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 Issue # 64 February 2009 
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    by Matt Stephens
    February 2009

    Hello to the entire BMI Family! I don't know what the weather is like where you are, but it's cold here. I don't even remember what it's like to sweat. Nice thought, I know, but as I'm sure many of you are, I'm about done with winter.

    Hold on there though because we're already to February so spring is just around the corner. I'm sure I'm shooting myself in the foot here, but I'm going to jump into spring cleaning in the midst of winter! But it's okay, because it's cleaning for your computer. Nothing needs to be done outside for this one.

    We have recently run some reports from our mail servers and found that many people have a lot of email sitting on the server. In most cases this isn't such a problem for us, but for you it can be a huge hassle. Cleaning up this mess of email, and sorting things out can certainly seem like a daunting task. Once it's done though, you'll be proud to know you did it yourself!

    If you are one of those people that likes to keep the email that Uncle George sent you from Hawaii ten years ago (like I am) but you find yourself running out of room for new email (this can happen) then it may be time for you to install an email client on your computer. Don't stop reading here. You've come this far, stay with me.

    An email client is nothing more than a small program that is most likely already installed on your computer. Windows computers come with Outlook Express or Windows Mail as their email client. If you don't like those, you can download Mozilla Thunderbird. That's what I use in the office here and at home. For you Mac folks, you have Mac Mail or you can also download Thunderbird. Once you have your chosen email client on the computer, give us a call and we'll walk you through setting up your email account. Then you just have to get online, click the send/recv or the get mail button and sit back and wait. All of the email that was sitting on the server (webmail) will download into your computer.

    A special little side note I would like to add here is that if you check your mail from multiple computers tell us when you call to set up your client. We have ways to make this continue to be possible and still give you the benefit of being able to use an email client.

    Email clients are very easy to use, and they don't have the inherent errors that web based mail can have. They have easy to use address books; you can add folders very easily to store email; and the only size limit you have on how many emails you can get is the size of your hard drive.

    We are here to help you. If you decide that you want to do this, give us a call and we'll help you through each step. I promise you that I have walked someone through all of this that thought they were less capable than you. I can't tell you how many times a day I hear "I'm not very computer literate", and I just want to let all of you know, I understand. My techs and I are all literate enough for all of us. We'll get you through any challenge you decide to take on.

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