Check out PuTTy.
I use it all the time, because my isp is NOT my email provider.
It basically gives you a tunnel through the net direct to your email server. The plus is also that your email isn't seen as being relayed, which is a sure spam sign and is heavily penalised by many antispam solutions. And once it's setup, it doesn't matter where you are connecting from - it's all the same to PuTTy. I plug my lap[top in anywhere, and it always just works. NO reconfigging needed.
Still, you need a mail server somewhere for PuTTy to connect to, and that is NOT avoidable. You have only two choices to send mail if you don't have an isp - you can either use a web based service e.g. yahoo, or get your own domain and use that for your email. (I think everyone should have their own domain anyway - that way your email address NEVER changes, for the rest of your life.)
For a domain, I highly recommend our host, Futurequest. Not the cheapest, but awesome in every other respect, including great antispam and antivirus solutions built-in - and that you have control over.
Declaration of interest:
and I'll make a couple of bucks if you sign up
Basic package is I think US$9.95, (check the special deals out too) and you get full webmail for when you just can't connect the laptop, and all the email addresses you could want for regular pop/smtp mail.
hope that helps, Grant
[This message has been edited by Grant Johnson (edited 02 August 2005).]
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