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January 7, 2004
By: Kevin Drum

REMOTE EMAIL BLATHER....I'll try not to make geeky queries a staple here, but I've got one more question and I figure maybe someone can answer it for me.

I'd like to be able to access email remotely from the new notebook computer. I can't do this by directly running Outlook on the notebook since that moves email from the server to the notebook, and I don't want that to happen. I want email to reside on the desktop machine, just like it does now.

Is there a decent way of using the notebook to remotely access email from my Outlook Express client on the desktop? PCAnywhere and similar programs won't work since I don't want the notebook to control the desktop (I might be working there while Marian is reading email on the notebook). Web-based products can do what I want, but the ones I've looked at have such horrible user interfaces (and spotty performance) that they don't seem worth the trouble.

I found a product called GoPOP that seems to do what I want, but it requires Outlook on the primary PC, not Outlook Express. I'm willing to switch to Outlook if it would really work, but does it? Has anyone used it? I assume that since both desktop and notebook are behind the NAT router, it would work OK.

Sorry for all the blather. But if anyone has any good advice, it would be much appreciated.

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