"There once was an old man who said, 'Damn!"
begins a limerick dated to the year after the first motorized and permanently enclosed omnibus assumed its service in London's streets carrying passengers between Oxford Circus and Cricklewood,
"It is borne in upon me" (the poem continues) "that I am
An engine that moves
In determinate grooves.
I'm not even a bus, I'm a tram.'"
With these, Maurice Evan Hare's lines in mind, how about veering out a bit and laying a track from Outlook.com to Sparrow for Mac?
Would that, well, groove?
›› Want Sparrow on your Mac's desktop to download from and send through Outlook.com? Here's how to add a Outlook.com account to Sparrow for Mac.
In November 1904, omnibuses started driving from Oxford Circus in London out to Cricklewood and back again. The 12-seaters were not the first motorized buses in the city; they were, it seems, the first, though, that came with a motor and but a single, permanently enclosed, deck.
About that time a limerick appeared that... oh, what's that I see over there? A bus full of emails by the dozen from Yahoo! Mail to Gmail?
›› Use your Yahoo! Mail in Gmail. With a Yahoo! Mail Plus account, here's how to set up Gmail to download new messages and let you send new mail (and replies) using the Yahoo! Mail address.
Monarch butterflies look at their watch and at the sun.
As you can do with an analog watch on a sunny day, they deduce north and south from the sun's position — and the (general) direction in which to fly for migration. They seem not to care much for a map.
Now, the sun is but one star, of course; in this email background, you get a few more, and a butterfly (not a monarch, as far as I can fathom) as well:
›› A beautiful butterfly and many sparkling stars make wonderful email stationery. (Windows Mail, Windows Live Mail, Outlook, Outlook Express)
Weights made ancient Greek long-jumpers leap farther, but what about the flutes?
Apollo's Pythian flute-song was apparently piped while athletes competed — or warmed up, at least. The rhythmic song, reasoning goes, helped coordinate and divide the three or possibly five (the long jump was part of the pentathlon after all) successive yet individual jumps.
Now, if you want to divide and coordinate emails, here's a tune to make Windows Live Mail jump in the right direction:
›› If your Inbox is full of mail in Windows Live Mail, Windows Mail or Outlook Express, set up folders to organize mail, get rid of stress. Here's how to do it.
In the early 1990s, eleven young women studying psychology at the University of Louisville were asked their thoughts about a "cold drink insulator" and how they would like getting one as a gift.
Their response, overall, was what yours probably was just now: "A what? I don't..." (In numbers and on scales from 1 (worst) to 7, the insulator's attractiveness was 3.64 as such and its desirability 3.09 as a gift.)
These characteristics made the "plastic tube designed to hold beverage cans and keep them cold in warm weather" the ideal prop in a study that, of course, involved it as a gift. This, however, is another story. For now, how would you like a Zoho Mail account? It can be free:
›› For your personal mail, you can get an @zoho.com email address for free — and the email service to go with it.
"I hate a drinker," quipped the Greek in ancient times, "with a good memory."
So, what happened and was said at a symposium — apart from the drinking — had better been forgotten. Facebook may have rather too good a memory, but you can tell it to keep mum about what happens and is emailed, at least beyond the people at your metaphoric symposia:
›› Want to post to Facebook from your mobile or upload a quick photo and video by email? Want to be sure you're not sharing these for all the world and net to see? Here's how to specify your default Facebook privacy settings for posting by email (down to making everything private for your eyes only initially).
In 1896, the Swedish botanist Veit Wittrock described a flower found in gardens everywhere today. He did not name it, though.
In 1925, the Austrian botanist Helmut Gams gave the flower a name. He did not describe it, though.
So, for 111 years, the garden pansy did not have a botanic name the way a flower properly should. In 2007, German botanists Johannes D. Nauenburg and Karl Peter Buttler published a typification using the name popular everywhere since Gams, "viola wittrockiana".
Named in whatever manner, garden pansies come in an orange variety, too — and, perhaps, in an email's background; the flowers, in any event, are thoroughly orange:
›› Whether your language is flowery or prosaic, this blooming stationery will give your emails a classy orange touch. (Windows Mail, Windows Live Mail, Outlook, Outlook Express)
Beethoven frequently cut himself while shaving.
"How he got so far as being able to shave himself remains hard to comprehend," noted Ferdinand Ries, a young friend and pupil, "even disregarding the frequent cuts in his cheeks."
Maybe, this is one reason why we often meet Ludwig van Beethoven in the literature unkempt and unshaven, too. If, now, the emails from Google+ seem to grow like the stubbles on a composer's face and scalp, you can shave them cleanly (without much risk for your cheeks):
›› Don't want to receive email notifications for just about everything in Google+? Want to be kept up to date by email about what's going on at Google+? Here's how to selectively enable email notifications in Google+.
Want to peel your eggs cooked?
It's best, I hear, to store the eggs a bit. Freshly laid, an egg's white clings to the shell and its membrane. When it has loosened, detaching the shell is much easier.
In Shortmail, you do not have to wait for attached files to peel easily: Shortmail can do the detaching automatically and save the files to your Dropbox; you can also, conversely, share files easily by having Shortmail upload them to Dropbox:
›› Send short emails and file attachments: Shortmail lets you share documents by uploading them to your Evernote account automatically and including the link.
Outlook.com, Microsoft's free email service, now lets you log in with more: more security and more convenience; more of your email addresses and more than one password and -code.
Two-step authentication makes any account more secure by requiring two means of verification for logging in, a password, for instance, and a code generated by an authenticator app or received at an alternate email address or by SMS. (For specific browsers, you can turn off two-step authentication, and you can set up passwords to allow email programs access via POP.)
If you have set up Outlook.com alias addresses (now available with more regional domains), you can use those to log in as well.
›› Outlook.com serves free email with practically unlimited storage accessible on the web with a rich and helpful interface or using POP and Exchange ActiveSync in email programs on desktop and mobile device.