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For most people, a day without e-mail is unthinkable. From instant messaging to e-mail and other notifications, HowStuffWorks explains the devices and technologies that keep you in the loop.

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Tech Talk: E-mail Quiz

Whether you keep it short and sweet or you're a spam champion, you've no doubt used e-mail. But how much do you really know about it? Take our quiz to find out!


Can e-mails be taxed?

 Can e-mails be taxed?

Could a tax be levied on e-mail? Find out about the myths and realities of the end of free e-mail. See more »

How to Send Text Messages Through Your Computer

 How to Send Text Messages Through Your Computer

If your fingers ache from trying to send text messages from your cell phone, consider learning how to send text messages through your computer. Read this article to learn how to send text messages through your computer. See more »

How to Organize Emails by Utilizing the Files Function

 How to Organize Emails by Utilizing the Files Function

You can organize e-mails by assigning mail to specific files for later retrieval. Learn about how to organize e-mails in this article. See more »

How Instant Messaging Security Works

 How Instant Messaging Security Works

Are you interested in learning how instant messaging security works? Check out HowStuffWorks for information on how instant messaging security works. See more »

IM and E-mail: Which is more popular and why?

 IM and E-mail: Which is more popular and why?

Both IM and email are very useful, but which is more popular and why? Check out HowStuffWorks to learn more about the popularity of IM and Email. See more »

How Video Instant Messaging Works

 How Video Instant Messaging Works

Video instant messaging has greatly impacted business and personal communication. Learn more about video instant messaging at HowStuffWorks. See more »

How Weather Alerts Work

 How Weather Alerts Work

Weather alerts are sent through many forms of communication whenever bad weather strikes. Learn how weather alerts work in this article from HowStuffWorks. See more »

How Google Talk Works

 How Google Talk Works

Are you an instant messaging fanatic? Click here to learn about how Google Talk works at HowStuffWorks. See more »

How On-Hold Messaging Works

 How On-Hold Messaging Works

On-hold messaging is common with many business telephone systems. Learn more about how on-hold messaging works at HowStuffWorks. See more »

How Windows Live Messenger Works

 How Windows Live Messenger Works

Windows Live Messenger is an easy to use instant messaging program for Windows. Learn all about it at HowStuffWorks. See more »