I recently found a solution to my e-mail problem, which is: How can I get to my mail from the web, use a local e-mail program like Thunderbird and have all this stuff "sync" with each other? Answer: IMAP.
IMAP is a neat thing because it keeps all the mail on the mail server rather than downloading it directly, sorta/kinda. It works much the same way webmail does, with one exception: You can backup your mail locally if you want to, which is something I absolutely require.
I actually had IMAP offered by my web host provider this whole time and never knew it, who'da thunk it? (grin)
Yes there are good points and bad points to IMAP, but all in all this is a good solution for me. I can now get to my mail from a web browser or from an IMAP enabled mail client (like Thunderbird or Outlook Express), and they all "sync" with each other since all the mail is kept on the server. When I get too much mail on the server I can download all the mail then back it up.
Good deal. :-)
I recently decided to start using Yahoo Messenger and ICQ again in addition to using AIM. Right now I'm running all 3 programs separately but will probably download Trillian and manage them all that way instead. I was using that before a long time ago but stopped for some reason. I will probably go back to using it again, because it's just better to have all your IM stuff in one program instead of having them float all over the place. (grin)
This Friday I'm supposed to go out with a friend to a see a blues band, and I'm really looking forward to it - but I'm trying not to get too excited about it. This is because every time one of my friends wants me to go out anywhere to do anything, something always comes up and I have to stay home, again. It's never me that has the excuse not to go out. It's always the person who invited me to go out that has to cancel or suddenly change plans.
The last time this happened was about 2 or 3 weeks ago. Spiderman 2 was playing in the theaters, and a friend said "Hey, we should go, can you make it Friday at 9pm?" "Sure" I said. And sure enough, Friday comes around, and my friend calls me at 6pm and left a voice mail saying "Oh, hey, change of plans, the show is at 7pm instead of 9pm, call me when you get this". Bear in mind that after I leave work I get home at 7pm, and when I got the call at 6pm I was still at work so I couldn't call back. So I couldn't make it. Then the guy has the gall to tell me how great the movie was afterwards. Yeah, thanks for telling me the great movie I missed because you decided to change plans at the last minute.
The last time this happened (previous to the movie fiasco above) was when some dopey broad (who I will mention in my next entry) tried to set me up with her sister. She chatted me up saying how great she was, and then suddenly decided for me not to meet her and gave a very lame excuse why. But I'll write about that later.
Situations like the 2 mentioned above happen to me all the time. I swear to God I must have some sort of curse where people love to ditch me for some reason. So you can probably understand why I don't get too excited when anyone schedules anything with me. It's not that I'm being pessimistic. Me being ditched just seems to be a normal occurrence. Blah.
But on a positive note, I think I will be able to go see that band Friday, because the person who invited me doesn't ditch.. usually. :-)