I routinely send and receive e-mail to Europe, Asia, South America, Russia, and even Japan. I love it because I can answer it at any time, from almost anywhere, and I dont have to play phone tag.
If you dont have an Internet account, dont worry. A great way to get started on the Internet is to use a service like Juno, a free service that enables virtually anyone with a computer and a modem to send and receive e-mail. (And you dont have to have the latest and greatest models. A 386 with Windows 3.1 is adequate.)
The best way is to get the Juno
disk is from a friend who has Internet access (www.juno.com). Or you can call Juno direct
at (800) 654-JUNO, but they will charge you $8.82 if you order
by phone. You will never have another bill from them because
the service is totally free. But you will pay a price. Juno is
subsidized by advertisers who pay for the service, so youll
have to endure their ads to get and receive your mail. I recently
set a friend of mine up on Juno, and although they had almost
no computer experience, they were quickly sending and receiving
e-mail from friends
If you already have an Internet account and are looking for a second e-mail address, there are many alternatives. You might want the second e-mail address for business or home use, or for getting information from newsgroups (see below). Some of the services claim to offer a lifetime e-mail address. Check out www.hotmail.com, www.netaddress.com, or even www.yahoo.com for a free second e-mail account. Theres even a list of free e-mail services if you search on free e-mail at www.yahoo.com. Im considering using a Web-based e-mail service when I go to Hong Kong at the end of the year, Ill just forward my e-mail to that account and read it using my brother-in-laws account in Hong Kong. If youre curious about how to forward your e-mail, it depends on what type of account you have, so be sure to ask your Internet service provider.
Filtering the mail you receive is
important if youre like my partner who gets hundreds (yes,
Ive seen it) of e-mail message every day. He subscribes
to many different mailing lists, and uses e-mail to keep in touch
with dozens of clients at a time. The filtering ability exists
in almost every e-
To filter your mail, you must already
have folders set up for the different types of mail you want
to automatically file. I have folders called humor,
DACS, WebWork, and many others. You sim-
Newsgroups are another type of service
that your Internet service provider might offer. North American Internet (800-952-INET) offers
more than 28,000 different newsgroups, which are simply
This month Allen Ostergren, our
underpaid and overworked DACS editor, asked me to write about
unwanted e-mail, commonly known as spam. Unlike the
pink, canned meat product, spam is sim-
I get several unwanted messages
a day, and although it only takes me a minute to delete them,
it is still a pain. Unlike direct mail delivered by the Post
Office (analog mail), which really doesnt cost you anything
to throw away, you are paying for your Internet connection. Some
people argue that since it costs you money, spam should be illegal.
Others argue that it really doesnt cost you any-
I like to hear from people who read these columns, so feel free to send me mail at mikek@de- morgan.com. Just dont try and sell me anything, otherwise youll get deleted!
A partial listing of free e-mail services:
Note: All of the services above (except Juno) require a separate Internet account.
|MIKE KALTSCHNEE is a co-owner of DeMorgan Industries, the publishers of WebSpice 1,000,000 Page Design Edition. He can be reached at: firstname.lastname@example.org|