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Email Addresses as IE Favorites

Tuesday, November 16th, 2004

Have you ever been surfing the web and had a sudden urge to send an e-mail to someone? Maybe you just stumbled upon a really cool page or some awesome information that you just gotta share.

Whatever the reason, wouldn’t it be cool if you could compose an e-mail without launching Outlook Express, fiddling around in the address book, then finally starting the message?

Well, where there’s a geek, there’s… Continue reading

Q:
When I check my email using MSN/Hotmail I get gray boxes where pictures should be. How do I get the pictures back?

A:
This recent “feature” of MSN/Hotmail removes images from email until you review the message and determine that it’s OK. Part of the reasoning behind this is that you don’t have to look at nekkid people or body part pictures when you check your mail… Continue reading

Forward this to 500 of your friends???

Tuesday, November 16th, 2004

Forward this to 500 of your friends???

Will boycotting gasoline from Shell, Chevron, Texaco, Exxon, and Mobil cut off funding for terrorists?

I’m sure that you’ve seen this, or other chain email in your inbox. If it weren’t for all the gross statistical errors and the naive grasp of oil industry economics exhibited in it, this email might actually have some validity. According to the good folks at the… Continue reading

Email is going into the Bulk Folder

Tuesday, November 16th, 2004

Q: Last week your newsletter started showing up in my Yahoo “Bulk Mail” folder. Is there a way to get you out?

A:
Well, the email filtering frenzy continues, blocking legit email (like this newsletter) while the “bad guys” sneak their unsolicited commercial e-junk (UCE) into your inbox. We’ve told you about MSN/Hotmail blocking pictures in HTML emails and all the problems with AOL . Now our… Continue reading

Spamhandling Tips

Tuesday, November 16th, 2004

We all hate getting commercial email that we did not ask for, especially when it’s nasty or fraudulent. The current well-intentioned attempts to stop spam are still rather primitive and end up censoring legit email along with half the bad stuff. What to do?

You can start by forwarding the message to your ISP. Usually the address for complaints is abuse@your-isp.com or

Fix Split Links

Tuesday, November 16th, 2004

Fix Split Links

Don’t you just hate it when the web link in an email is split? The first line is clickable, but it goes nowhere. Try the old copy/paste and you still only get the top part.

Some readers suggest making the text smaller or the page bigger to display the whole link. It’s worth a try. But if that doesn’t work, here’s how to handle ‘em:

1. Copy… Continue reading

Email a Web Page

Tuesday, November 16th, 2004

Q: I was at a really cool site and wanted to send it to my friend. Is there a way to email the entire web page?

A: If you’re using Internet Explorer or Netscape Navigator you can. Here’s how to send a favorite page to a buddy:

Internet Explorer:

1. Click the File menu, Send, Page by e-mail.

2. Outlook Express (or Outlook) will now open and the page… Continue reading

Spam Filtering—Killing The Patient To Cure The Disease?

OK, everyone hates junk e-mail and wants to do something about it. Since we’re in the newsletter publishing business, we deal with this on a daily basis and are noticing a disturbing trend.

Basically, anti-spam efforts are choking the life out of e-mail.

Here’s what’s happening. Spam is a continual nuisance and ISP s are pressures to help keep it… Continue reading

What are those random letters and words that show up in the subject or at the bottom of many spam emails?

I get those emails too: a graphic will appear selling some product and at the top or bottom it looks like a three year-old was attacking the keyboard. Or you’ll see some random words like “goldfish tinman wart

Save Embedded Email Pictures

Tuesday, November 16th, 2004

Save Embedded Email Pictures

I’m sure you all know how to save pictures from web pages. You just right click the image and choose “Save Picture As…” If you’re using a web-based email client (AOL, Yahoo, MSN/Hotmail) the this is all you do.

Did you know that you can do the same with pictures in your Outlook Express and Netscape Mail?

Just right click and choose “Save Picture As…” (Outlook… Continue reading

Color Code Your Incoming Email

Tuesday, November 16th, 2004

If you are using a mail client like Outlook Express then you know that Message Rules are probably the most versatile and helpful feature. We’ve told you how to use them for blocking unwanted email, whitelisting, automatic forwarding, and sorting into folders. This new trick is great for helping you easily identify the good stuff when wading through a mountain of email.

How would you like to just look at… Continue reading

POP3 Email

Monday, November 15th, 2004

Q:
What is POP3 Email?

A:
POP3 means “post office protocol, version 3″. It is a protocol for getting e-mail off of a web server. If you use Outlook Express, Outlook, Netscape Mail, or Eudora you’re using POP3.

Some web-based e-mail accounts use this protocol as well. I know that Hotmail and Yahoo (for a price) allow you to get your mail via POP3. AOL does not.

~… Continue reading

Improve the Quality of Graphics in AOL

Monday, November 15th, 2004

Improve the Quality of Graphics in AOL

If you browse the web with AOL, you know that sometimes graphics just don’t look so purdy. Never fear! I’m here to show you how to turn off the built in image compression.

AOL says this image compression helps images download faster. Blah! This may be, but a typical human can’t see any significant difference in speed between having compression on vs off… Continue reading

More Color Options for Email

Monday, November 15th, 2004

Q:
I would like to use different colors to highlight my email, but I seem limited to the 16 colors listed. Is there a way to get more colors?

A:
If you are using Outlook Express in “Rich Text (HTML)” mode, then you can change the font color by clicking the “A” in the message toolbar and choosing one of the sixteen colors listed, BUT… you can easily… Continue reading

Keeping Your Mass Mailing Contacts a Secret is Easy as BCC

Have you ever gotten something forwarded to you with hundreds of e-mail addresses in the header? Every address on that email may be getting unintentionally passed all over the net. When you forward it to everyone in your address book you risk making every address on that email vulnerabl e to unscrupulous advertisers.

So, do your friends a favor… Continue reading

Filtering Your E-Mail

Monday, November 15th, 2004

Filtering Your E-Mail

So, you want to filter the “bad stuff” out of your e-mail huh? I don’t blame you!

You can set up ” message rules ” or “message filters” in most e-mail clients. These can grab an incoming message and make it history before you ever lay eyes on it. You can have the message rules set up to check for certain subject lines, e-mail addresses, or even… Continue reading

Stopping scum-mails

Monday, November 15th, 2004

Q:
I keep getting the same scum-mails with a nekkid lady on it even though I add them to my Blocked Senders List. How can I stop these?

A:
Well, if you look carefully (which you probably don’t because you want that picture off your computer immediately), you will notice that one day it’s from Suzy, the next day from Buffy, and today’s is from Candy. Every time… Continue reading

What’s This?

Monday, November 15th, 2004

We often tell you ways to configure Internet Explorer or Outlook Express for maximum efficiency or how to stop annoying default features. Many times you end up in the “Options” menu where you are faced with a long list of features. What does each one do?

Guess what, there is a very easy way to find out what different features do

Q:
I lose my dial up connection each time I send an email using Outlook Express. How do I fix this?

A:
OE can be set to hang up after it sends or receives email. This is a great feature if you have limited monthly hours online, but can be really annoying if you decide to check your mail while your surfin’ the web. Fortunately this feature can… Continue reading

Unblocking and Blocking Senders

Monday, November 15th, 2004

Unblocking and Blocking Senders

For those who don’t know, you can block senders with most e-mail software. When you “block” someone, all of the e-mail they send to you gets deleted as it comes in. In Outlook Express, just hit the Messages menu and select Block Sender to block the currently selected e-mail. Don’t try this now though or you’ll accidentally block me!

OK, so how do you unblock someone… Continue reading

Common Display Names and Spam

Monday, November 15th, 2004

Q:
I got an email and the sender name was “Steve” so I eagerly opened it up to find it was s spam. I’ve been a subscriber long enough to know that you would never send me anything other than the newsletters I subscribed to, so, is someone forging your name?

A:
First off, we never, ever, ever give (or sell) the addresses of our readers to anyone—so… Continue reading

Hate E-mail that comes in ALL CAPS.

Friday, November 12th, 2004

Q:
You know what I hate? E-mails that come in all caps. THEY DRIVE ME NUTS! How can I fix them?

A:
Unfortunately, I haven’t come across an E-mail Caps Lock Zapper program, but there is a fix if you have WordPerfect or MS Word. First, you must copy the portion of e-mail text you want to de-capitalize

Are you preventing others from getting their email?

“Of course not,” you answer, “How dare you even accuse me of such a thing!”

A while back our newsletters were being blocked by major ISPs because too many dead addresses were rotting on our mailing list. After their system received a certain amount, it blocked all additional mailings—even to legitimate addresses. I have a suspicion that more ISPs will be doing… Continue reading

Q:
When I get e-mail with pictures and I forward it, the recipient only gets a little “X” in a box. How can I forward this type of e-mail?

A:
When there is a picture in the body of the email itself, the graphic file might be located on a server (like our newsletter) or attached to the email.

If your computer is not online while reading the… Continue reading

Leave Email on the Server

Friday, November 12th, 2004

One of the boasts made by web-based email such as AOL, Yahoo, and Hotmail is that you can check it anywhere. This is truly an advantage, but some of us only check our mail at home and work, so today I’ll tell you how to leave your pop3 mail on the server to check using more than one computer. This would also come in handy if you and your spouse… Continue reading

Export and Print Your Address Book

Friday, November 12th, 2004

Did you know that you can export your Address Book so it can be used by database programs, label making software, and more? Of course you do, I mentioned it a few seconds ago.

OK, first let me tell you about .csv files. These are simple text files that show data as “comma-seperated values”. If you bring a .csv file up in Notepad you’ll see data separated by commas. So… Continue reading

Q:
When I try to print my Outlook Express Address Book it prints each name on a different page. Is there a way to get around this?

A:
With Pre-XP Service Pack 2 Outlook Express, when you click the Print button in the address book, it spits out each contact on a separate page. I too found this annoying and imagined a bleak future without trees.

Then, one… Continue reading

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