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Friday, June 4, 1999

If you have been using a school account for email, what are you going to do this summer? All those education-related mailing lists you subscribed to will clog your account before fall. These tips from Teachnet editor, Lee Shiney, will help.

Retrieve it remotely

Most of our readers take advantage of the built-in email client in their browser. This is great if you check mail only at one address, but to check a different one, you have to reconfigure your preferences. There are several ways around this. Users of
Yahoo's email service will find a "check external mail" link. This allows the address and password to be entered for a different email account, and, boom, there's your email. Well, sort of. It's slow. In fact, most of the services we tried that allow this are slow. One stands out, though, Despite a couple of ads, it is lean and mean, and the email shows up quickly. I was impressed. And if you choose to not delete messages, the mail will still be there when you come back. This is also an easy way to check mail if you travel and want to access email through someone else's account. makes it easy.

Personally, I use something else -
Eudora Pro. With it, I check email remotely at four different locations automatically, and also create personalities allowing me to customize how my outgoing email looks. This may be more power than you need, but Eudora is my weapon of choice for multiple accessing.

One of our
Teacher-2-Teacher contributors uses Netscape 4.5 to also access remote email. If you keep up with the latest browser wars, this may be a good solution.

Forward it
Most servers can forward email from one email box to a different location. Since you probably don't have direct access to directories on your school server, I won't go into the details of the .forward file (pronounced dot-forward). Contact your system administrator to see if you can temporarily forward your account to your home account for the summer. One advantage of this to the server is nothing accumulates over the summer.

Forget it
Maybe you don't want to be bothered by it at all just to stay sane during the summer. If this is the case, remember to unsubscribe from those email lists you joined during the year. Otherwise, when your email box reaches its limit, your server will start sending "mailbox full" replies to every email you would normally receive. Those can cause headaches for listserves, and the moderator or administrator will eventually drop your address anyway. Save everyone a headache and unsub before you leave.


If Dr. Seuss did Technical Books

If a packet hits a pocket on a socket on a port, and the bus is interrupted as a very last resort, and the address of the memory makes your floppy disk abort, then the socket packet pocket has an error to report.

If your cursor finds a menu item followed by a dash, and the double-clicking icon puts your window in the trash, and your data is corrupted 'cause the index doesn't hash, then your situation's hopeless and your system's gonna crash!

If the label on the cable on the table at your house, says the network is connected to the button on your mouse, but your packets want to tunnel on another protocol, that's repeatedly rejected by the printer down the hall, and your screen is all distorted by the side effects of gauss, so your icons in the window are as wavy as a souse, then you may as well reboot and go out with a bang, 'cause as sure as I'm a poet, the sucker's gonna hang!

When the copy of your floppy's getting sloppy on the disk, and the microcode instructions cause unnecessary risk, then you have to flash your memory and you'll want to RAM your ROM. Quickly turn off the computer and be sure to tell your mom.