Like many users, I have several e-mail accounts. In fact, I have three with Gmail alone.
A couple days ago, I noticed that one of the accounts hadn't received any new mail for about 24 hours. That seemed very strange, as the flow of messages to that address had always been strong and steady.
I figured it was probably a temporary glitch at Google's end (there was a Gmail outage just a couple months ago), so I waited another day to see if it would clear up on its own.
One of the reasons there's so much animosity toward Facebook is that the service frequently makes changes without notifying users -- and not always for the better.
For example, you know that email address that appears on your profile, the one you make visible to your Facebook friends and/or potential friends? You may discover, as I just did, that Facebook has hidden that address, replacing it with the @facebook.com email address you were assigned when the network rolled out its mail service.
Why would Zuckerberg and Co. make such a change? I guess in an effort to make Facebook's email services more visible, more relevant. Whatever the case, I'm thinking thanks, but no thanks.
Reader Gilbert wrote in with a great question no one has ever asked me before. He's looking for help identifying the D: drive on his computer: Why is it there, what is it used for, and can he store data on it?
Without actually knowing the size and contents of your drive, I can only make a guess -- but I'm pretty confident it's the right one.
Your D: drive is not actually another hard drive, nor is it the letter assigned to a memory-card slot. Instead, it's most likely a partition of your primary hard drive, a separate area created especially to hold certain files or data.
I don't use instant messaging that much anymore, but when I do, I turn to Meebo Messenger. This free service, a favorite of mine for years, offers cross-platform instant messaging right inside my Web browser -- no additional software required.
It was to my dismay, then, to learn that Google (which recently acquired the company) plans to terminate Meebo Messenger on July 11, 2012. That's just three weeks away!