Once upon a time, checking your e-mail when you away from your home computer meant telnetting into a shell account somewhere. Then most people switched to POP or IMAP account. Web-based accounts are beginning to surge, though. As some of you may know, I “got a Google Mail account( Now I Know What Cool Means)”:http://michaelkpate.blogspot.com/2004/06/now-i-know-what-cool-means.html last week. I have decided to make it my primary e-mail account for most of the things I do. My “Earthlink(Earthlink)”:https://webmail.pas.earthlink.net/ works well but I plan to keep it personal (and I am in the process of getting “SnapperMail(Snappermail)”:http://www.snapperMail.com/palm/email/ setup on the Treo to work with that). My oldest account, through a place called “NetIdentity(NetIdentity)”:http://www.netidentity.com/, has become hopelessly spam ridden and frankly, their methods of spam blocking in no way suffice. I doubt I will renew but I actually will own it for the next few years. Hotmail I use strictly in whitelist mode and I will probably be cutting back on using. Yahoo! is the interesting one. They have the “best web interface(Yahoo!)”:http://wap.oa.yahoo.com/ for use with the Treo. With the “big increase in storage capacity(Yahoo Upgrades Email to Compete with Google’s Gmail)”:http://searchenginewatch.com/searchday/article.php/3367771 going into effect today, it should be interesting to see how the competition goes with Google once that gets out of Beta. They definitely need to work on the “web interface(I dream of Gmail)”:http://diveintomark.org/archives/2004/04/12/dream or offer an “alternative(Gmail on mobile devices, redux)”:http://www.engadget.com/entry/1487496638550374/.