UNIX shell account customers use their Internet service provider's e-mail server to process messages. The files holding the messages are on the mail server, and can be accessed with an e-mail program called Pine. Pine's processing occurs on the provider's mail server. However, you are able to save your e-mail as files which can be saved to your hard drive for archive purposes. The advantage is that you can process your mail from anywhere. You can use remote login from any location that offers it to access your e-mail without having to call your provider's site. The only real disadvantage is that you cannot easily process your e-mail off-line. Most believe this inconvenience is offset by the ability to access your mail from anywhere in the world without the need for a long distance call. For more information on e-mail and UNIX accounts, please contact your local Internet service provider.
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