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E-Mail: Postage Free, Same Day Delivery 214 Ugh! Setting Up Your E-Mail Program The hardest part about e-mail is getting your e-mail program to connect to your Internet service provider's e-mail server, which acts as an electronic post office. If you are using one of the major commercial online services, such as America Online or Microsoft Network, you can relax; the in- stallation program took care of all the details for you. You simply click the e-mail button and start using it. However, if you have a local service provider and are using a dedicated e-mail program, such as Microsoft's Outlook Express, first you must enter information telling your e-mail program how to connect to the mail server. Make sure you have the following information from your service provider: · E-mail address--Your e-mail address usually is all lowercase and starts with your first initial and last name (for example, However, if your name is John Smith (or Jill Smith), you might have to use something more unique, such as · Outgoing mail (SMTP)--Short for Simple Mail Transfer Protocol, the SMTP server is the mailbox into which you drop your outgoing messages. It's actually your Internet service provider's com- puter. The address usually starts with mail or smtp (for example, or · Incoming mail (POP3)--Short for Post Office Protocol 3, the POP server is like your neighbor- hood post office. It receives incoming messages and places them in your personal mailbox. The address usually starts with pop (for example, · Account--This one is tricky; it could be your username--the name you use to log into your service provider (for example, jsmith)--or something entirely different, depending on your serv- ice provider. · Password--Typically, you use the same password for logging on and for checking e-mail. I can't