A better option for a portable e-mail address would be to get one of the Web-based e-mail accounts. You mentioned Yahoo! and Hotmail services, but there are many other e-mail services out there.
Here are a few others you might want to check into: Netscape Mail at http://webmail.netscape.com is a free service. Opera Web mail at www.operamail.com is a free service. Mail.com at www.mail.com is a free service. NetAddress at www.netaddress.com is a fee-based service with fees set at $5.95 monthly, $39.99 annually and $69.99 for two years. NetForward.com at www.netforward.com costs $10 per year.
The key to finding a good portable e-mail account is simply finding a service that will stick around, which is why I've mentioned the services above. All are well-established companies that have been around a while.
Microsoft patch alert
* Office XP Service Pack 3 was released last week. Make sure all of your Office products are up-to-date by visiting the Office Update site. A direct link to the Service Pack update can be found at www.microsoft.com.
* Three security holes were found in the MSN Messenger software versions 6.0 and 6.1 that could allow access to a computer using the software. Another flaw was found in Outlook 2002 and Windows Media Services 4.1. Learn more. The patches are at www.microsoft.com.
MSN Live online events
March 16: The Aussie Invasion with The Vines, JET and The Living End are on a 20-city, four-week tour and stop in to chat 6:30-8 p.m.
March 17: Singer Jackson Browne chats at 7 p.m.; chat with John Ondrasik of Five for Fighting at 8 p.m..
March 18: Chat with Rooney band members at 7 p.m.
* The Email Service Provider Coalition (ESPC) - which includes four leading national ISPs, America Online Inc., EarthLink Inc., Microsoft Corp. and Yahoo! Inc - have filed six lawsuits against some of the largest spammers. Read more.
* Microsoft has decided to delay the next release of two of their products - SQL Server and Visual Studio.NET until the beginning of 2005. Read more.
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