E-mail is wonderful stuff. Microsoft Outlook, the E-mail client I use to check my Dork Club adress, is not.
For instance, Wedge will sometimes get viruses. These viruses use his Outlook information to mail me copies of themselves. On AOL, I would be fine. I just open the E-mail, and if it isn’t a five page piece of Cloud/Squall slash fanfiction, I know Wedge didn’t send it to me. So I don’t download the file. The problem with Outlook is, it downloads any file attached to an E-mail the second you open it.
I don’t want a virus. But I have this E-mail from Wedge that it looks like it might be important. Or, then again, it might be a virus. I can’t open it, or I’ll find out the hard way. So I have to wait to do anything with the damn thing until Wedge signs on, and I can ask him what the E-mail says. If he begins to regail me with tales of all the many ways Squall wishes to fellate Cloud’s penis, I will know that all is well. If not, I delete the E-mail. Then Wedge and I discuss the many ways Squall wishes to fellate Cloud’s penis.
Ah, the wonders of technology. Such an efficient means of communication, this “E-mail.”