I've always been quite fond of Outlook Express. Primarily because I can check my Hotmail account with it along with my three POP3 accounts in one fell swoop. You can have your web-based mail and G-mail, there's no subsititue for maintaining a mail archive on your own machine. Besides, I'm not so sure I'm comfortable with having all of my old e-mail stored "online". I like filtering the incoming mail into different local folders: all of my Beastie Boys related e-mail goes to one folder, all of my Livejournal e-mail goes into another. I have every piece of e-mail of any consequence dating back to 1998.
However, tonight for the first time, Outlook Express let me down. I've been having some issues for some time with my computer crashing. It'll hang and I'll hafta reboot it. I'm not quite sure what the problem is but it's been like this ever since I switched to Win2k. I've pretty much abandoned all hope and am moving on to XP next. I'm thinking maybe Win2k is a tad too picky for my equipemnt, most of which is pre-2k.
Anyway, the sucker crashes just after downloading my e-mail to the client. I reboot and the mail is no longer on my hard drive nor on the mail server. What kinda idiot programs a mail client that deletes it from the server BEFORE writing to the local disk?
Bah. One nice thing about G-mail is that it's forcing Yahoo and Hotmail to upgrade their services. Yahoo has already upped their storage space to 100 megs I'm told. I just received an e-mail from Hotmail the other week that said they are going to be increasing their storage to 250 megs. God bless capitalism.