message before you, namely their e-mail addresses & names. As the messages get forwarded along, the list of addresses builds, and builds, and builds, and all it takes is for some poor sap to get a virus, and his or her computer can send that virus to every email address that has come across his computer. Or, someone can take all of those addresses and sell them or send junk mail to them in the hopes that you will go to the site and he will make five cents for each hit. That’s right, all of that inconvenience over a nickel!

How do you stop it? Well, there are several easy steps:

  1. When you forward an e-mail, DELETE all of the other addresses that appear in the body of the message (at the top). That’s right, DELETE them. Highlight them and delete them, backspace them, cut them, whatever you know how to to. It only takes a second. You MUST click the ‘Forward’ button first and then you will have full editing capabilities against the body and headers of the message. If you don’t hit the forward button first you won’t have full editing functions. I particularly dislike having to scroll through 200 Email addresses before I get to the email.
  2. Whenever you send an e-mail to more than one person, do NOT use the To: or Cc: fields for adding e-mail addresses. Always use the BCC: (blind carbon copy) field for listing the e-mail addresses. This is the way the people you send to will only see their own e-mail address. If you don’t see your BCC: option click on where it says To: and your address list will appear. Highlight the address and choose BCC: and that’s it, it’s that easy. When you send to BCC: your message will automatically say ‘Undisclosed Recipients’ in the ‘TO:’ field of the people who receive it. That way you aren’t sharing all those addresses with every Tom, Dick and Harry.
  3. Remove any ‘FW:’ in the subject line. You can re-name the subject if you wish or even fix spelling.
  4. This one is very important please read and heed. ALWAYS hit your Forward button from the actual e-mail you are reading. Ever get those e-mails that you have to open 10 pages to read the one page with the information on it? By Forwarding from the actual page you wish someone to view, you stop them from having to open many e-mails just to see what you sent. These are the ones that often end up having picked up a virus from somebody. This is really important!
  5. Have you ever gotten an email that is a petition? It states a position and asks you to add your name and address and to forward it to 10 or 15 people or your entire address book. The email can be forwarded on and on and can collect thousands of names and email addresses. A FACT: The completed petition is actually worth a couple of bucks to a professional spammer because of the wealth of valid names and email add resses contained therein. If you want to support the petition, send it as your own personal letter to the intended recipient. Your position may carry more weight as a personal letter than a laundry list of names and email address on a petition. (Actually, if you think about it, who’s supposed to send the petition in to whatever cause it supports? And don ‘t believe the ones that say that the email is being traced, it just aint so!)
  6. One of the main ones I hate is the ones that say that something like, ‘Send this email to 10 people and you’ll see something great run across your screen.’ Or, sometimes they’ll just tease you by saying something really cute will happen – IT AINT GONNA HAPPEN!!!!! (Trust me, I’m still seeing some of the same ones that I waited on 10 years ago!) I don’t let the bad luck ones scare me either, they get trashed. (Could be why I haven’t won the lottery??)
  7. Before you forward an Amber Alert, or a Virus Alert, or some of the other ones floating around nowadays, check them out before you forward them. Most of them are junk mail that’s been circling the net for Years! Just about everything you receive in an email that is in question can be checked out at Snopes. It’s really easy to find out if it’s real or not. If it’s not, please don’t pass it on.
  8. Consider downloading and using a free program like E-mail Stripper. It removes all of those annoying >>> symbols from forwarded messages.

So please, in the future, let’s stop the junk mail and the viruses.

Finally, here’s an idea!!! Let’s send this to everyone we know (but strip my address off first, please). This is something that SHOULD be forwarded.