Pete wants to get his email downloaded off of Yahoo since he heard they're selling off their email. There are backup strategies, including a "backup my email" option from Yahoo. Thunderbird is a good email program to download, and he can get his email downloaded that way as well. He'll just need to turn on POP email. When he uses POP mail, it will download the email from the server and store it locally. Thunderbird stores it in mbox format, which is a plain text format, so he could actually just open an mbox file and read his email. This is a good way to backup email.