by John Ewing
One of the great advantages of the Internet is e-mail, which allows you to instantly send and receive messages from friends, family and businesses. This instant messaging service is still largely not understood, so here's a few tips on getting the most out of your e-mail service.
Your e-mail address is usually the same as your login name followed by your provider's name. For example if your login name is trucker and the name of your ISP is onthenet.com, your e-mail address would be firstname.lastname@example.org. When sending e-mail to others, your e-mail address is normally included automatically in your e-mail and you don't need to worry about it. When filling out forms however, it is not and you are usually asked to enter it. When you enter it be sure you enter it correctly, especially if you want a response to your message. E-mail is very precise, and you must enter it correctly or your response will simply be returned to the sender.
Many people who I talk with know how to use e-mail but don't realize that they can attach things such as files, photos, etc., to their e-mail. The exact method for attaching a file to an e-mail varies with the software you're using but they all operate basically the same. Look for a paper clip icon or the word "attach" somewhere on your e-mail screen. Click this icon or word and a box will open asking you what file you want to attach. This is a Directory Box. Simply locate the file in the directory box and click the "open" or "attach" or "OK" key (this also varies depending on the software you're using). You should then be returned to your e-mail and it should now show the name of the attached file.
If you receive e-mail that has something attached to it, DO NOT DOWNLOAD the attachment onto your machine unless you know the person who sent it. If you receive any message with an attachment from someone you do not know, delete it immediately. When someone sends you an attachment you must tell your computer to download and open it on your machine. In some mail systems, e-mail and attachments are automatically downloaded to your machine when you receive your e-mail, but the file is not transferred from your mail system to your computer until you tell the computer to receive it. It may be something harmless, but it may also be a virus or some other destructive file. If you delete it, you will avoid any possible harm to your computer.
Most Internet providers have buffers against this type of e-mail, and some provide you with ways to set your own filters to keep out this unwanted junk mail. America Online for example, allows you to narrow your e-mail down to a selected list of people, or to completely turn it off. This has its advantages as it eliminates junk mail, but you'll also want to consider carefully before turning off your e-mail as you will also eliminate legitimate incoming mail. Quite often, replies to questions I receive are returned with invalid e-mail addresses or notices that the sender's e-mail is "not receiving" e-mail from my account. If you've written with questions or sent me web sites and not received a reply it is because your e-mail settings are returning not only the junk mail, but also legitimate incoming mail. You may want to review your settings and be sure that you're not returning mail that you want to receive. Till next time, be safe. LL
On the Web
www.fortunecity.com/millenium/pluto/47 is Sassy's place, and in the author's own words, "Come on in, let's see what we have in common, what we agree and disagree on. I'm sure I will enjoy the company and the conversation. Yes these pages have a lot to do with you, as you will clearly see. These pages are designed in hopes to share with the public about the trucking industry. To share what they don't hear on the news and read in newspapers and much more."
Brigette Fry has put together an interesting and fun site. Save this one for a time when you have an hour or so. There's a lot to see.
www.geocities.com/~xtrucker is the site of Michael Adams, an OOIDA member since 1995. Michael's site reflects his concerns for the future of the trucking industry and presents some interesting commentaries on the ATA, rest areas, and other areas of concern. This one should definitely be on your "Favorite Places" list.
Not all TRUCKERS drive 18-wheelers. If you're in the expedited freight field, OOIDA member Joe Roman has set up a site just for you. www.jroman.com includes a message board for sharing your thoughts or getting answers to questions about this special area of trucking.
Tired of all the message boards that never seem to stay on the topic, and are filled with personal remarks? Just looking for a place where you can talk trucking? If you are, check out The Truck List atwww.yondar.com/ttlist. This is a private e-mail list where messages are sent to all members via e-mail rather than posted to a board. The link above will give you details about the list and information on joining.
Looking for a trucking company? Have something good or bad to say about a company, broker or any company in the trucking industry? Check out http://trucksonly.com a new service from trucksonly.com that puts you in the driver's seat and allows you to rate the companies and share your experiences with others. You can also search for the company by name and see what others have to say about them.