Don has to use the US Air Force Website to address issues with his pay, but it says that someone else is using his email address so he can't log in. Leo says that it's likely that somebody else in the database has put in the wrong email address that was strangely similar to Don's. So it has associated his address with the other account and there's really no way to reach the other guy. Leo suggests that Don get in touch with the Air Force tech support and solve it, or ask if he can set up his account with a new email address.
Jim wants to create a shorter email address because his current one is too long. Leo says he can do that, but 1) it's probably already taken and 2) the shorter it is, the more likely that it'll get spam. So Leo says if he's going to shorten his email address, he should get very specific about the spelling and include some numbers in it. He can sign up for one at GMail and have all of his mail forwarded to his current address through that.
Jim runs email for a local school through Gmail and now they're starting to bounce his emails as spam because of his large mailing list. Leo says that just goes with the territory when using a free mail service. They get a bit skittish about mailing lists because of the abuse that comes from spam. Leo says that going with a service like Mail Chimp is a better option. They do a confirmation opt-in/out system so that people are choosing to get the newsletter.
Cindy has two email addresses: One for business, and one for personal. Her Apple mail program always confuses business and personal, though. Leo says that most email programs have a setting for delegation, which would allow her to delegate which email she'll want to reply from. She should go into the composing settings of Apple Mail and she'll be able to select which message address she wants to send from. She should also make sure she has outgoing mail servers for both accounts and that's in the "Accounts" section.
A custom email address means having your own name or business after the @ sign. For instance, instead of @gmail.com or @yahoo.com, your email address would be @[yournamehere].com. Once you have your own email address independent of a webmail service like Gmail or Yahoo, you have full control of where your email goes. This will basically be a forwarding address, so if you'd like to switch mail providers, you won't have to tell everyone to email you at a new address.
Gregor wants a custom email address. Does he need a website for that? Leo says no. He'll just need the domain name. Then he can forward all the mail that comes to his custom domain to any email provider he wants. Leo advises going to Hover.com and signing up for his domain name there. He can enter what he'd like and it'll make suggestions of available domain names.
Kenny is in his 80s and he just bought his first computer, a MacBook Pro. He says the Mail app for Mac has been far too complicated for him. Leo says once he gets the email set up properly, it shouldn't be an issue from there on out. Once he has it configured right, then he can move on to managing email.
Laxman likes Leo's new show The New ScreenSavers and wonders if there's a Call for Help segment. Leo says there is and he can email them to make that request. They choose the best calls and then call that person back.
Ed bought a new Mac and transferred all of his data and email accounts from his old Dell. But now he's not getting all the text of his emails. Leo says that this may be an email provider issue. Apple comes with a fully capable mail program. Leo says to go into the account settings to make sure everything is entered properly. Also, if his ISP is using POP instead of IMAP, it's downloading all of his email and then deleting it from the server. If using POP Mail, it's possible that Ed is only getting new email, not the old ones because they're gone.
Jeff is transitioning to Outlook from Hotmail, and he uses the web portal via Google Chrome. He wants to know how to delete a forwarded email when people CC dozens of people. Leo says the way to do it is to use BCC, not CC. BCC is blind carbon copy and that means only the person sees their email address, and not everyone else. The CC becomes part of the text -- over and over again. So the only thing he can do is copy it all, start a new message and paste it in, deleting all the unwanted email addresses. Then put them in BCC.
And then he can yell at his friends.