And, of course, the most important thing: I talked with the camp again and I'm hired! From June 20th to August 6th, I will be lifeguarding on a gorgeous lake in Maine and living in dorms with 10 to 12-year-old girls. And I can't wait! This camp looks to be a big step up from my previous one - I mean, they even have ICE SKATING as a sport and WHALE WATCHING as an out-of-camp trip. Unbelievable. And we live in dorms, not cabins, and the classes are 1.5 hours, not 45 minutes, and there are a salad bar and deli bar in the dining hall, and the counselors have FIVE high-speed Internet computers available instead of one ancient dial-up connection. Rock on! Also, I can still do the Key West swim on June 10th and the Boston Light on August 12th if I want to, since camp falls in between those dates.
To abruptly shift gears here, I have an e-mail dilemma: Should I continue using my Outlook Express account, or switch back to pure web-based Gmail?
Outlook Express pros: the address book is neat and easy, I can access multiple e-mail accounts at once, I can set a default font and color (read: I don't have to set it every time I compose a new message), and the program makes a cute little noise when I have new mail.
Outlook Express cons: the messages are taking up space on my hard drive, I can't look into my Spam folder, I tend to let things pile up in my actual webmail inbox when I have this nice shortcut, and I can't access it from any computer other than my own.
Gmail (web-based) pros: I never have to delete anything, the search function is amazing and fast, I can set filters on incoming messages, I can link directly to Google News (making me more likely to actually be somewhat aware of what's going on in the world), there's a new chat function, and the messages are saved as 'conversations', i.e. a series of replies about the same topic are saved together (which I really like).
Gmail (web-based) cons: the address book is sucky, UF doesn't forward e-mail anymore, I can't set a default font or color, and there's no cute noise when I have mail.
The biggest problem - the only problem, really - is that UF has quit forwarding e-mail, so if I abandon Outlook, I have to check the Gatorlink site every day. Which I don't want to do, because Webmail sucks. I hope wherever I go to grad school has e-mail forwarding. But anyway... what would you all do? What's your current setup, and what are the advantages and drawbacks?