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Hack 55. Read Yahoo! Mail in Your Preferred Email Client

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AnotherrouteisviaYPOPs!,opensourcesoftwarethatwasput

togetherbyahandfulofdevelopersworkingintheirsparetime

tosolvethisveryproblem.YPOPs!turnsyourmachineintoa

minimailserverandatthesametimedissectstheYahoo!Mail

webinterface,translatingwebtextintostandardemail.



3.6.1.InstallingYPOPs!

YPOPs!isavailableforjustabouteveryplatform,including

Windows,Mac,andLinux.Tograbacopy,browseto

http://yahoopops.sourceforge.net,clicktheDownloadslink

towardthetopofthepage,andfindtheversionforyour

operatingsystem.

Ifyou'reonaWindowsmachine,youcansimplyclickthe

downloadfileandinstalltheprogram.Theinstallationprogram

willaskifyouwantYPOPs!tostartwhenWindowsstarts,and

youcanclickNohere.(Youcaneasilychangethissettingonce

theprogramisinstalled.)Onceyou'refinished,theprogramwill

startandanewiconwillappearinyoursystemtray,asshown

inFigure3-9.



Figure3-9.TheYPOPs!Systemtrayicon



Right-clickthenewiconandchooseConfigurefromthemenuto

setupsomepreferences.ClicktheReceivingEmailpreferences



showninFigure3-10.



Figure3-10.TheYPOPs!configurationscreen



Toplayitsafe,uncheckthe"EmptyTrashonexit"and"Empty

BulkMailonexit"options.Thiswillensureyou'llhaveabackup

ofeveryemailatYahoo!.Onceyou'veusedYPOPs!forawhile,

youmightwanttochangethesesettings,butit'sagoodideato

proceedcautiouslywhileyou'relearninghowtheprogram

works.



EventhoughYPOPs!hasasettingto"Leavemessagesasunreadon

Yahoo!Mailserver,"I'vefoundthisdoesn'twork.Nomatterwhatthe

setting,YPOPs!marksemailsasreadandmovesthemtotheTrash

folderatYahoo!Mail.Ifyousuddenlyhaveemailmissingthatyou

expectedtobeinyourinbox,they'reprobablyinTrash!



Oncethesepreferencesareset,clickOK,andyou'llbereadyto

moveontothefinalstep:configuringyourmailclienttotalk

withYPOPs!.



3.6.2.ConfiguringYourClient

Theinstructionsforconfiguringyourmailclientvaryabit

betweendifferentapplications,andtheYPOPs!websitehas

step-by-stepinstructionsformostprograms.Browsetothesite

andchooseConfiguringMailClientsinthecolumnontheleft,

underDocumentation.Allapplicationsfollowasimilarpattern,

though,thatgoessomethinglikethis:

1. Openyourmailclientandcreateanewaccount.(Thisis

oftenfoundunderFile New AccountorunderTools

E-MailAccounts.)

2. IncludeyourfullnameandyourYahoo!Mailemailaddress.

3. ChoosePOPorPOP3asthemethodofdelivery.

4. Settheincomingserverto127.0.0.1,whichiscomputer

shorthandfor"thismachine."

5. Settheoutgoingserverto127.0.0.1aswell.

6. SettheusernametoyourYahoo!Mailusername(youremail

addresswithoutthe@yahoo.comontheend).

Andthat'sit!Youshouldnowbeabletoreceiveyouremailfrom

thecomfortofyourfavoriteclient.Keepinmindthatyoucan

accessyourYahoo!MailthiswayonlywhentheYPOPs!program

isrunning,soitalwaysneedstobeoninthebackground.If

youfindthatyoulikereceivingyourmailthisway,justclickthe

ConfiguremenuitemagainandgototheMiscellaneous

preferences.Youcanchecktheoptiontoautomaticallystart

YPOPs!whenWindowsstarts,andyouwon'thavetothink

abouttheprogramagain.



Hack56.ManageandShareYourSchedule



Yahoo!Calendarcanhelpyouplanyourtime,managean

event,rememberimportantevents,andshareyour

schedulewithfriendsandfamily.

Whenyouleadabusylife,timemanagementisn'tjustan

importantskill;it'snecessaryforsurvival.Withouttheabilityto

trackimportantdatesandtimes,youcouldmissoutonkey

events.Whileyoucanaccomplishsometimemanagementwith

apencil-and-papercalendar,onceyourscheduleisdigital,you

candomuchmore.Yahoo!CalendarCanactasyourown

personalassistant:remindingyouofimportantdatesandtimes,

invitingyourfriendstoaparty,andhelpingyourcontactsplana

meetingtimethat'sconvenientforyou.

Yahoo!Calendar(http://calendar.yahoo.com)isonepieceof

Yahoo!Mail,andyoucanviewyourcalendaratanytimeby

clickingontheCalendartabatYahoo!Mail.Asyou'dexpect,

you'llfindacalendartherethatyoucanviewbytheDay,Week,

Month,orYear.YourYahoo!Calendarbecomesusefulwhenyou

startaddingpersonalevents.



3.7.1.AddingEvents

Thereareafewwaystoaddeventstoyourcalendar,andan

overviewwillhelpyouknowwhentouseeachmethodof

addingevents.



3.7.1.1.Eventoptions.



Toaddadetailedeventtoyourcalendar,clicktheAddEvent

buttonatthetopofanyYahoo!Calendarpage.Fromthere,

you'llfindtheAddEventformthatcontainsalloftheoptions

availableforanevent.Here'salookattheavailablefields:



Title

Youcanincludeadescriptivetitleforanevent,butkeepin

mindthatyou'relimitedto80characters.Ifyouliketo

browseyourschedulebythemonthlyview,youmightwant

tokeepeventtitlesfairlyshort,sayunder10characters.



EventType

Chooseaneventtypefromaround30differentcategories,

rangingfromAnniversarytoHappyHourtoWedding.The

eventtypeyouassignwillappearontheEventListviewof

yourcalendar,andyoucansortyoureventsbyeventtype.



DateandTime

Youcangiveaneventaspecificdate,time,andduration.

Forbirthdaysorothereventsthatdon'thaveaspecific

time,youcansettheeventas"allday."



LocationandNotes

UsetheLocationfieldasaquickdescriptionofwherethe

eventwillbe.(Youcanincludemoredetailedinformation

aboutthelocationwiththeAddressandPhoneFields.)The

Notesfieldletsyouaddanyextrainformationaboutan



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