A reader, who is also a member of the Cajun Clickers Computer Club (www.clickers.org) here in Baton Rouge, wrote me to ask about Gmail and free email sites:
At one of the meetings at Cajun Clickers, you indicated that you used ??Eudora?? as your email preference. What is the best email site. Google has gmail and I have heard that it is pretty good.
Have you tried gmail? What is your recommendation? I think I should sign up for email at a free site like hotmail, bmail, or ?? so if i change ISP I don’t have to change my emails.
Any advise. With Wimax coming – probably late 2006 – I’m sure I’ll be changing.
Of the free Internet web mail accounts that I’ve tried, I like Gmail the best by far. Gmail even lets you — for free — download the emails to your regular email client like Eudora, Outlook Express, Thunderbird and Outlook.
Of course, just like all the other web mail services, Google reserves the right to change the service or to start charging for it — so far, I think that all the changes have been positive from the users’ point of view.
Many people who subscribe to mailing lists really like Gmail because it automatically groups related messages together. You see each individual one, but Gmail shows them to you grouped for easy tracking and reading. This also solves one of the worst methods to use with mailing lists — the old “digest” mode. With the digest mode, you get one long, rambling message each day that includes everyone’s email in chronological order.
One of the other big advantages to Gmail is the huge amount of email space we get. Each Gmail account currently gets up to 2.6 Gigabytes of storage space for their emails. Keeping old emails for reference is a no-brainer. Of course, Google provides easy searching capability for our emails, too.
For my personal email program, I use Eudora (www.eudora.com), which is a standard POP3 email client — meaning that I can use it to download my emails from Gmail. I can also set Eudora to delete those emails from Gmail when I download them or set it to leave the emails in Gmail for later reference. See my Eudora web page for more information on Eudora and the settings I recommend.