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Yahoo Email and Upgrading from Vista to Windows 7

I read this question online recently:

I am upgrading from Windows Vista to Windows 7. How do I back up my Yahoo! emails and do I need to do it?

If you have a free Yahoo! email account then there is no need to back up your emails because the emails are stored on Yahoo!’s servers and not your computer.

If you have a paid Yahoo! email account, called Yahoo! Mail Plus, which costs $19.99 per year, then it is possible that you could be downloading email messages to your computer with a program such as Outlook, Outlook Express, Windows Mail, Eudora, or some other program or email client.

Generally, when you are upgrading from Windows Vista to Windows 7 there is no need to erase your hard drive. When the hard drive is erased it is usually referred to as a “clean install”. While it’s always good idea to do a backup before an upgrade, it isn’t necessary. When upgrading from XP to Windows 7 the hard drive must be erased, so this is a case where it would be a good idea to have a backup of some sort.

Still, if you want to take the precaution of doing a backup, go to a computer store and get yourself an external USB drive such as a MyPassport from Western Digital and use the Windows Easy Transfer wizard to copy important files to the external drive. For more info on Windows Easy Transfer go here: http://www.microsoft.com/windows/windows-vista/features/easy-transfer.aspx

For more info on upgrading from Vista to Windows 7 go here: http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows7/help/upgrading-from-windows-vista-to-windows-7

Truth About Email Petitions

I received the following question just last night:

I received an email telling me that email petitions and chain letters use tracking software and cookies to collect email addresses from anyone who receives that email message. I was also told that email petitions aren’t acceptable by congress like a signed petition would be. Are both these items true?

Well, the first is false, and the second is true.

Tracking Emails and Tracking Software

The only way an email can be tracked is from one sender to the first recipient. If I send an email message to a friend, it is possible for me to be notified when they open the message. If my friend forwards the message to someone else, there is no way for me to tell that has happened; nor is there any way for me to receive the email address of that second recipient, or any recipient after that. So, no, there are no tracking programs of this sort.

BUT, Remember the concept “Six Degrees of Separation”? Erase email addresses before forwarding a message

The idea of “Six Degrees of Separation” says that everyone is 6 steps away from any other person on the planet. Which in my way of thinking means that we are all six steps or less away from a spammer. The problem here being that when people forward an email message they usually leave any previous email addresses in the message, too, plus most people add new addresses of their own when they forward the message. The best practice here is after you click FORWARD and before you click SEND make sure you erase/delete any email addresses that appear within the email message. That is, just before you click SEND, read through the message and erase any email addresses you find in the message. If you don’t, you never know who in the chain knows or is a spammer.

BCC: Blind Carbon Copy Hiding Email Addresses

When you are sending an email message to multiple recipients, use the BCC or Blind Carbon Copy feature to address your message. That is, use BCC instead of TO. An, if your email software says, “At least one recipient is required in the TO field”, then put your email address in the TO field, and everyone else in the BCC field. The BCC field hides the email addresses from the recipients. When the sender uses the BCC field to address an email message, the recipients of that message will see “undisclosed recipients” in the TO field or elsewhere in the message. If you can’t find the BCC feature in your email software, contact your email service provider and have them tell you how to access it. Or you can contact Skylarking and I will help you find the feature.

Email Petitions Don’t Work

That much is true. A genuine petition requires signatures and street addresses. Anyone can type a list of names and email addresses into a petition, but there is no way for the recipient to prove or disprove that those people participated in or knew about the petition. It is best that each individual person email or contact their representative directly, and not as part of some long list of names in an email message. Additionally, you wouldn’t want to include your street address in such a petition, since you never know if that message might eventually end up in the hands of a spammer or an identity thief. After all, most acts of identity theft are performed by the victims friends, co-workers, and family members.

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Gmail Crashes Again

googlemail_1349839cIf you’re an up-early-in-the-morning-to-check-my-email kind of person, and if your email is Gmail (Google Mail) then you may have woke up to disappoint today. Gmail crashed …. again.

Gmail users in the US and the UK experienced a 2.5 to 4 hour outage of service this morning, and Google is still scrambling to explain how it happened.

ComScore analysts estimate as many as 113 million people use Gmail worldwide. Not bad for a program that’s still in Beta. It may be the longest running test program on the planet for that matter. “Google has the world’s third most popular web mail service behind Hotmail with 283 million users and Yahoo with 274 million e-mail users”, comScore said.

Today’s outage isn’t the first. Another outage occured just 6 months ago in August 2008, when again, service was out for several hours after a glitch in the Gmail contacts system locked users out of their email.

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Another Computerless Email Service



I was looking through Walt Mossberg’s Mailbox and read about yet another computerless email service.  It’s Mailbug from Landel. The service uses their Mailbug device (shown at right) which costs $125 to purchase (or give as a gift), and there is an additional $9.95 monthly fee.

You can send and received messages with this device, but attachments and photos cannot be viewed with it, though they can be accessed if you have a home computer with web access.

  • Sends email automatically. No need to log on, just type a message and walk away.
  • Retrieves email without logging on, and alerts you with a red LED.
  • It’s an email device, not a PC so it can’t get a virus, can’t be hacked, can’t crash.
  • Sends messages to fax machines, so you can send a fax or print without a computer.
  • Provides access to news, weather, sports and more.
  • Converts PDF attachments to viewable text without graphics.
  • Comes with everything ready to plug in and go in five minutes.
  • Connects to any standard phone line, and doesn’t interrupt your calls.
  • Comes with its own email address, no Internet Service required.
  • Free, friendly customer support by phone or email.
  • Standard full-size keyboard.
  • Email address book holds up to 100 names, addresses, and phone numbers. It even dials for you.

For more information on this service: http://www.mailbug.com/mb1.html

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Home Email for the Computerless

Do you know someone you’d like to write email to, but they don’t have, don’t want, or don’t use a computer? You probably think there’s no way around it, huh?

Well, think again. You actually have a choice: Presto or Celery.


Neither is magic or tasty — though you may feel otherwise — but either of these services will cross the communication gap between the computered and the computerless.


Celery is an email service that works with a fax. No Internet connection needed. If you’re computer-shy you can handwrite a letter, place it in the fax, press two buttons, and that’s it.  The Celery service converts it to email and delivers it for you. You can also use it to send news or magazine articles, coupons, photos, or anything that can fit into your fax. When someone sends you email it prints out on your fax. It will even print photos and PDF attachments. Watch the video for a demonstration.


Presto: One Way Email

Not everyone has a fax, nor do they want one; and if they had one, they might not be comfortable operating it. Now along comes Presto. Presto allows you to receive email messages.  With Presto you have a printer called a “Printing Mailbox” from Hewlett-Packard (HP). Anyone who has email can send unlimited messages to the Printing Mailbox via the Presto service. Those messages can include photos, too. Presto will print at a time during the day that you choose. Watch the video at right for more information or visit www.presto.com.

No Spam or Viruses

Both services filter out spam and junk mail, and since they use a fax or printer, and not a computer, viruses are of no concern.


For Presto there is a one-time $99 cost for buying the HP Printing Mailbox, and there is a $9.99 monthly charge for the service. Presto will deliver unlimited email messages per month. Visit www.presto.com for more information.

For Celery you can wither use your own fax, or you can buy their customized Lexmark fax machine for $89, and you pay a monthly fee of $8.98 for black-and-white, or $13.98 for color. Celery delivers uip to 100 email messages per month. Visit www.mycelery.com for more information and a 20 day free trial.

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