|Re: Way off topic - part two|
Message #5 Posted by glynn on 10 May 2002, 12:39 a.m.,
in response to message #4 by glynn
It is maddening for me sometimes to be away from my own computer, my own internet, etc.-- especially when awaiting some key email.
But many Kinko's Copy Centers, as well as a few motel chains, office stores, libraries etc, have Internet computers for hire. (Even a couple of "Internet cafe" houses). But I could never check my own email-- until I signed up-- for free!! at Yahoo's mail site.
I set up Yahoo's mail account with a pointer to my own ISP's POP3 account. So when I am away from home, I log into Yahoo mail, click on "Check other Mail", and it puts into my Yahoo Inbox any mail that has come in to my ISP's mailbox that I haven't yet read.
It does this, by the way, without indicating to my home account that the mail has been retrieved-- so I can get my mail twice, once at the house (I read and file it when I get home) and once at Yahoo (I read it while "on the road" and then "flush" it away). I think you can set this as a particular preference, or else have it mark the mail as received.
Now-- at the local library, for security, though I don't really have much to hide, I find that I must "clean up" after myself on their terminals-- by selecting and deleting whatever's in the Temporary Internet folder as the last thing I do after I am done there. At the Kinko's, they have a system that performs the purging automagically when I sign off.
So... at least for email, there IS a way of keeping in touch no matter where you are, as long as you have Web access, by using Yahoo mail to port over the mail coming to your POP3 account...
And Hey! As an added bonus, you have a Yahoo Mail address you can give to people you don't necessarily want to hear from, and they won't sully your "real" InBox. Or the 2nd address and a different credit-card number-- thats all you need to be on eBay bidding against yourself with a new ID. ;-)
Are there other "tricks" out there for "road warriors" in the U.S.?