I love email. Maybe I am even addicted. I run my email client almost continually when I am at home and that’s why people are quite often surprised at how quickly I reply to their messages.
I also love my mobile and take it everywhere with me. I am a great texter, especially when I am abroad because sending texts is cheaper than phone calls. But email beats even that.
In addition to writing the usual sorts of short emails, I have correspondents with whom I exchange lengthy messages that usually take me several days to complete. This is the modern equivalent of having pen friends and it works very well. An email goes round the world in less time than it takes to say whereas a letter can take days or even weeks.
I currently have five email accounts which I keep separate. This means I need a competent email client so as not to get the accounts muddled. For example, Mozilla Thunderbird is a gallant little email client but it has serious faults from my point of view. I won’t bore you with these as you are probably not interested. If you are, you can always email me and ask 🙂 Then there is a certain other email client whose name you should not mention in polite society. You probably know which one I mean.
Because of this, I am somewhat obsessive about email clients. I currently have four installed which is relatively few for me. No email client is perfect yet most have good features not shared by the others, so I tend to use whichever one suits my mood or I run it for a while until its faults annoy me and I change to another one.
The one I use most often is TheBat! which is very powerful and is the one that comes nearest to doing everything I want an email client to do but it also – inevitably – has faults. I have been trying to get away from it for years but I always end up coming back to it.
I long ago learnt not to trust my ISP to deal with my email. After suffering failures and delays from every connection provider that I tried, I found a company to host my domain names and provide email services. They have provided a splendid service with very few hiccups and will continue using them for the foreseeable future.
Spam is a problem, of course. No matter how careful you are, you will eventually get spam. I’d rather have spam and emails than neither, so I’m pretty relaxed about it. I also have a good spam filter, Popfile, though I always go through my junk file just in case a genuine email has been misdiagnosed as spam. The one you lose could be the most important.
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