February 01, 2006

In Search of the Holy E-Mail Program

Or at least to find one that sits up and begs at my command.
I am trying to find a free e-mail program that can handle attachments containg adobe files which list things like

The Elephant Lovers Top 300 Best Elephant Logos in the Country.
Sent in three separate e-mails each about five pages long.

So I can find information/verify information like this:

The Putin Factory 345 Thirty-Second St. Newport CT. 000-555-000
And plug it into the system.

I also need to be able to write letters like this:

Dear Boss Lady,

I am afraid that the last file you sent me made it appear that the news article listed was used by the elephants for something other than reading. Could you
please send me the file again?

Thank you,
Rachel Ann

To which she will reply with an

"Oh. Okay."

Now, is that asking too much from an e-mail program?

Ah, but I guess it is.

I don't want to use my regular e-mail as I now have my own work profile on the computer, and I don't want to divide my email up between various boxes. So hmm, was that letter downloaded to my work or personal file?


Here's the rundown on free programs so far:

AIM...Stinks. The one I used and sent her and now I can't get my mail. It has more time problems than an unruly child.

Cashette. Cute. The idea being that spammers pay you. Or you can just set it to not receive spam. It is also suppose to be able to pull e-mails from a variety of other sources so you can consolidate them all in one box. How it does that I'm not certain because I tried to set it up and it doesn't work. GRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR.

Cool Toad The first time I tried it (via Opera) I couldn't write a letter; nothing was entering into the text box. I tried all sorts of rich editing stuff. No go. In Firefox I didn't get the rich text box but I did get to write a stupid e-mail to myself. Now it works in Opera but doesn't have the rich text box. Some things I can live without, and if I had never seen it I'd be happy, but now I feel deprived.

mariamail Well I wish I had something nice to say about it, but I can't even register. It keeps popping up with a message, no matter what browser I use "form incomplete. go back". After the fourth or fifth try I was screaming at the computer "YOU IDIOT IT IS FILLED IN CAN'T YOU SEE!!!!" Too bad, sounds like a nice place. They don't allow porn and they check you out to make sure you aren't some nefarious dude with spam or (sometimes and) porn purposes on your mind.

Gawab They have a thing against Israel: I couldn't find Israel on the list of countries on the sign in page. Turns out they are arab based. Yeah, whatever. Off topic but: Do you know there are Arab countries that won't mail to or from Israel? Some allow to, some allow from I suppose some allow neither. How do I know this? I do (or did, I don't have the money to do them much anymore)friendship books, and I've been on lists where, when doing a group swap there are some people who can't be partnered with me. Do follow the link if you don't understand what I'm talking about.

I also have Opera mail, but that just comes with Opera, Thunderbird for normal stuff, two G-mail accounts which I originally set up to get blog mail and when we were having e-mail problems my e-mail groups, but I also get personal mail and some newsletterrs there, My-Way, for blog stuff and radio programs, Yahoo and I've a hotmail account but keep forgetting the password and trying to find a good "strong" password just takes so long forget about it. And somewhere I've a momsworld account, if that still works. Probably they have sent me dozens of threatening messages telling me to delete delete delete but I"m not there to receive it. Ha! on them.

By the end of my foray into my quest I will most likely have more e-mail accounts than anyone else in the world and will still feel unfulfilled in terms of a work e-mail program.

Maybe I'll make it into Guinesse as a consolation prize.

Anyway, I'm looking for a loyal e-mail doggie that will wag its tail for me. Don't need a pure-bred. Just some nice mutt that won't drool or steal my stuff.



Apparently I also have a Care2 mail account.
Yeah I know, I'm a bit ditzy.

Posted by Rachel Ann at February 1, 2006 06:49 AM | TrackBack

Have you tried Thunderbird from Mozilla? http://mozilla.org

I use it at home and work, I like it.

Posted by: Oorgo at February 1, 2006 07:17 AM

Yeah, Thunderbird rocks.

And a friend swears by Eudora.

I think Gmail has a feature that permits you to gather up all your assorted e-mail addresses and have them forwarded into Gmail, although I haven't tried it and can't comment on it . . .

Let me know if you need an invitation.

Posted by: Anne at February 3, 2006 01:55 AM

Ah, I'm a bit ditzy, too. I should have noticed that you already Gmail and T-bird.

Have you browsed C|Net for e-mail programs? Even though a great deal of their downloads are 30-day free trials of proprietary software, they usually have quite a few freeware and shareware programs. Some of those also rock, and are vastly underappreciated because they are not cogs in a corporate machine.

Posted by: Anne at February 3, 2006 02:01 AM

gmail can work wonders as does thunderbird,
I too have gmail invitations.

Posted by: Blair at February 3, 2006 01:47 PM
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