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Somebody took a poll one time and asked people what one thing about their computer could they not live without? The #1 answer was “email”.

Email has quickly become a regular part of our lives. Who even thinks about writing a letter on paper anymore. It’s so much easier to bang out an email, hit the Enter key and it’s sent. No envelopes, no stamps no trip to the post office.

In our email tutorials we’re going to cover the basics of email as well as email acronyms and ways to show your emotions in email. It is our hope that our email tutorials will enhance your email experience.

Gmail (Google Email)

Google is launching it’s own email service called Gmail. For testing purposes, it’s available to only a few thousand invited users. Gmail is only available at There are no plans at this time to move it to the main Google site.

Google’s co-founder and president Larry Page said the idea for Gmail came from a Google user complaining about the email services offered by Yahoo and MSN.

The big news about Gmail is its’ large storage capacity. Gmail is offering 1 GB of data storage per individual mailbox. That’s approximately 500,000 pages of email. This is 166 times more storage than Yahoo offers with its’ free storage and 500 times more than MSN. Yahoo and MSN both offer additional storage for a fee, but Gmail’s free storage is still bigger than what you get for a fee with Yahoo and MSN.

Gmail will have text ads in the margins of individual emails. Google will scan the messages to determine a theme and then try to offer relevant ads.

Gmail will also include a built in search function that will allow users to search every email they ever sent and received.

Gmail Privacy Concerns

A group of privacy advocates are drafting a letter asking Google to clarify its’s policy concerning the information Google will glean from scanning users email. Wayne Rosing, VP of engineering for Google, pointed out that scanning of user’s email is nothing new. If an email provider offers you spam filtering, they’re scanning your email to look for spam, “they have to look at the email in detail or they can’t find the spam. It’s nothing extrodinary or new going on here”.

Yahoo Mail

Say you don’t want to expose your primary email address. Yahoo allows you to disguise that address using AddressGuard. With AddressGuard you create disposible addresses. After you create your disposible address, any email sent to that address will be stored in whatever folder your choose. When that email address starts collecting spam you simply delete the address. This will have no effect on your primary email address.


The following abbreviations are used in both email and chat rooms to help people communicate faster.


  • AFAIK – As far as I know
  • AFK – Away from keyboard
  • BAK – Back at keyboard
  • BFN – Bye for now
  • BRB – Be right back
  • BTW – By the way
  • CYA – See ya
  • FWIW – For what it’s worth
  • GMTA – Great minds think alike
  • IMHO – In my humble opinion
  • L8R – Later
  • LOL – Laugh out loud
  • NRN – No response necessary
  • OIC – Oh I see
  • OTOH – On the other hand
  • ROFL – Rolling on the floor laughing
  • RSN – Real soon now
  • SO – Significant other
  • TIA – Thanks in advance
  • TTFN – Ta-ta for now
  • WB – Welcome back
  • WRT – With respect to
  • WTG – Way to go!

pop3 Server Name

Most isp’s (internet service providers) default to for their SMTP/POP3 mail server.